2390 Tasting Notes
I feel like I may have steeped this one too long, and am dreading the hibiscus…
Anyhow, the tea smells pretty floral, cinnamony, and strong. Reminds me quite a lot of potpourri, really. And for whatever reason, that smell is not appetizing me right now. Really not a floral tea fan, and mixed with hibiscus?! Yikes. Alphakitty, I hope I sent some of this to you (too lazy to check).
Oh man. Uhhh… yuck. The hibiscus isn’t bad (actually it’s not really an issue at all), but SO MUCH rose and the cinnamon flavour are just screaming BATH PRODUCT to me, not tea. Which gives me a soap association (not a soapy flavour though). I’m going to go water it down some though, because I think I was a little heavy on the tea compared to the water, and I’ve had that issue with floral teas before (by floral I mean rose. I really like the orchid floralness of oolongs, entirely different beast altogether. A gentle, happy beast, not like this one.)
Ok. Watered down it isn’t making me gag nearly so much. But again, it’s too much like a bath product for me. This one’s going down the drain; I would MUCH rather get started on the Harney & Sons flavoured blacks from Alphakitty awaiting me on the counter……
Lynne-tea, Mercuryhime, CHAroma, any of you guys interested in about a cups’ worth of this one? Zero chance I’ll be drinking it again. (Or anyone else for that matter…)
ETA: I just want to mention that I don’t think oversteeping is my problem with this one, it’s just not a combination of flavours that I find appealing.
And now for the very brief attempt at drinking down all my samples (hahaha), it’s time for one of the last teas I haven’t tried out of my first box from Azzrian! Yep, I know what was sent when, it’s all on my spreadsheet :D Although straight teas were clearly calling to me tonight, I was in the mood for a sweet rooibos, and luckily remembered that I hadn’t tried this one yet! Here’s hoping it’s tasty.
I can’t recall exactly what the dry rooibos smelled like, but steeped, there’s a distinct but not unpleasant rooibos smell along with a familiar, tantalizing sweetness.
Definitely interesting! I’m getting a sweet and creamy perhaps white chocolatey flavour with a definite mintiness – there’s a cool sensation lingering in my mouth post-swallow. Not what I expected, but it’s tasty! No medicinal flavour, although my throat is feeling a bit scratchy after a few sips (but I am in cold limbo, as in the place where I’ve had the aches and sore throat and perma-headache, but haven’t yet quite left those behind and fully progressed to the all-day sneezing and constantly runny nose). So basically what I"m saying is that my throat was already sore, so it’s hard to blame the rooibos for anything.
Anyhow, this is a pretty nice dessert rooibos; I’m impressed! I feel like minty is not a flavour I was supposed to be getting, but it’s unmistakeable. It’s also not really a peppermint tea sort of flavour, just a mintiness like most chewing gums have, so it’s not bothersome to me. Thanks for the sample, Azzrian!
Was absolutely craving a sweet vegetal green tonight on top of my delicious milk oolong, so chose this one (at least I think I chose this one. It was a Verdant dragonwell, anyhow). Infusions at ~175F for 1:00, 1:15, 1:45. All smooth, vegetal, and amazing. I definitely prefer the infusions in order, i.e. the first is best, probably because the rock sugar note is most prominent in earlier infusions. But, they are all delicious. :D
Whew, finally enough time to brew up some tea. I should be sleeping, but I wanted tea, since I don’t think I’ve had anything but three iced ones in about a week. Not good news for my stash (although it also didn’t grow this week, so that’s good too, right? Even though DavidsTea dropped another 5 or so teas, which I will probably acquire next week?)
Anyways. As usual, this one’s exactly what I wanted. Such a delicious tea.
Cold/warm brewed this (as in, put in cold water from the Brita pitcher but left the cup on the counter for about 24h because my fridge is stuffed full of research asparagus) and it’s pretty tasty. Am feeling somewhat dehydrated after trying to sleep off my cold for fourteen hours, and it’s hitting the spot. I miraculously can still taste things right now (I usually lose my sense of smell completely for a while while sick), and I feel like my cold/warm brew method may have worked better than standard cold-brewing; I just feel like the tea’s a bit more flavourful than I expected. But maybe I used more tea than I realized (I think it was about a tbsp for 2 cups, which is about what one would use for hot brewing). I feel like I’m rambling…
Anyhow, going to pop this into a waterbottle now and drive off to pick up the Last Batch of Asparagus (finally…….)
See my other two Verdant green oolong notes; it’s comparison time! This post is for the second 2012 spring harvest. I’m brewing them each up identically, using 1.5 tsp of leaf in 125mL water, with the leaves allowed to roam free in the cup before being strained out.
First infusion (208F/30s):
Also similar to the autumn harvest with a buttery, green, and floral flavour/aroma. Perhaps the “greenest” of the three.
Second infusion (208F/30s):
This time this harvest falls between the autumn and spring first picking in terms of flavour. It actually is probably my favourite of the three. I’m getting a bit of a citrusy aftertaste in this one… kind of orangey/lemony. Can’t blame that on food, since I’ve had nothing of the sort in the past few hours, and didn’t taste this with the other two. Oh – that’s a lie. I’m getting it with the first spring harvest two, whereas the aftertaste is more of a sweet caramel with the autumn harvest.
See my other two Verdant green oolong notes; it’s comparison time! This post is for the first 2012 spring harvest. I’m brewing them each up identically, using 1.5 tsp of leaf in 125mL water, with the leaves allowed to roam free in the cup before being strained out.
First infusion (208F/30s):
Quite similar to the autumn harvest. Buttery, green, and floral. Maybe a bit more oolong flavour here. I’m also finding the flavours to be a bit more intense (but that could be attributable to differences in the amount of leaf, as although I was careful, I wasn’t precise to the 0.01g).
Second infusion (208F/40s):
Whoops, this one got an extra 10s because I got distracted. It’s definitely stronger and greener tasting than the autumn harvest. Almost a bit of astringency, and I can’t see that 10 seconds would have done that, but the strength is definitely affected. Still tasty though, with lovely floral notes.
Fun experiment time, tonight. I’ve been dying for oolongs lately, and massively craving Verdant’s, but have had other teas I wanted to try, or not enough time, etc. etc… Anyhow, tonight I thought I’d finally compare the three tieguanyins I have received from Verdant – the 2011 Autumn, 2012 Spring (first harvest), and 2012 Spring (second harvest). I’m brewing them each up identically, using 1.5 tsp of leaf in 125mL water, with the leaves allowed to roam free in the cup before being strained out.
First infusion (208F/30s):
Light floral, buttery aroma. Green, floral taste. Very green aftertaste. Not too much oolong flavour, but it does leave a nice round, creamy taste in the mouth. I’m getting more oolong flavour from the spring harvests, but the differences are too subtle for me to pick up. Comparing it to the others, I think this is the least green and floral. It’s more subdued.
Second infusion (208F/30s):
Much like a lighter version of the first, in my opinion. More oolong flavour though, which was expected. Mmmmm. Caramel in the aftertaste, unlike the citrus of the spring harvests.
Overall: All three are delicious oolongs. My palate really isn’t developed enough to perceive differences though, at least the way I infused them (although I suspect that for my leaf:water ratio, a 30 second initial infusion was too long). Hoping I can go through another few infusions tomorrow, in which I will perhaps notice more differences!