413 Tasting Notes
I got this one from carol who in a mini swap. It’s sweet and slightly tart. I like it. I don’t have a lot to say about it. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s nice. I placed an order with The Tea Spot just before I tried this (I meant to try it before I ordered, but my brain isn’t quite 100% right now with this blah I’ve got going on) and I completely forgot. It worked out okay because I don’t think I would ordered this, but it was nice to try.
The second steep wasn’t quite as sweet or tart, but it was still there.
This tea came from carol who and I’ve been excited to try this one. I just wanted to be sure I would have time to enjoy it.
Oh, just opening the little plastic baggie this tea came in was heavenly. Spearmint is my favorite of the mints, and this definitely smells spearmint. Mmmm. The difference between the spearmint and the gunpowder leaves in the tea is immediately apparent, and they’re in an almost perfect balance. Beautiful.
Lifting the infusion basket out of the mug, and I’m hit with the scent of the spearmint. Dreamy. I let it rest a moment and just inhale the smells. Oh the smells. My nose is happy, but my mouth is waiting.
The first sip. The spearmint envelops me. I love it. Then I taste the gunpowder, just faintly, and it has that almost coppery aftertaste. Mmmm. The next sip, I taste the green grassy flavor a little more, and it still ends slightly metallic.
Now this, this is a splendid cup of tea.
Thank you, carol who!!!
I got enough of this for one mugful from KallieBoo! in a mystery stash sale box. It was actually a lot yummier than I expected. It definitely is a nice balance of chocolate and mint, and quite a decent amount of both. A lot of chocolate mint teas I’ve had before have been weak on the chocolate or the mint or both. This was rich chocolate and tingly mint. I didn’t get vanilla, though, but that may have been because it just combined in with the chocolate flavor and made it creamier. I don’t know. All I know was this was a very nice treat for myself this morning.
I keep trying to get a time when I can really sit and enjoy this tea, and write up a good review. Sigh. Today was not that day. It could have been, but I got distracted when I was steeping it and I oversteeped it. By about 7 minutes. Which is not so good for a green tea that is only supposed to go 1-3 minutes. It wasn’t undrinkable, but I know it’s not the way this tea is supposed to be, so no good review yet. (And I had this all ready for my morning conference call that only one other person called in for. Neither of us are the key people needed at this point in thing, either. Grrr.)
Another tea from carol who
This tea is an earl grey lavender tea. It’s very strong on bergamot and lavender. I will admit it took me a few sips to get into this one. I think I wasn’t expecting those flavors to be quite so strong. Once I got into it, I was into it. I definitely enjoyed this one. I probably could have used another caffeinated tea at this point, though.
I got this one from carol who in a mini swap. I was hoping this one would be better, but it tastes fairly weak to me. I could find no steeping directions. I tried it at 1:30, which is normally about what I would steep a green for, and there was almost no anything to it, so I added another minute. That helped some, but I still don’t get a lot of flavor from it. It’s a little sweet from the fruit in it, but that’s about it. Oh well. Maybe if I had more leaf that would have helped. It was worth the try, though.
I wrote the original part as I was part way through the cup. As it cooled, I found this got better. Still not amazing, but better. I bet this would be good iced as the flavors seem to come out better in the cooler temps. If I see this again in any of the tea boxes I’m involved in, I will definitely grab it and try it that way.
This is one of the teas I ordered from Yunomi that showed up on Friday. I’m just now getting a chance to try it. I woke up with a sinus headache after having one most of the day yesterday (not fun at a high school robotics competition, let me tell you.) So I figured a nice mug of tea would be nice.
I picked this one and started reading the steeping instructions. They’re for 2g of tea in a 1/3 of a cup. I probably could have broken out my gaiwan and used that, but I really wanted a nice mug. So I used about 5g and put it in the basket of my ForLife mug. There aren’t a lot of flowers in the 10g size, either, maybe about 8 or 9, so I put 4 of them in this portion and left the rest in the other half. 190° was the recommendation, which seemed a little hot for me, but it seems to have worked out well. I might try the other half at about 180° just to see if it makes a difference. There was also a lot of dust in the pouch, but probably because it is such a small amount and traveled half way around the world.
It’s a nice, green, grassy sencha, quite clear once I let the dust settle. It’s maybe a touch floral, but not much. When I ordered it, I wanted more floral, but now that I’m tasting it and that’s not what it is, I’m actually quite okay with that. It’s got a really nice flavor.
I don’t think it’s helping my head any. I’ve got way too much to do today. After robots taking most of my time since Wednesday night, and new furniture coming tomorrow, we’re so behind. I have to go buy a sheet set because the company I ordered custom sheets from screwed up and the fixed sheet hasn’t gotten through customs yet. ( I should have opened that sooner, but I didn’t want the cats getting into it.) I have a lot of vacuuming to do, as well as moving the old furniture into the guest bedroom. We were supposed to have my BIL here to help, but his flight tonight was cancelled and the only one he could get on today is taking off soon. (Husband took him to the airport and should be back any minute now.)
My head still hurts, but this tea is good. I’m looking forward to seeing how the leaves resteep.