My Cup of Tea (Montreal)
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I’ve had a hard time tasting things recently. Though by “things”, I think I mean mostly tea. Maybe it’s because I’ve been purging my cupboard, so I haven’t really been paying as much attention to what I drink, but it’s really been bothering me.
The burnt tongue yesterday didn’t help.
So I made a pot of this and sat down, and have just been swishing it around my mouth and really sitting on it. It tasted like nothing and smelt like lychee at first. I think I picked up a bit of Keemun in the scent as well, so I’m guessing that’s the base. Someone else suggested that as well, I believe.
As I’ve worked my way through the pot, it’s slowly been coming back to me. The base is Chinese, definitely, the lychee not coming through as much in the taste, but there’s thick smoke and I’m definitely sure on Keemun now.
I needed this.
Picked this and a few other teas up from Art Knapps. Can’t really give an accurate review since I burned my tongue on soup just prior to drinking this, but the floral fruityness of the lychee’s still coming through.
There’s more than one Lychee Red on the website, but I’m assuming they’re all the same (they also have lychee-lavender and lychee-rose); mine, however, came in this package:
Which is pretty creative, actually. Although once you take the plastic off, not particularly air-tight.
With such simple ingredients (lychee and rose petals) this tea will either be a hit or a miss. The teabags are pyramid shape and I can see the ingredients inside which I am happy to say look rather fresh and natural.
The colour once steeped is dark amber with a sweet and rich finish.
Well that is interesting…the mixture of the two ingredients has created a somewhat chocolate affair. It has sweetness yet there is that cocoa nib feel about it whilst being a little fruity. The balance works very well, it’s smooth, rich, sweet, fruity.
For a pre bagged tea this is very tasty and for such simple ingredients it is very impressive.
I have had such a nightmare of a day (a lot of work due to covering shifts, locked myself out in the rain wearing a thin t-shirt and had to stay out for an hour, fell over carrying food shopping and set back the physiotherapy for my ankle….just to name a few). The first tea that I saw that may pick me up was this cutely named and packaged beauty potion tea. I only have one bag and that was from a friend overseas :)
The bag is a see through pyramid (similar to Teapigs) and you could see the contents inside quite clearly. I counted roughly 15 small jasmine pearls and two pinches of dried rose petals, all of which looked fairly fresh despite being pre bagged and the smell was wonderfully floral.
Once the water has been poured in the aroma strengthens slightly and it’s so fresh and floral, it’s almost as though I have a bouquet of flowers nearby. Colour wise it’s a a dark yellowy green colour.
As I am fussy with green tea (I only like fresh and preferably loose leaf) I thought that I would either end up loving or hating this tea with no real in-between. The balance and flavour of this is surprisingly wonderful, the jasmine pearls are the strongest of the two and suddenly you can taste a slight rosy floralness behind the jasmine.
By themselves the jasmine pearls taste light and slightly sweet with the jasmine being subtle and the green tea giving a little bitterness to ground the sweetness down. The rose petals get sweeter the more you drink but thanks to the green tea they are not too sweet and act more floral and refreshing. Together the two combine wonderfully to create a simple yet tasty treat.
My day is easing slightly but I’m not sure about this being a potion to make me more beautiful, oh well I suppose we can’t have it all.
This tea is really good, personally I think its a lychee scented keemun tea. Anyways, this is close to perfect as a breakfast tea. I’ll admit, it doesn’t really taste exactly like lychees but it is really well balanced with the tea. Most likely red = keemun tea, so it’s basically a black tea. I guess it was just cooler to them to name it red. Anyways, I’m pretty sure this one will be great iced too! The overall quality of this tea is pretty decent too, there’s barely any tea dust in the bag. The taste is light but very noticeable, it doesn’t overpower and still tastes like tea. Overall, I would recommended this tea to anyone looking for a decent breakfast tea (I think MCOT has a shipping special till the end of this month)
Really good red tea, it tastes very fruity actually. Made a cup on the go from a hot water dispenser found at the school caf. Unlike some straight black teas I think i can go on drinking this day to day. I think this is only sold in teabags, which is kind of a pity; I would go buy more if it was in loose form. The tea has a hint of natual sweetness, which also tastes slightly floral. Keemum is definetely worth trying out.
This is a strange one.
Whenever I rate Earl Grey teas, I’m always torn because I have a very clear idea of what an Earl Grey tea should be, and if a tea deviates from that too much, I have a difficult time rating it high because it isn’t what I asked for.
If I ask you to draw me a damn circle, draw a circle! I don’t care if you draw me the best triangle in the world—it isn’t a circle!
When I opened the bag, I was impressed! It certainly smelled like bergamot, so I was expecting a pretty traditional Earl Grey flavour which is exactly what I needed to make getting up in the morning a little easier…
…but this tea tastes like…flowers? I’m not sure what flowers, because it doesn’t have a distinct rose taste or anything, it just tastes like flowers! It’s…sort of nice…It’s a light, fresh tea that really is kind of wonderful…
BUT NOT WHAT I WANTED!
