581 Tasting Notes
The first thing I noticed was that this sample packet was a lot fluffier than the others. When I opened it up, the dry leaves are just as shown in the picture: big, flat, whole tea leaves! That was pretty exciting. It also smelled kind of like someone took a bunch of crunchy autumn leaves and roasted them. Actually, that’s kind of how I would describe the tea flavor as well. The roasted flavor is a bit light compared to some other teas that I have, but it is nice and pleasant. Overall, this tea has a clean taste, which makes me think that it will do well as a cold brew. I guess that will be my next adventure!
Cold brewed a couple teaspoons in my water bottle for 6 hours in my fridge. I’m glad I kept my eye on the time this time around because I feel that keeping it in longer would have ended up with bitter tea. The tea was grassy, but also sweet. And it had a very clean, refreshing feel as a cold brew. As the weather continues to warm up, I’ll likely finish off the rest of this tea via cold brewing.
I have to say I was worried that this one would taste like grape medicine. As soon as I opened the packet, though, it smelled like grape Jolly Ranchers. Something about the candy-like smell reminded me of some flavored Lupicia teas that I’ve had, which is not a bad thing! The tea also tasted like liquid grape Jolly Rancher. It sounds odd, but it was actually really tasty. I think this one would do splendidly as a cold brew, so I’ll probably go stick some in the fridge when I wash out my water bottle. Thanks Stephanie for the sample!
I decided to break open this sample of Da Hong Pao from Teavivre, and I’m so glad that I did! It has that nicely roasty taste that I love from dark oolongs. What surprised me was the thick, creamy mouthfeel that I got from this tea. It was perfect for this cloudy morning. I also resteeped a few times, and the flavors and texture are holding pretty strong! I’m really impressed by this tea, and will definitely savor the rest of what I have!
I’m pretty confused by this tea so far. The first time around, I remember it was sweet, smooth, and a very nice green oolong in general. The second time, there was something damp-tasting about it. I’m getting that weird dampness again this time around. I know that’s not really a taste descriptor, but I really can’t think of how else to say it. I do have an unopened sample, so maybe a fresh start will help? So far, I’m just chasing after that first time, hoping it will come back around again.
Backlog. I left some of this cold brewing in the fridge. As usual, I totally let it sit there and steep for longer than I should have. So this time around, it was less sweet, more grassy, and more bitter. I never even thought to cold brew a bancha before, but I’m not gonna rule it out after this. I think I just need to keep a better eye on it.
I cold brewed this one because it just sounded like a tea that wanted to be cold brewed. I have to say, when I first opened up the bag, I was hit with this strong smell of maybe cardamom? I’ve only ever had a subtle cardamom flavored ice cream, so I don’t really know what to expect from it. Anyway, after cold brewing, that strong cardamom smell toned down just a tad but was still very overwhelming. I couldn’t even really taste anything other than that. It was also a perfume-y tea in taste, which put me off. So, in conclusion, this tea was really not the tea for me, but I will leave it unrated due to my limited knowledge of cardamom. Thanks to Pyroxy for sending me some to try out!
We got free water bottles from school, hooray! I was most excited because that means I have another cold brewing vessel. It’s kind of getting out of hand, actually. I now have at least one pitcher and two water bottles cold brewing, sometimes three water bottles at any given time. Anyway, this is the first time I’m cold brewing this houjicha. I think I left it in for too long, though, because I’m getting that sharp, intense taste that I don’t like in cold brews. Again, not my favorite houjicha, even iced, so I won’t be repurchasing, but it’s still a fine houjicha.