Finally bought some more! A nice, round tea, excellent for the afternoon or during lunch.
259 Tasting Notes
Backlogging: Two quarts of cold water, two tea bags, refrigerate for 30 minutes and remove the tea bags. As one would expect it has a strong grain flavor, but it is quite refreshing on a hot day.
I have been out of this tea for a few months and finally was able to replace it! Using water that has been cooled for two minutes off of the boil, steep for four minutes, and add a splash of milk. Not too malty, but has more body than English Breakfast.
A classic blend.
It’s 4pm and I have that sinking feeling. A cup of darjeeling should help restore my focus!
Normally I treat this tea as most other Chinese green teas (around 180-185 degrees F for 2-3 minutes), but I decided to follow the directions on the tin today: 3g of tea, pour boiling water, keep covered for about 5 minutes, then serve. The leaves held up extremely well, and my office is now filled with the pleasant aroma of Jasmine! :)
Tried again with hotter water. It brings out more flavor and is more enjoyable.
A simple flavor to relax the senses.
Second steep. Used boiling water instead of cooled in an attempt to extract more flavor from the previously steeped leaves. It worked. I think I prefer using boiling water with this tea rather than slightly cooled water.
Trying again. Let the water cool back from a boil for 1 minute before steeping. The flavor definitely improves once the tea has cooled down a little bit, but still is not as complex as I would prefer.
A classic flavor.
A slightly smoky aroma and a very mild flavor. I let the water cool for 30 seconds off the boil before steeping and added a dash of milk. Not as full of a mouth feel as I prefer, but not bad. Leaving neutral for now.
My favorite tea to unwind with. Sip and savor, don’t gulp and waste the flavor.
Resteep. Unlike Henry the 8th, the second verse is not the same as the first. It is missing quite a bit of flavor and fullness, but is still passable. I’m not going to try a third steep.
Backlogging. I had about five or six cups of this last night with guests. While normally I would prepare in a kyuusu to bring out the best flavor, I opted to use a western-style teapot as I needed more volume. Use a teapot with a removable strainer. Fill the strainer outside of the pot with the appropriate amount of tea. Fill the pot half-way with water at the appropriate temperature. Place strainer inside teapot, then pour in the remaining water. Remove strainer from the teapot at the appropriate time, and serve. Not as grassy and clean-tasting as from a kyuusu, but pretty darn good.
Helps me say “good morning” after a stressful night.