2743 Tasting Notes
Sometimes I wonder how much our moods go into the experience of a tea tasting… for example, this morning I am grumpy. I know my apartment is a big mess but I haven’t been up to giving it a thorough cleaning since I broke my arm and that was back in February! I keep thinking I should hire some help but I don’t know if I should do that when I’m not working. The last estimate I got was $100 for one session.
Anyway grumpiness aside I was looking forward to trying this coconut oolong. I was just looking at my Steepter notes and evidently I tried this at the David’s Tea in Victoria last summer, I just don’t remember too much about it. I’ve had a few coconut oolongs in the past including Golden Moon’s and Rishi’s versions and I liked them both very much. This coconut oolong definitely tastes like coconut, but I also think the flavor is overwhelmingly artificial and obscures the natural flavor of the oolong underneath. I will definitely need to try this again soon but it would have been nice if I was getting any of the buttery notes I feel like I should be getting from the oolong itself. Maybe a shorter steeping time would help too. Or a cold brew? I’m already wondering how this would taste in a smoothie – lmao
this morning I am finishing off this sample I got from Terri
I just went to the Yunnan Sourcing website and I noticed they have some 2014 black and green teas in stock. I don’t know if I will be able to restrain myself in the near future but I should hold off for a while because I overspent the tea budget in the past few weeks.
This is a lovely lighter tea with notes of honey, apricots and malt. It ha a nice natural sweetness and needs no additions, it’s a delight to drink plain. Thanks again for this one Terri!
I’ve had this tea for far too long, well everyone on Steepster knows I have way too much tea as it is — so no surprises there!
I decided to cold brew this in the fridge overnight and it’s really good that way. this one isn’t as delicate as some white teas I’ve had and the cold brewing definitely brought out a lot of sweetness in it. Drank an entire glass in practically one gulp! I’ll have to remember this for the summer time. I seem to have better luck with cold brewing whites than I do in drinking them hot. :)
Argh, some days it really seems like the PT is trying to torture me although I know it needs to be done. I might be going to work part-time next week or I might be getting fired and I’m waiting to hear what the final conclusion is. Couldn’t wait to come home and have a nice cup of tea to take my mind off my troubles. :)
I’ve been looking for a nice ginger green tea for some anti-inflammatory properties so perhaps this is it. Looking through the reviews on Steepster, this is definitely an unpopular tea but I actually like it. Mostly what I get from this cup is the ginger and the pepper which are both very strong and spicy. There is both licorice and stevia in here as well as orange peel. I don’t get the orange peel at all but there is a touch of sweetness from the licorice which I don’t really mind either. I guess you need to appreciate a lot of spices in order to get into this one. Mostly I’ll be drinking it for the health benefits and it’s A-ok in my book… between the ginger, green tea and licorice it’s an anti-inflammatory cocktail!
This tea came in the Lupicia grab bag a few months ago and I was in no hurry to open it as the expiration date is sometime in 2015. Still this morning I thought I would give it a go…
The tea I got in my pouch does not look like the one in the picture on Steepster, it’s full of fine tiny broken leaves (BOP = Broken Orange Pekoe). I steeped this for 2 minutes per the package directions even though I was skeptical this would be enough time.
I got a nice dark cup that is very brisk with a citrus note. This has slightly too much tannin in it for me to really like it a lot. I can’t really drink it plain but it’s better with soymilk and sugar. Nilgiris are supposed to make good iced teas so maybe I will try it that way when the weather is warmer. Also I remember the Tao of Tea made a Nilgiri mixed with lemon myrtle that was pretty good, so perhaps lemon would be nice with this. Anyway I am not too excited about this one, it’s just kind of mediocre and reminds me of what you would get in a Lipton teabag but hopefully does the job in waking me up.
Thanks to J.C. for this one, I hope I have added my tasting note under the correct tea…
I don’t always know what to do with white teas to make them shine, I feel like they sometimes end up tasting liked boiled straw. For this tea I ended up steeping it in a gaiwan for about 45 – 60 seconds with a water temp. less than boiling. This has produced a very gentle, sweet tea which has a light creamy quality. I am liking this one very much. Something about it is very relaxing. Maybe it’s time to check out some offerings from Life in Teacup? Thanks for sending this J.C.!
and the Lupicia obsession is continuing…
I’ve always liked hojicha for its natural roasted type flavor. I think this is the first time I have tried a flavored hoji.
I used boiling water and steeped this for two minutes. The natural roastyness of the hoji is definitely there and I am getting sweet caramel notes too. The element they call “milk” is a bit more like “cream” in my opinion. I am drinking mine more as a latte with a generous portion of soymilk added. Once again I made a total mess with the milk frother but that’s ok. :)
This is a nice option for afternoon/evening because it’s lower in caffeine than a regular green tea. I think the flavoring in this is fairly subtle which is ok with me. It seems well done for a dessert tea but I would not say I am raving over it.
Oof, last night was painful, just didn’t sleep a whole lot so I’m going to try and take it easy on the caffeine today, I had some coffee this morning but this is my first tea of the day so far.
I love cinnamon but my stomach can’t handle the “hot” cinnamon teas like the one that Harney has. This is nice and basic, just black tea and cinnamon which is just sweet and spicy. It’s difficult to tell what the base tea is here because it’s obscured by the cinnamon. I thought this was really nice, especially with a little soymilk and sugar. This would be the perfect tea for dunking a cookie in! I like this, it’s comforting and tasty.
I feel like I am turning into a Lupicia girl but it’s hard to resist when their store in San Francisco ;-)
Well I am back from the doctor and have nothing much in the way of news to report aside from the fact that I “probably” have tendonitis as a result of my fracture and I need to keep going to PT and deal with the pain. I was hoping to get a cortisone injection but that won’t be happening for at least a month.
Evidently I forgot I had this one before and it’s a pretty good rooibos. A little bit of coconut, a little bit of apple, some ginger and cardamom. I would prefer this if it was a little more heavy handed on the spices so it was more like a chai, but I don’t think I will have any problems finishing off the little pouch I got. Nice for a low caffeine afternoon option.