1994 Tasting Notes
My tea consumption is going to be kind of limited for the next three weeks as I try to get down to my Black Friday goal. Fortunately, there is a lot of great tea in that limited list of about 36 teas. This is one of them. Usual caveats apply: traditional TGYs aren’t my favorite, and I greatly prefer the super-green gande versions.
That said, I have been appreciating these traditional TGYs more and more. This one was quite tasty. Roasty but not too roasty, lightly sweet, slightly fruity. It got more and more vegetal as the steeps progressed, so I didn’t take it out a ton of steeps. But I did enjoy this one this afternoon.
This is the last of my Kusmi blends from the sampler that I have to get rid of. I am not big on the Kusmi base but I discovered I liked it better cold brewed. However, this one has spices in it, and it was not tasty cold brewed. Oh well.
So I’m having it with milk and sugar right now. It’s ok. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. It’s kind of like a citrusy chai. Three more servings of this one to sip down.
Sipdown, 127. Lala’s notes on this reminded me that this has been languishing in my freezer ever since that first fateful time. I finally got around to trying it again.
I think it’s funny that there are very polar review on here. I LOVE bergamot, and usually cannot get enough of it, but at least at the robust flavoring level, this is nasty. I could hardly bring myself to take a sip. It still smells, and tastes, like cleaning solution. Bleh. No thanks.
Sipdown, 128. My last assam from Sil! So I discovered with a lot of these that I am not the biggest fan of assams. However! When the hot water hit this one I thought it smelled quite good! I still added milk and sugar because I am a weakling when it comes to assams.
I am enjoying this one more than the other assams I have had recently. It’s smooth, it’s rich, and it doesn’t have that roughness I have found in other assams. Glad I got to try this one out!
I bought a couple of ounces of this a while ago on sale just to try it out. Never got around to it until now.
It has hibiscus, so it’s not surprising that it brews up tart and probably is meant to be served with sugar. At first I got the sense of a pretty normal hibiscus-y fruit tea, meaning that the hibiscus drowns out most of the other potential fruit flavors. However, as I keep drinking this one, the intense almond/amaretto flavor built and built, almost lending a light sweetness or at least a diminishment of the tartness. I enjoy it. I also think it would be an awesome agua di jamaica base.
An afternoon gongfu session with this one. I haven’t loved a lot of dancongs I’ve had in the past, but I’ve been getting more into darker oolongs lately so I am excited to try this one.
The first few steeps were light and sweet, fruity and lightly floral. Definitely a delicate, refined flavor on this one. There is a light roastiness, like flavor of baked fruit. Later steeps lost the sweetness and became more orchid-like, though it is still subtle. Overall this was very pleasant and I enjoyed my session a lot, although I still think I don’t know enough about these to really appreciate the subtleties here.
Sipdown, 129 (I decupboarded a couple of teas that I have decided to give away to a friend of mine). I cold brewed this one, and it was delicious! Mega yum. Apple and caramel and a hint of cherry.
Sometimes you cold brew a tea that you feel generally ambivalent about and it turns out SO MUCH BETTER than the hot steep. That’s how I feel about this tea. Also I love apple teas cold brew, so that may have something to do with it.
Sipdown, 132. I made this one strong and added milk and sugar, which made for a decadent, almondy-chocolate cup. Very delicious this way! This isn’t one I would go for again, partly because I think the base is a little rough around the edges and I prefer Chocolate Almond Allure for a chocolate almond tea. But this is a nice one!
Finally getting around to tasting this one from last month. I should be able to finish it off in two more sittings with the given leaf to water ratio in the instructions, so that’s a plus when it comes to my sipdown goal. Considering I’m having three more of the blends coming soon!
This one smells really interesting. Spicy and orangey, but also rich and sweet. The wild rice, vanilla and carob in this is giving it a really interesting scent of cookie dough or perhaps sweet challah bread.
I really like this one. To me everything really works and I love the toasted wild rice as a base for an herbal… it almost reminds me of the buckwheat tea, except with a lot of other extras. There’s a faint lingering sweetness from the dandelion root, I think. This one certainly screams fall to me. Mmmm, I would like to have this one to curl up with in the evenings occasionally.
This is a quick note as I drank this while taking care of a lot of things… going out of town for a conference tomorrow! So again a halt on sipdowns, sigh.
Anyway, this was really nice. I am really enjoying these roasty green oolongs more and more, especially when they are nice and bready like this one. A touch sweet, especially when cool/cold. I should try cold brewing this because I think I would really like it iced.