To this tea, I added a splash of lemon and a spoonful of sugar.
This is another gift from Jillian that came with my christmas card. At least I’m pretty sure it was. I think I need to invent some sort of filing system in the Bits’n’Bobs Basket or something to help me keep track of these things.
I’ve never heard of this before. I would never even for a moment have imagined that such a thing existed, or even that anybody out there would ever think of it.
The leaves appear to be pretty much just small dried bamboo leaves and indeed they aren’t fermented at all. Merely withered. You can forget about teaspoons and scoops and whatnot when measuring out an amount. In fact I ignored the concept of measuring entirely and just moved a small handful to the pot. It seemed easier.
They have an interesting aroma when dry. It’s not overwhelmingly strong, but it’s quite grassy and surprisingly sweet. I have never really made it a habit to go around sniffing at bamboo, but I hadn’t expected it to smell like this. I didn’t really have any expectations of the aroma, but this still struck me as unexpected.
After steeping it had a very pale colour with some of that radioactive glow-in-the-dark colour that you can also find in a good sencha. I didn’t get to get a good look at that though. As it turns out when I removed the strainer, my strainer is in need of some maintenance and so there’s a bit of contamination here. (This is a phenomenon (do-doo-dodoodo!) that I’ve seen before with greens, but have never actually had any effects on flavour that I could tell at all. So nothing serious, other than a few points off in presentation)
The aroma after steeping rather reminds me of that sticky rice pu-erh that Auggy shared with me. It’s got an uncanny note of rice to it. Rice and newly mowed lawn. The latter isn’t really all that strange, is it, considering bamboo is a species of grass.
It tastes rather like the rice pu-erh as well. It’s got a rice note and that sweetness from the dry leaves as well. I can only compare it to rice pu-erh weakly brewed and with too much sugar in it. I’m not getting any particular grassy notes out of it in the flavour, though. The flavour is very smooth and there is no hints of anything that might turn into bitterness.
I’m surprising myself by rather liking it. To drink it feels very like your average middle-of-the-road sencha. A bit weaker, perhaps, but very similar. I would prefer a real sencha, but this will do as well.
I just noticed that this tea/tisane brews up a very bright, almost neon yellow color – I’m not sure I’m fond of drinking something that looks like it’s practically glowing. 0_o
It’s been five months and I still can’t really bring myself to like this tea – it’s too vegetale and hay-like in it’s flavour and it tends to leave my mouth feeling a bit dry after drinking it. Meh.
I decided to have the last bag of this tea iced to see if made a difference. Turns out I do taste more of the white tea’s flavour when it’s cold, though the goji berry flavour seems to make the tea almost a bit smokey. It might be improved with some sweetener, but honestly I don’t really care about this tea enough to want to bother trying.
I was expecting a finer-leafed tea, not something with leaves the length of my finger. It wouldn’t fit into my tea scoop and I don’t own a scale sensitive enough to measure by weight, so the amount I used was pure guesstimation.
It smells like boiled hay pure and simple – it makes me feel a bit like a horse or something. XD It tastes rather like boiled hay too – sweetish, grassy, and fairly mild, although that might be due to the amount I used rather than the natural flavour. I’m getting a hint of the same tang I taste in the bamboo shoots that are sometimes added to stir-fries. I’m not a fan of bamboo shoots, but coming from the leaves it’s not as objectionable a taste.
According to the package bamboo tea is supposed to help cool the body and it actually seems to have helped a bit – though that might just be wishful thinking on my part – the weather here has been disgustingly hot for the past couple weeks. Hence why I haven’t been drinking much tea.
I had 3 cups of it in a row in successive steeps at work today.
This tea is amazing looking dry. The picture does NOT do it justice. It is composed of 3/4 inch leaves rolled up so that they are fat little shiny logs with furry seams. They look so delicious I briefly considered eating them instead of soaking them.
Bamboo is the owner’s favorite green and I can see why. It is very flavorful. I will say that it is classically Chinese tasting; having an earthy, malty, robust flavor. It has another quality that I couldn’t fully place. In retrospect it was maybe crayons or freshly sliced rubber.
It won’t be replacing Dragon Well as my favorite green quite yet, but it is definitely in my top five.
I tried this tea again with a higher steeping time and temperature and the results were better. The white tea base is still a little bit whimpy but the goji berry flavour was nice – though I suppose that’s partially because I deliberatly mushed the berries against the side of the cup as I was taking the bag out.
I’m still not sure if I want to keep this tea or give it away. Maybe I’ll take half and put the other half up for adoption. I sense another post in the “Take It Away” thread in my future. ;)
The pyramid sachets are filled with little rolled pearls of white tea that look quite similar to my Harney & Sons’ Dragon Pearl Jasmin. They lack the sweet, floral scent of the former however; instead they smell more or less like the dried goji berries that are mixed in with them. The tea brews up quite pale with a very faint, almost savoury odor.
The flavour is disapointingly dull and weak. Mostly it just tastes like goji berry-flavoured water. I’ll have another go at it with the second steep which’ll hopefully be better now the the pearls have had time to absorb water and unfurl.