804 Tasting Notes
I’m getting tired of Rooibos. But it’s 10 weeks (+/- 2) left on the low low caffeine plan, so I figure I should work through my samples. I brewed up a pot of this (even using a cozy to keep it warm), and am having a hard time getting through the first mug. When I do think to drink from it, it’s not half bad, just not something I particularly love either.
I made a strong pot of this (3 teaspoons for a 2 cup pot… the strainer basket was full by the time the leaves had absorbed the water).
It’s good, but pretty strong. It’s funny, I hadn’t noticed it before, but at this strength, the tea part of the tea tastes a lot like the base tea for 52 Teas’ Vanilla Date.
I wanted something good today, but didn’t want the caffiene dose to be after work. Coconut Pouchong sounded like it fit the bill, but I couldn’t stand the idea of packing it in a filter bag. So, I brought a 2 cup teapot to work and used the basket filter to steep this tea. Then, I resteeped twice to see how it went.
First steep (2 minutes): Fabulous!
Second steep (3 minutes): Still a very good cup of tea, but much less coconut.
Third steep (4 minutes): Not nearly as good, but still a nice tea.
Yum!! I was looking forward to something interesting this afternoon, and when flipping through the samples, this one caught my eye.
The dry leaves smell just like maple cotton candy. It was one of those smells that you know won’t exist in the actual tea, but is really nice out of the container. As the tea steeped, I realized the leaves were Really Big. (Seriously, check them out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauren_pressley/tags/sugarcarameloolong/show/) I pulled out a few for the photos, but will resteep the rest a few times to see how this holds up.
The tea itself is definitely sweet, but doesn’t taste sweetened (if that makes sense). There is a clear sugar and caramel flavor, though I’m picking up floral notes as well. It still smells of sugar, but has the grassy taste you’d expect from an oolong.
So, this one is a winner for me! I might just have to get a canister… looking forward to seeing how the resteeps go!
Yum! I made a small pot of this, and my espresso drinking husband even requested some: “a big mug of it, please!” So I guess I’ll be making another small pot by the end of this evening. :)
I really do love this tea. I’m a big fan of Genmaicha in general. When I finish up this batch, I’m going to give Samovar’s Ryokucha a try. I’m looking forward to seeing how the two compare.