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Sipdown on my sample, which has been sitting around forever because, honestly, this was a disappointment. Either I’m not a fan of sencha, or this one isn’t particularly good, because it was a pretty generic, scratchy green tea. As for the berry, I guess there was a hint of it. No fig at all, which was a bummer. Ah well, they can’t all be winners. Anyone have a favorite fig-flavored tea?
I brewed up a large tetsubin of Cloud’s Green today, using a liberal amount of dried leaves, as a result of which I now have a much clearer concept of this tea than I had the last time I tried. It’s really very good, with a completely distinct personality from other greens, whether Chinese or otherwise. I find the strong vegetable quality very appealing, and I can certainly see reaching for this particular tea to imbibe alongside savory lunch fare. The flavor is not at all like roasted spinach or green beans. This seems more like artichokes to me. Yum!
It’s been a while now since I’ve had any Long Jing, and today’s big tetsubin of Tealux’s top grade is tasting mighty fine. I did not measure the temperature (still have not figured out where my tea paraphernalia is after the move—no doubt in the bottom of a box in the back corner of a storage space), but using the largest tetsubin automatically diminished the heat apparently the appropriate amount, because this tastes very good. Now I’m wondering: perhaps I should dispense with the thermometer and brew loose green tea only in this large tetsubin?
I feel compelled after today’s positive experience to increase my rating of this tea.
I was in the mood for plain tea last night, so I had a cup from this sample pouch. I enjoyed it a little more than I did my last cup, maybe because I was just in the right place for it. I reduced the brew time a little, and was rewarded with a lightly grassy, pleasingly milky cup. Very enjoyable!
Sipdown! I just finished off my tin of this tea. Such delicious milk chocolate goodness. Kind of sad, but I need to just bite the bullet and finish some of these little bits of teas, even if they’re my favorites. I would say I’m now more in love with unflavored black teas that taste like chocolate, but those tend toward the dark side (lol!) and it’s good to have milk chocolate once in awhile. I love the well-rounded flavor in this tea. It’s like you could eat it!
I’m leaning towards cutting down the amount of different teas I have so that I can really focus on the great ones. I cleaned out my tea cupboard yesterday, and organized it differently. I think it’s set up better to drink down some of the variety. I have one container of potential sipdowns, one container of teas that are best iced, and other containers of various levels of preference. I also moved my empty tins to another location, so there’s less clutter! Yay! Soon, I will be placing more tea orders!
For a fruit tea heavy in hibiscus and rosehip, this is surprisingly good. They’re usually two things I’m not fond of, but they don’t come across ridiculously tart and sour. This actually takes a while to colour while brewing, instead of turning an instant dark red. I guess that’s a good sign!
To taste, it’s the lemon that comes out first. It’s not too sour, just a touch, and has a beautiful, fresh, bright, citrus flavour. The strawberry is sweet and juicy, and develops largely in the aftertaste once the lemon has faded. It leaves me with the lingering impression of pink lemonade.
This is pretty good as is, but I might try it with a little sugar or honey just to see what that does. I’m pleasantly surprised, though — I wasn’t expecting a lot, and it turns out this is one of the rare fruit teas I can get behind. A good spring/early summer choice!
Another milk oolong, this time the same variety as the one I previously tried. Again, this one is unflavoured. it’s delicately milky, and has a creamy, vegetal note. It’s easy to believe it’s been steamed in milk water! The oolong is a major part of the taste, with the milkiness swirling around lightly. It’s slightly mineral, but on the whole rather light and delicate in flavour. It’s sweet and floral by turns. I have to say that, while I like this better than most oolongs, it didn’t knock my socks off. I think flavoured is the way to go for me with oolongs in general, although this one could be nice when a quiet, unassuming tea is called for.
In appearance, this is very similar to the Margaret’s Hope darjeeling I tried last night. Predominantly dark (black) leaves, with a very small number of silvery buds and green leaves. To taste, though, it couldn’t be more different. This one is a blend, and actually reminded me on first sip of a wuyi oolong. It has a deep, dark, earthy, mineral flavour with a heavy muscatel grape note, and is lightly astringent. It’s as unlike yesterday’s as it’s possible to be. The liquor is a pale peachy gold, but the flavour is strong and fabulous, completely contradicting it’s pale, light appearance.
