127 Tasting Notes
Marco Polo TTB
I’m assuming this year’s is the one in the package, although no year is specified.
The name of this tea makes me wonder. I always assumed that most all tea is hand picked, but I guess not? Hehe, that gave me a vision of someone using some sort of lawn mower type contraption to cut leaves. But doesn’t tea grow on trees? =P
The taste of this is light, and I would say that it’s slightly faded a little. The dried leaves were tightly curled into little caterpillar like shapes. They didn’t fully unfurl until the second steep, but those leaves were quite large! Maybe an inch and a half from tip to stem.
As I said though, the taste was somewhat faded for me. The liquor was a pale green and turned more yellow as the steep grew longer. It was faintly sweet and faintly floral, just pretty light all around even when I just let it sit in the cup, it was still quite light. The taste was actually rather one sided for me, but I can’t even tell you want that note is.
The mouthfeel is not full, nor creamy, but it leaves a satisfying finish, clean.
A tea to sake the thirst, but not one that leaves me guessing, or really wanting more.
I made a pumpkin bread with cranberries. It looks quite pretty. I was hoping that this tea would be a robust enough to drink with it, but I guess I’ll have to go look for something a bit heartier.
Marco Polo TTB
I’m soo excited about this box, I can’t even believe it. Like WOW.
I think this might be the tea labeled ‘the vert/green tea’, it’s the closest name for it on Steepster anyhoo.
This is a tightly rolled green tea! Surprising because lately I’ve seen alot of the flash fried, flat varieties. This is a refreshing change.
I put the water in and took the trash out. I came back and realized that I had forgotten to time it. Ooops. But it’s a recommended 5 min steep, so it certainly wasn’t oversteeped for the first infusion. Probably understeeped. Regardless- the taste is of a fresh spring green. Buttery and mellow and absolutely no astringency or drying. Usually for me water is a type of refreshing, and tea is a completely different type. This wanders into ‘ice cold water’ refreshing, even though it’s warm. I suppose more of a hydrating taste/feel that I get out of this.
Let’s talk about the leaves. I mentioned the dry leaf is rolled. Rolled/twisted and dark stripy green is how it starts. Then in the water it blooms. It slowly unfurls and it’s soo big! It’s like stewed greens in my Ingenuitea pot. Soo awesome. Tea for some reason seems better to be when it’s accompanied by a show. =)
Oooh. I’m soo naughty. I bought this as part of my order from Stacy’s bday sale and am only just now getting around to it.
Does anyone remember those orange flavored chocolate oranges that used to pop up around the holidays? You would just take the ball and smash it against something and it would pop open into slices. I absolutely loved those as a kid. This is what that reminds me off- especially as it cools down. I was expecting milk chocolate, because for some reason all my chocolatey teas lately have been more on the milk chocolate side, but this tea is totally dark chocolate orange slices. Absolutely divine.
Dunno, as hibiscus teas go, I think Passion by Tazo has my heart.
I tried to get my Mom to try some. We were celebrating her birthday early (It’s on Tuesday). She didn’t like it. Oh well. She liked the cake!
From Pass the Stash v2.0
The vanilla in this is very strong.
Mostly I was drawn to this because of the name. I wonder if anyone has a scent memory of the city that is like this? In my mind it would be flowers, cigarette smoke, water, and perfume. Of course I’ve never been there- that’s just the idea I get from french classes at school.
I was away from my computer when I brewed this up. All I wrote down was ‘vanilla, soft, black’.
Pass the Stash TTB v2.0
The packaging smells like soap. Well the whole box smells like soap- I reckon that it’s that packet of lavender at the bottom. Thankfully this baggie was sealed fairly well and the tea smelt orangey.
I would not have picked this out as an oolong just by looking at it, which goes to show you how well I can identify things on sight (not very well). It feels weird brewing up a flavored tea after pretty much a week of straight teas. I sent the Butiki TTB2 back to Marzipan after work yesterday.
Despite the dry leaves having smelt orangey it was not very apparent in the brewed liquor. The brew was mostly oolong with a touch of orange candy. Not a very strong flavor. I got none of the almond flavor. I think this should be renamed ‘sweet orange oolong’. =) Even then I would say that the flavoring is very light, or maybe very faded.
The oolong base was of medium…? The place were it’s definately not green but I hesitate to call it anything resembling mature. It seems only partially oxidized and brews out with a touch of astringency. It wasn’t exceptional, nor was it the worse thing ever.