1628 Tasting Notes
Today I moved into a new office that is a pretty sizeable upgrade from my previous desk. The only thing that does suck is that I no longer have a sink super near, so cleaning my tea infuser is a little more of a hassle. I think I will get another infuser mug, that way I only have to clean them out once around lunchtime… my max tea drinking tends to be twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.
Today I steeped this for two minutes instead of three and it took care of the surprising bitterness that I had last time. Yay! Back to it’s delicious, coconutty, almondy, vanilla-y self. I think its the combo of those notes with the white tea that almost give it a chocolatey note. This is an old one that definitely needs to get used up.
I really need to get through some of the older teas in my cupboard. This happens to be one of the oldest I have, and I haven’t had it in forever. I loved it the first time I had it but then started tasting a bitterness in the base, and I have had so many other teas in my life I haven’t gone back to it. Well, time to have some today. I really have quite a lot of this left (it came in a 4oz pouch when I bought it… so much tea!), but reading my older tasting notes I see it makes a good cold brew, so that should help me get through it.
Brewing it at this cool of a temp seems to have helped, but this is definitely a tea that is still a bit rough around the edges. I am definitely more sensative to low quality base tea than I once was. Still, otherwise this is nicely floral and vanilla-y, and for me it’s a good combo of flavors. Reminds me of DavidsTeas Vanilla Orchid Oolong but on a black base instead of an oolong one.
I’ve been having some stomach discomfort today throughout the day so I grabbed some of this one this afternoon. I really need a strong lemon and ginger tea, but until then this will have to do. This is one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, and it has definitely faded in flavor, but all in all it’s holding up pretty well. I still have a ton of it, too!
Sipdown, 129. Some of my teas have been seeming not as flavorful as they should be lately. I don’t know if it’s the water again or what, but I decided to finish off this one to test it out, since I had it recently with the new water filter in.
This cup is pretty good, but it isn’t as sweet as this tea sometimes is. Hmm. Perhaps my kettle needs cleaning. Anyway, glad I tried this one out, although I think it’s a tad fruity for me in a black tea. But I have very much enjoyed it.
Sipdown, 130. Thanks again to Angel and Teavivre for this sample, which was getting up there in age.
I had this tea this afternoon while I was working. I had a particularly early morning today, so I was quite tired and I wanted a white tea to perk me up and make me focused. This worked really well. Forget about white tea relaxing you, for me it definitely perks me up, especially a really nice white tea like this. Not sure if an unflavored white has a place in my cupboard, but it’s something to consider (once it decreases a bit more).
Sipdown, 131. Cold brew. Reasonably citrusy and tasty, but nothing too special. I have one more Kusmi tea from my Russian samples collection (Prince Vladimir) but unfortunately it doesn’t really make good cold brew… I’m not much for spicy iced tea. Still, making progress!
I really haven’t felt like brewing anything gongfu lately, partly because I just don’t feel like I have the time. But I still wanted one of my “finer” teas, and I decided I would just brew it western style. Whatever makes you happy, right?
This smelled quite tasty today. I usually am not big on roasty wuyi oolongs, but for some reason the bready, toasty aroma was really appealing to me this afternoon. I probably could have used more leaf as my brew was a tad weak, but it was still tasty. I enjoyed my pot of it, fuss-free, while working this afternoon.
This is the tea I made this morning to follow up my disappointing first tea of the day. This one I did intend to drink with additions, as my main problem with this one is the CTC leaf in the base tea giving it bitterness.
Thankfully, this one is freaking awesome with additions. Even though I knew I would be adding milk and sugar I still only steeped this for 3 minutes because I knew the CTC made it really strong. Mmmm like drinking a melony, nutty confection. I can really get behind this. Yum!
Today the keemun was strong with this one, and it was not pleasant. I made it strong to drink with additions, but my taste buds were having none of the keemun. Some keemuns work for me, but many do not, and this is one of the ones that doesn’t. I brought it home at some point (as opposed to having it at work where I drink most of my teas) so I figured I had intended to drink it up with additions, but now I think not. Now I’m thinking perhaps I brought it home to cold brew.
Sipdown, 132. Got a free sample of this with my latest Teavana order.
Of course pre-blended with a pile of rock sugar, but then again this tea has hibiscus and rosehips in it so I figured the sugar might be welcome. This smells strangely exactly like the powdered hot apple cider mixes that my mom used to drink in the ’90s. Actually she would sometimes mix them with Tang (yes, it is an odd blend), which totally matches with the orange flavoring here.
And yes, this taste pretty much exactly like that, especially when she would mix them a bit weaker. Fruity, tart, appley, citrusy, with little else to it. It’s not bad, and I enjoyed my pot of it, but it is certainly not very exciting as a tea. They could take the tea out of it and market it as an herbal blend (and I do like some of their herbals), but then they couldn’t tout the “health benefits” of white tea.