1690 Tasting Notes
The leaves in this small sample were so huge with some big stemmy pieces, that when I stuck this under the spouse’s nose for the obligatory you-gotta-smell-this whiff, he grabbed the pouch, stuck it under his magnifying lamp, laughed, and said, “That looks like what I just cleaned out of the gutters.” Son made “minty hot leaf juice” jokes.
The strong peppermint scent led me to believe that mint would lead the taste parade. Much the opposite. Long steep (5 minutes as recommended) at a lower temp, and it was the smooth, silky white tea that was predominant. The mint was present at the end of each sip, at the back of the tongue.
Which, actually, makes this a very lovely and mild evening sip.
I knew this was one of Terri HarpLady’s favorites, but I didn’t peek at reviews this morning till after I enjoyed most of the first cup…it was so dark and sweet and rich with a something I couldn’t identify, but I could’ve sworn it was toasted marshmallows! So unusual and so good!
Then I peeked. No marshmallow—-so it must be the pu-erh in this blend that is the standout flavor. No matter how your tastebuds perceive this, it is definitely outstanding.
You just can’t mess up a tea that has strawberry in it. This little sample from the nice folks at Nina’s has a bushel of farm-fresh strawberry flavor and is thicker and more velvety on the tongue than other rooibos blends.
…oh my…and with a little sweetener as k s recommended, it turns into shortcake!
Lots of lovely new care package tea under my roof, but all I could grab on this eleventeenth rainy morning in a row was the strongest thing in sight to GET THE FUZZY EYES OPEN.
Some of you would say this is strong enough to be embalming fluid or paint solvent. It isn’t that bad, but it is strong. Softened a little with recycled Tiger Assam leaves (yeah, tigers can do anything)it tastes a little coppery-kettly this morning. Just don’t bang on the kettle. I’m not awake yet.
Speaking of care packages (this will be cryptic so just go with it), one from Nature’s Tea Leaf arrived highly unexpectedly this week…I don’t know who you are, but you know who you are, and if you know who you are, you should know that it is deeply appreciated. :)
Don’t you think A&D should get the award for Best Use of Humor in Tea Marketing?
Tigers, after all, can do anything—just ask Calvin.
There’s not a ton to say about it; I’m not picking up layer upon layer of flavor; but doggone, it is smooth and toasty-tasty.
Wishing that Hobbes and I could spend the day at home playing CalvinBall and drinking pots and pots of this fine, stout, no-fuss Assam. But if I have to be at work, I’m glad there’s a tiger at my desk :)
(thanks to Terri HarpLady for this morning’s flight of fancy)
This is one of the most flavorful unflavored white teas I’ve encountered—had a teeny bit of a sample from azzrian left to enjoy this evening. After cleansing my palate with Braum’s ice cream with caramel topping (sorry, no fancy sorbet available), my taste buds were all vanilla’ed out and I could catch the grapey, fruity tones bouncing around in these big ol’ white leaves. Wouldn’t add ice, but I bet it’d be good chilled.
Second experience with this particular mystery leaf—coworker’s spouse brought back from China; that’s all I know. And it seems to be a completely different brew from the first. With water a little hotter, and possibly a shorter steep (you know how scientific and precise my tasting notes are—not)it is cleaner, brighter, almost a little lemongrassy. Pleasant for a rainy afternoon with a contented cat lounging on your lap. Tazo says hey.
Can’t find a description of this one; could be on their website, but since my knowledge of Korean is nonexistent…
Dry, it looks like a party and smells like fruit punch. Decently long green leaves with calendula and cornflowers and pink things and fruit bits and other happy things.
No directions; gave it a three minute steep at a just-cool-enough-to-do-green temperature, and ohhh! Sweet fruitiness. Candy. Been a long time since the last one that made my eyes roll back in my head due to its sheer decadence.
This one was, literally, buried treasure. Had been in the basket for two years, unopened. But due to decent packaging (foil pouch inside fancy cardboard “tin” inside cellophane) it retained first-day fresh quality…or if had lost quality, wowie kazowie, it must be beyond superlative when it’s new.
First experience with O’Sulloc anything; they appear to operate without many U.S. outlets. Further research pending. This is too good to drink once and let go.
Which is worse: a week with no time to drink tea, or a week so nuts you’ve been drinking it all along and failed to enjoy it? It’s falling somewhat toward the latter here.
So, in keeping with the “brainless” theme, picked a morning cuppa that apparently needs no thought whatsoever. This is good, but awfully mild for an Irish breakfast; just a half-tone shy of a Ceylon, a trifle less sharp than that. Takes long steeps with no problem; I may have to double up on leaf and time and see what happens with the rest of the packet.