1217 Tasting Notes
Sip down sample! This one’s from Kasumi no Chagin.
I got 4 rounds with a gaiwan on this black. First 2 infusions were really good! Had an interesting sweetness and fruity (grapey raisin?) going on that I wasn’t expecting. However, steeping 3 it started getting bitter and steeping 4 was full out bitter.
I find the bird logo on these Majani teas quite attractive!
I’m at like 197 teas – dangerously close to 200. Sad thing is that I never cupboard my samples and they get shuffled to the bottom of tea tins – so my stash is probably more like 225. Time to drink ALL THE SAMPLES, or at least try to dent them.
This one is an old one from Rachel Sincere. Tastes like.. wine? It’s oddly malty to me. It has a slight sourness from the pineapple thats rounded out by the raisiny grape flavor. Very interesting, not really for me /waves fist at raisins, but I think i might have to get some for my MIL, who I’ve been getting wine teas for. However, she says she’s overloaded with tea – with a stash of like 12. OOOooooOooOOOO, 12! I don’t think I could function with a stash of 12!
Trying to get the hang of my gaiwan. After my first experience (that I’ll blog about later) my gaiwan skillz got better. Today I’m just accident prone. I knocked over my cookie batter bowl, then the electric hand mixer. I missed chucking my tea leaves into my compost pail, so there’s red hibiscus tea splotches on my tile. Probably not a day to gaiwan, but I’m stubborn.
I got 3 runs so far, twice burning my fingers and one spilling accident. Of course, I just cleaned the kitchen this morning, but now its got cookie dough and tea all over the floor and counter!
First two quick steepings of this black was pretty good – rich, bold and a little caramel like. 3rd round my cup is now astringent, but still good.
Though, this tea goes well with my cookies!
I wish my cookies were pretty, I just sliced them. Knowing my luck today, I would of cut myself with the cookie cutter.
TY Kasumi no Chagin for the sample!
First to tea log Blushing Geisha?
I thought this tea would be really tart. Green tea, jasmine flowers, marigold petals, safflowers, hibiscus, and natural flavors? Hmmm.
Anyways, Blushing Geisha is really easy to steep! 212F for 2 to 3 minutes and it comes out a delicious, not too tart, lightly floral & sweet and very hibiscus fruity tea! The green tea is light here, as the mystery flower fruityness took over. With sugar or made as an iced tea – watch out! Very good and exotic!
Only thing that didn’t come out was the resteep and cold steep. Resteep was too light and the cold steep was too tart and not all the flavors came out.
Full blog review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/blushing-geisha-from-steep-city-teas/
My husband, the tea hater, needs to try this one as he might like it. He was at work when I was drinking this – I’ll report back if I can get him to try this tea!
NoooooOOooOOOoOOoooOOoo! Sip down!
I made Kamba Berry iced – came out super strong strawberry! There was quite a bit of small bits at the bottom of my bag. Though, it resulted in a very natural tasting strawberry tea! Very yummy!
Back to making cookies! Hate when I’ve already made the cookie batter and I find out I need to chill the dough. Boo, the oven is all ready to go!
My first Verdant Tea! Uh oh!
I selected this oolong as my first, hey, Oolong Owl, yeah?
I did a gongfu brewing and went completely tea drunk crazy. I need to do this again! LOL
Very good oolong – I was impressed how rich and flavorful this tea was in very short steeps! Lots of great nutty, caramel and floral notes. At infusion #8, I was getting mineral notes and bell pepper vegetal which was interesting. I had a really good tea
The cold steep was okay, but I prefer this tea hot!
Full, long and crazy review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/shui-jin-gui-wuyi-oolong-from-verdant-teas-tea-review/
Owls wearing tea strainers? Oh boy
I’m watching more k dramas – tonight is Rooftop Prince! Man, I like historicals. I almost was tempted to watch Faith over again, that series is amazing!
So, veg’n out on popcorn and this tea. There was a time I thought “I will blog ALL my teas” but figured in the end, with 200 teas in my cupboard, that will take a year. So, I figured I woulnd’t blog this one.
This one is okay. It has a tropical edge with the pineapple and papaya, however the dreaded raisin is present. I don’t mind raisins in tea (ie, Oatmeal Raisin cookie by Della Terra), though they don’t seem to agree with me so far for fruit herbals. The taste is just kinda funky. Oh well. I’ll finish this off.
I had a crazy week with etsy related stuff – I came out with a new owl crochet pattern, which took up most of my week of writing, taking photos of owls, answering emails and repeated trips to the post office. Arg.
So, I forgot to tea log this. Orange Brulee is very candy like – the orange is sweet and strong, with savory caramel and creamy flavor! Bit grassy at times too. I got a solid resteep and probably could of gotten another one.
I found this tea pretty sweet – I like to try a new tea once with sweetner, but Orange Brulee was already pretty sweet!
I love how strong and full flavored this tea is. Also amazing how DTT got the orange, caramel and cream to come out. However, as much as I like candy like teas, this was pushing the sweetness level for me – so I can see myself saving this tea for super sugar cravings.
Full Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/orange-brulee-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/