2663 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning here and a sipdown…
I have really enjoyed this tea. I love cardamom and the rose is also really nice in this blend because it’s subtle and not “in your face” perfume-y or girly. This is great with a splash of soymilk. Might need more of this…. it isn’t that easy to find a cardamom tea.
Tea of this afternoon is a matcha latte. I used soymilk for this and added cardamom per the suggestion of one of my Twitter friends. I also used my cheapo milk frother. This is just as good as any Starbucks matcha latte for about 1/8 of the price…
Good news also, my fracture is healing according to the doctor. I will be at home for 3 more weeks convalescing and drinking lots of tea. :)
I’m up early so figured I would dig into this sample from Yezi tea. I’m also a bit lacking in dexterity so I didn’t want to fool around with a gaiwan this morning.
I went for one initial steep via mug method for the first cup. First impressions are that this is lightly fruity with some gentle notes of malt. Very mellow, lacking in bitterness which is a plus for yours truly. It’s easy to sip on plain. I am still sleepy but feel like I notice something creamy in the aroma of this tea, perhaps it’s coconut, hmm.
Second steep I did for 3 minutes to see what other flavors I could coax out of it. It still seems very light and mild with gentle cocoa notes. Other people have mentioned a smoke note and I think I’m getting a bit of that here in the finish. Also still getting a kind of creaminess with this tea.
I’d prefer to drink something mild like this in the afternoon but overall I quite like it. It doesn’t need additions at all but takes a splash of soymilk fairly well. This tea is like an easy going friend.
I just woke up from a nap. The pain and discomfort in my arm is making it difficult to sleep and I am grumpy but this is why I have lots of tea to cheer myself up, right? ;-)
I remember I had a sample of this quite a while ago but I really liked it. Sitting next to me after being brewed, it smells really good, just like a gooey banana, cinnamon creamy treat. I decided to add soymilk and just a touch of stevia to this. As far as the flavor is concerned it’s a tad light on the banana for me but stronger on the cinnamon and rum (I knocked it down one point from my previous rating). Either way this is a pretty delicious dessert tea. Others have mentioned drinking this iced and I will definitely need to try that. Should I cold brew it? Anyone? Such yum… Not sorry I got this reblend and I think this will go rather quickly around here.
Tea of the mid morning here. It’s a nice sunny day in San Francisco and I wanted something on the light and refreshing side of the spectrum. This is a good citrusy blend, but today I feel like I’m getting nothing but grapefruit. Due to the tartness I prefer this with a touch of sweetener. Not really destined to be a favorite of mine but it’s good for the warm weather!
I got this matcha yesterday in Japantown. Normally I go for the Maeda-en standard grade matcha but they were all out, so I thought I’d get this instead. I mostly use matcha in tea lattes and smoothies so I didn’t see the point in getting anything ceremonial grade. I had some this morning when I woke up: in a pineapple/banana/soymilk/chia smoothie. That was super tasty!
Then I decided to try some of this the standard way using the ceremonial matcha bowl and whisk. Drinking it plain, it is definitely bold and grassy with bitterness. When it comes to drinking matcha plain, you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve had some really nice ceremonial matcha that’s naturally sweet and delicate but almost 3x the price. I wasn’t expecting this to be great on its own, but for mixing with other things it’s fine.
2/2 of the teas I ordered from Nina’s, again I love the little red tins!
This smells heavenly in the tin and the brewed cup; I love the aroma of tart apple and rose. I tried to be slightly conservative in my leafing and steeping as I know this is a strong blend. 2 minutes, 30 seconds seems like a good time for this but I might step it slightly longer next time. I never would have thought to put apple and rose together but it is nice. This is a very girly tea and will be good for the afternoon time. It’s a nice one to sip on plain… although I am getting a touch of bitterness from the ceylon base that is easily remedied with a touch of sweetener. Another tea from Nina’s that seems very elegant but I’m not sure if I would add this to my list of “must haves”.
Definitely it is more appropriate for an afternoon tea than a morning tea. I liked their strawberry tea a bit better than this blend which comes across a tad bit perfume-y for yours truly.
I haven’t been drinking very much pu-erh lately as my pu-erh collection is in a box in the kitchen and it’s difficult for me to get to at the moment. I managed to fish out these tuos out of the box after lunch.
After a quick rinse I decided to steep this up in my yixing teapot I’ve reserved for shus. I did two steeps at 30 seconds each and combined them into one cup of tea. These are good tuos, the tea liquor is dark and creamy and this is so mellow with the date flavor. see previous notes for more details. I hope to drink up some of my other pu-erhs soon if I can manage to access them.