187 Tasting Notes
Wonderful as always. Lovely as an after dinner relaxing tea. I really do like jasmine teas. I need to try some other ones though. Start refining my palate. Only steeped for one minute, didn’t pay attention to the instructions. Need to try it at two minutes sometime.
Mmmmm, coffee. Yummy. The orange, the almond, the cocoa nibs, its like decaf heaven in a cup. I haven’t really had much coffee since I recently started drinking boat-loads of tea, so this was a nice throwback to something else I enjoy. The smell is very gently coffee-like, more like a whiff than a full on olfactory assault. The taste is less coffee-like, and more almond, I think. My lack of a palate is starting to show. And annoy me! Maybe one day it will show up and I’ll experience the “waves of flavor” and be able to identify things the way other very clever note-writers do.
This is my first rose and first chun mee tea. I’m not sure what I think about it. I like it, with reservations. There is a bitterness, a sharpness of taste that I can’t decide if it is an effect of preparation or of the tea itself (I followed upton’s brew instructions). This is definitely a strong tea at the recommended preparation. This has a heavy floral note to it—don’t go into this one expecting hints of rose, since that isn’t what you’ll get. It sort of smacks you upside the head with rose. Rose isn’t bad, but so far, of the florals, I like the more delicate flavor of jasmine better.I think 5 minutes might be too long a steep time. I think I’ll go shorter next time with a slightly cooler water temperature.