181 Tasting Notes
I have a picture in my head of what a green tea tastes like. Gunpowder tea, for example, tastes a bit like it, sencha tastes even more like it. Now I have discovered Gyokuro and it seems to me to taste more like a green tea than any green tea I have ever tasted.
It’s delicious, and incredible how you can get so much flavour without tasting bitter. The experience is like a rainforest. You pull the infuser out of your pot or cup and some impossibly vibrant coloured stalks are showing through the mesh. The infuser drips with yellowish exotic-looking liquid. It smells full of life and energy and you can almost hear the animal calls and rustles that you would hear if you were in darkest Paraguay.
It’s a rainforest in a cup. Impressive for a leaf from the opposite end of the world
This is my ‘normal’ tea for home at the moment. I’m often not the person who is drinking it though, because I often make it for my housemate while I make myself something more interesting. He invariably compliments me on how good it is and asks me what it is (he’s very good at showing an interest in my tea obsession). I can’t say it’s wonderful, but it does the job it’s supposed to, and it does it pretty well
This tea is three and a half years old, by my reckoning, so the flavour is starting to go. That normally makes for a particularly pathetic cup of tea. But today it turned out pretty well.
What I did was use more leaves (probably 1.5 times as much as usual) but brew it exactly the same (1 min using 80 degC water).
So, until I hear anything better, my solution to old leaves will be to use more leaves and treat it the same otherwise :-)
Fast becoming one of my favourite teas, I think it tastes of an old wooden box or chest. Kind of dusty and old and woody and full of old things. I could have had a cigar in it once, and it probably had treasure, or at least an old silver sixpence or two. Nowadays it’s probably only got a few buttons and a key that doesn’t fit anything any more, but at least it still smells incredible.
That’s what this tea tastes like
Personally, I think this is a delicious blend, with a good balance of bergamot and tea. It has a lovely sharp edge to it. Unfortunately, my housemate tells me he doesn’t like the balance of it. He’s not as enthusiastic about tea as I am, but I am surprised he didn’t like it, I thought it’d be right up his street!