488 Tasting Notes
I broke my favorite mug this morning :( So to cheer myself up, I steeped this tea that I remember loving the last time I had it. This time around, I had the tea on its own. It was still sweet and nutty and all that goodness. The only difference I noticed was that it was more bitter than I remembered. I think last time the bitterness was masked by the food I was eating. It’s still a very nice oolong, though, so I will enjoy the rest of the sample that Courtney sent to me!
So I just got a notification from the library that the book I requested was now on hold for me, woohoo! So I trekked over to Cambridge to pick it up (Cuckoo’s Calling if anyone was curious) and took the opportunity to visit Tealuxe. It’s actually a very warm day today (relative to the past few months), so I opted for a bubble tea with their mango green tea. The mango was very powerful such that it almost felt like drinking a smoothie. I wasn’t getting much of the green tea base except for a hint of bitterness at the end. Anyway, I sat at the window sipping on my bubble tea and breaking open my new library book. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
Sipdown! Although, I never added it to my Steepster cupboard, so I don’t have the satisfaction of watching that number go down. Oh well. Last time, I had a very vegetal flavor from this tea. This time around, I still had that, but also some nuttiness. It’s surprising that I enjoy this one as much as I do because I usually much prefer Japanese greens. Anyway, I will miss it as I have no idea how I would get my hands on more of it.
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!