419 Tasting Notes
I drank a 2-minute first steep before my four mile run this morning. I really liked it! Full-bodied, malty, and definitely chocolate-y. Also a little earthy and when I first started sipping I thought I tasted mushrooms but that gradually faded.
When I came back I had a second 2 and a half minute steep (got distracted) and it was pretty astringent, but still enjoyable. The chocolate maltiness is still there. It’s not as earthy, but a little more sweet.I might try a third steep. I hope it doesn’t come out more astringent because that might ruin it for me. At least I know the first steep is pretty darn tasty!
EDIT: 3rd steep for 1 and half minutes. Just the slightest astringency. Still chocolate-y. When it cooled to room temperature I got the mushroom taste back.
So tonight I’m doing a comparison of this tea and a 2011 Noble House Riesling. I steeped this tea at 180 degrees this time and it came out even better than before! It brings out the creaminess of the tea and the grapes. The best thing is that it does taste like the riesling! They both are light, sweet, fruity, a tad tart, and a little dry in the aftertaste. They both hit smoothly in the middle of the mouth.
The biggest difference is that the tea is creamy, while the wine of course is not. Also the riesling has that alcohol flavor, which I probably wouldn’t want to try to copy in a tea anyway because it would probably taste artificial.
The grape taste in the tea is made fuller by the berries. If I hold it in my mouth I can differentiate between the grape and berries, but only slightly. The base is amazingly creamy, just the teensiest bit astringent, which frankly works here because it gives it that slight wine-like dryness.
I’m quite enjoying this comparison! Too bad I don’t have any more of this tea!
A nice base, but weak on the black currant. I got something vaguely fruity, but not necessarily currant. The base was malty, sweet, and flavorful.
EDIT: Oh! And thank you Shelley_Lorraine dor this tea! :-)
I got this for the office at lunch because it described itself as “pre-portioned loose leaf” and “connosseur grade, whole leaf Assam”. It sounded promising- at least for a work tea.
I opened one of the packets and there’s a lot of tea in each one. I could probably use half of that portion in a cup, but I used the whole thing just this once as that’s the pre-portioned size. The tea contained a lot of dust for something that describes itself as “whole leaf”. I became skeptical of it at that point, but the tea smelled like a malty assam, so I guessed it couldn’t be too bad, right?
The liquor becomes dark reddish brown almost instantly and I couldn’t imagine steeping it for longer than I did- about 2 minutes.
First thought on sipping: Astringent! Astringent! Astringent! As it cools, it’s getting a little more bearable, but it’s definitely still there.
As I keep sipping, I’m detecting some maltiness and a slight fruity sweetness. I find myself craving some milk to cut through the astringency.
Further cooled it becomes more fruity and I even detect hints of chocolate, but not as sweet or smooth as other assams I’ve had.
I’m going to experiment with this at work, but I’m going to use half of a packet next time and steep it for even less time.
I drank this with lunch and it was pretty mellow for a ginger tea. I guess it was the hickory, which I could barely taste. I’m used to ginger being a little sharper. This was more earthy. Not a bad thing, but very different.
A pleasant and bright oolong but not what I was looking for this morning. I wanted straight tea, and I had a 50 cent packet in my desk. I need to keep some darker blacks at work for these moments. Good excuse to order Laoshan Black?
Got this To-Go from the store this morning. I’ve had smoother lemon teas. There was something slightly jarring between the lemon flavor and the orange flavor in here. Was there bergamot? Somehow the oily orange flavor didn’t combine with both the lemon and the orange rind very well. I could taste each one distinctly, but they didn’t seem to come to accord in my mouth.
The base itself seemed like a very strong, tannic breakfast tea. It would have tasted nice with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
I put a pitcher of this to cold-steep overnight so I could have some when I came home from work. Well I come home and my Mom had already drank about half the pitcher! We had tried this hot the other night and she couldn’t wait to try it cold. I’m just happy I was able to grab a glass before she polished off the rest. Lol!
As a cold brew I feel the citrus is a little more tame and the sage and lavender come out even more. I love how the liquor actually gets a little pulpy from the fruit. It’s like a sophisticated lemonade!
Thank you, Shelley_Loraine for the box of yummy teas that came in the mail today! I opened this up and went straight for the Butiki. :-)
This tea did taste like pistachios. There was a distinctive nutty quality in scent and first part of the taste. The green base was vegetal, buttery and maybe even a bit salty. I felt like I was tasting spinach very strongly as it cooled, which I enjoyed.
I got one very large cup out of this and I think I’d be more interested in trying the base on its own rather than the blend again. It was good, but not one of my favorites.
This tea was calling to me this morning! “Drink me, Drink me!” And so I did.
I think my tastebuds were a little muddied by the chai this morning because I was not picking up all the subtleties I was on Tuesday with this tea. Still yummy though!