1247 Tasting Notes
I thought I was finally coming to grips with this horrible week. I made a cup of this and was thoroughly enjoying it. Then the owner of the company came in and told me he had just let go one of my friends. We have worked together for over 31 years. They started with the oldest with most senority. Guess I will be next. Very sad day. Glad I had a brief moment of peace today with this cup.
Upping the rating. Steeped 2 minutes. The green base was so sweet and fresh. The rice is less pronounced the way I brewed it today but still adds a wonderful flavor to the cup. Got me through a really bad attitude this afternoon. Every time I started to say things I shouldn’t I took a sip. Unfortunately, I ran out of sip before I ran out of time at work. sigh. Good tea.
If you like caffeine free rooibos, this is a fun one. It’s vanilla up front followed by sassafras root and rooibos. I used half the sample and steeped it twice. Enjoyed hot.
Then I used the rest of the sample, steeped, then chilled. I poured this over ice cream. The rooibos flavor is more prominant and darker when done this way. It did make a fun drink that did not last long.
First off, the picture does not do this leaf justice. This is exquisitely gorgeous. Long and slender. The dry leaf smells like fresh mown hay – back when we used to get rain and the hay fields grew, but I digress. The taste is very much like it smells. This is an awesome white peony. I got 4 steeps from the leaf before I stopped. I posted a bit more on my blog http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2012/07/peony-tea-s-white-peony.html
Thank you Derek and Peony Tea S. for sharing this sample.
First, my sample does not look like the picture. Mine is CTC which is typical of many black teas and is not necessarily an indicator of poor quality.
As for the taste, I really like this one. The Ceylon tea base is smoked. That works really well in my opinion and sets this off from the typical Earl Grey crowd. The oil of bergamot (not flavoring) is well balanced but clearly present. I did two steeps. This might become my new favorite EG.
Slightly longer review here – http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2012/07/utopia-tea-earl-grey.html
I got this sample from Utopia for review. This would be a good one for those who aren’t big green tea fans. I ignored the instructions and used my usual cooler temp for greens. The jasmine is nice – fresh, floral, with hints of honeysuckle. The Purrfect Cup said it tasted lavender, maybe but I got honeysuckle. Anyway, I am once again reminded I don’t hate jasmine when it tastes like this. I find this tea to be creamy then lightly jasmine. Mellow is the best descriptor I can think of as brewed. The green base is supposed to be lightly roasted but I can’t catch that, in fact the base itself is pretty much in the background. If you keep the water temp down there is no bitterness. I still have half the sample and will enjoy sipping this again another day.