564 Tasting Notes
Ok, so I didn’t exactly do a side by side comparison with the smoky roast because I’ve been swamped, but I will say that based on memory and multiple tastings now of both teas, I think I prefer this one overall. It has just the right amount of roasted intensity and flavor for a more everyday kind of tea. The smoky one was just a tad over the top to be drinking all the time for me. Now that I’m fully obsessed with houjichas, I now need to compare this one to the one I got from Den’s for my final final decision on which one to heavily stock up on. Or maybe I’ll just do both, haha.
I had such bad luck yesterday with tea. First off, I think I used water that was too hot. And then oversteeped. It ended up tasting like a bit bitter like a black tea. It may also be because I used my travel tumbler for black teas lately and the smells/tastes kind of linger in the cap, sigh. Anyway, I hope I have better luck next time!
This is another oolong that reminds me of black tea in terms of the richness or intensity, I guess. It’s hard to pinpoint exact flavors from this one, but I’d have to say that it has an overall warm flavor. It’s less fruity/light to me and more like spices or roasted flavors. It also resteeps very nicely. I don’t think I am sensitive enough to detect any flavor changes from steep to steep, but I do appreciate that the flavor holds strong. It isn’t bitter at all, but there is a slight astringency. Unfortunately, it looks like Verdant is sold out of this tea, eek! Every time I fall in love with one of their teas it seems that it’s out of stock. Guess that means other people are loving it, too! And have faster ordering than me.. Ah well, this is one I’ll have to keep my eye out for.
A lovely green tea to start off my morning! This tea is sweet at first followed by some grassier notes. I have to say, though, that I felt like this was on the edge of being bitter (but wasn’t). Also, by the second steep, I felt like the flavors were already fading. I think I probably under-leafed, though, so I can try again with more leaves next time.
Another tasty free sample from Teavivre! This oolong has kind of an intensity similar to a black tea, yet it’s still nutty like an oolong. On my second steep, I accidentally let it steep for a while because I was distracted, but I actually think that steeping it longer and letting it get darker really brought out the flavors in this one without getting bitter. After three or so steeps, it started to mellow out and the flavors were weaker. I really want to get through all of my samples soon because I have my eye on the gongfu teapot on their website, so an order is imminent.
I needed a tea palate cleanser after a meh tea this morning. Also, I’m trying to use this tea as motivation to get working on my presentation for tomorrow (insert huge sigh here). I love the complexity of this tea. It’s hard to believe that this is an “unflavored” tea because I definitely can taste the spices and the creaminess. Today, there is a medium amount of astringency that I did not notice before. I might just be ultra sensitive to it because I feel like my whole body is drying out from the cold weather. Anyway, even though I still have some left, I keep rechecking the Verdant website to see if it’s back in stock yet. Definitely gonna restock on this!
Edit: started eating roasted almonds, and I’m liking the combo of the nuttiness with the spices and sweetness from the tea. I’m no expert on pairing any beverages and foods, but it tastes good to me!
So this is the second tea that I’m trying from the Orchard Sampler (vanilla, almond, peach, grapefruit). The dry leaves smell strongly of dried grapefruit rind. Now I’ve never actually encountered dried grapefruit rind, but I imagine this is what it would smell like. The taste is citrus-y (orange & grapefruit), but not juicy. Kind of again with the grapefruit rind, it’s slightly bitter and almost dry tasting (not astringency). It also has a woodsy flavor like others have mentioned, which I guess comes from the oolong itself. It’s good enough for this morning’s cuppa, but I probably won’t be reordering.