573 Tasting Notes
Either I kept this sample too close to my Jasmine Passion sample in the cupboard or my tea tumbler retained Jasmine Passion flavors from the last time I used it or both because what I’m getting out of this tea today is slight Jasmine Passion notes with the strong black tea that I was expecting. Or maybe three hours of sleep is making me crazy because I was deciding between the two this morning. In any case, a good tea to sip on in class to keep me awake.
I can’t remember what I said in my previous tasting note, and I’m too lazy to look it up right now. Anyway, the dry leaf had a sweet maple-like smell to it that I don’t remember smelling from last time. I also used more leaf than I did last time, though I can’t say exactly how much. The tea came out a nice amber/brown color. This time, the tea strongly reminds me of dried persimmons, which is a total flashback for me because I haven’t had those in several years. Anyway, it’s a very nice tea, but I probably won’t reorder because there are other oolongs that I prefer and I’ve spent waay too much money on tea this past weekend.
Eek, I’m close to sipping this one down. Anyway, today I noticed that the tea has a slightly rosy tint to it. Also, I underleafed because it was either underleaf a little twice or overleaf a lot once with the rest of my sample. Not sure that I made the right decision, but at least it’s not gone yet!
A very sad sipdown today. I’ve been exploring a lot of oolongs, and this is one of my favorites so far. I keep telling myself that I need to reorder from Verdant, but after my trip to New York and non-tea Black Friday shopping, my wallet is feeling the blow. On the other hand, I did just get paid for TA-ing…
Backlog from Wednesday. I’ve been visiting a friend in New York for Thanksgiving break and I had this tea at a bakery while eating the original cronut. The tea was very smooth but a bit weaker than I expected. It may also be because the water didn’t seem hot enough. Anyway, a lovely surprise of a tea to accompany my first cronut!
I normally don’t really go for jasmine teas if I can help it. However, if I had to pick a jasmine tea to drink, I would pick this one. The flavors are a little more complex than just jasmine, and the jasmine taste is not too perfume-y (though it gets close). It’s also not astringent like other jamsine teas that I have tasted. It’s a nice cup of tea to have after Thanksgiving Potluck #1 this evening.
After trying all the hojichas from the Yunomi sampler pack, I came back to this one to compare. I think that this hojicha definitely has a fishier taste, which sounds weird, but I think taste. The Yunomi hojichas (especially dark roast and smoky roast) definitely have that roastier taste. I like each for it’s unique tastes, so I may just have to order both this hojicha and one of the Yunomi ones.
Normally, I am a huge fan of mint in gum, chocolate, etc., but I have had a few mint teas and not enjoyed them so much. I think it might be because things like mint chocolate are so sweet and in mint teas, without the sweetness, the mint is just too strongly herbal for me. Anyway, the dry leaf smelled almost like spearmint to me. The tea is very minty and refreshing, but like I said, just not up my alley. I won’t rate the tea because it’s not the tea’s fault that I have a weird relationship with mint.