144 Tasting Notes
I determined that for the rest of today, I would drink nothing but infusions of this tea, and see how far it got me. The aroma of the leaves is very light, as one would expect from a bai mu dan, and somewhat vegetal. I’m also getting some notes of cucumber and perhaps some pear, although to me it is not as sweet as a pear. Perhaps an underripe pear.
I did the first steep longer than I ought to, because sometimes you just have to pick up and cuddle the fussy baby. (I have a confession, fellow Steepsters: I do not typically use a timer for tea. I should, but I don’t. I am sure one day I will pick up a timer at a Dollar General or something and henceforth never be parted from it, but that day, alas, has not come.) ANYWAY. The brew was a medium peridot kind of color, and the aroma was again predominantly cucumber. The taste was very fresh, like sprouts coming out of the ground in the morning, covered in last night’s dew. I could taste the cucumber as well, very watery and juicy.
The second steep was less cucumber-y, but it was still there. The third steep brought the onset of something almost metallic, almost mint-like in it’s aftertaste. I couldn’t put my finger on it. I decided then that three steeps was enough. If my husband was here, he’d probably have steeped it a few more times, but alack, he is not. :(
Anyway, I don’t think I would buy this one, but I’m glad I got to try it. :)
Another sampling from Tea Box B! I guess subconsciously I was in a coconut mood, although I really picked this one next because I was looking for something that had no caffeine. Didn’t want to overdo it. This one looked interesting, so I gave it a steep. I have to say, I was underwhelmed. The cheesecake flavor seemed to be a little enhanced by the honeybush, but not enough to mask the medicinal, astringent quality that honeybush seems to have. I detect no coconut whatsoever, sadly. :( Overall, not one I would buy.
OMG MY FIRST TRAVELING TEA BOX IS FINALLY HERE YAAAAAAAY!
Ahem, sorry, had to get that out. There is SO MUCH TEA in this thing, it’s unreal. I almost couldn’t decide where to start… but then I saw this tea, which TeaSipper was so wonderful to include because she saw it was on my shopping list! _ I might be a complete and total noob for never having tried this tea before (as I understand, it’s been around a while), but I just haven’t gotten to it before now, and that’s all there is to it. :P
Anyway, I steeped this the usual way, one mug’s worth in my Teamaker from Teavana. I’m not certain I steeped it long enough, as it came out a little weak on the black tea flavor. I don’t exactly know how long it was steeping, as I set it to steep and then walked away to feed my cat. I came right back! It couldn’t have been much longer than a minute. Anyway, it wasn’t quite as dark as I thought it ought to be, so I stood there about 30 seconds more… and it didn’t change. So I, being impatient, stopped the steeping, sweetened it, and then paced like a tiger in a cage, waiting for it to cool enough to be tasted.
Like I said, the black tea flavor was a little weak (and the mouthfeel being a little too watery also seemed to indicate that I had understeeped it), but MAN, was that coconut packing a punch! The vanilla, too, was right there at the front of the sip, both in aroma and in flavor. WHAM! Right in the kisser! I could tell by the way the tea looked that it was going to have plenty of coconut flavor, as there were HUGE chunks of it all throughout, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the Camilla’s strong presence, as I find a lot of teas that say they have vanilla flavoring don’t actually have enough for it tone detected. I definitely am getting “pie” from this. I can almost taste that sweet meringue topping, and the graham cracker crust that’s been softened a little bit by the custard…
So. Yummy. :3
I accidentally forgot I had started this steeping this morning, and when I finally remembered it was tepid, with the completely saturated leaves floating listlessly around the teamaker… so I threw it out and started afresh. The marigold petals really help this tea get that “cream” flavor going. I had it sweetened, but I didn’t add any milk, like my husband and I normally do. I just wasn’t feeling it today. It was delicious and smooth, and the flavors weren’t too strong. Just what I was after. n_n
I don’t think anyone will question my choosing this tea this morning. I made pumpkin apple muffins for breakfast. They were just screaming at me to have chai, and this one was accessible and delicious. :) Warm, spicy, and just perfect with the muffins. Love!
I just couldn’t stay away from this one this morning. The lapsang souchong has mellowed out enough so that it’s not quite so overpowering. I don’t really know what it was that drew me back to this tea, as it’s not exactly my favorite… but I knew I was in the mood for something a little rich, and this fits that bill, certainly. Maybe I was also looking for that bit of sweetness that the marshmallow root brings to the table. I still can’t taste as much of the spices as I’d like. I even sweetened it more than usual, and they just aren’t really coming through. That’s why this has got the rating it’s got.
May have steeped this slightly too long… Like almost a minute too long… But it seems to have not made the tea too astringent, which I find is a common problem with some whites. The liquor was definitely darker than I remember. I’ve had this tea for a while, which may have something to do with that. I also steeped it in my cast iron pot, which could have caused it to be a little darker.
Anyway! I digress. This tea is a pretty standard white. Nothing too special. It’s good for when I want something unsweetened but don’t have the time (or attention span) to devote to a more delicate tea.
It’s a sad, sad day when you drink the last of such a delicious discontinued tea. I would keep a constant stock of this tea if I could, it’s that good. I think I have a friend who’s got some more that she said she’d give me some of, so all may not be lost, but I’m sure going to miss this one. So smooth, so jasmine-y, so unassuming. love