1692 Tasting Notes
My bestie texted me this morning to ask if we could have tea today. I said, “Yes, please!” our computer got a virus and now my daughter’s high school transcript has to be redone completely from scratch. Oy vey! Transcripts are the very least favorite part of homeschooling to me!
Bestie has been wanting to learn to like green and white teas, so I chose this for our first. Since I have reviewed it a couple of times recently, I won’t restate a whole lot of what I said before, but it was a little different today and that is what I wanted to focus on.
The recommended steeping time is two to three minutes, and I was cautious before and kept it on the low side. Since it is such a light tea, I decided to increase my steep time today.
Drinking the first steep, I found myself running my tongue over my teeth repeatedly. I realized that the tea had left a creamy, almost buttery feeling. Yum! From now on, I will steep this one for three minutes.
This is a free sample from Russel Allyn and Harney and Sons. Thank you!
I tried this one cold, with some trepidation because I thought it might become bitter or too astringent. Nope! This was not only delicious, but the sweet rising aftertaste was so very good that I couldn’t stop drinking it.
I have had only a few senchas ever, drinking mostly Chinese greens. This sencha is memorable.
I am drinking this again today, this time with hubby.
It smells lightly of butter to me, maybe lightly buttered squash, but the vegetal part is mild. There is still a sense to me that the tea has somehow cleansed the water of all impurities, restoring it to its pristine, newly created state. I think of this as a light mineral flavor, like melted frost.
Hubby says it is good, and he doesn’t know what it tastes like, and that he is a Philistine so I will quit asking what he tastes. All done, sweetie! Enjoy your tea in peace! LOL!
This is a free sample provided by Russel Allyn and Harney and Sons. Many thanks!
The dry leaves had a lovely spinach aroma! I love the name – I did a survey once about “worship styles” and my results said that I feel closest to God out of doors. That is absolutely right, though throw in some mosquitos and our summer humidity and I will get close to God right by the a/c vent thank-you-very-much. The aroma of the dry leaves reminded me of the aroma of Weishan Mao Feng that I tasted a few days ago, but the liquor is nothing like!
The tea steeped to a lovely greenish yellow. I poured some into my small white cup and there were tiny specks of dark green, which I find absolutely beautiful. My husband freaks out if there are “bits” in his tea, but with good tea, I consider it to be decoration, like spices sprinkled on food. It makes it look so wholesome, so real, so unprocessed and natural.
The taste of the tea is vegetal, grassy, and very brothy. There is a bit of butteriness as well, but perhaps that is the texture of the tea rather than the taste. This is a wee bit brisk, not unpleasantly. H&S gives it a 2 on their briskness scale, so very low.
After the sip, for several minutes a sweet taste arises – the sweet plum flavor but here mixed with a hint of the spinach flavor as well.
The second steep is as dark, and the flavor almost unchanged.
I am glad I made a lot of this. I have combined the first two steeps in my tetsubin over the warmer so I can drink it all day, and I hope to give these leaves a good run and see how many good steeps they have in them!
Thank you, Russell and Harney and Sons!
A student missed her lesson Wednesday so her mom brought her this morning. I have been very tired this week, so I thought it would be a great pick-me-up to have tea during the lesson. I made a really big pot of this and some Madame Butterfly. They were tea newbies, but they loved both!
I drank some hot this morning and saved the rest for supper. It had been sitting out for about ten hours so you might as well call it iced tea at that point. I made a vegetarian black bean chili for supper which we served over rice and topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and freshly ground green peppercorns from Penzey’s. The tea was so refreshing and light with it. I don’t think I would like heavy bergamot iced. This one is just right for me! I bet Diamond Jubilee will be great iced, too.
I rarely review this tea but a pot is made almost daily in this house. This is my youngest daughter’s favorite tea and she drinks it just about every day. I buy it by the pound, and still sometimes run out and have to borrow some from a friend while waiting for my order to come!
I served this yesterday as my never-fail back-up tea in case my new guests didn’t like the others. The young lady (age 12 going on 25) liked this one best. It is a very smooth base and the vanilla is well done, not artificial tasting. There were vanilla bean specks in the pot when we were done!
Backlogging from yesterday: This is the tea that was the raison d’être for yesterday’s tea party.
My student mentioned during a lesson that she and her mother used to drink tea with a Moroccan lady who had moved back home, and said her mother really missed the fun they had. I invited them to come try some of my tea!
She said that the tea smelled identical to what her friend made, but her friend used fresh spearmint in hers so it may have been a little different. She seemed to really like it. I love it. I didn’t add anything at all to mine, but she and her daughter added White Gold honey and liked it.
I enjoy spearmint more than peppermint in my area and wanted to grow some, but by the time I got around to going to the nursery they we sold out. Maybe next year!
Backlogging from yesterday: We had an extra tea time this week, as I found out that the mother of one of my students is friends with a Moroccan lady who moved back to Moroccan. This mom has been missing having Moroccan Mint with her friend so I invited them to have tea with us. We made Moroccan mint and I tried to choose other teas that I thought they would like.
This tea was the favorite of the daughter, and I think her mother liked all three very well, but she must have liked this one a lot because her husband mentioned it when I saw him later.
I am liking this more every time I drink it, and I have decided it has to be on shelf at all times! I may order it from Gurman’s, but if Tin Roof Teas gets their delivery of Fuzzy Navel and it is the same, I will purchase it there. I am pretty sure it will be the very same tea, as the description is identical and both are sourced from a German distributor.
Fresh, smooth, sweet, delicious, and pretty darned near perfect. I can find no fault with it.
I came home from writers’ group soooo hungry. I didn’t want caffeine this late but I didn’t think I should have a chocolate shake, which is my go-to night time I’m hungry snack.
Instead I made the pinterest popcorn in the microwave – pour 1/2 cup popcorn kernels into container, stir in one tsp. oil, pour into brown paper lunch sack, fold top of bag over and microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes. you can spray it with Pam or pour melted butter over it, salt or season to taste.
To go with it and cut down on calories I had this herbal tea blend. Very refreshing, almost no calories since I only added a touch of sugar, and no fat. Hooray! And I finished the pitcher! My next iced tea I think will be Passionfruit by H&S.
This is a free sample provided by Russel Allyn and Harney and Sons. Many thanks!
What can I say about this tea? It is a green tea but the liquor is paler than most of my white teas.
The aroma is buttered spinach.
I used city water to make this tea, but I swear it tastes like pure snow melt with spinach and a little dab of butter. It tastes as though the tea has cleansed the water to a purity not seen in ages. It has that high mineral note you get when you eat frost. (All you young folks – kids used to scrape and eat the fine frost that formed in freezers before they started making them frost free. Mom always told me it was going to kill me one day. LOL! I think food poisoning or something.)
I steeped it for the full three minutes in 170F water, and there is no trace or bitterness or astringency.
This cup is an escape. No more writing. Time to turn inward. Thank you, Russel and Harney and Sons!