39 Tasting Notes
I understand that wearing a decent shirt and meeting someone at 9am is not exactly abnormal for much of the world. But as I’m a software developer who normally works from home, these are both atypical experiences for me.
So! I need something with caffeine in it and which is easy to drink. And the vanilla jasmine tea has been my go-to tea for such circumstances lately, but apparently for some reason I haven’t reviewed it yet here.
Unlike most jasmine teas, this is a black tea blend. The vanilla is more noticeable than the jasmine. The jasmine is definitely still there, though, and I suppose it’d be more obvious if I had more experience drinking vanilla teas without jasmine in them.
All in all, a very drinkable black tea, especially with a bit of sugar in it.
But: as I was finishing the tea, my client called me to move our meeting to 10:30. So I could’ve substituted getting enough sleep for the caffeine. But it’s too late now, and so I’ve been able to spend the past hour writing this not-particularly-long review.
So I was in a fancy grocery store earlier today and for some reason started looking at the teas. I know that I don’t need to buy any more tea, and I know that if I did need to buy tea, there are better places to get it than a grocery store, even (especially?) a fancy one.
But despite this, I walked out with a box of Revolution White Tangerine tea.
The box suggests 3-5 minutes at “just under boiling,” which seems a bit aggressive for white tea. So I compromised and did 80°C for 3 minutes. I think this is about right: there is just the tiniest hint of bitterness which would probably get to be a problem if I’d left it steeping much longer.
It’s a decent white tea. I can barely taste the tangerine, though. I wonder if adding some sugar would bring the tangerine out? I will try doing so next time.
So I’ve been drinking a fair amount of this over the past couple of weeks but haven’t got around to writing it up yet. But as it’s today’s Select, I suppose I should delay no longer.
The coconut (which, as others have said, is more like a toasted coconut) is definitely more noticeable than the tea when you open up the canister and smell it. This mellows somewhat as you steep the tea: no one would mistake this for tea-less coconut water, but no one would fail to notice the coconut either.
Anyhow, I like it and have been drinking it with some regularity.
Okay, the last bit of the sampler tin Adagio sent me, and I prepared it correctly this time, so it tastes like it’s supposed to taste when I’m not screwing it up. Bumping the rating up accordingly.
So, it took me a few cups to decide, but I’m really kind of digging this tea.
For some reason they don’t really explain on the website, but this is a Ryokucha, which apparently means it is blended with machta powder in addition to green tea leaves. This makes the tea a bit stronger and, um, green-er, preventing the citrusy yuzu from completely overpowering everything else.
The only problem is the packet is rather small (50g) and so the recommended preparation instructions (1 Tbsp tea / cup) mean that I’m almost running out already!
I think Adagio sent me one of these for free at some point, because I don’t remember buying it. Anyway, it’s very pretty of course and brews into a reasonable if mild jasmine green tea.
I feel no need to buy more of these, but there was nothing wrong with it either.
Tried it again with less sugar. This time it tasted like a cup of hot water instead of a cup of sugary hot water. Goodbye, teabags which have lost their flavor.
I found a box which I think is about a year old of this in my cabinet today and decided to make a cup (1 teabag, ~12oz water, 1.5tsp sugar). I seem to recall this being reasonably good, but today I can barely taste anything but sugar and the faintest taste of ginger. So either I added too much sugar or the tea has lost its flavor or both.