3051 Tasting Notes
12 Days of Tea #3!
Unfortunately, my roommate brewed this up, and although I swore I told her 2 mins max, I’m pretty sure it got three. It was bitter, and unpleasant, and I threw it out. However, I have a whole packet of this one, so I know I like it fairly well already! Lemony/creamy/green tea goodness.
I’m surprised there aren’t more reviews for this one!
I brewed a bit of this up tonight out of curiosity. Stuck with typical green tea infusion parameters as I was too lazy to look the tea up. The result is a very delicious, beany/sweet/vegetal brew that certainly does make me think of Laoshan Green. I’ll really have to compare the two at some point. I suspect it’s not different enough to make me want to purchase this again, but it’s fun to have had the chance to try it!
12 Days of Tea #2!
This one I initially couldn’t identify by aroma alone, as it smelled much like bubblegum. Luckily it tasted more on the citrusy side. I remember having had this one prior from a swap, and I think I liked it more then. Not a bad fruity honeybush blend at all, but nothing I feel the need to restock!
Ok… I seriously screwed this tea up this morning. Infused in a travel thermos, and it tastes absolutely vile. Bitter and… disgusting. I don’t know if I’m overleafing (probably) or what, but I think I need to try this normally, at my house, next time. I know it takes to travelling in a thermos well, but perhaps steeping it in one was a bad idea. (I also know that a) this batch of tea is good and b) there was no issue with the water). I could tell something was off when I sniffed the infuser basket this morning, but chose to ignore it… sorry, tastebuds. Thankfully I still had Laoshan Genmaicha and Premium Taiwanese Assam in my other mugs to wash the bad taste away…
12 Days of Tea #1! Also, 1000th tasting note! Wooooooooo!!!!!!
Last time I tried this tea as a sample, it was not great. I couldn’t really taste the cotton candy. This time however? WOAH! Delicious!! So anyone who wants to try this tea – now is a great time to buy a reblend, because it’s fantastic. All pink cotton candy flavouring with a nice black base. I’m so tempted to pick this one up, but I think I’ll hold off due to having too much tea already.
One note: I didn’t even attempt to re-steep this, as all the aroma was gone after the first infusion, and usually once that happens, the second infusion is mediocre at best.
Drank some of this in the travel mug yesterday. I think I overleafed; it was way too strong. I think one of the keys with this tea is short infusions and not a ton of leaf; also, I don’t think the delicate flavours are robust enough for a travel mug (it really just tastes strongly of jasmine, and almost soapy).
Quickie note as I’m at work and therefore should be working. This tea definitely doesn’t smell like a typical genmaicha… still toasty, but much more vegetal/seaweedy. I find the seaweedy part interesting because IIRC that’s not a flavour I associated with Laoshan Green. Granted, I think I only have the autumn and spring versions; perhaps the summer version has more of the marine notes. Anyhow, it’s in a Timolino, and I’m definitely tasting the toastiness, and although it still smells quite mariney, it doesn’t taste such. It’s good, but I’ll have to compare it against other genmaichas I have at some point! For now, tentative rating as it’s good but not mind-blowing (then again, it is in a travel mug).