542 Tasting Notes
Backlog. Last Friday night. 4 days ago.
Even with all the gaps in my tasting notes logging this past year and a half, I really thought I’d logged this tea at least once. But I guess not.
To recap, this is the first puerh I’ve had. I was apprehensive trying it. Would I like it? Would it be completely gross? To my surprise, I liked it very much from the very first sip. And it definitely tasted different from a black tea.
So this particular time, I’d wanted to cup of tea after dinner and I’d been thinking about having this one a few days earlier. It came out a bit stronger than I remembered but I still enjoyed most of the cup until it cooled.
I had to wake up early this morning to call Apple about my tax free holiday being applied. iMac coming! So excited! It’s arriving either August 9th or 10th. That’s only a week away. =)
After being on hold for nearly 20 minutes (Apple has good hold music though), I thought a cup of something chocolatey sounded good. I browsed through what was left of my Valentine’s Day sample but this one sounded better. I’ve been meaning to try this one with a splash of milk but keep putting it off because I like it so much without and often enough milk ruins the taste of most black teas to me. But it was quite good here. Not sure I liked it enough this way to make it an all the time thing, but I’ll definitely do it again sometime.
Snuck a quick cup of this in before heading out to the dentist yesterday morning. It also happened to be the last cup I had of this from last year’s Xmas sampler. This was one of the teas that I enjoyed from it more.
(Now I’m sitting here trying to remember what the 6 teas that I’ve already finished from that sampler were. lol)
This cup of Cashew Turtle was strong but delicious. I very much enjoyed it. Bumping the rating up a couple of points since I like it more than when I first tried it. =)
Of course, I’m missing a whole slew of backlogged tea notes. At least it’s summer and I’m not drink as much tea as usual. Wait.. What am I saying? That is NOT a good thing.
So a mid-afternoon thunderstorm brought on more of the headache I’d had all day and a cup of tea became necessary. I’ve had this tea before several times but just have not logged it yet. My mom brought me TST’s Raspberry Black back from a trip to Savannah and she brought this for herself so of course I took a sample of it home with me too to enjoy.
It’s been awhile since I’ve had it though and I can’t remember how long I used to steep it for. I thought around 3 mins but I know I steep the Raspberry Black around 4 mins so I went with that. I do remember that I thought the peach was kind of artificial tasting before.
However, it was much better than I remembered this time. Which is good. Both because I enjoyed it and because I’ll likely drink the remainder of what I have left quicker now.
Backlog. Saturday night.
With Chinese – lemon shrimp with brown rice and veggies. Goes great with this. Second steep while online later.
2nd steep: 4 mins
I keep meaning to have this tea the next morning the day before but then when I wake up forgetting. It happens. I liked it pretty well the first time I had it. I was slightly heavy on the leaf and steeped a bit longer than I usually do for 52teas black teas. I’ve been of the mind that they could be a bit stronger, and I was right. I taste nutty, caramel, and vanilla but no chocolate specifically. Very good. The increase in steeping time left the second steep a bit weak for my taste.
2nd steep: 7 mins
After reaching for an uninspired cup of Earl Grey yesterday, I remembered that I had one more serving of this mate left and thought it would really hit the spot, even I’d be sad to be out of it. Heavy on the leaf, I steeped it an extra 30 seconds and was rewarded with a rich flavorful cup. I wonder if this will be good with just a touch of frothed milk?
2nd steep: 11 mins== == == == ==
Between here and my last tasting note, there is an unlogged backlog of Black & Blue by 52teas and A&D’s Elf Blend twice.
Well, this reverted back to tasting like a more bitter black tea with perhaps a hint of maple after coming out with maple-y cake-y goodness just the other day. I made it pretty much exactly the same too. I don’t know what happened. I had been looking forward to having it again.
The second steep a bit later came out better. I could taste the pancake-iness some but not really any maple.
2nd steep: 7 mins.
I cannot believe I haven’t had this since I decided not to put the massive backlog into Steepster and it’s not in my cupboard on here. [edit: Apparently, I have logged this tisane on Steepster. I just forgot to add it to my cupboard.] This is one of my favorite herbal creations that I’ve had from 52 Teas. I love love love and hearts it.
It tastes like a date nut muffin and is eminently drinkable. I usually finish my first cup before I even notice I have.
2nd steep: 12 mins.
From 52 Teas’ 2011 Xmas sampler, the first time I had this tea I remember getting a general sweet that I could think about and maybe get maple. I didn’t see what all the fuss was and didn’t think it tasted like pancake breakfast.
Last night, I decided that I wanted to have this tea again in the morning when I was looking through what I had left still from the Xmas sampler. I woke up this morning and steeped up a cup. Both the dry leaf and the steeped tea smelled of maple syrup, the dry leaf smelling more so. Sipping, I got the maple right away but I had to hunt for any hint of pancake and I’m still not sure I found it. As the tea cool, it hit its sweet spot and I started to enjoy the cup quite a bit. I think I’ll want to drink this one again instead of putting the rest away thinking of it as something I have to finish off at some time. I think I have about 2 servings left.
I had the second steep a few hours later and it was lightly maple and lightly tea but still drinkable.
2nd steep: 6 min 30 sec.