42 Tasting Notes
Gotta love those office Christmas parties, eh? This was my secret santa’s idea of an ideal gift for me.
It’s not bad! (which is a good thing, since I now have SO.MUCH. of it) It’s a standard green tea flavor; mild, not exactly bland, but it doesn’t really blow my skirt up, either. I’ve learned that I don’t like to drink it until the loose matcha dumped from the packet settles to the bottom. Drinking the loose matcha gives the tea an instant tea mouth feel that I find unpleasant, but the flavor itself is better with than without it.
Liquor is clear and bright yellowish green, blemished only by a yarn clipping I hadn’t noticed sitting in the bottom of my cup.
It smells like a cup of steamed spinach (I wonder how steeping spinach would taste?), and the risk of a burnt tongue was barely deterrent enough to give it a few minutes.
I don’t know about the pine and the sorrel, but that’s okay. It’s really good. . . Green, grassy, vegetal, clean. It feels substantial in my mouth. I’m already excited for the next steep.
From the first whiff of verdant, toasty, popcorny comforting steam curling up from the surface, I was in love.
It just kept getting better from there. It’s SO mild, and so green, and the toasted rice is a stellar complement to all that earthy vegetal goodness. I could drink this all. day.
From April’s select box, 2014
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Roasted Barley
This is my first Lapsang Souchong. The descriptions always scared me off, and I have to say, I wish I’d kept the sheets pulled over my head.
The liquor brewed into a very pretty orange, but as soon as the steam hit my nose. . . It was like a campfire in a cup. The aroma is a bit misleading, though. The first sip was surprisingly mild, but the smokiness lingered even after I’d set the cup down. The smokiness settles down some as it cools off, and I’m hoping a second steep will reveal more flavor with less smoke.
I imagine this is what it’d be like to drink a brisket.
From the April 2014 Select box
The dominant smell is molasses, with a honey undertone. It also smells like an Assam. Very earthy and comforting on this unseasonably chilly April day. The first sip is surprisingly mellow for the way it smells, and a bit bitter when it first hits the tongue. As it’s swallowed, it becomes kind of malty. I expected a bolder flavor, but it’s really good in spite of being so laid back.
Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Molasses
I bought this at an Indian grocery, just browsing around. I didn’t realize it was bagged until I’d got it home and opened it up; this discovery bummed me out at first, though I’m not sure why. Anyhow, it’s really a pleasing tea! Nice and spicy, and the cinnamon doesn’t overwhelm the other spices. It’s my go-to tea at work.