2705 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon here and another small sample from Upton.
I wasn’t sure about their suggested steeping parameters since 4-5 minutes seems like a long time for a Chinese tea. I settled on 2 minutes for mine and this seems to have been a good choice. This is a little darker than some Golden Monkeys I’ve had in the past. It has some gentle malt and cocoa notes along with a bit of winey-ness but there’s not bitterness or astringency anywhere, just a nice flavorful cup! My favorite Golden Monkey is Red Blossom’s version but this is good too. I decided to steep the leaves for a 2nd time at 4 minutes and that was good as well. Equally good neat or with a splash of soymilk.
I got a few samples from Upton to try recently. Being alone at home all day with my credit card and the internet is dangerous for tea buying! I’ve been trying to focus mostly on small purchases until I make more progress getting my cabinet decupboarded.
This is a VERY strong blend, the keemun and assam combo are extremely winey and brisk. This is a little too bitter and pungent for me to drink it plain. Adding soymilk did help some, but I’m afraid I’m not a super big fan of this. Even adding sugar didn’t help it out too much. Well at least I only got the sample size :)
This is my second attempt at trying out this sample. When you keep the steeping time short (to around 10 seconds) it has some nice cocoa notes along with a bit of roasted/fruitiness that remind me a bit of a wuyi oolong. I’m surprised that some people have been steeping this tea for so long with good results. When I tried steeping mine for 40 seconds it became bitter to the point of being almost undrinkable. I’m glad I tried this but can’t seem to make it hit any kind of sweet spot where I am really enjoying it, it will go unrated for now.
Tisane of the mid-morning here; I am attempting to take it easy on the caffeine today, or at least trying to pace myself. This reminds me a lot of Bonbon by Steven Smith. which is in a tin I can’t open right now (with my bum arm). I like cinnamon and ginger but there could be a little less licorice in this and I’d probably be happy.
I must have needed a decent English breakfast tea because this has been in my cupboard for a very short time. I woke up early (again) this morning and decided it was just time to go ahead and have a pot of tea.
I had some shocking news recently that my exbf died so I’ve been going over a lot of memories, we drank a lot of tea together and he bought me some of my tea ware. It was difficult to hear the news especially as he was relatively young… sigh
This was definitely an impulse buy for me as I’m not normally a big white tea fan or a jasmine fan, but I really just wanted the big red tin + I have no teas like this in my cupboard currently.
I’ve had two steeps of this so far and it’s a nice soothing afternoon tea. The white tea brews up to be a medium yellow color and is very clean tasting. The jasmine in this blend is definitely strong but it also seems natural. Some jasmines seem artificial and soapy tasting but this is lovely.
By the third cup of this, the jasmine flavor is starting to fade a bit and you’re left with more of the white tea flavor which is slightly peachy and ever so flowery from the jasmine. I’m not sorry I picked this up, it’s truly a nice relaxing tea which is what I need now trying to prepare for my physical therapy appointment!
Sample 1/3 I ordered from Joseph Wesley. I love a good assam, especially in the morning. These came in really cute sample tins with paper tags, though I’m afraid I will lose the tags and get them all mixed up!
I figured I would need to try this plain first, in order to get a good sense of what the tea really tastes like. It’s definitely a dark and malty brew with a citrusy, brisk note in the finish. There aren’t too many assams I could drink plain but this is definitely one of them. There’s a bit of astringency but nothing I cannot handle. I did prefer this with a splash of soymilk, which is how I drink most assams.
I prefer a little less briskness in my teas but overall I did enjoy this…
This tea is starting to grow on me a little bit and I raised the rating a little bit today. I still find it to be really strong but when you add milk and sugar it’s a fairly decent breakfast tea. I’m still trying to wake up but I have some new teas I was going to try today.
Breakfast smoothie of the morning! I used soymilk, banana, canned pumpkin, hemp seeds, ice and the matcha. It was good with a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on top as well. There’s no denying the matcha in this however. It’s actually a really good combination with the pumpkin… and you could make some fabulous desserts with this, I think.
Thanks to the folks at Devotea for sending me a sample of this. I must readily admit I’m not the biggest fan of second flush darjeelings so you may wish to take this review with a grain of salt.
My cup brews up to be a dark reddish brown and I’m getting a bit of the muscatel flavor, as well as something that reminds me of lemon rind, followed by a spice note. There is a bit of astringency in the finish. I liked this much better after adding a little bit of rock sugar which made the fruit flavors pop more. I really appreciate the chance to have tried it but I’m still not a big convert to the 2nd flush… unless they’re from Nepal.