302 Tasting Notes
This is my last cup of this sample and as I stood in the kitchen singing a little song about it, I realized that I probably should have ordered some of this when I restocked the Choco*Late. Any tea that makes you sing songs about it while its brewing deserve to be bought again.
After seeing me rate many oolongs as ‘not the kind I like’, my friend Jim sent me a sample of this tea. I told him I liked Chinese restaurant oolongs! :)
This tea is very delicate, but does indeed have that richer, roasty, restaurant-style flavor. There is absolutely no bitterness to it. I like it a lot! It brewed up to a nice amber color. I did a quick rinse of the leaves (don’t know if that was necessary) with boiling water and then brewed it for about 3 min. I used about 2+ teaspoons in my 12 ounce glass bodum mug. Not sure if that was enough leaf, but I think so. My temp might have also been a little high on this as the water was already boiling in the kettle when I decided to make this. The high temp didn’t seem to harm it at all.
This tea is ok, but not one of my favorites.
The smell of the tea in the bag is something akin to potpourri. I was a little scared. I brewed it as directed (160 F) and got mostly hot water taste. So I brewed it again at boiling temp and got much better flavor out of it. I tried it unsweetened and didn’t like it much and then I sweetened it pretty well with agave nectar and the pear flavor started to pop. This has a nice pear flavor and definitely has spice. I taste cinnamon and I think cloves. Luckily it tastes much better than it smelled in the bag.
Frank evidently blended a tea that is irresistible to my cat Sangye (pronounced San-jay). I put 2 tsp of leaves into a paper filter and walked away to do some other things while I waited for the water to boil. I came back to find my cat Sangye eating tea leaves. So, I didn’t get to taste that first cup.
I made another cup. The dried leaves have a laffy taffy smell to them (not necessarily a bad thing). The brewed tea has a strawberry candy flavor to it (could be that I over sweetened it – next time I’ll taste it before sweetening). I like it a lot. I am thinking this will be fabulous iced.
Here is a picture of Sangye in case you wanted to see him too:
I had this iced last night and liked it much better this time than last time. Last time I brewed it cold overnight. This time I brewed 3 tsp of tea in a little teabag in about 1/4 cup of boiling water for 5 min and then poured it over ice and added a little water. Much better.
I think I might like the quick brew method better than the overnight method. But, I did use 2 pyrex measuring cups, a spoon, and a glass to achieve this. That’s a lot of dishes for a glass of iced tea. I used the pyrex cups because I was worried about breaking a glass by pouring boiling water over ice in the glass.
Anyone have a better quick brew method that uses less dishes?
I am in serious need of some soothing tea today. Having an annoying day and don’t feel so great. This tea hits the spot. I always expect the lemon to be too lemony but it’s not. It’s somehow a mellow lemon flavor, like pie or lemon cookies. It’s consistently better than I expect. I have a big bag of it in the drawer which I always avoid… never understand why. I must forget how tasty it is.
I had a 1/2 cup of this sample left and a 1/2 cup of the Special Teas Vanilla Rooibos, so I decided to just mix them together. The effect is interesting. All the flavors are kind of muted now. I taste less cinnamon cookie flavor now and I think I might taste the vanilla. I guess I should have expected that effect. In any case, it worked well enough. I’m trying to clean out the samples to make room in the drawer for the ginormous 52teas order that is on its way.
I normally like this tea well enough. But today, it tastes medicinal to me. Weird how it can taste great one day and then meh another day. I’ve only been drinking that Choco*Late from American Tea room since I got that one (already almost out)… maybe that has ruined me.