454 Tasting Notes
I brought this to class with me today, and it was perfect. First, my basket infuser in my Aladdin travel tumbler unlatched itself somehow, so all the leaves fell to the bottom. Surprisingly, it did not get bitter at all. I also kept resteeping throughout the day and the genmaicha taste held strong. I think the extra matcha really helped clear my head at the beginning of the day. A very nice way to kick off a new quarter.
A sad sipdown. I finished off the last of these tea bags today. I depended on it for my quick fix when I couldn’t get good boba, but now it’s all gone. I received this box from a friend, so I don’t know where to get it and I’m feeling kinda too lazy to hunt it down. Maybe when it gets colder I will be more motivated to look. Farewell for now, I enjoyed it while it lasted.
I’m having this as an iced tea inadvertently today. I say inadvertently because I steeped this and forgot about it until it went cold. Anyway, I like it both hot and cold. Right now, I can taste more of the spices and roasted quality of the tea. It leaves a pleasant, almost smoky, aftertaste. Also, I went back to the Verdant website to look at the steeping instructions and it’s out of stock! Eek! I should stop drinking it up so quickly.
The dry leaves definitely smell like caramel candies. There was also some kind of bitter smell that I couldn’t really identify, too. The tea tastes just as strong as it smells, like a slightly watered down cup of melted caramel. I love sweet things, but even this was a little too sweet for me. Or maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for it today. Although this tea turned out just as I had imagined it, I’m a little bored by the one-note caramel taste of the tea. I guess I’ve been spoiled by other teas with complex flavors and different layers. All in all, not bad but probably won’t restock when I’m done.
I’m slowly starting to really love oolongs and this tea is definitely helping with that! I won’t rate just yet because this is the first note on this tea and I’m still new to oolongs, but I will say that I love it! In the first few steeps, I could definitely taste the sweetness, which I guess is the “kettle corn” taste followed by a nuttier/savory taste. The tea also seems to have a very soft texture if that makes any sense. After about the third steep, the sweetness begins to fade and the spices taste becomes more prominent. Ok, I just looked back at the list and I guess the spices taste is cinnamon. I kinda suck at identifying specific flavors. Anyway, long story short, I really enjoy this one and have been resteeping it throughout the day.
I’m rapidly falling in love with Japanese green teas and hojicha in particular. This hojicha had a lighter color than the others that I’ve tried. It also had a slightly less roasty taste and was closer to other Japanese greens in my opinion. I drank this while eating something spicy and a little sweet, so the roasted, savory taste went well with the food. I’m starting to realize that all the Japanese green teas I’ve tried so far have been good for drinking while eating food.
I find myself reaching for this for my travel tumbler quite often for a few reasons. It’s not too picky with steeping, so I feel confident that I can get a good cup of tea without paying too careful attention. The tropical, bright taste also helps me perk up at least a little during boring lectures.