90 Tasting Notes
We have another winner here.
1st infusion: 3 1/4 minutes
The liquor of this is pale gold, though not as pale as the blend I did with the Long Jing. The flavor…exquisite. Soft jasmine melding seamlessly with delicate lilac. Like a chord played by a single instrument rather than a duet.
2nd infusion: 4 minutes
Contrary to expectations the color of the liquor this time is actually a BRIGHTER gold with faint green tones rather than the same or lighter. The flavor is the same floral melding as in the 1st infusion.
Backlogging from yesterday.
Yes, more lilac experiments. Having done the two extremes I decided to start exploring the middle regions of the tea spectrum and chose Life in Teacup’s 2010 Pre-Qingming Da Fo (Great Buddha) Long Jing first day harvest. After steeping, the liquor was the palest of pale green-golds (oxidizing to a slightly darker pale gold by the end of the pot). The lightly vegetal, acorn-like flavor was a perfect compliment to the delicate lilac note.
Backlogging from this morning.
One day you are walking through the woods. It’s a sunny day, new growth deciduous trees, past season’s leaves covering the ground in layers of leaf mold. A faint whiff of something floral wafts past you on the light breeze. Following the scent you come out into a clearing to discover an abandoned house, crumbling into ruin, with a giant lilac tree abutting the remains of a stone chimney, roots pushing through the age-softened mortar of the stone foundation.
Yeah…it’s kinda like that.
1st infusion: 2 minutes, boiling water
2nd infusion: 3 1/2 minutes, boiling water
The lilac note is barely noticeable this time.
I have been longing to try some lilac tea…seeing as I have a lilac bush right in my backyard I decided to try making it myself! I wasn’t sure how delicate the flavor would turn out so I picked the lightest tea I had which turned out to be the perfect choice.
1st infusion: 3 minutes
The liquor is a pale gold, almost shimmering, with a delicate lilac note and a lightly vegetal aftertaste.
2nd infusion: 5 1/4 minutes
Same color but the flavor is a bit lighter.
I still have lots of lilac left…wonder what I should try blending it with next.
Steeping time: 7 3/4 minutes
I got so caught up in making my breakfast I totally lost track of time…and I can’t even say it was the kids this time! I really need to buy a timer. But for all that there isn’t NEARLY as much bitterness in this as I had expected from the over-steeping!
This is definitely a fruity tea, but having never tasted a passion fruit I hardly consider myself fit to judge whether this tastes like one or not.
Many thanks to Jillian for this :D
I can definitely tell this has an oolong base. The deep amber liquor has a woodsy, citrus flavor with a bit of a…ginger kick? There’s no ginger listed in the ingredients though. Interesting. And if I didn’t know this was supposed to be grapefruit I don’t think I would have been able to tell. Overall, a nice oolong with a bit of a surprise in store for those who don’t read tea reviews XD
1st infusion: 2 minutes, boiling water
Despite the reviews here I was still rather surprised at the lightness/delicateness of this for a black tea. The deep red liquor was lightly malty, woodsy, and a tad fruity.
2nd infusion: 2 1/2 minutes, boiling water
The color is only slightly lighter but the flavor is much lighter and the fruity note has vanished.
A nice tea but not something I can’t live without.
The bright yellow liquor has a delicate peach flavor, like the flavor of the flesh just under the skin, not the tarter, stronger flavor from next to the pit.
Third time’s the charm. I used less leaf and did a shorter steep time and what do you know, Earl Grey really can be drinkable! No offense meant to people who love Earl Grey tea, I’ve just never managed to find a good cup of it before (plus the amount of bergamot in the Twinnings bags makes me sneeze). The bergamot here, however, was pleasant, not overwhelming.
I think I am officially impressed. I’m not an Earl Grey convert by any stretch of the imagination but this variety at least I can manage.