694 Tasting Notes
I get the apple, the cinnamon and the chamomile. It’s sweet but not as in added sweetener. More like a mildly fakey apple but not in a bad way. A lot of the cinnamon for me seems to be in the scent, which is fine. This is a perfectly acceptable chamomile blend. I wouldn’t buy it once the sample is gone but only because I don’t drink herbals often enough to use it. If I were an herbal tea person, or if someday I have to be due to overdose of the real stuff, then this would be on the shopping list. :) Thanks, Liquid Proust!
Oh, and I’ll echo the comments on LP’s note, don’t do this without a DIY tea bag. Luckily, I use them for tea parties so I generally always have them on hand. :)
Served this today at a tea party. It was for the lady who won the Harvesters raffle tea party prize at the tea festival in June. All guests were strangers to me so I tried to pick teas that would showcase different flavors but not ones that kind of require being “into” tea to appreciate, if that makes any sense. I let the hostess choose the green tea and she picked Strawberry Green from Tealeaves. Otherwise, I took a Golden Monkey from Teavivre, decaf Vanilla Comoro from Harney, Anastasia from Kusmi and this one. They all were very well received, but I was especially pleased to overhear one of the ladies saying about this one “oh, my god, you can hold the cup up and inhale and it’s just amazing.”
And she’s right. This smells amazing. And the taste lives up to the scent. Malt with a little eucalyptus and citrus. Just wonderful.
I did a side by side gaiwan tasting with this and Honey Black from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co. tonight. First, let me say that I don’t care as much for either of these done in this method as I do for them done Western style.
On to the teas. 5 grams each, 150 ml gaiwans, filtered water cooled 2 minutes from boiling. 45 second initial steep, left leaves in water while drinking resulting in approximately 2:30 for second steep.
Dry leaf comparison: BTTC leaves are smaller and more broken up though still large
Liquor comparison: GT is lighter in color
Taste comparison: Both honeyed, both sweetish, BTTC seems spicier. On second steep, BTTC also has sour notes creeping in, though not to an unpleasant level. GT is a lighter bodied tea.
Next is to try both in Western style side by side. From this method, I would not be picky about either one, both are equally good in my opinion.
Had this at a spa while on vacation. It was a light EG. I would not have placed oolong or Darjeeling in the mix by taste alone but that may simply be me. Someone with a more nuanced palate might well pick them out. All in all, a pleasant cup of lightly bergamotted (is so a word) light bodied tea. Might be worth investigating price compared to say a Harney sachet. As TeaTiff recommended, I may stick with taking sachets along on trips from now on since I never seem to have time to use my good stuff when I take it.
Hm. Not sure why I don’t have a review of this one already. Oh, well. This isn’t gonna be a great one. I drank it without really thinking about it. I wanted some tea that I knew was good after getting back from vacation without any real opportunities for good tea. I did have a little travel gaiwan session one night with some of BTTC’s Sun Moon Lake and for breakfast one morning I had some of Butiki’s Crimson Horizon. Oh, and a really nice white tea at a friend’s house one morning. Then some okay tea at a tea room with same friend. :)
But otherwise, we ate at such odd times and got back to the room so late almost every night that there just wasn’t any time. Seems that’s how it always goes when I pack tea and travel stuff for trips. I never end up with time to use them.
Anyway, this tea was good. I need to compare with Green Terrace soon and actually pay attention.
Not like I really had any doubt, but this is awful. I picked it up out of sheer curiosity while on vacation. Tasted like every single bottled tea I’ve ever had – like old tea that has begun to develop that somewhat moldy flavor from having sat for a month in the refrigerator. And “unsweetened”? It is to laugh. The first ingredient is tea, followed by honey, sugar and maple.
So… yeah. This is just bad. It is truly not worth choosing over bottled water (or anything thing else) when on the road.
I wasn’t wow-ed the first time with this, but this time I must have done something right. I get the malt and the eucalyptus. Reminds me quite a lot of TWMB though there is a little bit of dryness at the end of the sip and not quite enough breadiness. Really excellent. I think last time I used bottled water since it was the first time and this time I used tap water. I always liked TWMB with tap water, too. Need to remember this.
Snicker-snack! This one is worth keeping around for sure.
Fairly average Assam. Not overly malty but not bitter or dry. An average good quality black tea. No need to replace it as I am loving the Assams from Golden Tips more these days, so into the swap box this goes. Followed this up with Tao’s Golden Monkey. I feel pretty much the same about that one as I did on my original tasting note. It’s good and it’s smooth, but lighter than some other GMs and there are those I prefer over that one.
Starting the day of sitting around after rushing around this morning getting the hubby ready to go to Zurich this evening. Yeah, last minute (found out on Friday) work trip so he has to have a suit. Which he never wears. So it was a morning of him trying on pants and figuring out what doesn’t fit him any more. Then figuring out what shirts and ties to go with. And what suitcases we had that would fit everything for a 4 day overseas trip. I really wish they would give him some more notice for stuff like this. I would have ditched my Florida trip on Thursday for a Switzerland trip but the airfare 2 days in advance is a little unreasonable without a corporate budget…
All the travel emergencies having been disposed of, truffles for the tea party being dipped and completed, laundry being pretty much done, we now settle into an aquatic horror themed day. Deep Rising because it was on, which set the tone for the day. We’ll have to follow up with Ghost Ship and Deep Blue Sea. Have to. Sometimes these things simply must be done. :) And I’m not gonna complain – that means more tea that will be downed today!
Ooo… tonight this is predominantly a slightly smoky cocoa. I still get a little bit of the sour note. Trying it gongfu with 2 cones. 1 minute first steep. Scent of the unfurled cones in the gaiwan is pure cocoa. Second steep 45 seconds, still slightly smoky cocoa. I find it fascinating how taste varies so much for me. I assume it happens to other people as well. And I assume it is due to other influencing factors like scent and health. I sometimes wonder if mood influences what I taste as well.
I am feeling pretty good tonight. Got a lot of stuff accomplished today for my two tea parties at the end of the month and also had my first tea speaking experience today. Public speaking is nothing new but talking about tea is. I feel like it went well and was well received. Wasn’t anything in-depth, just a brief bit about the history of afternoon tea and a fast overview of the types of tea and processing methods. Can always improve but overall it went okay. And I got a lovely bouquet of tiny pink roses and ginormous deep purple lilies from the event host (a florist/gift shop). Good enough payment in my mind for a 15 minute speech. :)