1124 Tasting Notes
I grew up in a house where Lipton is consumed more than any other beverage. My family thought I was a bit of a tea snob, what with my hoity-toity fancy pants Bigelow teas and all. Nowadays, with the large amount of loose teas in my possession, they just think I am a psycho tea weirdo. They might be correct. The mail lady was getting suspicious at all my packages from faraway lands until my wife explained it to her. Now she agrees with my family. Such is the life of an enthusiast.
One thing I know is I am not a tea snob as I really enjoyed this little gem last night. It is inexpensive bagged tea. Snobs don’t do inexpensive or bagged. It is also decaffeinated. I thought this was very fragrant. It smells like tea. While there is not a lot of depth, it tasted nice and took sweetener well. There are times when that is all I need.
Wild Thing you make my heart sing. Fujian Jin Jun Mei do I need to say more? I found I prefer this with steeps around one minute. It can get a bit drying with long western steeps. Keep it short and this delivers the goods. Honey, caramel/cocoa, and lighter malt than I normally associate with this tea. Re-steeps well.
This is actually the 2013 version of this tea. It has Yunnan in the name so I immediately come up with an idea of what this should taste like. I’ll learn someday. The leaf is captivating. I’m glad no one was around to watch me playing with the leaf. Non-tea people already look at me with concern. Long and twisted with some heft to the appearance. For Chinese green tea the dry leaf is big. The taste is really hard to define. It isn’t weird. It’s just different. If I am using the term correctly it is umami. It is also quite subtle. The liquor itself has a kind of broth like quality – or at least this is what I’m perceiving.
Anybody know what day it is? Come on… anybody? No, that was yesterday. This is green tea frap day! Woo Hoo! A new lady behind the counter. Great multi-tasker. This is THE best GTF ever. Seriously. It was gone in just a couple minutes – didn’t even slow down for the ice headache. The green tea powder (is it really matcha or not?) was so fresh. I have them use half the normal syrup, skim milk, and no whip cream. Today this rates a 100. My son had a buy one get one for a cute little ham & cheese sandwich with dijon mustard. The bread is almost cracker like. It went perfectly with the drink. I have no idea what it cost but I’m sure it was too much to do very often.
Another experiment. I used one scoop of this rose/strawberry black tea and added 1/4 tsp lavender and 1/4 tsp cocoa nibs. I was busy with the computer and steeped about 5 minutes. It turned out a little bitter. I’ll have to try again but I’m thinking this was not my brightest idea. I taste rose, lavender, and nothing else.
I have been craving LS for a few days. People in the neighborhood are firing up their wood stoves (pun not intentional) and it just smells so good. When I mixed lavender with EG this morning I got the idea smoke and lavender should mix well. Used my usual scoop of leaf and slightly less than 1/4 tsp of lavender. Steeped 3 minutes. This blend also has a very light touch of bergamot but it is barely noticeable. I was right. The two seem to go together very well. So much so in fact I would have liked a little more lavender in my cup. That’s just crazy talk but true. A very nice cup. When I have time I am going to try rose and lavender. Gmathis, you have created a monster. It’s alive!
I finally got brave today. I opened the bag of lavender gmathis sent me. I have learned to love jasmine. I’ve grown quite fond of rose when it is well done (Nina’s Mmmmm). I find the floral notes of oolong comforting and tasty. Lavender though scares the puddin’ out of me. Why? It is just so intense.
Today I selected this Earl Grey as it is tough like Superman. The bergamot is pretty intense but the Ceylon base does eventually show up as the cup cools. I am just hoping this jasmine isn’t the kryptonite I fear. I used my usual scoop of leaf and about a 1/4 tsp of lavender. This turned out really interesting. The two flavors combine. Neither overpowers the other. Neither is intense.
I just realized ETS’s Scent of Bergamot contains lavender and it is similar to what I am getting here. That one has some other ingredients and I think I like my simple concoction better. Next time I will use slightly less lavender as I would prefer the Earl Grey to shine through a little more. Maybe I’ll use Moscow Nights as it is a Lapsong with light bergamot. The intense smoke just seems like it will really work with the lavender. Actually really enjoying this cup though. Glad I finally manned up and used the flowers. :)