1691 Tasting Notes
An Ah-Oh moment. What was I thinking. I finally hit the bottom of the seemingly bottomless tin. I can’t justify buying more until I drink down some of my other teas. Fortunately I have nearly a pound of Ahmad Green with Earl Grey to tied me over. :)
Today I used my usual amount of leaf and 6oz water from a drip coffee thingy. I only let it steep in the press until the water stopped dripping. Poured into my cup and this is very aromatic and flavorful. A worthy ending to my favorite cheap earl.
I know there isn’t strawberry in this, but that is what it smells like this morning. I even used near boiling water because I was in too big a hurry for caffeine to wait. The result – No bitterness! I do need to cut one of these sachets open before they are gone and release the bancha. It fills the bag to overfull. I like this a lot.
First caffeine of the day. The bottomless tin keeps plugging along. This was prepared with my new living room tea station. The water is heated by a one cup coffee maker. I put the press with the tea under drip. I think it will be too hot for green tea so am going to have to work on what I can do. Maybe add the leaf after the water cools? Anyway, it worked great for this black based Earl Grey.
From last night. Not my favorite tasting night time tea (that would be Two Leaves Better Rest, sadly it is over twice the price). I am not a big fan of spearmint but this is better than it has to be, fairly inexpensive, readily available. It’s comfortable. And it helps me relax so I can get some sleep.
Sipdown of the bags generously sent by gmathis. It took a couple cups to figure out my personal favorite way of preparing this. (1 bag, 8oz, close to boiling. I even leave the bag in) Once I got it right, this is so satisfying to sip and tastes just like the name implies. I now have a reason to look forward to colder weather in a few months. I can stock up on this and Candy Cane Lane. Celestial Seasonings you have surprised me.
I seem to like this one more than most of the other reviewers, once again. I don’t even like pineapple, so go figure. I forgot this was a white tea. The water was a little hotter than I would have used if I had remembered. The coconut and pineapple blend so nicely, yet each is clearly tasted on its own. It would get an even higher rating if I could separate out the white tea in the sip.
Rabbit trail ahead: This is the first cup I prepared in my new den (the wife’s former junk room – she moved her stuff upstairs). I went to Walmart and bought a unit made of 4 stacking plastic drawer type bins. You have probably seen them, they stands about two feet tall (abt 2/3 m). Two drawers are about 8" tall and two are about 4". I put it in the den and filled it with my tea. I had to leave the tea bags and decaf out so it would fit. I also left out the teas that are two aromatic to be trusted with other teas. Oh, and like Bonnie, I have hardly bought anything in six months. I think maybe $10/month and that includes the stacking drawers.
Anyway, so I now have my main station with my kettle in the den. I also have a smaller station set up in the corner of the living room with all the bagged and evening decaf teas. I have a press and a Finum basket at each station. Pretty awesome.
My first from Lupicia. Wow, most everyone seems a bit hostile towards this one. Not understanding why. It smells wonderful when you open the bag to remove a sachet. Mango, pineapple, assorted citrus. I did not use boiling water as directed nor a 5oz cup. With 10oz of steaming water this turned out a bit weak. I think it tastes nice. It is cooling and the aftertaste is a bit like watermelon. The problem is I have had low cost bagged teas that tasted nearly as flavorful and were much stronger in a mug. I will try again with a smaller cup later. I like it but expected more.