1642 Tasting Notes
I am reviewing a new to me tea, two days in a row. Firing my specialist and going back to my primary care physician appears to have been a really smart move. But enough, on to the tea.
I read the other’s reviews. I normally don’t do that until after posting. When I opened the bag I caught roasted notes. When I brewed it, roasted. When I first sipped, yeah, roasted.
OK, teas with roasted notes are my least favorite types. I tend to avoid dark oolongs out of fear. So, I have noticed that even light roasting (like this tea) jumps out at me and it is all I taste. Reading what everyone else wrote was interesting to me as it is barely mentioned anywhere on the internet. I guess this is the point where I say, sparrow tongue, it isn’t you. It’s me. Then turn and slowly walk away. OR, I can put on the big boy pants and try again.
Ignoring that which shall not be mentioned, I taste the corn up front. Then I get a brief jolt from a metallic note that quickly glides into a grassy finish.
The second mug is completely different. Gone is that which shall not be mentioned. In its place is a seaweed component. Then the corn, followed once again by grassy. No bitterness. A little dryness.
While this is not going to make my personal favorites list, it is interesting and far more complex than the price would suggest.
Check it out. I not only brewed a cup of tea, I added it to the database, whilst and at the same time writing my first blog post in a couple weeks. And now a review on Steepster. Go Me!
So, this Alishan oolong dry keeps its secrets to itself, with only a slight dried field scent with some corn notes also present. Once steeped the leaves try to convince this is a roasted oolong but it is definitely not. The cup is clear yellow-gold with a hint of green. The first sip while hot is a touch spicy. It is both icy and hot. That quickly disappears, followed by light floral. The floral present here is not an overwhelming presence. What you get is a solid flavor with out an assault. I noticed the aftertaste lasted a good long time.
There is no bitterness – though I never expected there would be, and no latex type taste late in the sip as many oolongs can have. The colder it got the more I personally liked it.
Unrelated – have you tried the Lemon Bar Frappuccino at Starbucks? There is no tea (or coffee) in it so I won’t add it to the database here. I really must try to make this at home. It is way too expensive for my wallet. It is lemon aid, milk, vanilla, and tons of sugary syrup. I had mine with 2% milk and sugar free vanilla syrup. I left off the whipped cream and sprinkles. Anyway so very fun, decadent, and delicious. Two thumbs up on taste. Two thumbs down on $4.25 for a 16 oz drink.
This has been my everyday choice for a long time. It is cheap and I liked it as well as the couple others I had tried previously. Then, it was included in the recent blind taste test. I recognized it immediately, however it was just OK compared to much of what I was tasting. After trying Red Leaf Tea’s two offerings, this will not be a repurchase after it is gone. Of course since it comes in a 8 oz bag, it will be around a while longer.
Not really a review as I have already talked this one to death with few if any converts. Again, it is my favorite cheap comfort tea. Anyway, so I wake before daylight, try to just lay there quietly so as not to wake the wife or the critters. About 6:00 I realize my wife is doing the same. So we decide to head to the porch while it is still cool (it is supposed to be 90 today). I have a brewing station on my porch, for a total of three (spoiled individual that I am). My son who lives next door was up and joined us. Sat there enjoying the bergamot, the company, and the birds. What a tremendously excellent way to start the day.
Talk about shocking the system. Wow!
First off, I cleaned my press because it still has a hefty lapsang souchong aroma. Dumped the old leaf in the compost bowl, so my room has an awesome pine smoke scent. With the smells and my havig a lung infection – again, I don’t have a lot of ambition. So I randomly grabbed a sample, and with the extremely tiny print, thought it was mao feng green tea. The water hits the leaf and immediately turns ruby red. What have I done? What have I done? Oh, wait, this is Keemun black tea. Well, alright then, that will do nicely.
Even prepared with the wrong tea in mind this is really good. Silky smooth. A mix of honey, molasses, raisin, maybe some chocolate or cocoa.
I think I’ll take the rest to the porch and concentrate on being well.
I am a big fan of The Persimmon Tree. They generally approach flavored teas as I like them – with subtle flavoring. I want to taste the tea base. When it comes to LS, I want it to be a lot more robust with sweet pine smoky goodness, not ash trays. They deliver. It takes sweetening well if you are so inclined but doesn’t need it. Strong but not overwhelming. I tend to not mind if a LS has a bacon or smoked meat hint but this one does not. It is straight away LS. Worth your try if my description agrees with what you are looking for.
Today’s random green tea powder pick. This one is kind of pricey for culinary grade matcha at $6.25/oz. The powder is a tad on the gray side. Hot I found this a bit puckery. Today I had it as a cold frap mixed with milk and sweetener. It mixed easily and foamed nicely with just a spoon in my tumbler. The color was light.
My opinion is this is really pretty tasty prepared this way. There is a really long lasting aftertaste. It does not taste exactly flowery but for whatever reason it made me think of roses. With Starbucks as the standard – this comes about as close as any to it from the blind taste test samples. While I liked both of the Red Leaf Tea samples better, if I had a bag of this, I would certainly drink it happily in frap form.
I wrote exactly one review on my blog last month. Over achiever. Had plans to start June (JUNE!?!?) out better, but since waking up at least once every hour last night and today being a dreary gloomy gray day, dragging out the camera just wasn’t going to happen. Instead I’ve wandered about aimlessly much of the day. Finally got the ambition to brew. This was an excellent choice. The bergamot aroma of the dry leaf as well as the ruby red brew made me smile. This really is a good EG. I like mine a little on the rugged side, so I over leafed and used boiling water. That gave it a nice bite. Watching the leaf and cooling the water down to 195 or so will smooth it out nicely – but not today. This is barbarian tea day. grunt. scratch.
I randomly grabbed this one out of the leftovers from the head to head blind taste test. When I realized which one I had grabbed I got a little excited. This is good stuff.
I mixed about 1 heaping tsp of powder and some Splenda with a couple ounces of milk and whipped it with a spoon. I used a double walled tumbler like they sell at Starbucks for frappes. It is tall and narrow so the tea foams up very easily even with a spoon. The powder all mixes in pretty easily even in cold milk.
Then I grabbed a half cup of crushed ice, ran it through the shaver and added it to the tumbler. I have Xantham gum to thicken it but didn’t add it today. Then I filled the tumbler with milk and stirred.
The color is nicely dark green like a Starbucks frappe. That’s where the similarity ends. When I was mixing this I thought it had a black tea aroma. As I taste, it is very much floral like an Alishan oolong. The sweetener is not really necessary as this is nicely sweet on its own. Seemed very smooth with no grit. The only thing I found to complain about is it disappeared long before I was ready.
This was my top rated pick from the test, easily blowing away the competition.