990 Tasting Notes
I went for a short country drive and came back wiped out. Stupid lung/ear/head thingy, I banish thee from the Kingdom!
So I thought this afternoon I’d like something soothing with enough caffeine to help me through the day. This white peony is unquestionably the best looking freshest smelling I have tried. Strangely it is last years harvest. I have noticed some white teas have no expiration date. According to Concept Teas they believe white tea maxes at about 8 years and then slowly degrades.
I prepared this at 190F with 2m steep. To my tastes this is truly incredible. Fresh hay like leafy taste. Light melon notes. Sweet. Lingering. I brewed this the other day with cooler temp (175F). It had a light bite and malty undertones which this cup lacks but this one is surprisingly better. If you love white peony this one is excellent. www.conceptteas.com/
I drank 36oz of this yesterday – and will probably continue on with it later today. I was a bit surprised when I opened the packet. I’ve had a dong ding before and had my mind set on what I was about to experience. Except this is Qing Xiang and I did not know that means it is not roasted. The charcoal scent I was expecting was not there (and I am ok with that – I actually prefer the green oolongs.
I prepared it with boiling water and a two minute steep. There is a lot of leaf. I mean A LOT. The brew aroma is my next surprise. It is floral and spicy. Spicy? My second surprise.
I made the mistake of reading Teavivre’s description at this point. A mistake because I will never know if I would have made the osmanthus association on my own. It is definitely there once I know it but I was leaning more towards cinnamon and possibly ginger. I read Stoo’s review and notice he also made a cinnamon connection. Of course he had to run to the store and buy cookies afterwards. :)
I am liking this one a lot. It is floral, spicy, sweet, and has a long lasting aftertaste.
Yesterday I reached the halfway point in my college class. I was so dizzy I had no business going – but I’m a guy, so I went anyway. Today I’m dizzy, and my head hurts but my ears are popping so maybe I can ride this out. I have been on oxygen for three years so I really have to be careful but I don’t want to spend $150 for $10 antibiotics if I can avoid it. Yeah, no insurance.
I’m having this today to test the nose and taste buds. I see no reason to drink expensive stuff if I can’t smell or taste it. Taster seems to be almost normal. As long as I don’t go for anything too subtle.
Absolutely my favorite from The Persimmon Tree. Tastes nothing like Tazo Lotus and I am ok with that even though it is one of the few I like from Tazo. Beautiful golden color. The base is sweet and green and the lotus is creamy spicy fruity anise. My happy cup for the day.
I remember now why I don’t steep rooibos in my french press. I had to dismantle the whole thing and scrub it this morning. Ah well, it sparkles now so thanks for the motivation (sarcasm implied).
So after the cleaning ordeal I decided to peruse the stash for something not requiring a lot of attention, intellect, or clean up. Found this tucked in the back of a drawer. Its Earl Grey with vanilla. Shoot, I could probably brew that with my eyes closed whilst and at the same time toasting a bagel.
The bagel was delish and the tea spot on. Sometimes I amaze even me.
Very vanilla with lighter notes of bergamot. I can feel the tea base on the insides of my cheeks. A good first cup. Bonus – I still have enough leaf for next time.
So I found this fall rooibos blend in my stash and it appears to be two years old. Eh, I’ve had older. I also discovered we own an ice shaver. Apparently for years. How could I not know this? It’s fall outside and hot in the house so… I steeped a cup and poured shaved ice over it then added milk. I should have reversed the last two but I wasn’t sure of the proportions. Rooibos in a sealed pouch survived aging just fine. It’s tasty but not slushy enough. Good idea failed attempt. Next time I’ll know.
Breakfast out tea. When they heat the water hot enough this is pretty good for cheap bagged tea. The first cup was not hot enough :( I made up for it on cups two and three.
Not sure what I did wrong this time. I never really got the caramel and pecans this go around. It was a little creamy with kind of a vanilla finish. That was enough to knock the edge off the rooibos. I have enough to try one more time.
I wasn’t sure what osmanthus was before opening this. As soon as I cut open the sample I had a pretty good idea. The bag scent was strongly floral to the point of almost perfumey. The scent reminds me of lavender, at least that is the closest comparison I can muster.
Despite the initial scent shock, the cup is much lighter in strength and flavor. It is osmanthus first and then the fresh green oolong quickly moves in to share the sip. Very sweet, coming from one with a sweet tooth. No bitterness. No rough edges.
This is very easy to sip. I had some doubts and apprehension at first but found the cup emptied in record time. For fun I did add sweetener later in the cup. It was almost too much even for me but the floral turned more into grape candy.
This is an interesting tea that I am going to resteep a few more times.