2059 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning; back to SF after spending 3 days in Portland. I tried to go to as many tea shops as I could but I certainly missed a few. The trip was very enjoyable aside from the rain.
This blend is a nice and mellow black tea. I think it’s one of my favorites from Kusmi along with the spicy chocolate.
Tea of the afternoon – what I really need is a nap but I’m afraid I won’t be sleeping for a while.
This tea is intriguing. It’s very aromatic and as I was holding the cup up to my nose I was trying to place the smell. It reminds me a bit of pastries baking but it’s also… floral.
The flavor is interesting as well, there is something sweet and bready about it, but also malty and fruity. Geoffrey mentioned grape and I can taste some of that as well. When I first sipped this I thought it was a bit on the bitter side, but as the cup cools down its definitely calmed down a bit.
Reminds me a bit of a Chinese Yunnan crossed with a SF Darjeeling. I am enjoying it but I think I accidentally made my leaf to water ratio too strong by dumping in more tea than I needed. I think I’ll wait to give this a rating until I’ve tried it again.
I am convinced I will like any tea from Sandakphu, there is something about them that has always captivated me (and continues to do so).
Tea of the afternoon here. It’s funny how many blecchy reviews this blend got and I loved it, it just goes to show you how subjective tea ratings really are.
I steeped this and then refrigerated it and added soymilk. Now it reminds me a bit of a bubble tea. It’s quite refreshing this way. I want more teas with cardamom. ;)
Green tea of the morning here, it’s been a while since I’ve had this one but it’s very vegetal and mostly sweet with a bit of palette cleansing astringency. Definitely a nice green tea to sip on plain (although honestly my favorite greens tend to be Japanese). I love the artichoke, almost savory flavor here.
I’ve been drinking more coffee lately and my back has also started hurting me more. I don’t know if this is a coincidence, but I think I’ll go back to drinking only tea for a while. I’ve read green and white tea are supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
p.s. I also got a good 2nd steep out of it
Tea of the morning here, 2/4 of Upton’s assam sampler.
I don’t have a lot of experience with CTC’s aside from knowing they are produced in a different way than orthodox teas so here’s a short primer for the curious: http://t-buds.com/orthodox-vs-ctc-teas-body-vs-flavor/
I steeped this for 3 minutes but might try it for 2 next time. It is definitely a strong assam, bold and malty with a bit of a winey aftertaste and some bitterness too. Definitely a lot better with milk and sugar and very eye opening. Meh, maybe I’m a tea snob but I much prefer the traditional assam leaf.
I have read this is primarily what they use to make chai with in India but traditionally chai is made with a lot of milk.
Geez, I bought this months ago when I was in Washington DC and I evidently forgot to do a tasting note on it until now!
Normally I steer clear of fruit tisanes as they are generally full of hibiscus but this one isn’t. The bag is full of dried fruit and flowers. For a tisane I think this is pretty good, it is slightly on the sour side but I think it’s the strawberries that are making it this way. A little pinch of sugar did remedy the situation. I’m always in the lookout for a good tisane and this is nice, the pear flavor also comes through fairly well. I might be more inspired to try some of their other fruit tisanes as well. I have yet to have a fruit tisane that I really LOVE but I know I will finish this off happily and might even get some more.
I had this iced last year and I remember it was good that way. It would also be nice to mix this with other things like Maria suggested to see what happens.
Also I’m excited I’m going to Portland, Oregon tomorrow and have a few tea shops on my itinerary. :)