732 Tasting Notes
Not quite a tea, but: I got my pu’erh knife in the mail last week! Bought it from eBay a few weeks ago, and it’s gorgeous.
Full review and photos at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/teaware-review-puerh-knife-from-ebay/
I put 10g of this into a gaiwan to steep. That was a bad idea – I should have just stuck to using half that.
It’s with great sadness that I bid this tea adieu – the first time I tried it, I loved the spice and the tangy hint of cream cheese icing, but that tanginess is gone. Plus, the status of Della Terra teas is still a big question mark – they say they’re coming back soon, but I’m doubtful.
Goodbye, carrot cake. We had a great thing together.
I know I’ve had this once or twice before without bothering to log it.
This smells wonderful when it’s steeping, but it tastes tarter than I expected. Also, I think that in the small sample I asked for from DT, they gave me a whole lot of cinnamon chips and not a lot of rooibos.
This does smell nice, though. I’ll finish it off and may restock it at a later date.
How does this taste iced, by the way?
Coldbrewed a pitcher packet of this overnight, and I was very happy with it! I remember someone else (Roswell? Sil?) saying that this tea didn’t really work for them and that it tasted too artificial.
Because of that, I was a bit trepidatious but it turned out that there was nothing to fear. It’s peachy, sweet, and refreshing. Of course, it helps that the hubs likes it – he prefers juice teas over tea-teas anyway (now we just have to finish off that last bit of Black Cherry).
Technically this is a sipdown as I bought only one pitcher pack, but it may be a restock. You never know!
I cold-brewed this once a few weeks ago and had the remaining leaf this morning as a hot cup. Unfortunately, it was nigh undrinkable warm. I’m going to assume that this was a side effect of it sitting in a tea travelling box for over a year before I fished it out to keep – there was a rank fruitiness in the smell and the taste of the tea that made me think it had some cross contamination going on.
Plus, let’s face it, I don’t have a whole lot of sencha in my cupboard anymore and I find I like Chinese greens over Japanese ones. So, yeah, quite literally not my cup of tea anymore.
Thanks Ubacat for sending me a sample!
Honestly, this is a pretty typcal, non-descript tea for me. I’m not a huge fan of Mao Fengs, I’ve found, and I’ve also found that I’m not a fan of Yunnan greens, so having this tea be both wouldn’t be my ideal. It’s not offensive or awful, but it’s kind of middle-of-the-road green for me. This tea has that sort of smoke/rubber note I get on the back of my tongue a lot when I drink Yunnan greens.
As it brewed, I smelled that grapelike smell that I assume must be what Darjeeling afficionadoes call “muscatel.” However, I’m fairly new to Darjeelings and I rarely drink wine, so this is something I need to research a bit more.
The brewed tea is a golden brown colour slightly darker than amber, and very clear. Although this tea was picked in the summer, it reminds me of an autumn flush Darjeeling that I used to have. My understanding is that authentic Darjeelings have a second flush that’s characterized by strong fruit flavour and a bit of sparkle. This tea, in contrast, is more muted.