659 Tasting Notes
Okay. Again with this one tonight after dinner. I would say definitely spearmint but surprisingly decent despite that. I upped the temp but kept the steep time the same. The tea itself is still pretty light, but still good. The mint is stronger but the tea isn’t bitter yet or dry.
I’ll try the final bit I have left as recommended. :)
This is interesting. Definitely a Darjeeling, definitely mint. Possibly spearmint… which is not usually anything I like. But this is not a bad after dinner cup. It’s very light and you can definitely taste mint but not in an herbal way, there is tea here, too. I would not pick this out as a 2nd flush, but that could either be to hesitant steeping or due to the fact that my palate just can’t pick out the differences unless I have them side by side. I wasn’t really confident in the boiling for a 5 minute steep instructions so I went with less than boiling for about 3 minutes. Luckily, ifjuly sent along enough of this that I can try another cup or two and play with it a bit!
When I went to Shang today to pick up some samples to send along I asked Nick which of their 3 jasmines he would recommend. He said this had the strongest jasmine of the 3 and wow, this is indeed a strong jasmine! I’m not entirely sure I’d had this one before he kindly steeped a sample for me. I may have had the regular jasmine instead.
Be careful on the steeping. The longer you go the stronger the jasmine gets! I let it go a little long, even at 160, and it is pretty powerful. It still went very well with dinner but steeped this strong it overshadows the tea too much.
If you lurve jasmine, this is a tea for you. If you are lukewarm on jasmine, this is probably going to be way too jasminey for you. As for me, this is the jasmine I’ve been hankering for for months now!
This is another mucho nummy tea from ifjuly
It’s one of the only teas I’ve had that I’d describe as savory. It even smells savory, like a soup broth of some kind. Maybe there is a little smoke lending to that impression, but if there is, it isn’t a harsh smoke or something that sets off my smoke alarm. It’s thick and hefty and serious. Yes, this is a serious tea. And of course I like it a lot – I have expensive tastes. I wish I had the funding for all of my expensive tastes. :)
A sample from ifjuly! (She sent a really good collection of teas!)
This one was fine. Nothing special about it, but tea enough. Better than some, worse than others. :) Little bit of hay as it cools. Not sure what makes something Irish Breakfast as opposed to English Breakfast or any other Breakfast.
Thanks to ifjuly, I am tasting my first Teavivre tea and I think my first tan yang (unless it has been masquerading under other names).
Oh so sweet and caramely and bready. It was awesome and then I started eating some sharp cheese. Suddenly it was like this tea had cream added to it. I have never had that happen before. Food that enhances a flavor already noticed, yes. But adds a flavor not dreamed of previously? Not until now.
And the second steep, while not as deep in flavor, was still eminently drinkable.
Damn. Now I have to make a Teavivre order soon.
Not sure why I haven’t reviewed this one yet. It is a nice, fruity tea. Not sure I could pick out a passionfruit from a blind fruit taste test, but this is fruity. :) There are other fruity teas I prefer, but this one is nicely balanced.
My mother quite enjoys it. It was one of the teas I served at her surprise 65th birthday tea party this past weekend and we went through 2 pots of it (along with 4 other teas). It seemed to resteep well. She’s had friends ask her about it who seem to be interested in getting some. So, while it is nothing I’ll go out of my way to keep on hand, it was popular.