57 Tasting Notes
I’ve been very busy lately at the hospital and haven’t had time to write about teas or even have much more then a tea bag on the go. Anyway. I’m post call today and got off pretty early in the am so I had a chance to have some tea. I’m coming to the end of my samples and here is this one.
I was wary of this tea. I like chai but my prior taste of a pu-erh was not so pleasant. This looks just like the pu-erh but smells like a combo of the fishy pu-erh and chai. Overall, the chai taste is dominante. There may be a slight earthy taste under it. As it cools, the pu-erh seems to come out more. Overall, it is a pleasant tea. I doubt I’d have it often but every now and then it would be nice.
Ok, so I finally had time to get back to tea tasting.
Unfortunatly, I don’t much care for this one. I’m still new at the different tea varieties so maybe it’s that I’m not fond of ceylon. To me this tastes closer to coffee then other teas. (and I really don’t like coffee). I do get the “fertile rainforest” tastes but I don’t care for it. I tried it plain and then with cream and sugar but this follows the trend for me that adding sugar and milk doesn’t help me with teas I don’t like plain. Anyway, not for me. I’m curious though if it’s just because I don’t like ceylon as everyone is saying this is the best ceylon…
When I first poured the water and smelt the leaves… wow! It reminded me of those mints you get after dinner that are soft and have a layer of chocolate. It is morning but still that smell made me smile and pepped me up. The mint taste isn’t as strong which I think is good (especially at this hour of the morning) It is the dominate taste for me though. I can also taste the vanilla blending in. Very faintly in the background is the tea taste where I really only taste the black.
So this tea was perfect for this morning although I don’t really see it becoming one of my staples. We’ll have to see if I start to crave it. Now off to work.
I’m down to my last few Golden Moon samples and had stepped away from it for a bit but I’m back to them :) It’s really hot today and I just wasn’t in the mood for my usual teas. I wanted something lighter.
This hits the spot. The jasmine is very refreshing. The taste is light rather then overbearing. The scent is also refreshing. If you want a hot tea on a hot day, I think this one hits the spot.
Edit: I did a second steep and there is a oolong buttery scent that surprised me a bit (pleasant surprise). It’s also in the taste as well. Cool- first taste is jasmine, second is oolong. Very fun.
For me the pre-brew scent is odd. It’s what I would expect if coffee and green tea mated and had a baby. The green is much stronger when brewed.
Warning to others, I’m not a green tea fan and didn’t realize what this was until I brewed it since my packaging is in Chinese. My rating will be lower then someone who enjoys green teas more.
Anyway, the flavor is pretty much green tea. It does taste fresher and crisper then some other green teas that I’ve had.
I picked up a 6 tea sampler from the China pavilion in Disney. This is my first. The scent is very welcoming. It’s black tea with a sweet quality and a touch of a musky just rained scent. I’ve never been to China but interestingly, when I smell it, I think of China.
To the taste, it is sweet but more of an organic sweet. I hate sweet tea but this is fine. It almost tastes like they were gentler in the processing and more of the natural tea flavors are present. It’s really hard to describe this taste. I feel like it’s familiar but not all at the same time.
It is clean and crisp. I would recommend giving this a try. I find it very refreshing. I don’t think there is much in it to offend any taste buds and I picked it up for pretty cheap so if you are considering this tea, give it a shot. I have a few more brews left before my sample of it runs out so I’ll make my reorder choice after that. At that point I guess I’ll learn if you can buy this online or I have to wait until my next trip to pick up more. There aren’t any chinatowns in my area.
I had a bag of this on my recent flight from Florida. Much improvement from what the airlines use to give. Overall though, I found this tea a bit basic. Not bad but nothing special. I added some cream to add a bit more dimension. I’m not sure how old the airline bags are so that could be a problem but this isn’t something I’d choose for myself.