1003 Tasting Notes
Cup from last night. I really wish the bag held more. I don’t want a 5oz cup. Too little tea and decaf. I like it anyway.
Today for lunch, I had my usual salad but with an overdose of chipotle ranch and banana peppers. I think I squinted with every bite. Wow! This tea has aged a few days in the fridge. It was the perfect rescue. The cooling light mango flavor cut straight through and helped me make it to the next bite. Note to self – too much of a good thing is too much! Liking this more with every bottle.
This is from a new company. They aim for a balance between cost and quality. I have tried three of their offerings and enjoyed them all.
This is a good everyday Chinese green. Buttery spinach does describe the first cup well. There is a bite at the end that is nice. The aftertaste lingers long and pleasing. Green and fresh.
I just dug this tea out of the bin. It is the last of my Fong Mong samples. Oh Wow! How is it possible this is a year old? I like oolong. I just seldom drink it. I know it will last through several steeps and I usually want to quit after two. So I feel guilty if I waste it. Wait, I have a fridge. Problem solved.
I had forgotten how really good this is. The name implies it will be super dark and strong. It is just the opposite. The nose is a bit charcoal but the sip is buttery smooth with a hint of baked charcoal goodness and a tingly sensation in the aftertaste. This is more of a green tasting oolong than expected. The liquor is a beautiful shiny golden color. Maybe I will steep this several times after all.
OK so it is in the 50’s this morning and I get a frozen tea. Hmmmm. I’m not crazy, mom had me checked. The new guy made this. I checked the label. Yep, he used skim milk and held all the syrup. So how did he get it so creamy? Needed a little more matcha but pretty shivery good.
After slowly sipping on this again today I am still in love. Violet mentioned wondering how this would taste iced. I’ll bet it is really refreshing that way. I may never know. It just won’t stay in my cup long enough.
I called this honey colored last time. I really think it is lighter than that. Maybe white wine? Whatever, it is fascinating me.
Pulled this out of the fridge at chugged on it. Old leaf or not it is pretty good if you don’t try to over analyze it. Sometimes that’s just what you need.
A few days ago I bought a dorm refrigerator for my den. So now I have ice cubes and iced tea easily in reach while I type. I prepared some iced black tea the other day that I poured into a clear glass 1/2 gallon container. I was blown away by the beautiful red ruby color. Somehow pouring into a white mug does not give the same effect.
As a result of the iced tea incident I found a clear glass mug (Walmart – $2) for hot tea. This is the first mug of tea in the clear glass. The liquor is a gorgeous light honey color. Along with that light jasmine flavor and the subtle notes of the white tea I am in Heaven.
I almost always use a clear glass press to steep the leaf so I can watch the dance and observe the color, but the mug adds so much to my sensory experience and pleasure. This cup is flawlessly clear.
This leaf is nearly a year old and it is still just exquisite!
No rating. It looks like this must be around three years old. So I think it has just lost its zing. When I steeped it and put it in the glass container it was the most beautiful ruby red. The sip was definitely mango but lightly so. It was cold and refreshing but nothing memorable. By the reviews, it was very good back in the day.
I walked into the den a little bit ago and the scent of pine smoke caught me before I entered the room. So I gladly used yesterday’s leaf to have this one again. 2nd cup a day later is just as deeply flavorful as the first. Our elegant Nina has a wild side. Who knew? Love it.