187 Tasting Notes

drank Japanese Mu Tea by Clearspring
187 tasting notes

I grew quite attached to this as a caffeine-free tea for bedtime but it’s all gone for now. It is a tea that grew on me over a period of months. It would never be a favourite but it’s perfectly satisfactory

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On a good day, it tastes like an Earl Grey with a twist – something with Bergamot will always be Earl Grey in my eyes. The jasmine makes it taste quite civilised and regal somehow. I think it’s probably the perfect Afternoon drink with scones or something like that.
On a bad day the flavours seem to be battling each other rather than harmonising. Not sure whether it’s how I brewed it or the mood I was in. So in short, it’s quite a mixed review going on here…

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My standard green tea. It’s hard for me to write a note about it because I compare all other green teas to gunpowder. This has slightly more tightly wrapped gunpowder balls than the last gunpowder I had. It’s still delicious though. I expect that when I’m old and grey, I will have some gunpowder tea sitting in my cupboard, it just wouldn’t be the same without it.

This time I might have made it with the water a little bit too hot. I am feeling impatient but the more I sip at a cup when it’s this hot, the more I am going to burn myself, and I’ll regret it in the morning (they always say that “you’ll regret it in the morning” about drinking too quickly, not usually about tea…)

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I got this in a pack that also contained the ‘Whittard Original’ blend. I prefer the other one because there is more flavour to it, and I think more assam, which is a sure-fire way of keeping it interesting.

So this is a bit of a disappointment really. Maybe I just set my hopes too high

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I had it with honey as wombatgirl suggested. About a teaspoonful of it. It certainly added something, and it was very tasty. But it didn’t taste anywhere near as spicy. I will have to brew it a little longer and use maybe half a teaspoon of honey to get it right, I reckon. I’m getting there though, and it’s tasting good

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I really have to be in the right mood for darjeeling, especially a poor quality teabag one like this. I’m not often in the right mood for this tea, but I’ve had it at work a bit, and that’s ok. I can’t really complain, because it’s teabag darjeeling and it’s not meant to be top of the range. So by that score it’s not at all bad. Just don’t expect a MightyLeaf taste or anything like that

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You have to use boiling water, I used cooler water and got way more bergamot than I was hoping for, and not enough tea flavour

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It’s supposed to taste like the special type of bread that french people eat at Christmas. My sister bought it for me as a Christmas present because she is living in France at the moment, and because she hears me talk about tea all the time. In a lot of ways it was the perfect present!

I have held off reviewing this tea because I have never tried Pain d’espices (the actual bread) and I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. Anyway, it has a lot of cinammon and a few other spices (of the kind that are probably in mulled wine as well) – kind of Christmassy spices with a bit more cinammon than you’d otherwise expect. I can kind of imagine this tea being made into a crumby bakery product, maybe with some marzipan on it. I don’t know whether this French delight usually has marzipan, but my imagination has gone wild! with this tea and the dark coloured loaf I am imagining definitely has marzipan on it!

It’s very pleasant because it has a bit of bite but not so much that you need a cup of water afterwards to calm everything down in there. And it’s comforting. Maybe I should try it with sugar, the cake in my head is sweet, but the tea is not. Hmm…

wombatgirl

Your post made me curious – so I looked and found this site.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2009/04/pain_depices.html

I think you may want to try with a little honey….

Grinnyguy

No marzipan! How disappointing. Never mind, I’ll try it with honey and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the link, you can tell I was too lazy to do any research for myself!

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All gone. What will my cupboard do without this lovely blend of darjeelings?

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drank Japanese Mu Tea by Clearspring
187 tasting notes

It’s not bad for a caffeine-free hot drink. Not too sweet, but there is some sweetness. I like the licquorice, seems to be the dominant flavour although there are apparently lots of other herbs in it (according to the package). It’ll do, for 10.30pm on a work night

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I finished being a student in 2008 and began working in The North, where “tea” means “evening meal” which confuses me regularly. I love encouraging people to try new teas, but when I’m not doing that, I play the trombone, play some sport (badly) and socialise

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