1476 Tasting Notes
Got this one from Nicole. Her opinion was it is nice but I wouldn’t get it again. My opinion is WOW this is really great.
The wet leaf smell is like green beans and cooked broccoli, followed by fruity Darjeeling like notes. If that isn’t enough it ends with cocoa notes.
The sip is at first cocoa and malt followed by the fruity Darjeeling qualities. No bitterness. Just enough astringency to add a kiss of dryness.
I steeped it three times – it was so very good all three times. I like Darjeeling tea. I love Yunnan teas. This is kind of a marriage of both styles. It is medium bodied. It is not an in your face cup but not so subtle you have to concentrate to detect the flavors. I Love it!
Fun note – I steeped the first cup yesterday. As it was cooling, mom and dad called to say they were bored and wanted to play cards. So after a few sips I had to put the remainder of the tea in a travel mug. I ooh and ahhed my way through the cup. Then mom hands me a glass of iced decaf Lipton…. Uhmmm, I normally can drink it and enjoy it because it has always been part of all family stuff. This time it was really hard to drink and even harder not to complain. Silently I kept wishing I had picked up my press as I went out the door. It’s all good as it made today’s steeps even better.
I got this when Nicole was clearing out her stash. I looked at the leaf and couldn’t tell what it was. I thought it looked like a green with maybe some rooibos in the mix. It is very pretty with blue, yellow, and red petals in it. Turns out this is a white tea. Sooo I got the water waaay to hot. This didn’t care and did not get bitter (just dark). The taste first made me think alcoholic beverage. After I adjusted I realized it was creamy coconut but not the usual overwhelming coconut… and pineapple… My first reaction to pineapple was eeewww, I hate pineapple. Then I realized it goes really well with coconut. I found myself enjoying the cup. The white base could not really be singled out but it seemed to fill in the empty spots in the sip. Not something I would ever have picked up and tried on my own. Turns out I actually liked it. Thanks Nicole!
Edit – I can’t find this company on the web. The links take me to Miss Gloria’s Tea House. New owner? anyway, This blend does not appear be in their collection.
Finally got to spend some quality time with this one. I will have review on my blog in a couple days. The first time I fixed this it was tainted by onions from our chili making. The second time I knew I liked it but wasn’t sure how it differed from other Chinese greens. Now I think I latched on to what makes this a winner. The dry leaf smells fresh and green. After steeping the leaf reminds me of stew beef – I love it when it does that. The liquor is nearly clear. The sip starts buttery and veggie then mid sip I catch moments of floral like a green oolong. I have never caught this in a green before. Awesome! Late in the sip it changes back to sweet green. There is no bitterness. I really found this to be refreshing.
I guess I am not done giving rating numbers.
Back log from yesterday. Our Internet provider shut us off for exceeding the limit. I felt so isolated. Went to town. It was 30 degrees and snowing. My wife wants Starbucks. Since I never learned to like coffee, I always get some form of tea. Something cold and frozen seemed right today. My wife was excited when we walked in as her favorite barista was fixing the drinks. I have to say it makes a difference. This one is made with matcha powder and it was awesome. Way to many calories but oh so good.
Last week I received a notice from our Internet provider that halfway through the month we (OK, I) had used 16.9gb of our 20gb allowance. I have avoided getting on line. I’m posting today because I am having Steepster withdrawal. Can’t wait for March!
While offline I built an Excel database of my tea stash. Mostly I was trying to learn Excel – my stash just seemed the natural choice for learning. I also taught myself a tiny bit of Visual Basic to come up with a menu to enter new tea. It is totally pointless but kept me off the streets or at least out of my wife’s hair.
I leaned I have 136 teas. The majority are 20g or less. I have my work cut out to catch up with most of you. I added a column stating whether I had reviewed them or not. This shows I have about 36 I have never reviewed.
This has been my tea of choice the last couple days. It smells intense but the cup taste is much more refined. It is sweet and mellow. No bitterness. So glad I overcame my fear of smoke. This is really good.
I just posted a review of this on my blog http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/ I had planned to save it back for later but it pleasantly surprised me so I went ahead and published.
Short version – not the overwhelming fruit and flowers I was expecting. It is lightly flavored and bonus I can taste the tea base. I did not notice the hibiscus and could only catch rooibos in the cup aroma while breathing in as I sipped – Just not at the same time ;)
Still think this is quite a nice bagged green. It does not however go well with Doritos. That did not stop me. :)
Debating this with myself – I think I may stop giving a rating number at least for now. I still have my personal rating scale on my profile at the moment. My ratings have been consistent with my scale but it is subjective. My numbers are often higher than other opinions. It seems awkward to lower my numbers to match other’s scale, and I don’t want to appear to be inflating numbers either. Maybe I think too much.