247 Tasting Notes
I think I’ve finally confirmed that while I do love a nice, warm, comforting cup of soba cha,, I much prefer my green rooibos genmaicha for the fuller flavor. Which is actually a good thing because I have plenty of rice and plenty of green rooibos so it’s a much cheaper option :D
ohhhhhhhhhhhh yes. My efforts in brewing Green Rooibos Bonita in my new blue Yixing pot were less than stellar yesterday. Today a guest came over and I offered to make them some tea. I opted for this one because i know most people like mint, and it was sooo good. Forgot how much I loved this tea. It tastes great in this teapot, and it’s the perfect size for serving guests :)
Got a “Modern Matcha Kit” with a teapot I got as a gift yesterday. Wasn’t thrilled about it because I tried matcha a couple of years ago and didn’t like it. “You were young and inexperienced,” I tell myself. “Give it another try.” Ok, Self :)
I followed all the steps. Pre-heat the cup, sift the powder, mix in just a little bit of water, add the rest of the water and whisk (with my electric frother that came in the kit—no instructions btw).
Strong. Bitter. Nasty.
Did I use too much powder? Maybe. Did I use water that was too hot? Probably.
One thing is for sure, I’m not trying this again till I go to the store and get that thermometer!
Had two cups of this and they both turned out weaker than normal. I brewed them in my neeew Yixing pot and I’m sure the reason for the weak brew is because
a) I didn’t bother to season the pot beforehand
b) The infuser basket reaches halfway down and I only filled half the pot
c) [most likely] both of the above
Ah well. Lesson learned! Next time I’ll use my Finum basket and then decide if I want to season the pot :P
So 7 grams today was definitely much better. Here’s what I did: rinse,25s,25s,30s,60s,70s.
Still experimenting with steeping times. The tea had a nice light flavor with perfumey floral notes as usual. When I jumped to 6o seconds, it got a little bitter so I’ll have to try something different next time. What I REALLY need is a thermometer so I can stop playing the guessing game over here and make this tea properly!
Flavors: Flowers, Perfume
This is only my third time tasting a full-leaf oolong tea. My palate is not very refined so I didn’t notice much of a difference between this and the one that I tried in the Steepster Select Dec 13 box (Nantou Four Seasons by In Pursuit of Tea) but that’s great because I LOVED that one. So anyway that’s why I made sure to get one from Nantou, Taiwan.
This is how I drank my tea:
Water : 120ml – 194℉-ish
Use 9.3 Grams Tea
7 steeps : rinse,39s,25s,30s, 30s, 40s,60s,90s,120s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
9 grams was way too much. By the second steep they expanded so much that I could barely close the lid on the teapot! It didn’t help that I oversteeped the first steep because I was doing something else while counting (big mistake) and went 14 seconds over. It was so bitter that I had to throw out that cup. The second rinse was still bitter, but I drank it anyway., and the following steepings where not quite as bitter. The tea was nice and perfumey, very floral. Only just a little bit overwpowering because I had used too many leaves. The flavor stayed strong with each steeping and seemed like it could go on forever, but by the 7th steep I’d had enough. Next time less leaves and no distractions.
Flavors: Flowers, Orchids, Perfume
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Sooo good. Nothing compares to fresh mint! The first steeping was kind of 50-50 spearmint peppermint, but the second steeping was just spearmint. Peppermint doesn’t resteep well. Or maybe dry herbs just don’t resteep as well as fresh herbs. Eh. Either way, this was awesome!
Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint