2163 Tasting Notes
This came as a free sample with my latest Harney and Sons order. I like verbena very much on its own but I don’t really care for this combination as much as the mint/spearmint/etc blends I’ve been drinking lately. I poured it over ice and it isn’t bad that way. I don’t think I need this, however.
It’s a sipdown!
Finished off a pouch of this today. I will miss it but am going to try and drink some of my other green teas before I buy anymore. My skeptical bf thinks I buy way more tea than I can drink. Of course he is right… lol
see previous notes for more info on this tea
Tea of the morning here, this is just right at 2 minutes of steeping. It is going to be a warm week for San Francisco – I have a feeling I’ll be drinking a lot of iced tea this week…
This tea is smooth with delicious flavors of starchy yam and dark bread. I am raising the points just a wee bit. I really like this, it’s also very easy to drink plain. Probably will end up being a permanent part of my tea collection. See previous notes for more details.
I also wrote a new blog post on what I’ve been up to, if you’re interested you can read it here: http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2013/04/28/art-nepali-tea-and-other-random-musings/
Sipdown! Just brewed the last pot of this.
Back from yoga class and I thought I’d steep this up before I head out for a walk. I was planning to do more cleaning but the weather is just so lovely outside. This is a great mix of strawberry and vanilla with a touch of coconut. I hope Lupicia brings this back for the holidays because it isn’t available year around. This is one of the best decafs teas i’ve ever had.
Another sample tea from Nepali Tea Traders. Drinking tea this morning while my laundry is getting done although it looks like a beautiful day and I hope to get out and enjoy some of it after the chores are done.
Compared to yesterday’s tea, the leaves are much smaller and fine. I managed to follow instructions and let the boiling water cool for one minute and then steeped this for three minutes. I am rather impressed with the results. It’s difficult for me to drink a lot of black teas plain but this is very smooth without much bitterness or astringency. It has a slight cocoa flavor/aroma and is very smooth. I agree with Joshua that in some ways it is reminiscent of a darjeeling due to the stone fruit flavors but without that darjeeling “bite” that you can sometimes find in a second flush. It has the smoothness of a Chinese tea which is really interesting.
To me this is delightful and I will definitely consider picking up the larger size.
Another tea I picked up from Harney, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this but I do enjoy a good Irish Breakfast tea every so often.
I steeped this for only 3 minutes and I was glad. It’s a fairly brisk and hefty assam with a bit of astringency and a winey-like aftertaste. I definitely needed milk and sugar with this one but that’s about what I was expecting. I don’t really think this is any better than the Twinings brand I can get in the grocery store but it is certainly acceptable to me. I managed to sleep for 11 hours last night and I’m happy about that! Definitely going to try avoiding coffee today…
Last weekend I had the Mint Fields by Republic of Tea so I decided to try this for comparison, the price was certainly right. A mix of peppermint, spearmint and lemongrass, the peppermint was not too overpowering which was definitely a relief. A nice soothing herbal. I had a cup hot yesterday and then brewed some and stuck it in the refrigerator so I could enjoy it iced. This will be great for the sunny days we sometimes see here in the foggy city.
The first of a few samples I purchased from Nepali Tea Traders. I had some ambitious plans for today but right now I am drinking tea in my bathrobe and that seems okay with me. :)
These are gorgeous slender leaves that are a mix of dark brown and white. My cup brewed up to be a medium reddish-brown color that smells of walnut and oak. This is slightly reminiscent of a second flush darjeeling but with some mellow character. At first I did not notice the floral character at all, but as the cup cools I am finding it.
To me the flavor of this tea is nutty with a bit of astringency and the fruitiness really comes out in the finish. I used boiling water for my tea but on the website they suggest using water that has cooled off for one minute, so I will have to try that next time. I will update my tasting notes if I find anything has changed. I do seem to get better results with teas from this region and darjeelings with water that isn’t quite so hot. It is easy to drink this plain due to the mellow quality but it would also be nice with a touch of sweetener, definitely no milk.
Overall I was pleased with this, it seems to be a fine Nepali tea.
Backlog- yesterday afternoon’s tea. This came in my last Harney and Sons order. I always liked the original Paris from H&S so I thought I’d try this.
I steeped this for 4 minutes and I think it came out just right. For a decaf it is pretty tasty, I got the vanilla and caramel but I thought I also detected a berry type of flavor. I didn’t pick up much bergamot, which is fortunate since I’m not really a fan. I did end up adding soymilk to this and quite happily finished it. It’s hard to find decaf teas that I really like but this is quite nice. I need to address my insomnia problem and I think cutting back on the caffeine will certainly help. I’m looking forward to cuddling up with this tea one afternoon and reading a good book. :)
I’ve been having problems sleeping this week, I seem to keep waking up at 3 am for some reason. Part of it could be due to the fact that I’m getting older now but I think my lifestyle could use a bit of revamping and I’m thinking about cutting caffeine out after 12 pm again.
In any case, I am tired this morning so I needed this! The anniversary blend came in a large 7 oz tin and is a mix of ceylon and assam. This blend is very smooth but perhaps a bit brisk and slightly bitter for me, which I assume is due to the assam. Some assams are so mellow I could drink them straight but evidently this is not one of them. I needed soymilk in this tea to make it drinkable for me. Not destined to be a favorite, which is too bad since I have a lot of it now!
I will certainly finish off the tin someday. Might try steeping at 3 minutes instead of 4 to see if I like it better that way.