1851 Tasting Notes
Happy 4th of July… I get to spend it at work, unsurprisingly. But really only because next week I’ll be in Barcelona, so I can’t complain too much.
Mediocre pearls make for a mediocre morning tea… it’s always hard to get through a tea you are not that excited about. Today I thought to brew this one a tiny bit stronger to see if I could bump up the flavor, but it’s still very flat and uninteresting. But now with some more unpleasant tannic notes. Maybe an extra pearl would make a difference; gotta remember to try that next time.
Sipdown, 121. Cold brew for lunch today, then a hot brew this afternoon.
Cold, this was lovely. Jasminey but not too overwhelming. I definitely enjoyed it with lunch.
Hot, I was less successful this time. For my recent greens I have been using one full Teavivre sample pouch in my 12oz mug, steeped for 2 minutes, and they have all turned out very well. This I did the same with, but it was way too bitter. Perhaps it was the addition of the jasmine. Oh well, live and learn.
Sipdown, 122. I have multiple reasons for drinking all of these Teavivre green teas in fairly quick succession. First because they offer a bunch of easy sipdowns, and second because I am trying to get a good sense of the types of green teas that I really enjoy. Yesterday was Bi Luo Chun, today is Liu An Gua Pian.
This one is light and almost sparkly. There is a certain feel to it that is extra bright and fresh. The flavor is vegetal with very light nutty and buttery notes, but they don’t add a thickness to it like in some other greens. It’s not savory like the Bi Luo Chun but it’s not really sweet either. Just fresh. Overall I enjoy this tea but I can’t see craving it. Glad I got a chance to try it!
Sipdown, 123. A sad sipdown! I’ve been hoarding this because it is my favorite Panyang (Tan Yang) after the one I brought back from Beijing. I had a sample of it but I couldn’t affort a tin without a serious discount.
This is a definite yum, although I think I had a bit too little leaf… it’s also a tad weak. Ah well, that’s what happens when you hoard the last bits, I guess. Anyway, I love the sweetness and apricot notes with this along with the honeyed grains. Mmmm. Well maybe someday I will be able to get more of this (or find a tea that will surpass it).
Sipdown, 124. Thanks again to Angel & Teavivre for samples of the spring harvest of this tea!
Bi Luo Chuns are not my favorite type of green tea, but I do enjoy them. I think they’re a little too beany for me, typically. This particular cup has a slight smokiness to it, too? Kind of odd, don’t know if I’ve noticed that before. Maybe it’s not really a smokiness, but a savory quality, like miso. I tend to prefer my teas to seem “sweet” even if they’re not actually sweet (if that makes sense), hence my not being able to get into more savory teas. This is quite flavorful, fresh and green, but it edges toward the side of greens that I don’t love. Still, I’m excited to try the jasmine bi luo chun that I will be getting in my next batch of samples.
Almost a sipdown, and I will finish this tea off by the end of the week. It is lovely but kind of old and fading a bit. However I think these are my last jasmine pearls! Sadness! I will definitely have to reorder these from Teavivre when I do get around to a big order from them. This fall!
Sipdown, 125. Cold brew.
I wasn’t expecting to have this be a sipdown already, but when I started portioning this out for another cold brew I realized that this would be the last of it. I have had issues with some of Kusmi’s teas recently in hot brew, but I love them cold brewed. I even left this in the fridge for a day longer than planned but it was still delicious. Rich red fruits, some bright bergamot, and a lovely caramel. Glad I could really enjoy the last of this tea.
Back to reality. Last week was pretty much all traveling/vacation, even though we got back home on Thursday. Then yesterday I had an entire day of orientation for my new job… and only some mid-day iced tea to sustain me. At least it was decently tasty iced tea. But now I’m back at my desk, if only for the rest of the week. Saturday I’m off to Barcelona for a week-long scientific conference! I’m excited but I will be ready to be done with traveling by the time it is over.
Anyway, I’ve been away from my kettle and water filter for a while, and I wanted to make sure there wasn’t going to be anything weird going on with it. I wanted a tasty tea, but a tea that I had enough of that I wouldn’t be super disappointed if it got a bit messed up. This one seemed to work. Luckily my kettle and water are fine, and this is very tasty. Taking the rest of it home to cold brew… I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before, but as this tea is an homage to a tamarind soda it would make sense cold!
Sipdown, 126. Gongfu this afternoon.
With my first steeps, I was reminded that, no matter how much I try, I just don’t dig puerh in any form. It’s not that it tastes bad to me, I just don’t love the flavor. The first steeps of this were also a bit oversteeped (kind of bitter) given the amount of leaf in the pot, and perhaps the amount of broken leaf from the bottom of the pouch (even though they were 4-6 second steeps). But then there was a totally awesome floral, osmanthus-like aftertaste lingering in my mouth. Hmm.
My third steep I did a super quick, pour in pour out, couple second steep, which was mellower but still had a bite I didn’t love. But once again there was this awesome floral aftertaste that came out a few minutes after I finished drinking the steep. It really reminded me of something but I can’t place it, and it’s kind of driving me nuts. Although I don’t really care for the bulk of the sip itself, the lingering florals are so lovely that I am definitely enjoying this tea a lot more this time. Interesting!
Another cold matcha latte today! Today I decided to go without sugar and see how it turned out. I’ve had this shaken with just cold water before and really enjoyed it, so I figured shaken with milk would be good too. Turns out yes! There was a slight sweetness from the milk and the matcha itself that made was just enough. Nutty and delicious!