265 Tasting Notes
My friend’s favourite tea, so this was another one on the list to try. The chocolate taste works a lot better in this than in other so-called chocolate teas I’ve tried and I love the strawberry aspect! Definitely a winner.
I’ve been seeing TeaEqualsBliss rave about this tea for a while now, so I added it to my list of teas to try while I’m over here. Just coming to the end of the first cup now, and I can see what all the fuss is about. I generally don’t go for rooibos or even rooibos blends very much, but this is a great mix. The fresh taste of the mint is present from the first sip right through to the aftertaste, but I can really feel the hit of chamomile as well. And yeah, the rooibos needs to be there, too, because it sort of brings everything together. So sad that I can’t get this at home, because I’d really like to give it a permanent place in my tea cupboard.
I had this for the first time two days ago. It was the first tea I’d had in days, and also the first that I had after my 26 hour journey from my home in Australia to my friend’s place in the United States, so it was really, REALLY welcome. I love the silky smooth almost creamy texture and sweet floral notes that you get with a really good Taiwan oolong, and this is a great example. My friend is not a big fan of oolong teas in general, but she loved this one. I think I’ve converted her. ;-)
I love that when you’re actually drinking this tea it seems so innocuous and straightforward, with the cinnamon dominating the taste – but afterwards, wow! Such a mixed array of flavours in the aftertaste. My lips are tingling from the pepper.
It’s turned out slightly more astringent than usual this time, but it’s still an excellent tea, much better than the other gyokuro I tried. Worth taking the time to savour.
Muttering curses at hairdresser, who left me with a nice new haircut that’s totally NOT the nice new haircut I asked for. So I’m drowning my sorrows in the very last of my stash of this, which might just be my favourite tea of all.
Silver Needle tends to be just that bit too delicate for me, but every so often I take another shot at it. The result is the same again this time: too delicate and too dull for my tastes.
It’s somehow been three months since I last drank this tea, which is a shame, because it’s a good one. Smooth to taste, with just a touch of (welcome) astringency in the aftertaste. There’s also a tiny hint of something that’s more like a black tea in the flavour. Steeped for three minutes at 80C.
I haven’t had this tea for a while, and when I tasted the first steeping I wondered why I’d ever liked it at all. But the second steeping was exponentially better, and I remembered just how good this tea can be – and that’s pretty damned good. Now I’m on the third steeping. Great procrastination fuel. g
Revisited this old friend last night. This was one of the first flavoured green teas I ever tried, years ago, and it still has a place in my cupboard. The honey sets off the sencha really well, giving a sweet, smooth flavour, and makes this tea more forgiving than unflavoured sencha if you happen to steep it for a minute or two longer than intended.