419 Tasting Notes
I had this tea this morning with a pumpkin scone. It made a perfect fall breakfast!
I really like the subtle, natural maple flavor.
The scent of this tea is mighty powerful and clings to everything. It’s pretty yummy too! The green tea base does get slightly bitter if left for more than a couple of minutes, but it does taste very much like apple pie filling.
There’s more going on with this tea than I originally thought I put a bag in my travel mug this morning and was surprised at how sweet this was even with a very long steep. There was a greeat dark green bean taste to it similiar to some of the mountain blackhiss I’ve tried. I’m glad I gave this a second tasting without milk and sugar. This will be nice for my lazy mornings when I have to rush out of the house.
Nope. Not for me. I really can’t get into these 52tea blends. There is something really harsh about the blends..
There were some milk gummy candies included with the bento boxes that came with our free lunch from one of the drug reps today. So what was better to drink with them than milk oolong! :-)
This is a sipdown and a sad one because it’s so yummy and milky. I really do love the pineapple notes.
I needed a strong tea this morning. I walked up to the water cooler/heater to get hot water only to realize I’d already filled my cup with hot water.
I’m sitting here waiting for my peach raspberry pie to finish baking and drinking this tea in anticiation of the sweet yumminess awaiting me. I also had homemade chicken pot pie for lunch It’s a pie kind of day!
I dumped the rest of my sample packet in the steeper for this cup. It is extra malty and earthy. I want to describe this as roasted chocolate mushrooms with citrus, but I really doubt that sounds appealing to anyone and I wouldn’t want to deter anyone from this yummy tea.
I’ve had enough straight green teas for the weekend! This is a strong, slightly bitter breafast type blend. Although it just says blend of black tea, ceylon seems to be the primary flavor. I got more Assam out of the second steep. I did not steep for the recommended 5 minutes. 2.5 was plenty strong! It was a little bitter, but adding sugar and half and half smoothed that out. Although it’s not the best belend I’ve had, it’s exactly the dark kind of blend I needed right now.
So I decided to have the Verdant Dragonwell again back to back with the Jing Dragon well. After reading the description of how draganwell has subtle liquorice notes, I now smell it in both the dryleaves, but especially in the Verdant’s. However, I don’t get that in the taste of either one. I prepared both the same way- 176F for 3 minutes for comparison.
While both are bright and grassy, the Verdant tea seems saltier and warmer on first taste. The undertones of both are very different. The Verdant is more vegetal, as I’ve decribed before like grapevines. The Jing is more fruit-like and tangy- it has the depth, but not the sweetness of a plum. The aftertaste of the Verdant is more citric, while the aftertaste of the Jing has more of a stonefruit apricot taste. I’d also like to note that the butteriness seems to last longer throughout the the taste in the Verdant, while the Jing seems to have more focus on the darker notes.
My preference is for the Verdant because I like buttery greens better, but the Jing is very high quality and enjoyable in its own way.
Thanks, Nicole-Martin for this 2013 pick dragon well. I decided to pick anther dragonwell this morning to a weekend of it.
I followed the directions for a 3 minute steep at 176F. I was worried about the long steep time, but it turned out surprisingly not sea-weedy. This is fresh, grassy, and buttery. There is a depth to this dragonwell that is different from the grape notes I got out of yesterday’s Verdant. The package says this one has ‘subtle liquorice root complexity’, but that doesn’t quite describe the depth I’m getting either. I’m having trouble attaching a description to that note, but the closest I get is plum?The aftertaste however is a juicy burst of apricot and is very bright as aftertasts go. I’m tempted to pull out the Verdant again and do a side-by-side comparison.