420 Tasting Notes
Sample from Liquid Proust. Thank You!
I’m finally getting my cupboard back down to a manageable level. I ended up with a lot of tea last year, then I got pregnant and couldn’t drink or wasn’t interested in most of it. I bought some herbal teas I had a craving for and participated in several stash sales and tea boxes since I really enjoy participating in the community here on Steepster. I should be able to get through the last of my samples that are more than 6 months old in the next week or so. This is one of those older samples.
I’ve been interested in exploring oolongs further lately. Liquid Proust kindly sent me some samples. There’s such a wide variety of flavors of oolong! It’s a bit intimidating, but also exciting. This one is right up my alley, it’s soft, smooth, floral, buttery, and just slightly vegetal. It’s a comforting flavor. Not quite as appealing a floral tea as bai mu dan white, but it’s different enough and tasty enough that it I could see myself craving it occasionally. I think because of the butteryness, I might be most interested in this in the winter when I want something to warm me up.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Vegetal
Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!
This is a really interesting combination of flavors. It’s earthy and slightly grassy but those flavors are juxtaposed with a lovely strawberry flavor that has some sweetness and some sourness. It makes me think of strawberry picking, which is something I haven’t done in years. I think this is the first gyayusa blend I’ve tried that I would be interested in buying more of. A unique and appealing blend. This is definitely a Happy Tea!
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Strawberry
Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!
I think this has lost most of it’s flavor, since it pretty much tastes like a smooth woody rooibos to be. Kind of a shame since it sounds like it was one a very interesting tea. Every reviewer seems to have had a different experience with this tea, which is interesting. I’d try it again if I had the chance.
This is a sample of Kagoshima Sencha by Art of Tea from Tea Sipper. Thank you!
I brewed this with a splash of cold water for about a minute. This tastes mostly like spinach to me. My mother-in-law cooks fresh spinach and garlic in olive oil, and it’s the best spinach I’ve ever had. That’s what this reminds me of, but without the garlic. I’ve heard the adjective “brothy” used to describe green tea on occasion, and I think it might fit here. It has a savory vegetal flavor that makes me think of a hearty soup. I don’t taste any bitterness. It’s quite good, I’ll have to check out more Sencha’s in the future.
I toasted some sesame seeds a couple of weeks ago to put in my cereal in the morning. Today I decided to brew up a teaspoon to see if it worked as a tea. It makes for a tasty cup of tea. It’s toasty and nutty and good. It’s similar in flavor to toasted rice, but certainly not identical. I’ll have to try toasting rice in the oven, since that would take less constant attention than toasting it in a skillet does.
This is a decent chai. It’s somewhat spicy, but no one spice is overpowering the others, and it has just a bit of sweetness in there. The ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon all kind of blur into each other. I find myself wishing for some clove or allspice, or for a bit more cinnamon. The black tea is just barely noticeable through the spices. It’s good, but not my favorite blend.
Having had a several more cups of this, I still say that mint and pine are a great flavor combination, but I’m not quite as pleased by this blend as I was with the first cup. It seems rather inconsistent. Sometimes it will be mostly mint or mostly pine. Sometimes the sourness of the berries will come through more strongly – which I really don’t think adds to the blend – and occasionally it will have an odd waxy mouthfeel and a chemical aftertaste. Sometimes it’s amazing, but sometimes it’s disappointing. It still makes for a nice change of pace, and I’d buy more to see what it tastes like fresh since mine is rather old, but I’m dropping the rating a bit.