419 Tasting Notes
Thanks, Kaylee, for giving me this mystery tea at the swap! Silver packet with red lettering that I can’t read!
So this tea is a little harsh- maybe I just used too much leaf? It was red, heavy, fruity, slightly charcoal-like, astringent, and almost a little starchy. It left my mouth feeling gritty, but not dry. I’ll try it again, but with less leaf.
Thanks, Kaylee, for this tea!
I had this last night and Wooooooooeeee! That’s a powerful ginger! It pretty much hit me between the eyes and up the nose! I like all the flavors individually in this blend, but I don’t like how they came together. The licorice and hibiscus just seemed out of balance with the ginger. The valerian root did put me straight to sleep though- not that I’ve had any trouble sleeping lately.
I should be updating a little more frequently now that work is settling down a bit and I’m not so sick of staring at a computer. Also the hot water tap on the cooler at work is still broken, but should be fixed by the end of the week! yay!
I had some of this tea in a travel mug this morning. I made sure to bring something because the hot water on the cooler at work is broken, so I haven’t been able to make tea properly at work. The microwave is really weak and takes forever to get the water anywhere near hot.
This blend is sweet and very heavy on the bergamot. The base is dark and solid. It’s great for a morning tea.
Also I haven’t been posting that much this week or responding as much to your posts. I’ve got a new scheduling system at work and I’ve been busy with tons of minutiae- fixing everything that didn’t convert properly. I’m so sick of staring at a computer screen that when I’m not working, I avoid the computer as much as possible. I’ll catch up a little bit over this weekend.
Backlog from yesterday
Sipdown of this sample pack. I enjoyed this the second time around even more. It tasted less muddy, more complex, and sweeter. I like, but I don’t know if I like it enough to restock.
Backlog from Saturday Afternoon
I’ve been a fan of peppercorn in tea since I had Della Terra’s Lemon Pepper Melange. This is a delightfully warming blend. The base is delicious! It is golden-tasting, malty, bready and substantial. I like the peppercorn- it is strong, but not too overwhelming. It’s just enough to spread the warmth of the base. The orange peel does add some sweetness while it is hot, but turns just the slightest bit bitter as it cools, but that’s ok because I like this one so much, I don’t think I’d let it get cold. Yum! I have a feeling this will be something I’m going to be having on wintery mornings on my way to work.
This a beautifully light, creamy oolong with bright crisp lettuce-like overtones and cooling mint or jasmine-like undertones.
Thanks, Greenteafairy, for this tea!
As I drink this tea, I feel like my tongue is covered in vanilla cream! What the heck!? It almost feels numb and I can barely taste anything else. As I keep drinking it, it spreads and my whole mouth is coated by cream. It’s the oddest sensation coming from a liquid.
There is more going on once I actually get over the creamy sensation. The tea is darkly sweet, just barely roasty, and with a light floral note I can’t identify.
As I near the end of the cup, the creamy sensation deteriorates and gets slightly chalky or gritty- almost like my mouth is fighting the illusion of creaminess. This is when it becomes more like creme brulee.
This tea definitely took me on a sensation roller-coaster that was more texture than taste. Interesting tea! I’d have to try it again to see if I really like it or not.
I’m so glad I bought this tea on Sunday! It’s decadent, sweet, and roasty. It makes me feel warm and cosy all over! My co-worker, who I am sharing it with, feels the same way. It’s our moment of calm in a very busy week of switching over to a new scheduling/billing system at the hospital where we work.
I have to say that I’m really liking the teas I’ve had from Nina’s. They are probably some of the best blends I’ve had that come from a company that markets themselves as traditional tea blenders. Not only is each tea great on its own, but each tea is very different from the other blends. For example, Kusmi and Le Palais Des Thes are both companies that market themselves as traditional “fancy” tea blenders. The teas from each company all seem to taste the same to me. The bases are of all the kusmi teas seem similar and the flavors don’t seem very different. Palais des Thes has this kind of awful flowery green base for most of their teas. Nina’s blends are different from one another.
This tea has exceeded my expectations. There’s a lot going on with this tea that I thought was pretty straight-forward. This time, on the first steep I was picking up on some pepper notes. They kind of came out of nowhere and it can’t be contamination from any other tea because this was my first tea of the morning out of clean cup. After the pepper tones, I got a lot of the fruity flavors that I had the first time I had this tea. On the second steep I got the more vegetal, semi-creamy side of the tea. It was still very fruity though.
The only way I can describe drinking this green tea is by comparing it to the revelation of seeing clearly the first time you put on glasses after a lifetime of seeing things in a fuzzy haze. The notes in this were so fresh, clear and distinct. Did it have some of the seaweed type flavor I’m not fond of in greens? Yes. But the texture of that same taste was so different from every other green tea I’ve had with that same taste. It was somehow smoother and crisper, not quite as jarring and jagged as I usually find that flavor. It also seemed to work more harmoniously with the other flavors in the tea.
There were some very substantial dark green notes that reminded me of brocolli rabe With this was a very distinct and powerful lemon flavor. I usuallly pick up some generic citrus notes in tea, but this was in your face, make you pucker and tear up lemon!The flavors mixed together remind me of how my Mom makes soup by adding lemon and an egg whipped together to make the broth light and add some tang.
I often find myself drawn to teas that are well balanced with dark and light notes. Well this tea is a perfect example of balance- lightness and dark. Bitter, yet plesantly so, with a lightness to mellow it out.