2098 Tasting Notes
I’m doing a bit of a leap frog over one of my Verdant reserve teas (at home) and the white tea that I accidentally got from Golden Moon but am really not that interested in drinking today.
So this is the tea I actually ordered and got a few days later when when I brought the mistake to their attention. I haven’t had this tea in forever but I remembered enjoying it so I figured I would get a small pouch of it. It does smell way more like sugary caramel than it tastes. Definitely a lightly flavored tea, but I am enjoying the cup anyway.
The main part of the sip basically tastes like a lightly roasted tieguanyin, or perhaps a Taiwanese oolong. It’s a bit nondescript except for the roastiness. The sugar caramel really comes out in the aftertaste when you are just sitting around not thinking about it. It’s not astounding, but it’s pretty tasty. I wonder how it would come out cold-brewed?
Apparently I’m bad at writing tasting notes in the afternoon, unless, like today, I teach all morning and so only get to my computer in the afternoon. I drank this tea yesterday afternoon but never logged it. So! We are on to Black Friday orders. How about that?? I only have two pages of teas in my cupboard left to go.
I love this tea so much. Definitely it is my favorite coconut pouchong, though I am interested to try the coconut greens I recently got from MissB. This is absolutely like a coconut macaroon, baked cookie-ish flavor and all. I have to remember not to sit on this one, though, since as a pouchong it has the potential to lose flavor faster than my black blends.
Behold, the only minty tea that I actually really like. It’s minty, but it’s not overly minty. I think it’s the creaminess that really smooths it over and makes it work for me. Granted, I don’t reach for it that often because I often have to be in the mood for a minty tea, but I do enjoy it. I should probably keep it in mind for after lunches out where I come back with onion breath, or if I need a stomach settler. I never think of mint for that, but it is an obvious choice!
This was SO DELICIOUS this morning. Tons of almond flavor, sweet and creamy. Almond cake with a hint of rose icing, that’s what this tea tasted like this morning. Without a doubt one of my favorite teas ever. Why do I have to fall so hard for a tea that’s so hard to acquire? If this tea ever shows up on Vente-privee I am so buying a stock to last me.
I drank this one yesterday afternoon but didn’t log it as I got wrapped up in work. I had to skip my two Hawaiian Lupicia blends in my chronology because they live at home and I keep forgetting to bring some of the sachets in to have at work. Must try to remember!
By smell of the dry leaf alone, this tea seems like it will be overwhelming in the flavoring and floral department. It’s INTENSE. But once it’s brewed it mellows considerably. I had this one yesterday when it was still le printemps outside (today it is l’hiver again! snowing!), and it was so pleasant. Fruity, creamy, and a nice helping of rose; yes please! I thought I didn’t like rose and vanilla together (bad previous tea experiences) but this one (and a few other French teas) proves me wrong.
So I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been drinking this one all out of order for my chronology lately. It’s been “coming up” in the list for a while now and there were a number of teas I thought I was going to have to skip because they were at home (but then I actually drank them this weekend). I never got around to writing a tasting note for this any time recently, though, so it’s still in order.
All of which is to say, I apparently like this tea quite a bit. The flavors don’t quite stick out at me, but It’s fruity, it’s rosey, it’s just a pleasant blend that I enjoy enough to reach for it fairly frequently. Funny how some blends get like that! I guess it’s a good thing that the blend I reach for frequently is one that I have a large amount of, although it would probably be good to reach for some of the other 100g tins occasionally as well!
Out of my chronology for a moment. After working out in the yard this afternoon I was hot and tired so I came in, shook some of this with ice and water and basically chugged it. I probably used a bit too much matcha for the amount of water I had, but it was still pretty tasty. Grassy with tasty sea buckthorn accompanying it. This is one of the only matchas that I never drink with milk because milk and sea buckthorn don’t go together for me. Thankfully I like it plenty on it’s own with just water.
It’s over 80°F here today, so it’s been a mostly iced-tea afternoon. This is one of the teas on my chronology, although I’ve had it fairly frequently and out of order throughout this project because often on the weekend I am limited in my selection. That and apparently I’ve been feeling rosey lately.
But now is it’s time, so I am having it again. Today I used Lupicia’s Royal Milk Tea Recipe. It came on one of their newsletters this winter and I clipped it out and put it on my fridge because it really makes the best milk tea. (I reproduced it in this note for Assam Calcutta Auction: http://steepster.com/dinosara/posts/219625). This time I didn’t heat the milk, added 2 tsp of sugar, and I shook the whole thing with an ice cube to make iced rose milk tea, and let me tell you, it was delicious! Just like getting an iced rose milk tea in Beijing. I forsee doing this often this summer.
Side note, I went onto Lupicia’s site to see if they had the milk tea recipe on there and it’s there but not easy to link to and makes a ton of tea at a time instead of just a cup. ANYWAY, the “featured” recipe on their main page (http://www.lupiciausa.com/v/static/enjoy-tea/tea-recipes.html) is for Marshmallow Peach Tea… tea with marshmallows added? You be crazy, Lupicia, although that does sound kind of awesome anyway.
I keep my (very large) tin of this tea at home for all of my weekend Earl Grey needs. I really should bust it open more often.
This was a very tasty Earl for the morning. It has enough heft to stand up to breakfast but still remains smooth and easy to drink without additions. It’s a nice, very bergamotty Earl that is pretty simple, but sometimes you just need a simple Earl. I’m sure I will be drinking this tin for years to come, but I have a feeling it will age well.
Ok, time to catch up on tasting notes. The other day I was thinking about whether I really should keep on with my Verdant Blends Club because there is usually only one of the three each month that I’m interested in. But then I had a cup of this tea. It’s not available as a normal blend on their site, and what I have of it is from the box and also I swiped OMGsrsly’s.
Teas like this make it worth it for me. It really is deliciously like a spiced sugar cookie to me. I don’t really care for genmaicha usually, but this is certainly an exception. It is a blend that speaks to me, although apprently it doesn’t speak to many others as it’s not one that they decided to make permanent. Ah well, I will savor what I have.