New Tasting Notes
I really love this tea…mainly because i mix it well with fruit such as pineapple, oranges, lemon, lime, and strawberry to get all the flavor and vitamins that i need in this tea.. I always drink it cold and sometimes hot in the fall season.
Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Strawberry
This is my very first tea of the day. Well, first REAL tea. I had to fast to get a blood test done this morning and just ate breakfast out having a green tea in a restaurant for the morning. So to me that didn’t really count as a REAL tea.
This tea is delicious. It’s sooo pricey though compared to some other teas at YS.
I brewed it gongfu trying out my new glass gaiwan. The only other gaiwan I had was a tiny one and I wanted a bigger one that could take a little bit more volume. I soon learned that it’s much harder to handle when it’s bigger. The whole thing comes dangerously close to flying apart when I can’t get a good grip on it. I still like it though. It’s nice to see the green leaves through the glass.
This dragonwell is deliciously sweet and nutty with a green bean taste to it. So fresh! Even at the price it is, I would consider getting more of this tea.
Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet
The liquor is brilliant, nearly fluorescent, yellow with the light behind it. Sipping, it is not bitter and has no sharp edges. It does have just enough bite to excite the palate. The feel is a bit creamy. The taste is clean, crisp, and is a mix of nutty with underlying floral. The aftertaste is grassy with floral and melon notes. It is not a strong aftertaste but lingers a long time. I also catch a definite dryness and some cheek tingle that isn’t out of place with this type tea. A very satisfying Chinese green.
My wife brought this Teavana infuser home from Starbucks. She said it was so I would quit stealing her Finum baskets, that I bought ;)
What I like, is this is all stainless steel – no plastic. The rim is big enough to fit my 12 ounce mug with room to spare, while holding the bottom of the infuser above the bottom of the mug. The screen mesh is very fine. I haven’t tried it with rooibos yet but feel confident it can handle it with ease. The water seems to flow through it well. Of course loose in the pot is better but not always practical. This is a good compromise.
What I don’t like is more of a what is missing thing. It does not have a lid to hold in the heat, or a base to sit the infuser on between cups.
About $10 at Starbucks
I have tried Evergreen tea brand recently and this tea helps to lose weight and to get rid of the bloating feeling. Whenever i work out, i always drink this tea right before i go to sleep so in the morning it helps me clear my system out… it works well when it’s hot.
I am enjoying this sample from Crimson Lotus Tea immensely. The dry aroma is hay and barnyard. That used to make me nervous. Now I rather expect it. I did two rinses. The first cup was at 10 seconds. It is root beer colored with a pink tint. The first thing I notice when tasting was the thick creamy feel running along side the initial bite. Kind of opposing sensations but they work together. After the bite settles, I get mild horse tack that drifts into a sweet smooth finish. Cup two was much darker, pouring ruby red. Similar in taste to the first. The difference is this introduced a cedar note at the beginning and moved the bite to later in the sip. I also caught a light smokiness when exhaling. I only noticed the smoke after ‘testing’ a hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookie made with sugar free chips. Did the cookie bring the smoke out or add it? Who knows. Both the cookie and the tea were very enjoyable. Highly recommend both.
Its a three day weekend for me! Oh frabjous day!
Its the middle of summer, time to kill this autumn tea off.
The final thoughts are positive. I like this blend, its quite nice, with a strong cranberry presence, and a hint of citrus floating around.
Its still Boston’s little sister, in my opinion, but lovely.
Sipdown, for the season, anyway.
This smells mostly of ginger with just a hint of lemon. I can taste the lemongrass in the aftertaste. I’m not sure I love it. The ginger is bitter and more than a little overwhelming. It’s definitely got a bite to it. I’m sure it would be great if you were feeling under the weather, but it’s not for me otherwise.
Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass
I’m rather liking this, which is a good thing, since I ordered the 8 oz. tin and they accidently shipped me a whole pound. This strikes me as a great choice for those days when I stand in front of my tea mountain and I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of tea profile I want to revel in. On first sip I’m getting the malty Assam, but then it breaks away into the subtle smoky, chocolaty keemun. I understand from other posters that this can go bitter in a hurry if it’s not watched, so I stuck with four minutes for the steep, and I’m glad I didn’t go over that. My initial impression is that this is a good, sturdy start-to-the day tea without being overly malty. This morning I’m drinking it hot. This afternoon I might make some iced in my Takeya pitcher, and perhaps stick a mason jar of cold brew in the fridge. Might as well try it all kinds of ways. It’s not like I’ve got a shortage!
My mom gave me this sample since she dislikes fruit flavored teas.
I really enjoyed this tea. The smell upon opening the bag was a very powerful strawberry, but I was happy that it toned down a lot after steeping. The flavor of strawberry was easily detectable but didn’t over power the base.
I’ve had this one a couple times now but haven’t sat down to write a note. I’ve been working my way through it this morning and figured i should write something down. Let me start by saying this is a pretty bold tea right off the bat. First rinse was earthy and not too bad, but the first 30 sec infusion was REALLY strong…almost smokey earth but just a little too much for me.
(more to ocome)
I steeped this western style, 2 steeps each. About 2-3g for a 12oz mug. The first was last night, boiling water, for about 6 minutes. The second was this morning (I let the leaves sit overnight), boiling water, for about 5 minutes.
No rinse for either steep.
Last night’s steep had a smoky, bitter, tobacco note to it that I wonder was caused by the lack of a rinse. A bit of sourness underneath. Lovely orange liquor.
This morning’s steep was softer in flavour, but a bit more sour – I wonder if that’s because I let the leaves sit at room temperature overnight. (How do you store used leaves overnight? Should they stay in the fridge?) Still a nice orange colour.
Another cup that i finished off this morning. I’m still trying to actively get to my sipdown goal by the end of the year, and I am behind. Limiting my purchases as much as possible is helping and i think i have a plan for my puerh which i should be able to work on in July, since i have a LOT of puerh samples that i need to get through.
I’m still crushed by the loss of special dark…it’s really made me less excited about tea lately. First butiki goes away….dragon pearl from mandala go away…now special dark….verdants 2014 harvest were lackluster compared to previous years….2015 so far seems to be a wet year which means buy and then don’t drink for a while… bah.
This cup is tart but that’s exactly what I think of when I see pomegranate and raspberry. It does taste juicy but I’m not really picking up on any fresh raspberry flavor. Maybe this one is meant to be more pomegranate, but it’s really more of a general berry flavor. I can also smell and taste the hibiscus. It’s sweet though so I’m enjoying it.
Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Tart