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Only my second experience with jasmine, and I don’t drink much green tea otherwise, so I don’t have much to compare this to, other than A&D’s Damn Fine version. I wish I’d tried this first to get a proper opinion, because right now all I can think is that I just don’t like it as much.
The taste is a bit milder, and a bit less sweet. There is a flavor coming across that I can’t quite put my finger on… not altogether unpleasant, just different. Not a bad cup, just nothing that wows me.
Part of the Indian tea sampler. (The Adagio black sampler taught me that I prefer Indian over Chinese, now I’ll learn which Indian tea I prefer. Good deal.)
I’ll have to remember to use one of my white cups next time, because the color coming out of the teapot spout looked much darker and more red than I’m used to, and I’d really like to see it. The flavor was very rich, very smooth and pretty malty. I’m a fan.
After a one-minute infusion, I was left with a pale-colored yellowish brew. Its smell is subtle and somewhat buttery. It has a very pleasant taste – it lacks the overwhelming vegetal flavor of a sencha or gyokuro, but still has a nice savory roundness to it. Overall, it’s a very mellow tea, with no sharp or distracting off-tastes. Definitely one of the best kukicha teas I’ve had, because of this subtlety.
Got my teas from Arbor Teas less than 18 hours after I placed the order… I didn’t even know they were downstairs until my husband came home. Huzzah for local delivery.
The dry leaves smell like good vanilla extract… somewhat alcoholic, but delicious. The taste is soft and smooth, and works pretty well with a bit of sugar. Yum-my.
Edit: The empty cup now smells like toasted marshmallows. Weird and awesome.
I just learned that it is customary to brew (quality) Oolong up to 5 times, and that it usually improves with each successive brew.
On an unrelated note, I started a tea group on Gnolia.
For those who don’t know, Gnolia is a bookmarking network similar to Delicious. Right now it’s by invite, but if you request an invite you should probably get one in a day or so. (But you don’t need an invite to view groups or bookmarks.)
Today was cold and wet, so I brewed this one hot. My first rooibos was a peach vanilla blend, which I tried cold brewed. It was nice, but a little too sharp in it’s flavor, which I assumed at the time was due to the fact it was cold brewed. I suspect I was right, as this rooibos was not nearly as sharp and very blackberry smooth.
Since Steepster underwent such a marked improvement I’ve decided to start adding notes, so this is my first.
In my opinion it is not quite hot tea season yet, so this Oolong was cold brewed. My method is to just throw a few spoonfuls of tea in a jug of water and leave it in the fridge for about 14 hours.
This was my first Oolong tea and I found it enjoyable, very much a smooth “buttery” taste.