This tea actually has characteristics I’d expect to find more in a second flush, but there you go. An interesting taste (and comparison!) experience.
This is the second milk oolong I’ve tried, and my second positive experience with this kind of tea. It was actually milk oolong that made me reevaluate my opinion of oolongs more broadly, and what a good thing that’s turned out to be!
This one is unflavoured, and is far more subtle than the David’s Quangzhou I first tried. It’s milky, but not over sweet or artificial. The main flavour is a mildly vegetal, mildly mineral green oolong. It’s a very light flavour, with a pleasant silky creaminess. I wouldn’t say it was outstanding, but it’s pleasant enough in my limited experience. I won’t have trouble finishing the bag, although I was expecting more from the flavour than I ultimately got. One to revisit another time.
This is the second year of first flush darjeelings I’ll have tried. The dry leaf is quite dark overall — there are some silvery buds and green leaves, but not the high proportion some first flushes have. The scent is clearly fruity, though, with a strong muscatel note. It’s like summer in a cup!
I gave this 2.5 minutes in boiling water, which is slightly less than recommended. The resulting liquor is a peachy gold, with the same muscatel note found in the dry leaf. To taste, I can detect notes of stone fruit (peach, apricot) in the initial sip, followed by a floral flavour that’s almost perfumey. It’s rounded out with the development of the characteristic muscatel flavour, and is very slightly astringent.
On the whole, it’s subtle and juicy, and makes for a refreshing drink on a warm spring evening. Darjeelings are definitely something I’ll continue experimenting with — my enjoyment of them hasn’t waned yet!
Not the best tulsi tea I’ve had but it’s okay. I can’t seem to pick up the lemon verbena or lemon grass, the two things I was looking forward to in this tea. The tulsi is a very strong tea and it dominates any of the ingredients added to this. Still, it makes a pleasant cup of tulsi tea.
More citrus today please! Also in a Japanese mood which could be because I’m watching anime.
This tea has a super strong scent, specifically orange, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Very refreshing and I certainly agree with the ‘cooler’ side of the name. Unusual scent but wonderful. Lost my train of thought now, I have a blackbird nest in my guttering which I’m happy to keep since it’s not doing any harm, well my cats look out the window and start chattering their teeth. How to explain chattering to those that aren’t sure, it’s like meowing but without sound and their mouth moves up and down a lot like they are trying to speak. I can’t help but laugh when they do it. This warrants a Youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crfm0gbSNZg
Once steeped the tea is red/orange in colour with a toned down but still potent orange and eucalyptus scent.
Flavour wise It’s sweet, slightly tart/sour, herbal and citrussy. Also has a creamy after taste. The first instance is hibiscus and orange peel which quickly fade into a sweet and strong citrus with refreshing tones and a creamy lemon grass after taste. Though I’m not a huge fan of eucalyptus I find this blend covers it’s thickness very well, it’s present but not overpowering. Also the orange though present is not thick or stodgy in any way which works well to tone the lighter ingredients in together.
Not all ingredients are noticeable so don’t let the likes of beetroot or carrot flake scare you away.
I really like this one, could drink more of this. My sample gave me two large pots worth of tea so I have one remaining which I may have after dinner, I’m sure my husband will like this one too.
I will be ordering more of this next time.
My last tea of the night and it’s spicy orange, not sure why I wanted spice but I suppose I see it as more of a night time tea. I’m very nervous as it’s my first driving lesson on Friday, booked and paid for so it’s happening…frightening thought though.
I smell cinnamon and orange at equal levels of medium strength. The long steep was due to me eating an Oreo ice cream cone and forgetting about the tea, though by smell it has not stewed.
Flavour wise I can taste the warm yet sweet and spicy cinnamon infront of sour yet also sweet orange that meld in the after taste. Very cinnamon heavy but I love that in a tea, as long as it’s not too powdery and dry (which this one isn’t). Again despite the long steeping time it tastes very good, not astringent or foul in any way. Nice to know this tea is forgiving. Honestly this tastes pretty much as you can imagine, it’s nice but not original or special. Still I do like this one a lot.
Knowing that this was a sip-down, I was very careful in my preparation of the final small pot of Tealux Gyokuro Ureshinocha. Cooler water, short steep. It’s perfect: smooth and satisfying with no bitterness whatsoever!
Now out of my cupboard but on my wishlist.