455 Tasting Notes
Sipdown (126)! I’m sad to see this one go, but at the same time, I don’t think I will miss it too much because I have so many other Japanese greens. I overleafed a bit (last of the sample) and steeped for under one minute in order to avoid bitterness with success! I’m not sure if it’s because I overleafed a bit, but it also has a very thick feel this morning. There is a hint of astringency, but it’s barely there. I’m actually more excited that I’m having a sipdown on Saturday Sample Sipdown! Maybe I’ll finally really participate and find some other teas that I can sip down… Time to go through my (physical) cupboard!
Sipdown (127). I’m slightly panicking because I’m sipping down my Verdant teas, but I’m not allowing myself to buy any new teas until the end of the semester. Eek! Even though I only had one serving of this left, I decided to bust it out today because I had an essay and presentation today to wrap up finals for this quarter. Thank goodness for the lovely resteepability of this tea! See previous notes for my tea descriptions.
I’m grumpy. Building management came through my apartment “inspecting” things, saying everything was old (oven, fridge, windows, etc etc) and making a mess. When I asked if they would be replaced, they told me it wouldn’t happen until after I move out. Greeeaat. Thanks, guys.
Anyway, while they were trampling their way through the apartment, I was sipping on this tea that Skysamurai sent me in a swap. I’m getting a peppery/spicy taste from this tea that is surprising. It reminds me of some kind of sauce that I can’t quite put my finger on. It also has a thick mouthfeel. All of these things really surprised me as I have not really experienced the same in other oolongs. It is certainly nice to try it out, but I wouldn’t restock on it (and good thing, too, cause it looks like it’s discontinued). On to other oolongs!
I’ve fallen into a pattern of drinking houjichas after I have an unpleasant tea experience to re-set my palate. I guess it’s because houjichas have never failed me so far. This houjicha in particular has more of a pronounced dried anchovy taste. Sounds weird, but that’s what it reminds me of, and I do like it. My little sample has gone lasted quite a while, and I still have some left, thankfully.
Thanks to Red Leaf for the monthly free sample! I’m thinking that I’m just not a fan of matcha. I’ve had matcha before, prepped hot and cold, with not so much success. Today, I took a jar and shook up some of this matcha with cold milk. I can kind of tell there is a cheesecake flavor there because it tastes more dairy than just regular milk. I just can’t get over the seaweed-y taste from the matcha base. It’s weird because I like “green tea” flavored foods that are essentially flavored with matcha. I just don’t like the tea itself I guess. It’s a real bummer because I always see these fun flavored matcha reviews and get really excited about it. Oh well, another lesson learned on this great tea journey of mine.
I think I mentioned this in my previous tasting note of this tea, but this is a Japanese green that really hits the sweet spot between vegetal and savory for me. Today it also had a thick mouthfeel that was nice considering it started snowing again (sigh). I did resteep it, but was eating something else with it, so I can’t comment much on flavor retention. Anyway, a good start to the day!
Another faux sipdown (aka sipped down from physical cupboard, but not Steepster cupboard). Last time I tried this tea, I didn’t really pick up on all the subtleties that everyone else seemed to be finding. This time around, I did taste that strong honey note at the end. It strangely also left a bit of a sour sensation in my mouth afterward. Interesting. Anyway, despite getting some more flavors this time, I still am not enamored with this tea. It’s a nice tea, but doesn’t seem all that special to me. Plus, there’s a bit of astringency that isn’t that great. At least I finally got to try an Oriental Beauty oolong!
I’m sipping down on the rest of this sample that I pulled from the Tea & Cards TTB today. I never added it to my Steepster cupboard, so it’s kind of a faux sipdown today. Anyway, see my previous tasting note for tea description. I just wanted to say about the TTB that it’s really cool that I got to try out so many new tea companies including this one!
Sipdown (127). Brought this one to class today and just gulped it down during an otherwise very uninteresting lecture. I still can’t believe the complexity of this flavored tea. So cinnamon-y sweet with that buttery feel that really nails the “brioche” part. I even resteeped it, and it surprisingly still packed a punch. Everything that makes me wary of flavored teas (artificial tasting, less resteep-ability, etc.) is not a concern in this tea for me. Sad to see this sample sipped down, but thanks again to bluebelle for letting me try this one out!
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon
Starting the day off right! Thanks to Courtney for sending me some of this tea to try out! We had such lovely weather this weekend. The sun was shining and for a brief moment I thought that spring was coming. I woke up this morning to snow falling outside my window. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and wonderful to watch, but I’m tired of being cold!
Anyway, on to the tea. The tea had a nice, malty black tea taste that I’ve come to love and expect in my morning teas. What I wasn’t expecting was the smooth, honey flavor that came along with it. As it cooled, I think I also tasted something like bread. What a wonderfully complex, but robust black tea to help wake me up! I will say that the tea became a bit bitter as it cooled down and had a note of astringency, but nothing I couldn’t handle.