347 Tasting Notes
Mmmm. This is my ideal dessert tea. Plain, although I keep meaning to try it with milk.
Sipping and reading Watchmen. Checked it out of my college’s library. This is one thick graphic novel.
Enjoying this in my tea Libre. Yes, definitely DON’T steep it for more than three minutes, because the jasmine just takes over. Hints of jasmine I like. It can mix well. It’s pleasant. Lots of jasmine makes me squick.
The jasmine’s still fairly strong with three minutes. Vanilla is a definite second. If it could just overpower the jasmine life would be grand, because I like lots of vanilla. The bergamot… I taste hints of it from here to there, and it mixes somewhat oddly with the jasmine. Very nicely with the vanilla! Overall though, it’s more evident in the smell.
I’m actually at school, and this is now my second steep. So my timing probably isn’t perfect… Most likely a bit over three minutes. I’ve got the school’s hot water system temperature down, though. Will have to try two minutes next time, I think… But I’m sipping the second steep while working on my co-op application (which I will follow with some needed calculus homework).
When I sipped this in the store (they had it out as a sample) it was a good, strong vanilla with just a hint of jasmine. I should ask them what their perfect brewing temperature and time was… Hmm. There is a bit of bitterness from the green tea, so I’m definitely going to consider lowering the temperature next time.
Had about a teaspoon and a half of this left, so I just threw it all into a mug and steeped it for five minutes.
There’s a nice, good Yunnan Tea smell to it. The taste is very mild, but drying on the tongue. It’s sort of a smooth bitter. I could use buttery to describe it, almost. Perhaps.
But anyways, that’s the last of that sample. Not a fan enough of Yunnan to order it. Besides, I’ve got lots of OTHER teas I would already like to buy from Life in Teacup. And many more I’d just like to grab a sample of.
That’s the last of that. I won’t be getting it again from Tea Desire, although I would like to try other company’s Monk’s Blend.
Mmm you can smell the sweet caramel. The bergamot is very mild, but there. And when I pulled my filter out, I think I might have gotten a whiff of apple.
The bergamot’s stronger in the taste, the caramel shadowing it in the background. I still get whiffs of something that could be apple in the smell, but none of it carries over to the taste. Maybe just a touch as it cools, but I could just be mistaking the taste. It’s very mellow and pleasant, though. There’s a touch of bitterness as well, but that’s it.
Mmmm blueberries. The smell’s strong in the leaves and in the cup. There were a few freeze-dried ones in the tin as well, although I don’t know if any of them actually made it to my sample packet.
I also think I’m smelling a bit of… liquorish? How odd. Although, blueberry and liquorish doesn’t seem like too bad a combination.
First sip… Still quite hot… Oooh, blueberry. Yup, I don’t think this is going to be one of those sissy barely-there flavoured teas. Still, probably shouldn’t be eating spicy pizza at the same time. Totally going to/may already be ruining my tastebuds for the experience.
Aah, but I’m getting a sweetness and the blueberries are in your nose. There’s a bit of a tang in it, from the berries I suppose.
The tea itself is very mild, which does good with the blueberries. I will have to type out a more detailed ramble when I’m not eating pizza with this.
Have you ever heard of a cream Irish breakfast? I haven’t. I even checked out our database to see if any other places had something. Nothing! How unique.
I got this as a sample at the Great Wall during my last visit. I’m pretty much a regular there now (to the point that I’ve gotten to meet The Other Regulars, and also help out with Advertisement—when Lauren, the owner, explains “tea to go” to prospecting customers, I hold up my cup and display it like a fancily-dressed Show Lady). It’s a wonderfully social area, and I’m allowed to do my homework there. If I’m not chatting.
But more on that in Place Reviews.
Brought the steeping temperature down to threeish minutes due to the high Assam content of Irish breakfasts. The dry leaves carry a hint of sweetness in their smell, and if you put your nose right into the brewed tea, you get a good Vanilla whiff. Sipping it, it’s definitely no Irish Cream, but it’s such a wonderful hint, and it oddly works so well—it’s like a pleasant, sweet surprise for your breakfast blend. I figure milk might bring it out a bit more—I should try some with it later. Maybe a bit of sugar, because that always coaxes along vanilla cream flavours.
The Irish Breakfast itself is solid, malty but subdued by the non-Assam teas in the blend (Ceylon, I think, is in there, but I can’t guess the others).
I wasn’t paying attention when I steeped this and did five minutes in boiling water, despite the fact that it contains green tea. So there is a chance I oversteeped it.
However, my tongue is still recovering from me burning it yesterday, so if I did, I don’t know how well I’ll be able to taste it.
The leaves smelt of bergamot most strongly, and flowers more secondly.
Brewed, jasmine is coming through. First sip is floral and bergamoty, although muddled—stupid tongue. Yes… definitely a strong floral in there. I think I smell something sweeter, but that seems to be all I’m getting from the vanilla.
Got this at the Urban Tea Merchant yesterday. I pretty much swore off ever getting tinned tea there, because they’re thirty dollars while the same amount of tea in a sealed bag is half that. However! They were having a sale on all of their old tea tins (they have new ones) and Christmas teas (I thought about it, but it looks like they went the usual Christmas Spice way). Plus, you apparently get a few cents off if you bring in an O Dor tin for a refill.
For a full recount of the shenanigans that went down at the shop, one’ll have to read my updated Place review. And believe me, stuff went down. Not particularly good stuff, but I still love the shop itself.
Tea’s cooled, but with that, the taste as become mild… I’m going to go ahead and blame my tongue again. I’m really not picking up any notes of the black or green teas used. I think I’m getting an astringency from somewhere, but hm. Yes, I think it might be from the green. I’ll have to bring my steeping down a bit next time.
I had this tea to go in-shop (although the “to go” didn’t really work out very well, since I stuck around the shop until I finished it). I was very impatient and kept sipping it despite it being too hot still. This left me with a burned tongue, and a little less insight into the actual taste than I’d like.
What I DID get, however, was smoke. Delicious smoke, dark, not burnt. You could smell the fruit, faintly, but I didn’t get much of it in the taste right away (see: burning my tongue). As it cooled there was a pale fruityness. At one point, something a touch tart, perhaps. Either way, it’s going on my shopping list because I’d like to try it again. Smoke and Fruit? Sounds like a genius combination to me.
I bonded with the guy serving the tea, as we both enjoyed smoky teas. “Kindred spirits”, I think he said. We joked about how under appreciated it can be.
He had a set steep time (and temperature, I assume), but I don’t know what they were. Brewed to perfection, though.