551 Tasting Notes
My 200th tasting note! I know a lot of people around here have way more, but it seems like a lot to me since I just recently got into tea. Anyway, I’m so happy that my 200th is this tea because it is pretty amazing. I will just add to my previous tasting notes for this tea that it does not resteep as well as LB, but that is to be expected because of the genmaicha aspect of it.
First thing I noticed was large chunks of what looks like dried raspberries, impressive! The tea itself tasted much the same.. like dried raspberries. There was also some other tartness that I assume comes from the pomegranate flavor. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever even had pomegranate before, so it’s hard to identify. Anyway, this tea was very fruity in a dried fruit sort of way rather than juicy-fruity.
Sample sipdown. Considering I just bought a bunch of oolong samples from Teavivre, this sipdown is somewhat of a relief. While I like the sweet honey and earthy tastes from this oolong, I think there other oolongs out there that fit my tastes better. Anyway, I will definitely be resteeping this throughout the day until it runs out of flavor, but probably not reordering in the future.
I have two reasons I am so very excited for this tasting note other than the tea itself. First off, I got to use my new clear teapot from Teavivre! Secondly, I did so while watching the third episode of Sherlock season 3 (OH MY GOD). I literally gasped out loud several times during the episode. The show is definitely worthy of all the hype that it gets.
Anyway, back to the tea. The dry leaf is very flat and long. The smell reminds me of dried anchovies. The tea brews up to a light yellow color. It tastes vegetal and also a bit like anchovies. Although, a lot of Japanese greens taste like anchovies to me. This was the perfect tea for my new glass teapot because I can practically pick out whole tea leaves after steeping. I also resteeped a couple of times, and the flavor held strong. I can see this being a nice tea to have with/after dinner in the future.
When I rolled out of bed this morning, I just blindly grabbed the nearest tea, and this was it. This is a nice, smoky green tea with just a bit of bitterness. I think I like pairing it with savory Asian foods because on its own, it’s a bit intense for me. Today, however, that intensity was appropriate for the beginning of the day. Probably won’t reorder because I have so many other green teas, but I will enjoy it while it lasts!
For dinner, I ate at a BBQ place and had sweet tea (made in house!) with my meal. While that was lovely, the combo of delicious but greasy food and sugary tea made me crave a palate cleanser when I got home. This green tea is very clean tasting with no bitterness. It does seem a little weak though, so I’ll add more leaf than usual the next time around.