2705 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning here… I have not gong fu’d anything in ages but my arm is feeling better so maybe I can think of this as part of my physical therapy. ;-)
I did my first steep for around 20 seconds in the gaiwan. Definitely getting the smoky aroma that other people have mentioned. There’s a nice starchy/sweetness to this along with the roasted notes. What if someone threw a sweet potato onto the campfire. hmm.
Going in for the second steep I notice the wet leaves smell strongly of tobacco. I did this round for around 20 seconds. Personally I am picking up some bitterness in the finish that I’m not too keen on, this is harsh for such a short steeping time. I’m getting honey and bittersweet chocolate.
Third steep I did Western style with a steep time of around 40 seconds. I am just not finding myself enjoying this much. I ended up putting soymilk and sugar in it to make it more palatable.
I don’t know if I messed it up somehow but I don’t think this one is for me, sorry….
Free sample provided by the Devotea — many thanks again!
I know I’ve been posting a lot of whiny tasting notes but I have to whine a little bit more! I just got home from my first physical therapy appointment and boy, was that ever painful… It’s hard to imagine I’ll ever get back to normal. I wanted to treat myself to something nice when I got home, so I decided to bust this out… of course what I really want is an entire chocolate cake but that probably isn’t a good idea. ;-)
The spicy/sweet note of the star anise is definitely prominent here, the cinnamon is the next thing I notice followed by the clove and the black pepper. I enjoyed this with some soymilk and a bit of rock sugar and it’s just rich and sweet enough to imagine I’m doing something decadent. Definitely a unique chai and very warming for the chilly fog that’s rolling in. I can see myself keeping more of this on hand, I do love a good chai.
Finishing off this sample from Upton Tea this morning. I can’t even consider this a sipdown because sample teas “don’t count” in my opinion, or wacked out world of tea sipping.
Congous are not my favorite tea in terms of flavor profile. I find them to be fairly mild for my taste and this is no exception. There are some very gentle notes of something, cocoa with a bit of earthiness. I can’t imagine why I would need to have a full size of this… not too upset that it’s gone.
Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this tea. I’ve been trying to eat fruit with breakfast every day and I love berries. This time of year I usually get the frozen berries which are still a treat.
Spice & Tea Exchange claims this is a yunnan black tea, which is an interesting choice for the base. When I first tried this, I thought it was a ceylon due to the fruitiness, but I guess that’s the berry flavoring. I steeped this for 4 minutes before trying it, and still the overall blueberry flavor is light. It does taste fresh and natural but isn’t knocking me over in the flavor department. I detect more yunnan here than berry. I can’t quite make my mind up how I feel about this. One sip I am finding myself wanting more, but then another sip I feel it’s lacking.
I’m a fickle tea drinker this morning, but this was a good tasting experiment!
I’ve been feeling frazzled and low today, trying to get my doctor’s office to call me back is like an exercise in frustration (but if you owe them any money , you will never hear the end of it).
I’m reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and somehow this seemed like an appropriate tea to go with book. Beautiful to look at and I’m detecting nice flavors of peach and vanilla in my glass of tea. A quiet moment, almost enough to restore me to sanity. :)
I had a mug of this tisane last night while reading, used two teabags but still I don’t think the flavor is very good, for a chai it’s just pretty weak, though I like the idea of a tulsi chai. I should try making my own by finding a decent rooibos chai and throwing some tulsi in there. Just so “meh”, I’m glad I’m almost out of this.
Tea of the morning, purchased at Bi-Rite grocery in San Francisco. This review is for the mesh teabag form of the tea. The company is Silk Road in California (not the one in Canada).
For a black tea, this is very mellow and easy to sip on plain. I get a nice malty note in the very beginning followed by a gentle cocoa. There is something almost creamy about this, it also seems very pure and light. Devoid of astringency, even in the finish. This isn’t as spicy/peppery as some yunnans I’ve tried. Recommended if you enjoy a smooth and gentle cup you don’t need to bombard with milk & sugar. I’d like to try more things from Silk Road once my budget permits more tea purchasing…
It’s sad when you discover a tea you really like and then the company discontinues it, or in this case the company goes out of business!
I haven’t had this in a while because I’ve been hoarding it a bit. The sweetness of the golden yunnan mixes so well with the natural jasmine. I really don’t like jasmine teas that are overly perfume-y and drying. This hits the sweet spot for me. A nice, gentle way to wake up!
hmm, I’ll be glad when I can do yoga again as part of my workout routine.. might be a while before I’m up for the downward dog however. This is such a nice herbal blend anyway. It’s very much like a chai but has a bit of an herby element — maybe from the nettles? I like the honeybush in here and the cinnamon. Overall really a nice blend! This and the Bombay Breakfast are my favorites from TJP.
Tea of the afternoon here. I woke up from a nap a little while ago and was thinking about going out for coffee. Instead I ended up making a tea. : )
This was part of my haul from Silk Road in Victoria last year. Traditionally I’m not really keen on bergamots, but the vanilla and fruit flavor makes it pretty tasty. I think there is something a bit “soapy” about the bergamot here that I’ve noticed before in Earl Grey.
Flavors: Stonefruits, Vanilla