1696 Tasting Notes
Immediately likable. No rough edges. No off notes (well the wet leaf might be a bit… ahem… aromatic). Mostly this is earthy forest woods. There is a mild sweetness. Nicely creamy. Second western mug I noticed a touch of spiciness and a smidgen of fruit – possibly cherry. Anyway, this is a nice one.
6:00 am sitting on the porch with my milk/matcha watching the world come alive. It was so peaceful and so mant birds were swooping in to the feeders that I decided to lengthen my stay. Prepared a mug of this. Earl Grey is the only tea I can think of that I still sweeten every time. It dulls some notes but enhances others making for a balanced cup. Today I used 195F water which takes all but the tiniest amount of Ceylon bite out. Normally I like the bite. Today I was in touch with my more mellow side. Beautiful cup. Beautiful start to the day.
iZombie seasoned finaled recently and I miss it already. It has been renewed for season 2, if you care. So today I am having some Zombie Pearls. This is an awesome tea. Not just because I like playing with the name or the unusual look of the pearls. The flavor jumps out of the cup at you. For a white tea it is pretty assertive. Today I am getting wheat and corn. Tiny amount of bite but no bitterness. Love it.
Had this one on the porch with toast and honey. Now we are getting ready to go to a friend’s house to fish in their pond. A few weeks ago that would have been impossible for me.
Think I need to get some vanilla beans or something to give the rest of this some extra kick. There is nothing wrong with it but once you experience better, it is harder to settle, especially when better is already setting unopened in your collection.
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.