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Another tea going to a good home…but I have to have another cup before doing so!
Tonight’s random tea sample courtesy of LiberTEAS :D
I selected this sample tonight by the laborious method of sticking my hand into the sample box and grabbing a pouch. I actually had to do this twice, because I told myself ‘no blacks’, and of course the first one I grabbed was some coconutty black of some sort. So here we are! A straight green sounded lovely for tonight.
No appreciable smells either dry or steeped.
Interesting – this is not what I was expecting. The tea is sweet and maybe a little nutty, but not at all vegetal. I guess I’ve become so accustomed to that flavour that it surprises me when it isn’t present. There’s a bit of green tea aftertaste, but it’s very subtle. I’m thinking I should have gone with a three minute infusion after all. For some reason I feel like I’m catching a bit of flavour that makes me think “stale”, but it may just be that I’m associating a certain flavour I’m tasting with something I tasted in another, older tea and attributed to staleness.
I’ll have to see how this one fares on a second infusion, but although it’s pleasant and nicely astringency-free, I don’t think it’s quite my sort of green tea – boiled veggie/seaweedy/grassy flavours seem to be more up my alley.
ETA: Second infusion, 175F/3min, is rather bleh. Some astringency, and similar flavours to the last cup. Still a nice aftertaste though.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a generous portion of this tea!
This is a very lovely tea. When I first looked at the dry leaf, I thought I was looking at a well-fermented Oolong because the leaves are very twisted and reminded me a bit of a high quality Formosa Oolong.
The tea is interesting. It has notes of Yunnan but is much more even in flavor, like a Ceylon. It also has some malty tones to it like an Assam. It’s very flavorful and yet mellow. I like this very much.
Amount: ~2 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes (http://steep.it)
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, honey
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet
Flavor: sweet, fuzzy – it gives a fuzzy mouth feel
Liquor: translucent light brown
A gift from TeaEqualsBliss, thank you.
I found this tea to be too mellow, light and subtle for me. It is surprisingly sweet.
A few random thoughts in words or phrases about this tea…
lingering sweet green aftertaste
gently buttered veggies
would drink again
maybe even often
WARNING! WARNING! You REALLY have to like Hibiscus to like this one! Unfortunately I do NOT. So…I don’t think my review will be very fair…so…WARNING WARNING – my review is PURELY based on that. This just isn’t my cuppa. It might be more tolerable ICED but I’m TRYING to choke it down hot right now.
It’s a Purple Reddish Color…pretty but OVERLY Tarty. Ug. It’s WAY WAY WAY Hibiscus. Like Fish-face Tarty…pucker, pucker…add lemon and orange and there you have it.
I really wish I liked Hibiscus since there are a LOT of herbals out there…but…I just can’t.
The first time (just now) my water wasn’t warm enough at all – appliance malfunction…eeeek! So…I am going to throw that attempt out completely!
These leaves are CRAZY huge yet somewhat slender!It infuses very dark. It smells like a few other Yunnan’s or mellower Assam’s I have had before…
It’s a very smooth and mellow Assam type taste. I’m thinking this would pair lovely with anything chocolate! WOW! Not sure why…but that is all I can think about now…lol…
This is pretty good. I guess I was thinking it was going to be a more bolder taste but I appreciate the smoothness and think it’s a nice black tea!