1616 Tasting Notes
For some reason I thought this would be a good idea to have this afternoon before I figured out if my water pitcher was producing good water or not. This is another one that seems like it had a lot of potential, but possibly tainted by the water. It had a weird bitter note that was very sharp and I’m not certain wasn’t leftover soap aroma from the pitcher. Sigh. But this had nice almond, raspberry and rose notes, and smelled amazing. Will try again, and I have plenty of this one!
Backlog from this morning. I wanted to try this one this morning because I wanted to get to the samples that the lovely Angel from Teavivre recently sent me. Unfortunately, I just changed the water filter in my pitcher and I feel like there is always a break in period where nothing quite tastes right. I realized this after I had already put this in my infuser, so I brewed it up anyway.
Anyway, reserving rating this for now, but as it is it has a lot of potential. I do feel like maybe I could go for a hotter temp (this was recommended on the package). Rose, and slightly sweet-potatoey dian hong are a pretty good combo, and one I feel like isn’t common. This was a little flat and not flavorful, but I think that was the water, not the tea. Fortunately I have more of this one to try again!
Backlog. Drank this one yesterday while Steepster was down. It was finally cool enough in my house for me to think about drinking hot tea, so I had this for breakfast with additions. Quite tasty, and I enjoyed it even though its old and getting less flavorful. Next pot of this one is a sipdown!
Sipdown, 133. Yeah, found a tea that didn’t originally make it into my cupboard the other day, so still 133. I got this as a sample in this month’s Lupicia newsletter, clearly intended for icing since that’s what the newsletter focused on, so I cold brewed it.
I’ve never had green rooibos before. I don’t like red rooibos really, but I’ve heard green is another animal. Seems to be; this is light and refreshing, and definitely not medicinal. I guess I’d say the green rooibos is kind of like a non-grassy green tea? It’s very mild and smooth, and the fruit flavors are nice. Mostly mango, but a general tropical-ness. This made a nice glass of iced tea for the afternoon, though I will undoubtably wish it had caffeine in it later.
Backlog. I drank this Friday afternoon but was too busy to log it then, and also too busy to really pay close enough attention to it. That along with potentially subpar water means I won’t rate this one because I think I missed some flavors here.
This was on my list of teas I must get. I love rose, I love lychees. There was a sign saying that this was only available in their Paris store, although it appears you can also buy it online, and by “you” I mean those of you that live in Europe.
I have to say that the Fauchon tins are very cool. I thought there was just a sliding lid, but under that there is a second, pushed in lid that makes it very air tight. Nice. Lychees tend to have a rosey flavor on their own, so I guess it isn’t surprising that this mostly tastes like a rose green, although there was a somewhat fruity note. The base teas is a flattened green, likely sencha, although I enjoyed it more than I have enjoyed other senchas recently. All in all a good purchase, and I’m happy to have it.
I unpacked all of my teas from the trip this morning, and was happy to find out that I had five empty large tins in my collection because five of the teas I brought back were in paper bags and needed tins. Perfect. Now I can’t get anymore 100g amounts of tea (that don’t come with their own tin or airtight pouch) because all of my tins are filled to the brim right now.
This is a restock from my very first time I went to Dammann, three years ago. I loved this tea so I didn’t hesitate getting more of it when I was just there. I was going to try one of my new-to-me teas that I just picked up, but then I remembered that I was having issues with water quality before I left (likely need to change the filter on my brita), so I decided to go with a tea I know and love this morning just in case.
Mmm, this tea is just as good as I remembered. Better, possibly. I love the combination of flavors in this, dominated by fig and florals, with some supporting citrus. I do think my water is making this a bit flatter than usual, but its flavorful enough to push past it. Must get some new filters so I can really dive into my new teas!
Oh, jet lag. I feel it settling in. My body thinks it’s nearing bedtime, when it’s really nearing dinnertime. With that flagging sensation (and the fact that it is warm in the house even with the air conditioner in) I thought of a cold matcha latte and it sounded perfect.
My freezer is somewhat packed right now so I just reached back into the back where my matchas are and randomly grabbed one; turned out to be this one. I added extra matcha for the energy and a couple of pinches of sugar. Of course I forgot to sift the matcha (even though the sifter was sitting right next to me… oh jet-lag brain), but the ice cubes in the shaker prevented any clumping. Now, for the energy to kick in…
Sipdown, 133. Cold brew. I cold brewed this (and removed the leaves) before I left on my trip, so in one respect it was nice to have some already-brewed iced tea waiting for me when I got back. Also, it happens to be a sipdown. With the teas I brought back plus the ones I got in the mail while I was away, my cupboard is at 133, which is pretty darn good still.
As I expected, this was a delicious cold brew. I think the lychee flavor came out a bit more even, and it was nice and refreshing. Love lychee cold brews, so I will definitely be having those regularly in the next few months, especially since it is stupid hot here right now.
Sipdown, 117. I saved this one for last of my Teavivre greens because it is my favorite.
Even though I used the entire sample packet for this one, it was still very light. It’s like the lightness is inherant to its being. Although I wished for a heavier flavor on this one before, I still enjoy it in its lightness. After my short survey of chinese green teas (definitely not exhaustive, but more different greens than I have tried before), I can say that this is my favorite type at the moment. Nutty, buttery, and not too beany or vegetal. Quite lovely, and I may get some more for those times when I need a green tea (rare as they are).
This feels like it should be a sipdown because I just emptied the tin, but I actually have a bottle of this tea that has been cold-steeped in the fridge at home, so I can’t count it yet.
I had a cup of this the other day that I never logged, and it was way more lychee-flavored than this one, oddly. I think I possibly used a bit more leaf than normal while emptying the tin, but not much. This tastes predominantly like the base tea, which thankfully is pretty tasty. Maybe the lychee is overwhelmed by the base tea with excess leaf. But at least it isn’t bitter or astringent.