551 Tasting Notes
I really enjoy drinking Japanese greens while eating dinner. Particularly when I’m eating spicy foods. This gyokuro is a nice balance of grassy and savory with a thick mouthfeel. I probably mentioned that in previous notes, so I’ll be brief this time. Just wanted to say that I’m bumping up the rating on this one!
I’ve been meaning to try this tea for a while, so thank you to Kat_Maria for sending me some satchets to try it out! I have to say that for all of Lupicia’s wonderfulness, I was a bit disappointed with this one. The strawberry tasted a bit medicinal kind of like the cherry cough syrup I ate as a kid. When I look past this medicinal flavor, it’s actually quite a nice tea. The creaminess goes well with the underlying strawberry. I am tempted to cold brew it (like I do everything nowadays), but I have a feeling that would just highlight the medicinal taste.
I realized that I never tried this tea that’s been sitting in my shelf for a bit now. So I continued my cold brewing obsession with this genmaicha. First off, there were quite a few popped rice bits in the tea. I think that translated into the ultimate taste. I was tasting a lot more of the toasted rice flavor than the green tea base. I actually really like this one as a cold brew, but I will reserve my rating for when I can try it out hot to more directly compare to other genmaichas I’ve had.
I found a decent bubble tea place fairly close to me in Boston! Or maybe I’ve just been here so long that my standards have just lowered. Anyway, I got a roasted oolong milk tea that was pretty good. I also picked up a pitcher and some paper tea filters for more cold brewing. All in all, a pretty good afternoon!
Sipdown! (127). First off, let me tell you the amazing story of how this tea came (back) to me. It was in the Tea & Cards TTB that I had participated in. I set it aside as one of the teas I wanted to try, but I only tend to drink 2 (maaaybe 3) teas in a day, so I didn’t get to try all the teas that I wanted to while the TTB was in my possession. So I sent the box off to Pyroxy, who then wrote a tasting note about this very tea that made me regret not trying it or pulling some from the box. I commented about this regret on her tasting note and then she messaged me that she was sending me the last of the tea! So thanks so much Pyroxy for taking the time to do that!
On to the tea itself, haha. As soon as I opened up the tea, I was hit with a perfume-y scent that I couldn’t place on my own, but I assume that it’s tangerine blossom because of the name. This tea actually reminds me a lot of jasmine teas because of the perfume-y, almost soapy, quality (in a good way). It’s definitely more citrus-y than jasmine teas, though, which I guess distinguishes it as a tangerine blossom for me. I can also taste that malty black tea base at the very end of the sip that is also pretty distinguishing. Overall, I’m really enjoying this pot of tea, but it may be a tad too perfume-y for regular consumption for me.
Previously, I had only thought to cold brew my fruity teas, but since I have so much of this particular houjicha (and houjichas in general), I figured why not try it as a cold brew? It maintained the same dried anchovy and roasted almost smoky taste as it does when it is hot, yet something about having it as an iced tea made it seem more refreshing. I’m thinking that less smokier houjichas will probably fare better, so I may use up some of my dwindling samples of other houjichas to experiment with cold brewing. Yay, I’m excited! :)
Sipdown! (128) I was very skeptical about this tea from the get-go. I’m pretty picky when it comes to heavily flavored teas and also Chinese green teas. However, I wanted something sweeter and less caffeinated for my post-dinner treat. I was very happily surprised by this tea! It starts off with that creamy eggnog taste. Then, I can taste the nutty and caramel-like flavors of praline. The Chinese green slips in right at the end. At first, I was a bit disappointed that it did not have as thick of a mouthfeel as I expected (I was thinking eggnog!), but as I kept sipping on the cup, I forgot about it. As it cools, it does get a bit of that trademark bitter taste from the Chinese green tea base, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. Thanks so much to Kat_Maria for sending this to me! I probably wouldn’t have ever tried it myself otherwise.
Cold brewed this one yet again. I’m having a nice refreshing snack of peach iced tea, handmade tortilla chips, and homemade guacamole. Seems like an odd combination, but I’m really liking it. So much so that I think I’m probably eating too much as a “snack” and will have to eat less for dinner. Anyway, I think this is my favorite iced tea (I can’t even remember what it tastes like hot anymore), so I’m going through it pretty quickly.
I was so excited to have this tea again that I burned my tongue on the first sip. Drat (whoa where did that word come from?). Anyway, I can still taste the nice roasted grain taste from this tea. It’s also a bit sweet, which makes for an overall very comforting tea for me. Because I’ve banned myself from making any new tea orders for a while, I will cherish the rest of the sample that bluebelle sent me!