317 Tasting Notes
So first off, unrelated to this tea… I came home from work today, after a really difficult day, to find that Teavana is now following me on Twitter and I’ve also won tea from them. They have this “tweet a photo of your cup and win!” and I won! It was the first time I’ve ever played, so that was exciting. And also a good end to a not so good day.
On to this tea. It’s not my favorite. It doesn’t have the sweetness I’ve come to associate with gunpowders, though it’s plenty smoky. And I’m getting a strange sort of toasted note from it – I’m wondering if some of the rice from the genmaicha I tried earlier today got caught in my steeper, or something. I didn’t notice it when I brewed an Earl Grey blend before class, but that was a three-black-teas-and-milk kind of thing, whereas this is just a plain green… I don’t know.
Anyway, this is a decent tea. Not the best, not the worst. I’ll drink what I have, but I’m not going to hoard it – I’ll definitely give samples away to friends and stuff.
Thanks to Ian for the sample of this!
It’s interesting. I’ve had Gyokuro green tea before, but never a genmaicha. It’s different. I didn’t think I would taste the puffed rice as much as I do. The aroma is toasty and a little bit nutty. It’s bright, bright yellow-green – the exact same color as the grass outside! The flavor starts off with the toasty notes and then ends a lot more vegetal from the tea itself. I don’t dislike this, but I’m not sure I’d buy it… not really my thing. I can definitly see why other people like it though, and I’m glad I got to try it!
Backlogging from yesterday. This came as a free sample when I placed my last order.
I really don’t like it. It’s beautiful to look at – all different colors and shapes and textures. But when it’s brewed, it smells odd. I get the spice from the ginger, but that’s not the whole of it, and it made me a bit sick trying to figure out what it was. I tasted the ginger, but I didn’t taste the strawberry. It tasted fruity and spicy, which are two things, in my opinion, that don’t mix well together. I’m glad it was only a sample, and I didn’t spend money on it.
First off, I’m going to say that it’s weird to be listening to myself.
I bought GarageBand for the iPad so I could record a few instrumental themes for a theatre class, and then I spent all of last night playing with it. Let’s just say that my piano at 3 in the morning is far superior to my voice…. haha. I did have a good voice day yesterday though, and I’m really excited to be singing a recital on Sunday night :)
I’ve mixed this with a bit of Cream of Earl Grey from DAVIDsTea, and it’s great. The nuttiness of it really mixes well with the vanilla, and it really does taste like hazelnut – it doesn’t taste too fake or artificial, which is good, since I don’t really go for flavoreds too much. But they’re good for mixing in with other things.
Many thanks to Teavivre for the generously sized free sample!
The leaves on this are tightly rolled and shiny; they smell vegetal and a little bit dry. On a first steep, the leaves opened up and released the smoky scent characteristic of gunpowders. It’s not as delicate as I previously thought these teas were – I thought I had to be much more careful with them in order to keep them happy. But I think next time I’ll try a first steep on 2 minutes instead of 1, because it was a very light scent.
It was, however, delicious. I really enjoy the smoke, and the sweetness that washes over the palate afterwards. There’s a little bite to it which I really enjoy. Delicious!
The first time I had this, in-store, I loved it. It was blended with a bit of silver needles and rock sugar. But I can’t seem to get that flavor back. It’s always a little too astringent, or a little too weak, or a little too sweet. It’s not bad. It’s delicate, and the orchids and apples are great together, but it tastes a little bit too floral for my taste. I’ll up the rating if I can figure out how to brew it properly.
I got this as a gift from a lovely friend…
This is good tea. It’s warm and a little bit spicy, and the apple and hibiscus are wonderful. It’s a lazy rainy day sort of tea. Great with a little bit of tea honey.
Lovely dessert tea. It’s definitely best with some sugar and a splash of milk – things I don’t normally add, especially the milk, but it’s creamy and smooth. Right now I’m drinking it with milk and sugar and rose added, and it’s just delightful.
This is very… average. I feel as though it tastes the same as the Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Teavana. If I compared the two side-by-side, I’d probably notice a difference, but there’s really nothing remarkable about this tea.
It’s fairly heavily scented with jasmine which gives it a drier sort of mouthfeel. The green tea is sweet underneath, and it blends well.
It’s just nothing new.
EDIT: I like it a lot better on a second steeping. Maybe it’s because the water’s cooler, or maybe because it’s not as strong… I really don’t know what the temp/time was, since I just let it sit while I picked up a few chores. But it tastes sweeter and clearer now. I’m enjoying this cup. I probably won’t buy it again, but at least I have a ballpark idea of how to brew better tea.
I bought a sampler pack of Primula’s blooming teas awhile back – they all taste the same, but they bloom in different configurations. And they’re not bad teas. Just loose-leaf, I wouldn’t buy them, but they’re nice to show off for guests, and I enjoy sitting in class with my double-walled glass travel mug blooming one of these. Okay, maybe I’m a tea snob… I prefer the term “enthusiast.”
It’s a very light jasmine taste, and it’s great that I’ve never had any trouble with oversteeping, since I leave the ball in the bottom of the cup while I drink and sometimes it steeps for upwards of 30 minutes. I probably will buy them again, just because they’re not especially expensive and they’re cool to show to company. The jasmine flavoring is wonderfully light too. So many companies scent it so strongly that you lose the flavor of the tea itself.