2539 Tasting Notes
Tea of the late morning here and part of thepuriTea’s fancy black tea sampler. I like darjeelings since they are one black tea I prefer to drink plain. To me they really seem more like oolongs than black teas. The puriTEa has some odd steeping recommendations: 5-7 minutes for a darjeeling? that really seems like overkill.
Anyway this is the 2nd flush tea from Sungma. I’ve had one of these before from Harney and Sons. Compared to the HS version this seems slightly less flavorful but very smooth. I am not getting a big floral element but more of a fruity and mineral one. I like the fact that this cuppa doesn’t have much astringency to it.
Not the best 2nd flush darjeeling I’ve had but certainly tasty. It’s raining today and I think I’ll have some more of this later this afternoon. Great day to drink tea and think of a warmer climate. :)
Thanks to terri for sending some of this my way, I also got some in thepuriTea reserve black tea sampler I just got. Couldn’t resist the free shipping deal they have going on.
I wasn’t sure how many pearls to use exactly so I ended up with 5 in a mug of tea. This may have been not enough leaf because the tea seems a bit watered down to me. I am getting the lovely malty aroma and flavor and yes, there is a bit of apple like fruitiness present, which is really cool. So far I like it but I need more tea vs. less water I think. Not going to do a rating for now. Has anyone tried to gong fu this? I might need to!
For some reason my allergies have been going haywire today. I removed gluten for a while and then ate something with wheat in it yesterday. I’m not sure what the connection is but I guess I’m leaving the wheat alone for the time bring. I picked this tea for the afternoon because green tea always helps with my allergies and this is fresh and bright tasting. I also got a very nice second steep out of it.
I bought this recently with my American Tea Room order. It’s the last tea from that purchase I need to try aside from the Cardamom Black which I simply cannot FIND. I can’t remember if I left it at work, in which case it might have disappeared along with the tea strainer that went missing. :(
Anyway on to this rooibos… I steeped this for about 7 minutes because I was trying to get my laundry out of the dryer. Tasting it now it’s like a double punch of lemon. This is seriously a lemony tea, like the cup is sitting near me and I feel like I’m smelling lemon pledge. ATR says the aroma is candy sweet but I’m getting mostly citrus.
I thought this needed a bit of sugar and soymilk to mellow it out, and I do like it better this way. It seems VERY strong so next time I might try to steep it for a little less time. This would be a good one to try iced, I think.
A few people have compared it to Della Terra’s lemon chiffon. That is a nice blend but it also had dairy in it, which isn’t something I want to see in my tea. So, at least this is a vegan lemon-y rooibos. I might need to experiment with this a little bit… it might be good with some ceylon or a nilgiri mixed in too.
IMO, good but not wonderful
A tea from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. I forgot I had this, it was lurking in the back of my tea cabinet. As you can see, it was/is one of my more positive experiences with white tea. I enjoyed this today with a touch of ginger root, which was nice. I won’t forget about it anymore, I hope!
Just a quick note… this is my first tea of the morning and it’s a bit of an experiment. I decided I would try making a blend with the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and vail and it’s a pretty good combination. The chai definitely overpowers the Florence but there is a bit of hazelnut/cocoa peeking out in the finish.
This was the tea of the afternoon. The BF and I had some tea at a cafe en route to the Berkeley Art Museum and the only teas they had were from Stash so I decided to try this.
When I think of Christmas flavors, I guess I think of cookies, eggnog, gingerbread and things of that nature. This is a white tea with ginger and peppermint. It didn’t really remind me of the holidays at all, but it turned out to be a good after lunch tea because I think it helped out with digestion as well as my overall perkiness levels. I do not think I would buy this for myself, but certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered.
I discovered if you rinse the dry leaf before brewing this tea becomes a lot more palatable, that kind of rinses away whatever powdery substance was making it muddy before. Drank with soymilk and a bit of sweetener. Not destined to be a favorite but I think I can finish the bag now. :)
Evidently it’s unearthing old Upton samplers day for me…
Usually I’ve liked everything from the Temi estate and this is no exception. Very similar to a darjeeling in aroma but in terms of flavor it has a definite woody flavor and seems more astringent than I would normally prefer. I should have brewed it at a lower temp, but a touch of stevia perked it right up!
p.s. I brought a new tea strainer to work and hope it doesn’t disappear!