104 Tasting Notes
I kind of forgot how much I’ve loved tea in the last couple of weeks. Between TMI’s, I haven’t really been feeling the need for tea, but tonight, I just feel better than usual, so I decided on the the Bear Trap. And I’m glad I did. Just so yummy and tart. Definitely upping the score on this one just a bit.
I love this tea. I knew I would since I love the bloody orange herbal from adagio, but this is so much more. The orange and lemon flavors really do seem to piece together the white tea so well.
I used a heaping tsp and steeped for five minutes, but it was still on the weak side. I think next time I will use two tsps. I think a little stronger, and it will make a very fine iced tea.
I had forgotten all the components to this before sitting down to brew up a cup, so the smell of the raw tea was sort of a surprise. I hadn’t expected the raw tea to smell so much like one of those expensive coffees you get from Starbucks, but I was willing to give it a try.
The first infusion steeped for 3 minutes. The tea smelled kind of like coffee, but the taste was of very strong tea with a bitter aftertaste. There wasn’t much astringency in the first few sips, but it did get stronger.
I put in creamer and honey, and the creamer was too much. I could taste something else trying to come forward with the honey, but the creamer just blanded it out.
The second infusion (lost track of time, but it was supposed to be for five minutes) was much better. I didn’t use creamer, and the honey brought forward the caramel flavor, which was a nice surprise. I’m not sure if this will be something I keep around all of the time, but it is definitely a nice wake me up.
I think I finally got the perfect steeping time for this. Just the right about of bitterness and sweetness. Creamer plus honey = wonderful deliciousness for breakfast. I actually found the dregs a few hours later as I was cleaning up and gulped them down. Ice cold it was still delicious. Yummy.
There was just something about this tea that was just too light and elegant for breakfast. There is definitely the taste of green tea, but the color of the tea is so light, that I’m not sure if I had the right temperture for steeping, or if the recommended steeping time was long enough. Toward the end of the cup, as it got stronger, I can definitely say that this tea got better.
In future, I will have to remember not to have it with jelly toast :D.
This is something of a backlog, I suppose. I woke up last night with a dry mouth and the beginning of a migraine. So the first thing I thought of was tea, and this immediately came to mind for some reason. It was just so good and delicious. By the end of the sedond cup, I was feeling so much better that I was able to get back to sleep.
The only problem is, I only have tsp or so left, and recommendation is for two tsps! I guess I may end up mixing this with something else while I decide on how much to order, because this is going to become a staple in my tea cupboard — thanks ladykittkat
I think my water might have been too hot for this. I’m going to retry it again tomorrow. In the end, I had to add honey to make it more palatable. The first couple of sips reminded me of chamomile with a lemon twist. Remembering my reaction to place chamomile, this is not a good thing. Adding the honey brought out more of an orange peel flavor, which I happen to like, but there is this underlying vegetal taste of cooked cabbage that really reminded me of chamomile. I’m beginning to wonder if this is how my palate picks up floral components.
I’ll try this again making as sure as I can that my water is more in the 180 F range, just in case I messed up.