497 Tasting Notes
One of my favourite teas from the tasting today; the only tea of which I immediately bought 50g.
The dry leaf, which I got to smell, was very seaweed/fishy, much more like a very strong sencha, which, if I had smelled the leaf first, would have turned me off the tea entirely. I’m glad it didn’t, because the taste is absolutely amazing. It is sweet and light, with a surprising touch of an alcohol burn as it goes down. There is also a faint floral backhint, but not off-putting.
An amazing straight green, and a beautiful alternative to the senchas that I don’t care for.
Yet another tea from the tasting at the Tea Haus. I would have enjoyed this cup much more if it hadn’t been oversteeped, because it was definitely bitter, with a touch of acidity. The tea itself was a light golden yellow, very pretty. The flavour was faintly vegetal but mild; I heard this tea described as a work-a-day tea, and I would agree. A solid standard green.
This is the first straight sencha that I have almost actually enjoyed.
The scent of the brewed tea was very strong, with definite seaweed aromas and something else that I couldn’t quite place; almost like the roasted, popcorny taste of a genmaicha. The seaweed tapered down into a light vegetal flavour upon drinking, but that mystery flavour was still very present. Still didn’t turn me into a sencha believer.
The Tea Haus held a “Shades of Green” tea tasting today, so I got my green on! The first three teas we sampled were all Japanese greens, which I don’t usually like. I haven’t rated them, because I know already that I don’t like sencha and I don’t think it would be fair for me to rate one objectively since they all taste like butt to me.
So turns out that I don’t like matcha either! This offering had a very strong scent, very heavy and fishy. The taste was slightly less reeking of fish, but it was still very strong.
I will admit to being superficial and wanting to try this just because of that huge chunk of orange in the picture. I got a cuppa in-store while the wonderfully helpful guy bounced around to fill my four-page list of teas. I think it was both burnt and oversteeped, which dented my enjoyment of it a little. Still, the fruit flavours blended well with the white tea to make a light and fruity drink. It would make a good base for a sangria or an iced tea, but I don’t feel any great need to stock up.
As I sit me down in the passenger’s seat / I pray the lord my soul to keep / and if I die ‘cause TinaS doesn’t brake / I pray the lord my tea to take / up to heaven with me.
Road trip tea! It was off to London and its incredible Tea Haus for a tasting and a shopping spree, but I had to start the day off right, with one of my all-time favourite teas. Equal parts minty, musty, and smoky, this tea is perfectly balanced between light and dark and sweet and savoury. Just perfect.
First time I’ve logged this and actually agreed with the “last drank on” box.
Anyway. I like tea again! Yaaaay! And today is St Patrick’s Day, so I decided to start it off with a green (see what I did there?). Now, it’s a big deal for my family. We go out, get blind drunk by noon, and then sleep it off until six. However, I don’t drink any more (yay medication! boo medication.), but I finagled it so we’re hitting up the pub that has the Mystery Box of Tea. Tea for me all day!
Re: the tea. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. This tea is simply the best. I do think I oversteeped it, which means the grassy notes from the sencha start to fight back against the tingle of the ginger.
I wanted to make a cuppa today!
This is actually a pretty big deal. At a certain time during the month – if you know what I mean – I don’t want tea. It’s weird. I just don’t want tea. Black, green, herbal, whatever. Unlike every other foodstuff in existence, I don’t want tea. So when I thought “Hmmm, I could do with a cuppa . . .” I was overjoyed, as its been almost a week of tealessness.
That said, the first half of this cup was delicious.
The second half of this cup was bitter and oversteeped, since I ended up with almost a teaspoon of sediment in the bottom of my cup that kept steeping.