2098 Tasting Notes
All right, after sickness, weekends and snow days, we are back on track with the cupboard chronology. Well, sort of; I’m going to have to skip the next one because it is an herbal and at home, but I will try to remember to drink it tonight. I suppose this one is kind of an herbal too, but not the type you drink at night!
I have come to the conclusion that I am not the hugest fan of guayusa, but I can at least enjoy it when flavored with citrus and cream, as in this blend. Hope this will give me a jolt of energy… plenty of stuff to do today!
I felt awful this morning and ended up leaving work just an hour after getting in. So in spite of my chronological order I skipped ahead and had a cup of this tea. I don’t really want this to become a “sick tea”, but the fact is that it is lemony and gingery and delicious. I have another lemon ginger green tea but this one tastes better so why wouldn’t I prefer this one? Besides, I don’t think I will have a problem with associating this one with sickness (I love ginger and lemon together!). Anyway, this one settled my stomach a bit but I am still not 100% so the chronology is on hold for the weekend I suppose.
Mmmm, drank this one yesterday afternoon, steeping it a few times. I can’t believe how sweet and chocolatey this tea is. Are you sure there isn’t added sugar in here? Of course not, just luxurious beautiful curled black tea leaves. I love Laoshan Black, but this reserve version is mind blowing. Sweeter, silkier, more chocolatey. I wonder if Verdant will have another 1st picking harvest this year? I do have a couple of ounces of this to hoard, in any case. :D
Ah, another example of Lupicia’s delicious flavored green oolongs. This is intensely melon-y; perhaps too intense for some folks, but if you like super ripe cantaloup and green oolongs, this one is one for you. I happen to love it because it really envelops you in the melon flavor. I don’t know if I’ve ever met one of Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs that I didn’t like, and I love that they are clean fruity blends that really complement the oolong.
This also reminds me that I really need to get some Naivetea oolongs back in my cupboard because as much as I love these, Naivetea’s flavored oolongs are probably the best ever.
This tea always smells so good but I find myself a bit disappointed. It’s the base tea, which has no body or substance to it, so it leaves the rest hanging out to dry. Otherwise, the flavoring is quite good. Pumpkin-y with just the right balance of spices.
Today I thought I might coax some more heft from it by adding more leaf, but it just gained a bitter edge instead. Oh well. Still have never found my perfect pumpkin tea.
I’ve been so bad about logging by teas! I haven’t even been all that busy. Ah well.
I had this one yesterday, and was of course reminded about how good it is. Most flavored greens have been sort of meh for me lately, but this one breaks the mold in two ways: it’s scented, and it’s a dragonwell. I’ve always loved dragonwells more than most other types of green tea, especially the senchas usually used for flavored green tea bases. This is a lovely, buttery dragonwell that is high quality in its own right. Secondly, I still love my floral scented green teas, such as this one. Really it is like being in a rose garden. So happy I happened across this one in Berkeley a year ago!
I don’t usually begin my morning with an oolong, but when I do, it’s a reserve TGY.
This is so lovely, as always. Floral and sweet like fine honey, lightly buttery, crisp and clean. I drank this one eagerly, and just now looked into the bottom of the cup for the dregs but found nothing. Ah, over too soon.
I drank this yesterday as part of my chronology but never logged it.
As always, it remains a favorite. I like the black tea blend on this tea, which is really essential for enjoying this tea because the flavoring is rather subtle. Nice orangey citrus to keep things interesting. This tea also always reminds me of Mongolia because I first bought it as a box of sachets in a grocery in Ulaanbaatar and drank it often at my hostel there.
Hmmm. The first sips of this were somewhat odd to me. This has always been my number one Earl, but today it tasted off. So disappointing. It’s like suddenly the keemun base isn’t working for me. And there’s not enough bergamot either. This has got to be a fluke. That said, I still drank the whole cup, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t what I was expecting, either.
I got this tea a while ago and didn’t even expect that much of it, but it turned out to be really awesome (which cannot necessarily be said of the rest of this company’s tea).
I love the rose and passionfruit in this, and all the flavors just come together well. It’s slightly sweet and very smooth, and the base tea is substantial enough to give it some heft. I still find this very tasty and it’s a nice variant of Earl Grey to have around.