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Recent Tasting Notes
Much-postponed Christmas swap with a friend today; she’d been Goodwilling and I am now in possession of a lovely heavy white ceramic dome-shaped pot and cups and saucers with delicate sage green leaves that make me feel like I’m handling spring. The pot is great—I love friends who understand the value of utilitarian vs. cutesie things that don’t hold heat and you can’t pour out of.
Anyway….also a selection of four of her fave teas to try in said pot; all from our favorite local bulk jars. The manufacturer description is very accurate. The dry leaves are redolent of cloves. (Redolent—isn’t that a nice, relaxing adjective? And one I didn’t have to make up, either.) The steeped color is rich and sultry amber. Flavor—-succulent. The orange is pithy, not painfully tart; deep, sweet cloves that warm your tummy but don’t bite your tongue.
i really enjoy darjeeling, i really do. in fact, i think i love it. it’s usually my go-to black tea whenever i have straight tea. i recently acquired some of these lovely leaves for an outstanding price given the quality, FTGFOP! even though i’ve never sipped any finest tippy golden flowery orange pekoe, at least not to my knowledge, this is quite golden and quite tippy! ;)
okay, admittedly i can’t quite make out the color of its tips, but it certainly tastes golden, and imparts the same color in its liquor. or is it more like maple syrup in appearance? i think the color is somewhere in between citrine & rich maple syrup. a light, delicate color for a black tea; a royal amber, that’s what i’d say.
i can almost swear there’s a slight fruity note to this, as i have noticed with many black teas (with the exception of pu-erh), but don’t quite know what fruit it is. it’s almost floral, perhaps blossom-like…maybe there’s a bergamot hiding somewhere in here..
i do get the slightest bit of astringency from this, but it’s a comfy Darjeeling nonetheless.
Thank you Terri! This is a fairly good assam, and I’m trying it plain now. You can feel the caffeine kick, and there is a bit of astringency to this tea. I am drinking it plain, slightly weaker than I would normally drink assam with milk. There’s nothing outstanding about this tea, but does seem like a solid choice for an everyday assam.
Tea #23 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
I don’t drink straight up earl grey much anymore, but I have always loved it. This one has a nice base with a subtle dose or bergamot. I’ve certainly had many that came across stronger, but the subtle bergamot flavor doesn’t make this any less enjoyable. This also has the benefit of being inexpensive, perfect for an everyday tea, plus it’s certified organic and fair trade.
Experiments continue with this one; particularly what it blends with in order to tone down its weediness. Half-and-half with some bulk bin green tea worked well with a short steep—which is kind of self-defeating; herbs need to be stewed well to soak out all the health benefits. But it’s a nice savory cup.
SIPDOWN! this time the dog won’t step on the return key before I even get to the good stuff, like a real dufuss. Maybe I’m the dufuss because I made this tea piping hot and put in the thermos for later but I can’t wait. I’m getting kind of naivity from the green tea, like a tisane, almost. Very little actual tea flavor. It’s almost a japanese green tea taste. Mmm sweet olive oil color extraction and lots of tanniny biterness. It’s cot a clean tasting as a bancha but it has a sort of twig taste that could be sipped any time of day. I opened the tea pot after brewing and saw all of the little nodules of tea had expanded and blossomed, now the flavor is like coming into its own, and I’ve stopped thinking of foods to describe it although the mouthfeel is reminiscent of light olive oil. I wouldn’t necessarily sample this tea with food, but it could taste nice with udon noodles or some sort of seeded cheese and cracker. There is more of a layer on the tongue tastes of english breakfast, you know with the bacon on the plate. I like that one. If you like this one you might also like the Long Jing Lu Cha. It’s one of the more classical green tiea, but don’t mind clouds and mist either, thanks to DanLui for sending me that one.
Frontier-Gunpowder-Green, letting my mind wander, projects I have had to complete independently for my Conservatoire training sipping teas and coffees till the wee hours, when I was young. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything they’re who I am, but I’m still young, so is the day I have to get through ten books, flashcards, and my dog is liking
First tea from the Here’s Hoping teabox!! THANK YOU again everyone that made it a successful box! I’m setting up round two right now…
This tea is lovely.. a plain Earl Grey. Always a favorite! The bergamot is nice in this one – it’s almost like it has cream (but it doesn’t). The black base is perfect… something is reminding me of squash. Weird! A very good EG. Not the best but there are certainly worse ones out there – I don’t get the low score!
It looks like a lot of other people have the same story with this tea — bought at some kind of all-natural/local/organic/“hippie” store, smells like an Irish Breakfast, but isn’t strong enough. Huh.
I got mine at the local co-op in bulk — I was only going to get an ounce or two, but the canisters they use for bulk teas are the kind where you pull a lever and the tea spills out… so I got a lot.
This really isn’t a breakfast tea. It’s more like an after-work tea. I think this would be a good base for delicate blends with something like rose buds. I’ll probably finish what I have but not get more.
So after a pretty uncomfortable experience with my first cup, I read some brewing tips from some book I found in a Teavana store. It said to use 1 3/4 tsp. of tea for every 8 oz, and steep for one minute at 205 degrees. I approached this advise with caution, because it didn’t seem like MORE tea would solve the earlier problem of the tea punching me in the face with the burnt-rice nutty taste on my first sip. The temperature also seemed a bit high for green tea.
I tried it, and steeping it this way made a drastic improvement. The rice-taste, while still present, is much more subtle and blends well with the bancha to create a pleasant, smooth cup.
Kudos to that book.
First sip, you’re pretty overwhelmed by the nutty taste, it took me halfway through the cup before I could detect much of the green flavor underneath. After that, I suppose it’s a smooth, relatively balanced tea that leaves a pleasant taste in your mouth. I just think the cooked rice/popcorn taste was pretty overpowering. Not my favorite, but not awful.
I had forgotten that this has its own listing, but it’s too much effort to backtrack all the chance-combos and re-categorize. It’s just been a “too much” day all around, Charlie Brown. Sigh. Slump.
However, the bright spot was the evening’s steep-speriment: equal parts red raspberry leaf and dried lemon verbena, courtesy of the horticulturally talented k s. Left to steep easily 20 minutes, partly to wring all the herbal goodness out of the raspberry, and partly because it is just too wicked hot today to drink anything warmer than tepid, so I just let it cool in the cup. Perfect pairing. The lemon out-lemoned the strong leafiness of the raspberry leaf and made a nice little evening tisane.
I enjoyed this with 2nd breakfast, which was basically 2 leftover pancakes (gluten free, almond flour), reheated in the toaster & slathered with coconut butter & a drizzle of Maple Syrup (slurp! I love maple syrup!). That treat required something with a bit of rustic-ness, which I feel this tea satisfied. It’s got a interesting musky low end, that complimented the sweet nuttiness & creaminess of the snack perfectly.
Sipdown! After all the sipdowns that went into making yesterday’s ‘Suicide is Painless" ice tea blend, that puts me at 290!
My first tea of the day, & the first several sipdowns, I hope. I’d like to clear my cupboards out a bit, maybe narrow it down to my most favorites (stop laughing Sil, I know you are!)
This Irish Brekkie is ok, but not good enough to invoke images of Collin Farrell in a bathrobe saying, “Pass me a cup, Love” & winking.
I made a pot of this, & it’s gone already!
Its a decent little tea, slightly malty, nothing to write home about, but acceptable. It’s more of an English Breakfast really, not particularly bold, stout, or any of the qualities I associate with the Irish version, but all in all, it went fine with my breakfast.