484 Tasting Notes
My friend brewed me a cup of this to drink while we knitted tonight. Aside from being beyond uninspired by my knitting project (which never happens to me, I love knitting!) the tea was delightful. Vegetal green balanced by a bit of citrus notes. It was very much a green tea, but the fruit flavour was present enough to give it a bit of interest for me. My friend is not a finicky with water temperature as I have become, so I was worried it might get bitter, but it was totally alright! However, I did trade her for a bit to take home, so I can’t wait to see how it performs under more regulated steeping conditions. I think I have found my classroom tea for tomorrow! And given that the kids and I are still tracking to school in subarctic temperatures, I think sticking with the tropical theme is a great plan.
Tastes change over time, and I am learning to appreciate oolongs. Initially, man did I not like this tea, but, having had success with Vanilla Oolong, I brewed some up to try this afternoon. Am I ever more impressed with it this time around. Once I understood what to expect from an oolong, the strong pineapple notes really compliment the base oolong flavour. There is a natural sweetness brought be the pineapple, so no extra sweetener is needed. Even though I got sidetracked and super overbrewed this, it was still a great cup of tea!
I finished off a tired evening sharing a pot of this with the bf. Green, light, and fruity, it reminds me of summer, which is exactly what I am looking for as our temps are set to dip below forty again tonight. I have the car plugged in and the furnace up and I keep telling myself winter is past the halfway point (which is not actually true) but it feels good to tell myself these little lies and drink a summer tasting tea while I do so.
I don’t understand why this tea and I just don’t seem to click. My bf likes it just fine. He and I both adore blueberries, this seemed like a logical tea for me to love, but I just don’t get it. No matter how I steep it, I wind up with far too strong a base taste from the tea for my liking. Possibly I need to stick to my tisanes for a more pure blueberry taste. I have tried a lot of nice, fruit based black teas. This is just not one of my favourites.
I love this tea, so I have been using this as a base to experiment with today. I started the morning off with some brewed with hazelnut agave, then tried it with vanilla at lunch. I find it works both ways, but I don’t know if I use enough agave to really make a difference, but it was good either way. I found that I really liked the hazelnut notes, perhaps more than the vanilla? It added a bit of depth that suited the chocolate and cinnamon in the tea. The vanilla was a bit of a softer overall taste, but there is already vanilla in the tea so the notes were already present.
I was looking for a light, vanilla tea today and this delivered. Sweet, slightly vegetal from the green tea, and smooth tasting, this is one of my favourite greens. It reminds me of the holidays, but it doesn’t feel like a tea exclusively for the holidays. I am enjoying it as I wake up this morning.
This was good this evening, but not phenomenal. I gave it the right temperature, at least I thought I was, I liked the steep time, I am just not blown away by the apple in this. I like the taste of the base white tea, but I am not crazy about this particular type of apple. I find it almost a dry taste in my mouth, as opposed to the more berry heavy white teas that I have. I am going to try this a couple more times before I really make up my mind, but so far it is not my favourite white tea I have ever had.
I feel like I got this tea today, I finally understand what it is supposed to taste like! The magic seems to have been a lower water temp and shorter steep time. I got a nice, vegetal green with strong hints of strawberry and a smoothness that I am happy to consider a cream flavour. It was a lovely early evening cup of tea!