2418 Tasting Notes
Thanks to terri for sending some of this my way, I also got some in thepuriTea reserve black tea sampler I just got. Couldn’t resist the free shipping deal they have going on.
I wasn’t sure how many pearls to use exactly so I ended up with 5 in a mug of tea. This may have been not enough leaf because the tea seems a bit watered down to me. I am getting the lovely malty aroma and flavor and yes, there is a bit of apple like fruitiness present, which is really cool. So far I like it but I need more tea vs. less water I think. Not going to do a rating for now. Has anyone tried to gong fu this? I might need to!
For some reason my allergies have been going haywire today. I removed gluten for a while and then ate something with wheat in it yesterday. I’m not sure what the connection is but I guess I’m leaving the wheat alone for the time bring. I picked this tea for the afternoon because green tea always helps with my allergies and this is fresh and bright tasting. I also got a very nice second steep out of it.
I bought this recently with my American Tea Room order. It’s the last tea from that purchase I need to try aside from the Cardamom Black which I simply cannot FIND. I can’t remember if I left it at work, in which case it might have disappeared along with the tea strainer that went missing. :(
Anyway on to this rooibos… I steeped this for about 7 minutes because I was trying to get my laundry out of the dryer. Tasting it now it’s like a double punch of lemon. This is seriously a lemony tea, like the cup is sitting near me and I feel like I’m smelling lemon pledge. ATR says the aroma is candy sweet but I’m getting mostly citrus.
I thought this needed a bit of sugar and soymilk to mellow it out, and I do like it better this way. It seems VERY strong so next time I might try to steep it for a little less time. This would be a good one to try iced, I think.
A few people have compared it to Della Terra’s lemon chiffon. That is a nice blend but it also had dairy in it, which isn’t something I want to see in my tea. So, at least this is a vegan lemon-y rooibos. I might need to experiment with this a little bit… it might be good with some ceylon or a nilgiri mixed in too.
IMO, good but not wonderful
A tea from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. I forgot I had this, it was lurking in the back of my tea cabinet. As you can see, it was/is one of my more positive experiences with white tea. I enjoyed this today with a touch of ginger root, which was nice. I won’t forget about it anymore, I hope!
Just a quick note… this is my first tea of the morning and it’s a bit of an experiment. I decided I would try making a blend with the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and vail and it’s a pretty good combination. The chai definitely overpowers the Florence but there is a bit of hazelnut/cocoa peeking out in the finish.
This was the tea of the afternoon. The BF and I had some tea at a cafe en route to the Berkeley Art Museum and the only teas they had were from Stash so I decided to try this.
When I think of Christmas flavors, I guess I think of cookies, eggnog, gingerbread and things of that nature. This is a white tea with ginger and peppermint. It didn’t really remind me of the holidays at all, but it turned out to be a good after lunch tea because I think it helped out with digestion as well as my overall perkiness levels. I do not think I would buy this for myself, but certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered.
I discovered if you rinse the dry leaf before brewing this tea becomes a lot more palatable, that kind of rinses away whatever powdery substance was making it muddy before. Drank with soymilk and a bit of sweetener. Not destined to be a favorite but I think I can finish the bag now. :)
Evidently it’s unearthing old Upton samplers day for me…
Usually I’ve liked everything from the Temi estate and this is no exception. Very similar to a darjeeling in aroma but in terms of flavor it has a definite woody flavor and seems more astringent than I would normally prefer. I should have brewed it at a lower temp, but a touch of stevia perked it right up!
p.s. I brought a new tea strainer to work and hope it doesn’t disappear!
Backlog. I made this yesterday in my Teavana glass teamaker and had it after lunch. For a flavored green, it isn’t too bad. I think the apple flavor has mellowed a bit over time which makes it one green tea that seems to have improved somewhat with age. :) I prefer this cold so I cold brewed some of it yesterday afternoon and will be enjoying it with today’s lunch.