1122 Tasting Notes
Spring 2013 Fuding leaf. Looking at the picture you can see this is exquisite to gaze upon. The dry aroma greets you the moment the bag is open. It is sweet hay. Once steeped the leaf turns shiny pea green with a scent that is vegetal and earthy. The liquor is honey yellow. The sip is sweet, hay and light earthiness. Late in the sip it develops light melon notes. The sweet aftertaste lingers long after the tea is gone. As the cup cooled it took on more of citrus profile that I found appealing. I prepared this in a gaiwan and a press. I preferred the press method. The dance of the leaf enchants me and honestly I thought the flavor was more developed in the press.
This is my first Moroccan mint tea. As such I can’t speak on whether it is a good example of the type. After steeping the bag was really swollen. I want to cut this open next time and a look at what’s inside. Definitely not fannings. The first note I caught was spearmint. It was not overwhelming but I am not a spearmint fan so I tended to dwell on it causing it to mask the peppermint and lemongrass, at least for me. The base gunpowder was tasted next followed by tarragon. That was a cool twist. I thought this was an interesting tea with depth even if spearmint is not my thing. I am looking forward to trying this again.
I love it when you wake up and don’t have to debate with your sleepy head on what tea you will start with today. I could smell this before I even got up (metaphorically – cause the tea elves in my home don’t make it to suit me). Filtered my water and prepared a bagel while steeping, now its sippin’ time.
I love the smoothness and the fruity/floral aspects of the bergamot. This really hits all the right buttons for me.
I found out in a comment of my first review that this is named to honor a 93 year old grandmother – so here’s to you Kathryne!
All I could think of last evening was how good this tasted. I woke up at 4:00 thinking, I need more. So Here I sit at 4:45 re-steeping the leaves. Yeah, it is that good. It looks like sunshine and tastes like heaven in a cup. I looked this morning, it is $6.50/2oz. If you are a buttery spinach kind of green tea lover this stuff is excellent for the price.
No I don’t work for Single Origin Teas. I just think this one deserves to get noticed.
I finally located my old Pur water pitcher. It cleans up the county water fairly well but it does not change the PH of our ultra hard water. Not sure what I can do about that.
Wet leaf is steamed broccoli. The sip is fresh, green, and buttery with a nice bite at the end. The aftertaste is really helped with the aid of filtered water. Yum, that’s what I’m talking about. Excellent everyday green. Nudging the rating.
I used a scoop of leaf with add-ons I grew – a couple whole leaves of lemon verbena, 1 tsp chocolate mint, and 1/8 tsp dried stevia. The mint is old stock (2 years old maybe – I was too lazy to go find the fresh stuff in the other room) but this pretty much tastes like mint. I should use way less next time. I sort of taste verbena maybe. Last time I used verbena it overtook the cup. I can’t taste the tea at all. The stevia I cannot get the hang of as even dried I seem to not be using enough to add any sweetness. If I touch the leaf to my tongue it is like licking a pink packet of death, so I don’t know why I can’t sweeten with it.
My point is respect to those of you who create the wonderful blends we enjoy. It is way harder to get right than it sounds.
This is a rooibos blend with caramel and pecan oil. Rooibos, I am not sure I have ever read an adequate description of the taste but once you have had it you know it for life. It is kind of woodsy, spicy, and sweet – kind of. This blend by Solstice Brews is unmistakably rooibos from the first scent. What I find unique is how the caramel and pecan rise up after the initial blast of ‘red tea’ and coat the palate with mellow mmmmm. There is none of that throat grabbing scratchiness that normally follows the sip. The flavors are well crafted, natural, and nicely done. What I wrote on my blog review was I noticed myself pulling the cup away from my lips to look at it and contemplate. This is interesting, different, and I found it quite delicious.
A new to me tea company. This is a bagged tisane. The steep produces a very light clear yellow brew. Given the product description, I was expecting a tart blast of flavor that is typical of herbal teas. This is instead a quiet far more delicate lightly tart cranberry tasting cup. That may be a lot of adjectives but I much prefer this over the hibiscus driven blends.
As the cup cooled I added Splenda and it transformed the cup. I swear this tastes like the hot spicy apple sauce my grandmother used to make. Chamomile has kind of an apple taste to me anyway but the sweetener brings it out and makes the cranberry and lemongrass blend behind it for a very pleasant cup.
Cudos for bringing memories of my grandmother into the cup. (That is the second time today tea and grandmothers have been brought to my attention) Now if I just had a slice of my grandmothers lemon pie to go with this.