2705 Tasting Notes
Here’s my tea of the morning and thanks to Indigobloom for the sample. I was expecting to be a bit underwhelmed because I don’t find too many chocolate teas that seem worthy of accolades.
I was wondering if I steeped this for too long (5 minutes) but really wanted to coax the flavors out more. The brewed tea smells like chocolate liquor but the flavor is really light. I get the cocoa noted but the almond is even a bit more difficult to detect. It was better with soymilk and rock sugar. Darn you, chocolate teas, for giving me a sense of false hope. ;-)
I managed to get out for a long walk with the BF which was nice, probably the most exercise I’ve had since I busted my arm 3 weeks ago.
He picked this as our afternoon tea, after giving me the obligatory speech about how much tea I have already and how I don’t need to buy any more. hee hee! This is nice, the combo of lemongrass and rooibos. We also discovered my old tea kettle is full of rust so I guess I’ll be getting rid of that and using the variable temp kettle from here on out…
2nd rooibos tea blend of the afternoon. I haven’t been drinking this much since the holidays. This is one tisane I actually prefer to underleaf a bit since I find the mint so overpowering. There isn’t even any actual peppermint here, just candy cane flavoring. I really like this with soymilk and today I tried it with a sprinkle of cinnamon and some cacao powder — nice. Maybe I’ll try making a hot chocolate with it soon.
Candy cane latte anyone? I really need to get that milk frother I’ve had my eye on…
Green tea of the morning here! I did well yesterday with having a few servings of green tea and am hoping the theanine keeps my stress levels at bay. This is one of my favorite senchas because it has an underlying sweetness like sweet potatoes and is not as seaweed-y as other senchas I’ve tried.
Tea of the afternoon for me. I can’t believe I’ve never rated this before but according to Steepster I have not. I got this in the last Lupicia grab bag that came around.
This is a very authentic lasting grapefruit flavor. I’m reminded the most of the tart sweetness of a ruby red grapefruit. I’ve had it hot and iced and I really like it both ways. The grapefruit does overpower the green tea a bit but it’s slightly grassy and vegetal in the background. “Zesty” is a nice way to describe this.
I like drinking this as an afternoon tea and it will definitely boost your spirits with the puckery brightness… a little sugar is nice in it too.
I miss Japanese green teas, maybe I need to treat myself to some gyokuro soon. :)
Lately I feel like I should be trying to drink more green tea just for the health benefits especially theanine. That is difficult when black teas are clearly my favorite!
Anyway I picked this up in Japantown yesterday. I got the mesh teabags but I don’t think I’ll create a new entry for it.
I steeped this for 60 seconds and got a vivid neon green color. This appears to be a fukumushi sencha, according to the Sugimoto website. I’m getting mostly gentle grassy notes with a bit of nuttiness and a slight astringency in the finish… It’s far less “seaweed” like than some other Japanese green teas I’ve had, but not the most flavorful fukumushi I’ve had. You can definitely get two steeps out of these teabags. This is a good everyday tea, however I prefer the bagged sencha from Den’s.
I thought I had drank all of this but I found some lurking in my stash. I’m really sad this was discontinued because it’s so good. Strong apple flavor and cinnamon goes really well with the red rooibos. Looks like I’ll be on the hunt for another apple rooibos soon…
This is a sipdown, finally. You’d think since I have been spending so much time at home I’d be sipping more stuff down but I really have a lot of tea :)
I won’t miss this too much, it doesn’t quite live up to the name although it smells incredible. S & V used to carry a good apple rooibos tea but I think it was discontinued because I can’ find it on their site any more.