419 Tasting Notes
Thanks, Nicole_Martin for this tea!
Since I enjoyed peach hoppitea so much, I decided to drink this one and compare since it has appricots and hopps. These two teas are a similar idea, but worlds away in taste. The green tea in this base is very light and flowery. I steeped at 170 instead of 180 so maybe this played a role in it, but the apricot and hopps flavors were very light. After trying a two minute steep, I decided to add the leaves in for a longer time, but this just resulted in a stronger green tea flavor and a unpleasant drymouth. Oddly enough the base in this reminds me a lot of the green base in many Palais de The blends. It is not a taste I enjoy. The Butiki blends is darker, richer, and is more flavorful. I much prefer that non-green tea blend. I will however give this tea one more shot at the recommended steep time. I REALLY am starting to see how a variable temp tea kettle would be handy.
This tea seems to get better everytime I have it. I made it double strong and steeped it about 5 minutes. I also added some brown sugar. I think I like this better than other peach teas I’ve had simply because it’s more substantial. There is more depth to flavor and there is a thicker mouthfeel. The hopps just makes it seem bready, warm, and comforting.
Dragonwell is a tea I’ve only begun to appreciate lately, mostly because I’ve learned that you don’t need to steep it for very long. If steeped too strongly, it always develops that seaweed type taste I am not fond of, but if steeped for just a short time it develops into a buttery, grassy, tasty treat. So after going through this learning process, I’m very excited to try this particular dragonwell from Verdant. I set aside a little time after my run this morning to really spend some time with it.
Even with a 10 second steep I’m getting a little bit of seaweed in this, but it’s not overwhelming or too bright. In fact the flavor is darker than I expected- like the taste of fall grape vines (yes I actually chew on grape vines from the backyard sometimes). It is just slightly bitter, but again not unpleasantly so. There is definitely a buttery aspect to this which smooths out the dark veggies. It almost has a nutty quality to this flavor, somewhat like mashed chestnuts. The fruity, bright aftertaste reminds me of green grapes, like when you chew one, seeds and all. I never thought a green tea could remind me a vineyard, but this one does- It brings into my mind the image of a vineyard near the ocean. The taste of green grapes combined with the salty tang of sea air. Weird, but pleasant. I think I’ll have another cup! :-)
My co-workers were talking about signs all morning, so Taurus seemed the way to go for my afternoon teatime.
I do like this blend! I’m very glad the rooibos is not muddy. It really does have a nice creaminess to it and the strawberries are very fresh tasting.
Avast, Mateys! It be “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. I’m drinking this sweet brew and trying not to call my patients dirty landlubbers Yarrr!
Yum! Thanks, Nicole_Martin for a sample of this.
This is a great afternoon tea. I love the soft, almost fuzzy leaves. The taste is light, tangy mixed greens. It is a bright but not astringent. There are pineapple and citrus notes.
Weird tea! It tastes like mango at first but then breaks down into a bunch of different flavors. The second flavor is strong citrus, most reminiscent of grapefruit. The third flavor is creamy. It must be the vanilla, but it really, really tastes like coconut. The chamomile is nice in this- not overwhelmingly grassy like some. Overall I do like this, but it doesn’t taste like mango after a while.
Thanks, Shelley_Lorraine for this tea!
A light, spring-like oolong. It starts out with buttery like sauteed asparagus with a hint of a floral. It becomes spicy with hints of minerals at the end of the cup.
I just broke into my newest package of laoshan black. Is it possible that this is even chocolatier and honey sweet? Maybe it’s just amazing because I haven’t had it in a few weeks and I made extra strong this morning. Morning bliss!