986 Tasting Notes
Celebrate with me or pity the fool… not sure which. Looks like I last entered a note for this tea almost 3 years ago. I used to drink this everyday and ordered it in loose leaf from Amazon. With shipping it was about $17.
Yesterday I found this on the shelf at Sahara Mart for $8.99. It was Tuesday. That means 10% off! So $8.09 for 500 g of loose leaf. With one resteep that works out to $0.02/cup. Woot!
I just found out the base is chun mee. I love straight chun mee. That helps explain why I love this so. The bergamot is freeze dried so the government makes them label it as flavored. Whatever, it is aromatic and flavorful and cheap.
I went to the store looking for a plain loose green to play with by mixing with herbs growing in my yard. I walked out with this instead because I am a junkie. It’s crazy, what am I going to do with a pound of tea when I already have a cabinet full of sample bags?
I still don’t have plain green tea but this smells so good. My high rating is based on taste divided by value times comfort tea squared. It’s all very scientific.
You ever get so busy sipping tea you forget to sip some teas? I have several ounces of this awesome berry flavored tea and haven’t touched it in months. This is too good to forget. I keep it separated from the rest of my tea because the flavors are so potent they pounce on everything else. But it is so good. The cup itself is not overpowering at all. I need to put a posty note on my stash reminding of this one.
How do you store your highly flavored teas?
So I hit the tea aisle yesterday and I find a box of this left over from Christmas. I’ve read the reviews. This can’t be that good. In the past I have walked straight past celestial seasonings because the boxes are too cute to be taken seriously. Having recently enjoyed Sleepytime Extra I decided to give this a shot.
Holy awesome peppermint blast Batman! Yes, this does live up to the hype. The vanilla is just enough to add some creaminess late in the sip. The cinnamon is barely detectable but probably just right in its supporting role. The green tea I only catch in the aftertaste. Frankly, I am OK with that. Did I mention peppermint? I think there has to be peppermint dust in the bottom of the box. Now I have got to find Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.
Tea of the morning with yesterday’s leaf. No brain power yet. Must have tea.
Cup of the morning. It is a beautiful big blue sky kind of day. The rest of you can have your assam based breakfast teas. I prefer a kinder and gentler approach. I love silver needle. Thanks to Teavivre I love jasmine when it is the good kind. This is definitely the good kind. What a beautiful cup.
Last night’s bedtime cup. Helped me relax but alas sleep evades me or perhaps avoids, whatever.
Don’t you love unexpected surprises? Especially nice is when you are digging through your stash and find a tea you don’t remember having. Even better is when you find said tea to be extraordinary! The leaf scent is slightly sweet, slightly sour, and altogether aromatic. This brews almost clear with a clear yellow tint. The leaf aroma is buttery vegetables. The taste is sweet, creamy, and nutty. I seem to love this way more than the other reviewers but I think the same was true of the Teavivre version. Oh well. This is my idea of green tea.
This tea is from an estate in South Africa. It gives a whole new meaning to the term tea dust. How do they pack so much flavor in such tiny leaf. Taylors of Harrogate state this should be infused for 4-5 minutes. I remember only going two last time and thinking that was plenty. This morning I was too asleep to remove the Finum basket for several undetermined minutes. I was expecting a bitter nasty cup. Instead it is very good. Sort of Assam like but with a fruity quality. I still catch hints of clove and cinnamon way in the background that no one else is mentioning. A solid morning cup.
I had a tamale, rice, and refried beans for lunch. Of course there were the obligatory chips and heavily cilantro laced salsa (Mmmmm). Oh yeah, and the necessary side of queso… And two tall glasses of whatever iced tea they served.
I have been craving puerh for days. This afternoon it is necessary. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.
A 2 minute steep produces a beautiful dark rich, red tinted, cup. The scent is horse tack and the taste is smooth, sweet, hay, fruit, and leather. I had forgotten how good this is. Perfection in a mug.
Time for my siesta? sí (I feel so multi-cultural, lol)
Nudging the rating upward.
I enjoyed the white tea I had yesterday so much I almost had it again, but I have been wanting a puerh lately. This tea settles both the cravings. This white bud leaf is processed like a raw puerh. It tastes mostly like a silver needle but slightly heartier, with some maltiness and a very mild sheng earthy quality. There is zero bitterness. This is very very good.