2816 Tasting Notes
Good morning Steepster—
It is foggy and gloomy over here, but what else is new? This is San Francisco!
Maybe this tea seems like a strange choice for the morning time, but it actually goes well with the banana flavored instant oatmeal I am having. I like the cinnamon – banana flavor here and it goes really well with soymilk and a bit of coconut sugar.
This is my afternoon tea, on my second mug of it and then I decided to cold brew the rest, so this will be a sipdown for me after tomorrow.
It’s a pleasant green tea with berry flavor, but nothing too exciting. I probably wouldn’t get this one again. I really seem to prefer flavored senchas over flavored Chinese green teas. I need to look for a goji sencha… yum!
I’m back from being away in the woods camping this weekend with my Sweetie. We did have a good time although I feel like I did a little too much birthday celebrating with food and drinks! It’s good to be back home again.
I’ve had this sheng for a long time, it came as part of a sample set I got with Bana a few years ago. I’m amazed that I never reviewed it… anyway this is the last of it and it looks like it’s also sold out on Bana’s site.
This is a very pungent sheng with interesting flavors. It’s fairly overpowering when you steep it for 1 minute or so, but at shorter temperatures it’s not bad. I get a slight smoke with a woodsy element and a bit of bitterness in the finish. I’m no sheng expert but it isn’t my favorite by far. It is kind of bracing and energizing, but I think I prefer something more mellow. Maybe it’s a matter of personal preference.
A sip down, Finally!
I checked my notes on this tea and I first purchased it over 3 years ago so it’s good that I’m finally done with it now. It’s a good tea, I just don’t drink a lot of oolongs lately. I drank some yesterday and then cold brewed the remainder, which I am having today. It’s especially good with a little bit of coconut sugar. I’m not sure I will buy anymore oolongs for a while as I seem to be so into black and green teas lately…
Tea of the morning here… I got this one at Whole Foods yesterday in the bulk section. I’ve been to a bunch of other WF stores in our area and none of the other ones have bulk tea. I’m not complaining though!
Yesterday I got an IngenuiTEA from Crate and Barrel and I’ve used it a few times already. So far I really like it. And this is one of my favorite blended teas, I really like the combo of cardamom, rose and ginger.
I’m sipping on it this morning hoping for some peace of mind. It might be time to go back to tulsi… I found out yesterday through my network that a new person was hired to replace me at my former workplace and it’s just really difficult not to take this personally since I was there for so long. Anyway I hope in time I can just begin to feel better about things and move on with my life… to somewhere I am happier I hope.
Hi Steepster friends!
I hope the site is back up and acting functional…
Today has been a bit of a waste for me. I went to the dentist this morning and then went around to a bunch of different shops trying to find a teapot I liked and wouldn’t break. I went to Whole Foods, David’s and Lupicia. I saw a lot of glass teapots but I have broken those and even the ceramic ones!! I finally ended up getting the IngenuiTEA at Crate and Barrel (made by Adagio). It’s plastic so I can only hope I don’t break it!!
Anyway I got this tea at Whole Foods while I was there. It’s one I’ve had before. I don’t think it’s the best shu in the world but the ginger is a good addition and I remember this is a good one to keep on hand in case of a stomach ache. When I got home I brewed it up in the IngenuiTEA, which is great so far. I can put a coffee mug underneath of it and get a whole mug of tea. It’s nice!
Steepster! Are you back? Behaving yourself? Can anyone see this note? — it didn’t show up in my dashboard.
Normally I’m not a big fan of David’s Tea, I find a lot of their flavored teas are way too artificial tasting. This is nice though, I had it in their store as an iced tea, then I bought an ounce and old brewed it yesterday. It’s really refreshing, has a nice tart lime flavor and then a creamy sweetness that accounts for the “gelatoness”. I haven’t had this hot yet, but I imagine it would be really good as a dessert tea with some soymilk and sugar. I’ll be trying it that way soon. This is tasty. The combination of lime and green tea is a winner!
I haven’t been drinking much sheng lately and I have no idea why…
Anyway I was in the mood for this today. It’s cold and dreary outside and I felt I needed something uplifting. This is definitely a wild tea… it’s bracing if you steep it at longer temperatures (30 seconds). I’m getting a lot of smoky flavors plus tart lemony ones. This is definitely hitting the spot right now!
I wonder if anyone else has read this article from Tea Guardian that sheng should be used medicinally and not consumed on a daily basis? In Chinese medicine it is used to reduce heat toxins… interesting.
This is my tea of the morning… yum yum
Steepster is acting weird today and won’t let me add this to my cabinet. Anyway it was an evening of fitful sleep last night (maybe that Kenyan Tinderat last night was a mistake, too much caffeine!) and I felt the need for something strong, yet not too intense this morning. As far as assams go, this is definitely on the more mellow side, with a bright and fruity taste as well as a bit of malt. I’m drinking it this morning with soymilk, it doesn’t really need sugar though you could add some in.
I hope everyone is having a gentle Monday :)
Just got back from a camping trip with my sweetie and a bunch of his friends. We were up kind of late and I wanted a cup of tea when I got home, just to revive myself. This is one of 3 teas I got recently at David’s, but I only got 1 oz. of each since I’d never had them before.
My track record with Kenyan teas is not great and this is a CTC tea. Regardless I really wanted to try it in the hopes that I would like it.
Gah! This is very strong. The brew is pretty tannic and bitter, it was really undrinkable for me before I added sugar. After adding sugar, I am getting some malt notes as well as apple notes which are kinda tasty. I steeped this for 5 minutes but next time I will go for 4, or maybe even 3. It really packs a punch! Hopefully I can find a way to enjoy the 1 oz. I have.
Not recommended unless you’re a fan of strong tannic tea…