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This was the first matcha i’ve try. I received it in a give set that my aunt gave me and i had no idea what to do with it. But once i figured it out i felt in love.
I got this in a mystery swap with, err….Shelley_Lorraine I think? I’m not completely sure, but this wasn’t really something I would’ve swapped for on my own and she’s the only one I did a mystery box swap with. Lol.
Tea #1 for the night since I’d like to try to get through some of this pile of tea that I have yet to try before considering buying new tea. Not that it’ll stop me from buying, or considering buying, more tea, but I can tell myself this in the hope I’d one day believe it. XD
The dry tea smells nicely of caramel, with an almost dusty quality. The wet leaves have an unpleasant musky/earthy smell to them. The brew itself was very dark, looked more like coffee than tea though thankfully didn’t smell like it. It did have a pleasant caramel smell, which was nice. The taste was also nicely caramel/toffee, though it was very light. There was a vaguely spicy taste on the back of the sip and it had a weird earthy mouthfeel/aftertaste to it. Maybe that’s the puerh, but it was very strange. Very mild astringency.
Strangely enough, this is the only tea I’ve had so far that adding sugar to it actually made it worse (to me at least). It became very musky and undrinkable. And before y’all get out the tar and feathers for putting sugar in a puerh, I try all my teas with sugar after I’ve tried the first half of the cup plain. So no violence please. Lol!
Overall, I wasn’t that impressed with this. It wasn’t something I’d have bought to begin with, but it was certainly something that I’m glad I tried.
Cold steeped this overnight. It probably spent about 15-16 hours in the fridge. I think it was about four too many.
It smells sweet and a little like lawn clippings. The taste is very vegetal, very spinachy and I lost almost all the milky flavor that the regular steep had. There is a really nice juiciness here, though. Cold-steeped, this is the greenest tasting oolong I think I’ve had in probably ever. Luckily, that aggressive greenness fades quickly into a fruity sweetness, with apricot and floral notes. The aftertaste is apricots and a residual spinach. It leaves a really clean feeling in your mouth.
I think a little honey would complement this well and probably tie the fruit, floral, and green notes together. I might favor this hot, but I can’t deny that’s it’s really unique and refreshing cold.
I’m cold steeping some Jasmine Pearls for milk tea tomorrow. Fiance was super excited, and wondering if just maybe we could have it tonight. I’ll finish converting him yet!
I know I’m close because I got him one of those refillable Keurig cups last week as they have a Keurig maker thing at his office. The first thing he tested in it was the tea he has at work. I’m so close. :D
But onto the actual tea!
I did four steepings in total, 8 ounces each, using 1.5 tsp of leaf in a standard gravity steeper.
3 min, 3 min 30 sec, 4 min, 5 min
Initially it looks like a pretty standard lightly oxodized Taiwanese oolong. Then it has the familiar flavors of sweet cream and floral, but also has a little apricot-like lift at the end of each sip. The finish is sweet and lingers, which lends itself well to the next sip and it seems to build over the cup. The osmanthus strictly complements the oolong with neither overpowering the other.
By the later steepings (4 specifically), there’s some serious atringency going on here., though.
The osmanthus makes this a really pretty tea. Once the leaves are unfurled, the tiny, delicate white petals on the dark green leaves is really stunning. I could absolutely see myself serving this to company in a glass pot.
This tea is quite interesting looking, as it’s packaged in a little mandarin tangerine. You can add as much or as little as you like of the peel! It is quite prone to bitterness, so be mindful of the temperature. The orange is a nice compliment without overpowering the tea. There are also green and black tea variations, but I haven’t tried them yet.
I’m not exactly a tea expert, but this is one of my favorite teas. It can turn bitter easily, but is perhaps more forgiving than many white teas as long as the water isn’t too hot. It has a very subtle and delicate taste with a pleasing fragrance.
I received a big pack of samples from Azzrian today, thank you so much Azzrian. This is my first EVER matcha. I’ve been wanting to try it for so long, I’ve just always been put off from buying it by its typically high price tag.
I was a little worried that the results wouldn’t be great since I don’t have the proper whisk, but I managed to get it nicely dissolved and VERY frothy using a normal kitchen whisk. The flavor was very nice, it was the Japanese green flavor I’m accustomed to only smoother and with a very unique and full texture. It was very thick, smooth and vegetal. And now I’m getting a bit of that Japanese green euphoria and energy that I sometimes get. ;) Good stuff, thanks again Azz.