542 Tasting Notes
Yesterday I woke up not hungry enough for breakfast yet and just made myself a cup of this tea. I made it the same way as I did the previous day with the same results – a bit more leaf and a bit longer steep. I enjoyed the cup of tea; it’s definitely better made this way.
I had the second steep while online that afternoon. Light, but I think drinkable.
2nd steep: 7 mins
Skipping over a backlog of tasting notes numbering in the mid 30s. I had hoped doing that the first time was a one time thing; now I’m just hoping this doesn’t become a habit.
This tea had been pretty meh and generic to me. Nice, but not something I find myself reaching for. It isn’t very strong so I don’t find myself drinking it in the morning when I can’t decide what I want either.
So I have started to tinker with it. I’ve really only had a it few times so far. I increased the steeping time and the amount of leaf I used a little.
Now it seems like a more solid version of its former self, if that makes any sense, and I do like it more this way. I don’t know how much more I could increase the steeping time or leaf amount without it veering into too bitter or too strong tasting.
It paired well with a mango and some strawberries and made for a tasty breakfast.
Backlog. 19 days ago, last Monday night.
When I’m having a cup of tea quite late at night,
I find Date Nut Muffin is quite often just right. ;)
2nd steep: 14 mins.
Backlog. 20 days ago, early Sunday afternoon.
Even after the raspberry black tea, I still needed some more caffeine and I was still very much on my Boston kick of early on after trying it. I did not get the wonderful that I got off the possibly increased steeping time and increased amount of leaves by steeping it 5 minutes. But it was still every bit at lovely as it had been the first two times.
Resteeped after a 5 minutes first steep, the second steep comes out too watery to really be enjoyed. If I end up preferring it with a longer steeping time on the first steep, I think this will end up being a single steep tea. But I’m not sure I’ve going to notice much of a different between a 4 and a 5 minute steep.
2nd steep: 11 mins.
Backlog. 14 days ago – Sunday morning. (And yes, my backlog of jotted down tasting notes has grown. But it’s not that long.)
I was fishing a tea I was going to drink out of the tea annex the other day and I saw this and thought I really like that tea and I haven’t drank it in awhile.
2nd steep: 9 mins.
Backlog. 11 days ago – Saturday morning.
I remember that there was a special reason for having Jackee that morning, but I do not remember what. Quite probably my day was already off to a crappy start and I needed some very good tea. I’m rationing somewhat, but I will miss this one so much when it’s gone.
2nd steep: 8 mins.
Backlog. 12 days ago – Friday morning.
I like the Boston black tea so much I couldn’t wait to have it again. And it was every bit as enjoyable as the first time I had it. I think I maybe have used a bit more leaf and steeped it a bit longer. It tasted very good this way tho. I may increase the steeping time to the full five minutes next time to see if I prefer it that way.
The second steep was very weak. To the point of being undrinkable as tea. So I think if I end up going with a longer first steep, this is a single steep tea. Which kind of sucks because I’ve wanted a second cup immediately both times I’ve had it.
I am really regretting the small amount of this tea that I have.
Backlog. 9 days ago, Thursday afternoon after barbeque for lunch (chicken with death relish, collards, and red rice).
So I keep trying this tea from time to time, thinking okay that sounds like it could be nice now even though I don’t like this flavor combo but I have it and I need to drink it and it is pretty spot on, tasting like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you know the green kind. But I never really want to finish the cup. So I think it’s time to give up and say that this tea is free to a good home. I have a decent size sample of it left.
Backlog. 9 days ago – Tuesday night.
So I’m still finding that I tend to have a hard time finishing cups of this, even though I definitely like it. I think it’s something about the change in temperature changing the way it tastes.
2nd steep: 12 mins.
Backlog. 6 days ago – Tuesday afternoon.
After my success at making at extra yummy car tumbler of TOL yesterday, I wanted to try to replicate that again today. I measured the car tumbler’s capacity, used a cup of similar volume, and steeped a bit longer. The result was not the same.
Oh well, I have one tea sachet left to try on.