2710 Tasting Notes
Good morning Steepster
This is kind of a strange choice for breakfast but I chose it anyway because I’m not drinking a lot of teas in the afternoon these days due to concerns about caffeine.
However, my insomnia seems to be getting MUCH better. My arm is healing enough so that I’m not being woken up 5 times a night due to pain. I’ve slept pretty well in the last week, of course some of that is due to not having to be at my stressful job.
I still have too much of this tea left. I’ve discovered that the flavor is improved by adding sugar but I just don’t want it in my tea cabinet anymore. If I got rid of every tea I feel is mediocre I would purge 1/2 my collection in one day, lmao. As it is, I usually just get rid of the ones that are so horrible I would never drink them. Which makes me wonder, why do I keep buying teas I don’t like when there are so many I do like? I guess I always want to be trying new things but perhaps it’s better to stick to the tried and true….
Good afternoon Steepster…
We were having a nice, warm sunny day but the fog rolled in and took care of that (typical for San Francisco).
I got this matcha in my last Red Leaf order. I wasn’t a big fan of the Belgian chocolate, but this is a lot better. I made a hot latte with it this afternoon and I made a cold matcha drink with soymilk in it the other day. Each drink was equally as good. It does have a slightly sweeter, marzipany quality about it, but I liked that. In my opinion this is pretty yummy and somehow less grassy than the Belgian chocolate, though I did order the standard matcha flavor on this as well. I prepared this by nuking my soymilk in the microwave and then mixing it up with a milk frother.
Tea of the morning here! My Boyfriend is trying to transition off of coffee to green tea because of stress issues so I thought we would try this one to start with. As far as senchas are concerned it is slightly sweeter than some I have tried but it definitely has a seaweed-y type of flavor. I liked it and so did he. I sent him home with some sencha teabags. I might make this a green tea day myself.
In other news, I went to the doctor yesterday and he has signed me off of work for an additional two months…. :-/
I decided to keep in line with the chocolate theme this morning and have a pot of Florence tea with my breakfast. When I first got this I loved it but my enthusiasm seemed to wane rather quickly after I bought 7 oz. of it. So I have probably had a tin of this for over 3 years and I am rarely in the mood for it somehow. I think the key to greater success with this one is a 5+ minute steeping time as well as a generous amount of sugar. At least I can say the aging process doesn’t seem to have hurt it at all. ;-)
This was the free Matcha sample this month from Red Leaf tea. I was really looking forward to trying this but I guess I am a little “meh” about this one. I mixed it in with some soymilk this morning to have a matcha latte. There is definitely a chocolate flavor but it seems totally obscured by the matcha flavor. It’s like drinking liquid grass with a chocolate flavor. I’ve had several of Red Leaf’s other flavored matchas and I liked them a lot better. I don’t think I would buy this one, but if I did I would definitely get the mild matcha option at the checkout.
Flavors: Chocolate, Grass
I decided to cold brew this last night for today’s lunch (veggie sushi) and am glad I did. It makes a delicious iced tea with a light currant/grape flavor. this is one of those teas that sits in my cupboard that I seem to forget about for some reason. Maybe I’ll be drinking more of it soon now that I know it’s good for the warm weather.
Here’s another green tea from my Min River sampler pack. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Jade Eyebrow tea before. The leaves of this tea are fairly small and curly. After taking a whiff of the steeped leaves, my immediate associations are that of green beans.
The tea liquor brews up to be a vivid greenish-yellow. The flavor of this tea is very bold and vivid. I’ve been sipping on it a bit and get vegetal tones, brothiness and some citrus flavors in the finish. Something about this seems very nourishing, almost like soup.
When it comes to Chinese green teas, I tend to like the bolder ones and this would definitely qualify. So far I have been very impressed with all of my Min River samples and I would definitely consider buying a full size of this someday. Their teas seem very clean and pure.
Flavors: Green Beans
Good morning Steepster…
I was having a heck of a time sleeping last night which is odd, because the night before I slept like a rock! Anyway when I got up this morning I wanted something hefty and this certainly fits the bill. Dark, with malty, spicy and winey notes, it takes sugar and soymilk really well. Don’t know if this will wake me up but it certainly makes for a delicious morning cuppa.
Good morning Steepster.
I am having a rough day already as shoulder and arm pain kept me up again last night but that seems to be more of my normal routine than not. Also I drank some yellow tea around 5 pm and I should not be drinking caffeine at all that late. Just couldn’t resist!
This came in the March Steepster select box, I believe. It’s a nice medium bodied tea, malty and with no tannins or astringency. It’s nice enough but I wouldn’t say it’s bowled me over in terms of its flavor profile. This is pretty good plain but I also enjoyed it with some soymilk. Definitely a decent tea but not something I would really need to keep on hand.
I bought this at Trader Joe’s a few days ago and am just getting around to trying it now. It’s a paper teabag which is definitely one drawback but the price was super cheap.
I decided to steep two teabags up in a large mug. Yeah it definitely tastes like paper to me, oh well. Aside from that the strongest element in here is the clove which seems VERY strong, it’s almost to the point of bitterness. I don’t really understand all the positive reviews of this because I think it’s a bit icky but nothing ventured, nothing gained, so they say. I did add soymilk and a teaspoon of sugar but it isn’t one of my favorite rooibos blends at all… hopefully I will manage to finish the box.