56 Tasting Notes
Inspecting the leaves this morning I was very confused. They were extremely dry and around the edges was this strange fuzz I’d never seen before. I thought it might be mold. So I rinsed this tea twice before steeping it for about 50 seconds. I think I steeped it too long. It has a very tinny taste. A very subtle sweet floral aroma on the nose, but I don’t taste any of that, as it’s covered by the metallic tongue. Next steep I’ll try for only 30 seconds.
I’m not the biggest fan of brown rice teas. But when I can across this unique sencha/brown rice tossed with matcha blend, I knew I’d instantly enjoy this. Made it a little on the weak side this morning, as I was rushing to get to work as always. I did manage to enjoy my 25 second steep with Brandon in bed tho. Felt like I had been up for hours on my way to work. I’m very particular with what tools I use to steep this tea, so it makes it rather difficult to enjoy it at work. What to drink now…
Ok, so it’s not really a “tea” that I “drank”. But I saw this at the store when I got my Tea’s Tea and decided to give it an impulse try. It’s not that good. I saw a recipe for matcha truffles floating around online recently and was hoping this chocolate bar would be in similar taste. It’s not. The chocolate is weak and the green tea filling tastes like baby powder. Plus the green tea is the last ingredient. It’s not even made with matcha. What was I thinking?
Surprisingly this is better than the Sencha I had the other day from Silk Roads…It has a fuller flavor, more grassier and stronger. I brewed this particular cup for about 30 seconds. I think the steep can go for even longer. I still would like to try more senchas. This one is good, but I know there’re way better ones out there.
One of my favorite Oolongs from Samovar. Brandon made this for me this morning, it was the last of our stash. Very full bodied tea, floral nose with a buttery finish on the tongue. 2 pots of this helped put that extra step in me this morning. I wish I could drink this tea everyday without going broke.
This was bought at a Silk Road tea tasting in Marin. At the tasting this tea was great! He demonstrated a very short steep on this one. About 10-15 seconds. Got home, and of course I can’t get it to steep perfect again. I steeped this for about 40 seconds today. It’s a light green tea with smaller leaves so the crumbs sit in my glass, which I like a lot. Not the best green, but it’s pretty good.