568 Tasting Notes
I’ve really been wanting clean tasting teas (more than usual) while being sick because my head can’t comprehend anything complex very well. This bancha did a nice job of warming me up and providing a clean, veggie broth-like flavor tonight. I have to admit, that this tea can be a little TOO veggie for me sometimes, but it really fit the bill tonight!
Backlog from this morning. I’ve been a little extra clumsy today due to being sick, so I made this waay too strong. Even through my stuffy nose and dulled taste buds, I could taste the bitterness. However, upon resteeping, the boldness became manageable and actually enjoyable. My coffee-loving mother especially loved this one. I have a feeling she will be the one to finish off most of my 3+ oz of this tea.
I woke up with a stuffy nose, which quickly deteriorated into a full blown cold. Drats. So I picked this tea because I like the flavor and it is comforting to me, yet I don’t feel bad about wasting this tea on my dulled taste buds because I have a ton of these little tea bags and they’re pretty inexpensive. Win win for me today! (You know, other than being sick)
I needed a quick cuppa before heading out for lunch, so I grabbed this tea. To it’s credit, this tea seems to be pretty hard to mess up. And by mess up I mean get overly bitter and astringent or, on the other side of the spectrum, completely flavorless. It did seem a tad weak today, but I wasn’t being too careful about steeping parameters. I was getting mostly baked bread/honey notes with some weaker malt flavor. All in all, a pretty good tea.
I hope that everyone has had a good start to the new year! My first tea of 2015 was actually some bagged genmaicha at a friend’s house, but for a bagged tea, it was pretty good. Anyway, my first loose leaf tea after I got back to my own place was this tea! I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I just can’t get over how malty it tastes for a white tea. I was also getting a lot of baked bread flavor today (moreso than usual, but who’s complaining?). I love love love this tea and probably will continue to until the very last leaf! I’m going to have to hunt for a replacement when I’m done because it’s all out now :( But I won’t have to worry about that for a while, phew!
Sipdown (89)! And also a backlog from yesterday. This is actually the last tea I had in 2014. I have to say, that when 2014 started, I had just fallen in love (and hard) with green oolongs. Throughout the year, however, I started noticing this other flavor common among most green oolongs that I didn’t like as much. So I have unfortunately fallen out of love. I still like them, but that weirdly damp, almost moldy taste is just not going away for me. I will say, however, that this particular oolong did not have as strong of that taste as others, so it was still a very pleasant cup. If I were to buy a green oolong again, it would probably be this one or one from Verdant. Anyway, it was a nice end to my first full year of “serious” tea drinking!
Sipdown (90)! I had saved the last teaspoon or so of this tea to try as a hot tea, but I stupidly messed it up. I didn’t check the parameters beforehand, so I decided 200 F sounded good enough. The tea ended up being pretty bitter. Fortunately, I was drinking it while eating a really sweet pound cake, so they balanced each other out nicely. Otherwise, it may have been undrinkable to me because I’m so sensitive to bitterness. Anyway, I thought it was odd until I came on Steepster and realized that the recommended temp is 185 F. Oops! I actually think that underneath the bitterness, there was a really nice tea, so I’m bummed that I don’t have any more of this tea to experiment with. Ah well, lessons learned.
Backlog. Yesterday was a series of semi-disasters that physically left me in pain, so of course I had to bust out my go-to comfort tea. I’ve gotten my whole family hooked on this tea in particular, so my stock is dwindling much faster than I am comfortable with. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy it and think about restocking later.
I think this was a perfect morning tea for me today. It has a nice, bold malty flavor that is complemented by some sweeter cocoa notes. I’m also kind of in love with the name of this tea, haha. Not gonna lie, it was one of the reasons I picked it up this morning. After my first cup, I resteeped the leaves and the flavors are still going strong. This is one of the top contenders for a morning wake-me-up tea.
This is the tea that I decided to sip on and resteep throughout the day. I only had a little packet of this, so when I fell in love with it, I decided to hoard it a bit and save it for a figurative rainy day. I think that was last winter. Anyway, I busted it back open and I think that I may have waited a little too long because it was much weaker today than I had remembered. Not only was it weak, but it also just tasted like a plain-ish black tea instead of having all the nuanced and intricate flavors that I remember and loved so much. It wasn’t bad or anything, but it just wasn’t quite as special as I remember. I still have some left, so I’m hoping that maybe I was just a terrible tea maker today, and that the rest of this tea will be back to my normal deliciously lovely tea.