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Today I used up the last of this, about a teaspoon for a pot that holds 2-3 cups. It came out much better than the last time I tried it (I think I like this one on the weak side), but it’s pretty bitter and I’m not noticing any throat-soothing qualities at all. I’d stick with Throat Coat if you’re looking for something to make you feel better.
Had a cup of this yesterday at my local Tealuxe. It was my first time trying genmaicha, so I don’t have a basis for comparison.
This presented as a nice, sort-of roasty flavor to a solid green tea base. The base was a little vegetal, but not too much (it was subtle enough to not be off-putting in the least) and was very smooth. The rice added a roasty note to the tea, creating almost a toasted or “cooked” flavor. It left a noticeable aftertaste of cooked green veggies. It was quite good overall.
A very good Lapsang, not too heavy on the palate and good for eating with sweet or creamy foods. Requires slightly more attention to the steeping time than some blends, as it is liable to turn woody and bitter if left to steep for more than five minutes. Nonetheless, is still a cut above the more common commercial blends.
Nom noms. Deep and rich and hearty.
I’ve spent all night touching up the photos of my school’s winter show, and they’re finally up! :)
(this post more an advertisement than an actual tasting note XD)
I don’t know why I got this tea. I picked it up the last time I was at home, but it took me about a month to get around to trying it.
It’s good. Oh, it’s good.
The leaves smell kind of musty, like opening up an old book. It actually kind of smells like a library, in a way.
It’s so smooth. I poured the water over the leaves, and as it passed through the strainer it immediately turned gold. I worried a bit – was it going to get too strong? My morning teas usually end up with about a 7 minute steep because I brew them on my way to class.
It wasn’t astringent at all. It wasn’t even overly malty, which can turn my stomach if I’ve not eaten anything. It was strong, but really, really smooth.
After that class, I filled the mug up with hot water. I wanted to resteep the leaves, but I didn’t feel much like drinking it during my next class. So I left it there, and let it steep until lunch (~3 hours). I know that the water I resteeped it with was less than boiling, maybe 180 or so.
And it wasn’t astringent at all. In fact, there was a beautiful sort of honeyed sweetness that came out of that.
I really regret only getting 25g. The next time I’m in Boston with Boy, I’ll make him stop in so I can get some :)
I stopped in at Tealuxe and puzzled over their tea menu for a while before this one was suggested to me. I was so happy to see that they had a coconut pouchong! I want to try as many as I can get my hands on. So, I got a cup to go and 50 g. It smells, predictably, divine. It’s also tasty, but I find it tends to brew up bitter so I have to be careful with it. It’s delicious but I don’t think it really stands out from the pack, so I think Tealish is still my pick for a good balance of quality, accessibility, and price.
Tealuxe’s tea room and sitting area were lovely, just for the record!