2727 Tasting Notes
Second green tea of the morning here; evidently my plans for the day include getting all wired up on Japanese green teas.
I got this as a 1 oz. sampler pack along with the Shincha Houryoku. Of the two, I think the Houryoku is my favorite. the Kunpu is definitely lighter in color and in flavor and doesn’t have the longer steaming. In color it’s a light yellowish-green.
The flavor of this is very tender and light. It reminds me of gentle cooked vegetables like peas. Some Japanese greens have a more bitter green quality or that of seaweed. This shincha is more on the mild side with a bit of butteriness present and only a bit of astringency.
If you don’t like senchas that are assertive or bitter, you should check out these shinchas from Den’s. I’m really glad I bought them both this year! The package says they are best by February 2015 — I believe I can drink them both in this time frame.
Sipdown of the day…
Sometimes there is nothing like a big mug of sencha to get your day going, especially when you have the sniffles. I’ve bought this particular sencha a few times over the years. I like the fact that it has a bit of underlying sweetness and is not as “seaweedy” as some senchas. This resteeps nicely as well.
I might restock this again but for now I have a lot of green teas I need to focus on drinking, including my shinchas from Den’s. Farewell for now, Sencha Chiran!
Tea of the morning here. I don’t feel terribly ambitious so far, but what else is new… :)
I felt like having a nice, hefty assam this morning. I got this tea a while ago, but haven’t done a review on it yet. It’s very malty with an underlying fruitiness I am enjoying. This is one of those assams that have a sort of “winey” quality about them. I put soymilk in this which is the way I normally drink assams.
Definitely an enjoyable tea but doesn’t really stand out to me over other assams I’ve had.
I’ve had this tea for two years now and somehow lost interest in it. Obviously it isn’t as fresh as it once was, but I don’t have too many white teas in my stash. I thought I’d at least try brewing this up to see what I think of it now.
I’ve stored this fairly well in an airtight container away from light. I am getting some creamy, almond notes but the tea seems a little bit flat. I liked this a lot when I first got it so I think it just has to be the age. Now will I keep it or toss it? Perhaps I could try the cold brew treatment with this now. I don’t seem to drink white teas or green teas fast enough. Of course if I didn’t have so many teas to begin with that would really help. ;-)
I got this in one of the Stepster select boxes and I thought it was supposed to be a wuyi oolong for some reason so I steeped it up in my xiying I have dedicated for wuyi oolongs. Whoops, I was wrong. So I don’t really think I can do a proper tasting note on this at the moment. It really does smell very flowery and has a nice sweetness about it. I do have another sample left, so I think brewing it in the proper pot or in a gaiwan will give me a better sense of this.
In other news, I can’t get myself motivated to do much since I found out I was losing my job due to my injury. It would be a good idea for me to get more exercise, but my gym is downtown near where my former office is. It takes me longer to get there and back than I would spend exercising. As Nike says — I just need to do it. I think perhaps I have a case of the blahs.
Tea of the evening here, I just finished off a small pouch of this that was around .75 ounce.
I’ve really enjoyed most of the teas that I purchased from Cardamom & Curry, the company I discovered at last year’s San francisco Green festival. This is a good honeybush/rooibos chai that has lots of spicy notes from the clove and nutmeg. The weather we’ve been having is seriously yucky (foggy San francisco).
This blend is very warming and tasty, especially with soymilk and cane sugar added. I wish I had more of this, but that will have to wait for my next paycheck.
Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Orange
I finished off this sample as a cold brew this afternoon. I didn’t like it as much prepared via cold brew method, that seems to have brought out a smoky element to this green and I don’t get much lychee. I really liked it hot, but won’t be getting anymore as the PuriTea is now out of business, oh well.
I just woke up from a nap. I feel like I’ve been sleeping too much recently but for the first 3 months of my injury I didn’t sleep at all. Maybe my body is making up for lost time?
This sample tea came from the February Steepster Select box, which shows how far behind I am in trying out the samples that I have — it’s now the beginning of June.
I couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the other reviews and I saw a lot of dismal thoughts about this one. I confess that 2nd flush darjeelings don’t tend to be a favorite of mine, but I’m up for trying any tea at least once.
I noticed the wet leaf smells very “woody” — almost like musk — when I took the infuser out of the teapot. The tea liquor steeps up to be a medium orangish-brown in color. As far as the flavor is concerned, Upton’s flavor description seems to be spot on. I would also describe it as woody with a hint of muscatel. There’s a slight astringency in the finish but it is palatable.
I liked this better than most of the other reviewers did; though I still don’t plan to put this on my shopping list anytime soon. A pinch of raw cane sugar makes a nice addition to this.
I started my writing class yesterday which is very interesting so far. Maybe I’ll get inspired soon to write some more blog postings. :)