1478 Tasting Notes
Just a note of further confirmation that this one just works. This time, I was short on both water for a full pot and on time, and it still steeped richly enough for a lovely wake-up, since the woodpecker in my golden maple tree is too timid to do it: tip….tip….tiptip…uh, sorry to bother you, tip…
After my matcha muddle (see previous review) I needed something to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. This was perfect. Soft, sweet. smooth. Vanilla silk.
http://www.goodyoung.com.tw/tc/p3-product-detail.asp?PKey=aBWUaB34aBMXaB31 There it is. I can’t get the picture to load.
Now, matcha experts, don’t laugh at my complete “fail.” (Okay, laugh all you want.)
So…after all the matcha love, I decide it’s time to broaden my horizons a little. This inexpensive matcha sports the same label so as my favorite summer love strawberry black tea. So it can’t be bad, right?
I have no proper matcha equipment. Rummaged around the kitchen for an oversized soup mug and (whisk…whisk…whisk…uhh….) a chopstick. Because I don’t read Taiwanese characters, I had no idea about proportions, so I measured out my favorite perfect teaspoonful. And stirred. It looked like liquefied green spackle and tasted like eau de asparagus.
Blech. Straight down the drain.
Too much powder? Advice?
Of course I needed this tonight. Hopefully it’ll keep me out of the minature Hershey bars intended for our miniature and eerie visitors. This tisane tastes spookily like Apple Jacks. Wish they made a black tea version.
Shoulda added milk. Was pleasantly light and sharpish when it was first-steep fresh; as it mellowed it put on a significant amount of those unnecessary lumpy bodybuilder muscles.
But I’m not complaining! It’ll keep my eyes wide open; much needed this morning.
Ashmanra tucked a couple bags of this in a recent goodie bag. Was great for an early exit this morning (had to go balloon a friend’s birthday desk).
For a bagged tea from Budapest (like I’ve had all kinds of opportunitites to compare them :) it’s a fair morning tea. Has lighter, sharper notes like a Ceylon instead of a deeper heavier assam. Little milk…good stuff.
Enjoying this one. It’s my favorite sort of fruit tea: sweet-fruity instead of tart-fruity. Enough of a bass line in the black tea to boomp you out the door.
I currently have no unadulterated maple syrup under my roof, but when I get some, I’m thinking this would make a wonderful “pancake breakfast.”
This was another “it just smelled good” treat from my husband’s unscheduled trip through the Savoy shop. And does it ever! Very sweet and tropical—I can see why it reeled him in.
Enjoying my first cup right now, and I think it’s one of the sweetest flavored green teas I’ve ever tried. Reminds me a lot of candied fruitcake fruit, which I love and eat straight out of the tub. Leans significantly to the cherry side.
I’m thinking a little additional sugar and this would be a really nice dessert alternative or a nice pairing with my mom’s apple cake. (Hey, Mom…would you feel up to baking…?)
Low temp and short steep (175, less than 3 minutes).
Top o’the (chilly) morning to you. Not quite enough for two cups, more than I needed for one, so I used it all, steeped double strength and spiked it with plenty of milk. Classic Assam to get your toes tapping.
…and if that doesn’t work, how about this little Celtic ditty-do? (It’s Carman, so I’m dating myself here—loved him in 1982, love him now :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WjMDRgpKvo
My first taste test did not do this justice—was fighting a sore mouth at the time so everything had an Orajel whang to it.
I’m realizing just how nice this one truly is. A really nice balance between plum blossom floral and “plumb” fruity! A nice, heavy velvety texture, too—has enough presence you know you’ve had it. Impresses instead of insinuates.
Belated and repeated thanks to The Tea Merchant for a lovely afternoon diversion. (Wonder how many more diversions I can find to delay what I’m really supposed to be working on!)