1011 Tasting Notes
I now have this lovely tea in my cupboard thanks to threewhales.
I was a bit stingy on the steeping time because the CTC leaves concerned me a bit. However, I think 3 minutes is too little. What I have now is a very mild chai and I’m not getting the caramel or vanilla as I expected. I think this tea would really shine with a traditional stovetop preparation so perhaps I’ll try that tomorrow morning.
I WAY, WAY oversteeped this tea. However, after adding a tiny bit of sugar and a small splash of cream I have the most delicious, rich cup of Cherry Cheesecake goodness sitting beside me! No bitter tastes to be found, just a tea that seriously feels like it should be a million, zillion calories (but its not!)
I LOVE genmaicha but I haven’t had it in ages. This tea smells so much like cheesecake when dry and the cherry aroma becomes quite strong while steeping. The first infusion has a creamy feel with a burst of tangy cherry. The toasted rice element is noticeable towards the end of the sip with the green tea base present throughout. I think this will be a really great afternoon tea.