1905 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon/early evening here. The dry leaf smells like a flower garden and is very relaxing.
This got steeped for 3 minutes in the Bee House teapot. The tea itself is lightly rosey but it isn’t too strong in my opinion. It has a nice vegetal quality, mixed with the flowery sweetness of the rose. I think I prefer a rose congou when it comes to rose scented teas, but this is pretty nice for a quiet moment. might be nice iced, as well.
Another tea from the David’s Tea fall collection…
I was looking forward to trying this one and this morning we are fogged in again in S.F., so this seemed like a sweet and cosy thing to try this morning.
This was steeped for 5 minutes and got some soymilk thrown in. It’s a bit sweeter than I thought it would be, but I like it pretty well. It has a nice pumpkin flavor and the cardamom is definitely shining through, which I love. There is a slight touch of clove but nothing too overwhelming. Pretty good but I admit I am partial to the Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie by Della Terra. :)
I had high hopes for this one, but alas… no
It is just a light yellow banana type liquid. I am not getting anything “bready” from this concoction. Might need to steep the rest of it with some actual tea. It’s a bit better with some brown sugar but overall, not that great IMO. I much prefer the banana oolong. So far I am not overly impressed with the fall collection.
Part of the David’s Tea fall collection.
It smells like Jolly Ranchers in the bag so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect…
My first sip – hmm. this is an oddly disconcerting mix of flavors. I was hoping there would be more apple and I really feel like the nut and the rose are clashing with each other and I’m picking up on a slight bitterness too. I normally like rose teas but this is going in the solid “meh” category – I’m not disappointed that I only got 1 oz.
I finally made it to the new David’s tea in San Francisco! I picked this tea to try in the store. I don’t know what water temperature this was at. To me it seemed really hot since it took me a while to finish this. I was surprised at how buttery the oolong was, and the banana was present but not totally overpowering. I liked this pretty well for a flavored tea but I think it might be even better with a touch of sugar.
This is another tea that came in my little set of 1 oz. Kusmi tins…
yeah it’s a gunpowder tea which I thought was kind of amusing. I have to wonder why they choose this particular tea. I’m definitely getting the fruity element here as well as the caramel and a bit of orange. It’s a really nice afternoon tea, I can’t say I am blown away by it, but it’s tasty. I wonder what this would be like iced?
This tea seems a lot smokier than I remember it, almost like a lapsang, but I am enjoying it a lot this morning. The fog is back here with a vengeance these past few days, kinda gloomy here again in our fair city.
I want to get back into drinking more tulsi again, I totally forgot how nice and relaxing it is. This is a nice blend, too! Probably my favorite from Organic India.
Thanks to Jim at Simpson & Vail, for sending me a free sample of this tea.
It’s amazing that the dry leaf smells just like chocolate and the tea while it’s brewing is really sweet and malty smelling!
Unfortunately the tea itself was not really to my liking – it is pungent and bitter and required a lot of soymilk to mellow it out. I definitely prefer a more mellow assam – sorry S & V. :(
Tea of the morning here, a nice standard black which is meant to be an afternoon tea, but is also good for the morning.
I also did a new blog post about tea and painting at the Zen Center if anyone wants to read it: