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Today I more closely observed the brewing liquor of a Wissotzky Timeless Green Tea sachet and discovered that the initial color is pale green, and after a couple of minutes of steeping it becomes more golden. One change to today’s brew was that I used slightly hotter water than last time. I kept the steep time short, but I had to wait a couple more minutes before imbibing because the liquid was still too hot.
The flavor ended up being very good, as before. I still hope to find out what the identity of this China green is, but I have yet to receive a reply to my question from the folks at Wissotzky…
second infusion: as before, I brewed two separate glasses of Timeless Green, and then later reinfused the sachets. The second round was good once again and fairly strong with a flavor close to the first infusion. Hopefully the caffeine was removed in the first infusion… on verra…
I enjoyed another glass of Wissotzky Timeless Green Tea again today, prepared from the full leaf sachet (not a filter bag). This is one of the best grocery store greens I’ve encountered.
The liquor is gold veering ever-so-slightly green, and the taste is rich and satisfying. I’m still not sure which China green this is as customer service never wrote me back. I continue to believe that it may be Mao Feng. Anyway, it’s good—that’s what really counts!
The sachets are generously stoked with 2.5g of tea which expands to fill the little bag like a fluffy pillow. I’ll have another glass and then reinfuse the bags later today for my post-dinner decaffeinated green.
second infusion: very good. This tea may become a regular rotation sachet for days when I cannot be bothered with a pot.
Which self-proclaimed Imperial Earl Grey sachet reigns supreme? That is the question which sherapop set out to answer into today’s steep-off between Wissotzky Signature Collection Imperial Earl Grey and Harney & Sons Historic Royal Palaces Earl Grey Imperial.
The Wissotzky is good. The Harney & Sons is good. The scent of the dried sachets remind me in both cases of men’s cologne! So, yes, there’s a lot of bergamot going on here. (FYI: bergamot is a component of 33% of all perfumes!). In terms of appearance, the colorful cornflowers add a bit of visual interest to the Wissotzky sachet, but the tea leaves are quite a bit more broken up than those in the Harney & Sons sachet.
In terms of black tea base, Wissotzky features a blend of Ceylon teas, while Harney & Sons features a blend of China and Indian teas. The color of the two liquors is virtually indistinguishable: dark amber. With light cream, the two appear nearly identical: caramel-colored lusciousness. The scent of the two brews is very similar as well.
As is the taste!
I had never tried anything from Wissotzky Tea, so I decided to pick up a couple of boxes at the grocery store. First up is Timeless Green Tea. This is a part of the signature collection, which features pyramidal sachets and full leaf teas. The appearance of the dark green tea is a bit gnarled and reminds me of a couple of the loose leaf Mao Fengs I’ve tried recently.
The liquor is pale yellow moving toward very light brown (not green), and the flavor is of cooked vegetables. This is a good tea. I’ll have another cup and reinfuse the sachets later today. I have sent the company an email inquiring as to the identity of the tea, but it definitely evokes memories of some Mao Fengs, and also a couple of the terroir greens I have been tasting of late. This is a good tea, especially for the price and the ready availability—at the grocery store, in the same aisle as Lipton!
So far so good for Wissotzky—at least for the Signature Collection sachets!
The smell of this one punches you in the face as soon as the bag opens. Equal parts cream and lemon, and strong. Brewed, this reminds me of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon. The creaminess is more of an undertone here though. It’s not as cakey. Basically this tea tastes exactly like its name. Except the flavor is lemon, not lemongrass. I like it. As evidenced by the fact that I just got it tonight and have already had three cups.
Sipdown #73, another tea from Sil & Kaylee. Thanks girls!
You know, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like this one, I mean, plain old Rooibos? I’m not always a fan of rooibos blends, but actually this is pretty good! By itself, it has a light almost bready kind of taste, with a hint of cinnamon. Who knew?
This reminds me of Butiki’s Cider Guayusa, minus the guayusa. The flavoring’s spot-on for cider. There’s mostly apple with a hint of cinnamon, and not much sweetness. As far as apple tisanes go I think I prefer the ones that mimic more of a sour fresh apple flavor, but for what it is this is a very pleasant tisane and one I certainly wouldn’t mind drinking again.
This really tastes like passion fruit! Passion fruit is one of my favorite flavors, and it doesn’t show up in teas or tisanes all that often so I was pleased when my mother brought a bag of this back from Israel for me. The hibiscus had me slightly concerned, but while it is present it’s only strong enough to add some pleasant (and accurate, passion fruit-wise) tartness. I’m not really picking up on the mango, but I can live with that. This is one of the nicest caffeine-free options I’ve tried lately, and it’s certainly something I’d like to pick up more of when I’ve made some progress working through my current stash. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by most of the Wissotzky teas and tisanes I’ve tried so far; they’ve almost all been a cut above the average bagged grocery option.
My mom picked a box of this up for me in Israel recently. And it’s actually pretty good for a bagged Earl Grey! The bergamot’s quite strong, which is a plus for me, and the base has a nice hint of smoke. The tea part of this tea could be a bit more pronounced, but I can live with that. It doesn’t measure up to my current favorite EG (Lupicia’s), but I wouldn’t expect it to. This will be good to have around for times when loose leaf’s just not feasible, definitely.
Tea #1 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I was in a rush to get to a meeting, so I rummaged through the teabags in the box and found this gem. I didn’t read the ingredients before opening it, and was pleasantly surprised to smell sage. The savory smell reminded me a bit Thanksgiving stuffing.
The flavor was extremely interesting. The sage completely overpowered the cardamom, so I wouldn’t consider this a successful chai. However, it certainly was a damn tasty tea.
sipdown! this was one from kaylee I opted to try this one since i should probably start drinking a few non caffeinated options now that it’s later in the day. As well, after locating a few teas in my cupboard that were actually gone – i’m super happy to say that i’m now back under where i started the weekend at before dinosara’s swap was added to my cupboard!
I quite like this one…it’s sweet, doesn’t taste overly like rooibos and it’s just a smooth tasting experience. Thanks kaylee!
I had what I believe to be a sipdown of this tea earlier today. I see from my previous tasting note that I enjoyed the ginger flavor. Unfortunately, I could barely taste the ginger today. It just seemed very weak all around – maybe the water wasn’t hot enough? I did let it steep for a good long while…
Oh well. I have better ginger teas and better Wissotzky teas, so it’s no big loss to be done with this one.
haha! i stole this tea bag from a posh house my boyfriend was dog sitting at.
he is giving up his dog walking business but if he happens to ever watch these two dogs again i will totally ask him to nab a few more bags for me.
believe it or not i’m not really a chai person or a rose/floral person, and yet, the mellow smoothness of this tea is so great i absolutely love it!
The weather was finally nice enough to have a cuppa and I finally had a little time at work to write up a tasting note. Imagine my consternation when I discovered that the dilapidated old browser on my work computer isn’t capable of running the “write tasting note” feature. Bah!
So this is a somewhat belated tasting note, but I feel that I must write it or else Internet Explorer 1782 wins.
I quite enjoyed this tea though! I haven’t got a whole lot to add to my prior note. I drank it after only steeping for about 4 minutes, at which point it was still tasty but not as well balanced as when you really let it sit. The sage aroma and flavor are very strong and soothing. I really wanted to add some honey to it, though, to round it out a bit. Overall, good for a quick fix during a busy workday.
I never thought about it when I used to regularly leave teabags in the mug while drinking my tea, but some teas seem to benefit substantially from lengthy steeps. This is one of those teas. At 3-5 minutes, it’s very meh. Flavor is weak and unimpressive. Luckily, I got distracted at work and didn’t come back to the cup until 15-20 minutes later. Oh. my. goodness. The flavors really come out to play. It’s a lovely balance of honey and sage and I find it extremely enjoyable. I wasn’t paying attention to aroma or color, but I’ll definitely be having it again and will try to notice those things.
I think many of the Wissotzky green teas fall into the category of teas that benefit from lengthy steepings. Not sure why.