2399 Tasting Notes
Good morning Steepster. I am doing okay aside from having a fractured finger which is really annoying and somewhat painful!
Anyway this is a good tea for consolation purposes. ;-) Today it’s a sipdown. I will certainly get more someday, it’s a great Golden Monkey. Today I am really getting such nice malty notes.
This is one of the teas that came in the Lupicia summer grab bag and I was fairly certain I was going to hate this because generally I’m not a big fan of grape flavored anything.
The bag says to steep this in boiling water which I found to be kind of strange… I’ve never done that with a green tea. I believe mine was steeped around 180 F. This really smells like grape candy – the aroma is a little on the artificial side for me.
However, I was surprised by the flavor in this. It isn’t as obnoxious as I was fearing it would be. The package says “sweet and mellow” kyoto grapes and that’s an apt description in my opinion. It reminds me a bit of white grape juice but definitely isn’t overpowering. Mostly it’s sweet and fruity but I get a slightly sour aftertaste. It goes really well with the sencha. REALLY glad I don’t hate this since I have a whole bag of it, next up I might try cold brewing it, it could be really good that way.
This was a bit of a disappointment to me as I’m not getting very much cherry at all, the chocolate is present in aroma and lightly in flavor. Eh, it tastes like tea flavored with Nestle Quik. Not sure what I might have done, if anything to mess this one up. Probably my least favorite thing from Della Terra so far. Better with soymilk added but not a big winner for me.
Traditionally I have NOT been a big fan of Earl Grey. This came in my Lupicia grab bag and it isn’t something I would have chosen for myself but I figured I would try it and I can always give it away to a friend.
Upon opening the bag there is a very strong but pleasant bergamot aroma. I am hopeful although I’m not a huge fan of keemun either so it isn’t a good sign overall. :)
This is pretty good however. I am trying to rate it based on its merits and not my own personal preferences. I decided to add soymilk to it and the bergamot is very strong and citrus-y. I don’t know why but keemuns always taste muddy to me so that’s the least enjoyable part of this in my opinion but it does make a good contrast with the bergamot and is pretty unique. It’s definitely a lot better than most EG’s I’ve had though. I think my favorite is still Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith.
So it’s been a while since I’ve had this one and I went to the T-We website and saw they have some new stuff, I need to go back soon and check out some of their other offerings. :)
Anyway this is a very strong and in your face blend which is why it’s called RENEGADE, I guess! This morning it seems really strong to me, almost a bit like coffee. The cinnamon is very pronounced too… It’s really good and getting me moving today!