318 Tasting Notes
Hum, I haven’t figured this out.
The smell is strong and spot-on.
The taste is lacking. Maybe it’s that I’m used to the punch of loose-leaf now, but it was just kind of weak. Last night I put 2 teabags in my 16oz mug with a bit of milk and agave, and it was weak. Today, I put 4 teabags in the same mug, with milk and agave as well, and it’s strong, but not sugar-cookie strong. It’s not sweet enough. Maybe I didn’t add enough agave for the 4 teabags.
If I can figure out how to make this perfect, though, it’ll be delicious.
My friend gave me a little sample of this to try. Her grandfather bought it apparently at a restaurant in New Mexico. He has since passed away, and neither she nor her father has any idea of how to find it again. She asked me what I thought, and based on her description “smells like the inside of a spice drawer,” I pointed her in the direction of a masala chai.
I was wrong, way wrong. In the sample she gave me, the leaves appear mostly homogeneous. They are rolled into little balls reminiscent of a gunpowder, but they look black. The scent is definitely very strong cinnamon.
When I brew it, it brews a light golden color. The smell isn’t necessarily cinnamon anymore. I suppose it’s still there, but what it really reminds me of is bonfire. Not Lapsang bonfire, but something more… like the smell of fresh wood and wet ground and maybe a little bit of smoke.
The wet leaves have unrolled, first into long strings, and then into full leaves. Just looking at the leaves in strings and fully unrolled, it reminds me of a Wuyi oolong.
Tasting it, it also tastes kind of like that. I do get some cinnamon in the taste, but it’s not as prominent as it is in the dry smell. I wonder if it is some cinnamon-scented Wuyi. I don’t think it’s a black, although maybe it is.
It’s a mystery! I wish I had something to recommend her that was close, but I’m really puzzled. Any idea, Steepsters?
This came in the herbal sampler pack. My friend bought it for when DEV came to sing at our school, but DEV didn’t want it, so she gave it to me instead.
I didn’t really know what I wanted for tea, but I picked up this box, and there was a peppermint.
It doesn’t really taste like peppermint, though. It’s minty, but at the same time there’s a weird taste to it. It’s like it tastes like there’s tarragon and licorice in there as well. Maybe it’s not good quality peppermint? I never have this problem with Harney.
Murr murr murrr.
I remember liking this one a lot, and I haven’t had it in a long time.
It needs milk and sugar. I have sugar, but no milk. The tea is overly astringent and the cream tastes fake. With sugar (well, agave), it’s just weirdly sweet.
I remember this being really good as a latte, but not all on its own.
This was sent to me as a free random sample from Teaves Tea Company. Thanks!
I tried this once awhile ago, and didn’t like it, so I put it away for a time when I’d be able to give it my full attention.
The leaves are pretty. Strands of what look like calendula run through the black leaves, and there are big hunks of ginger. I smell a strong scent of ginger.
Unfortunately, when I brew it, that’s about all I taste. It tastes like a black ginger tea, not like a ginger peach tea. There’s something sharp about it, and I wonder if the black tea is a bit of a cheaper quality. It reminds me a bit of an Adagio style blend.
It’s okay. I’ll definitely drink it, and I feel bad leaving a “meh” review as the first review on a tea, but what can you do.
Song of the night: I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Edit: Much less harsh on resteep. A bit peachier, but mainly just less astringent.
This was sent to me by Autumn Aelwyd. Thanks!
I do love TGYs. They’re so floral and buttery and creamy and sweet. Green oolongs are definitely my favorite oolong. Maybe my favorite tea variety.
For some reason, oolong has become the category of tea for weekend night Doctor Who marathons. It just feels right. I brewed a big 20oz TARDIS mug full of this, and resteeped the leaves halfway through. Delicious.