411 Tasting Notes
I hate the word mouthfeel. Hate it. Because it feels so pretentious to me. Per the Random House dictionary, it was developed in the 1980′s, which tells me it was likely developed by a Yuppie. Possibly in response to an overpriced wine. As I was child in the 80′s, I have a yuppie aversion almost as strong as my shoulder-pad aversion, my hyper-color shirt aversion, and my aversion to electric pink.
Even after all that, I still use this term. Because it’s such a good descriptor. One of my favorite things about the green rolled oolongs are the ways the liquor can feel like liquid silk rolling around on your tongue.
All that being said – the mouthfeel of this tea was amazing. One of the most silky and creamy textured teas I’ve had. I was however a little disappointed with the rest of the tea. The aroma was fairly mild, and the flavor was a little too delicate for me. But, oh, I would drink this a lot just for the mouthfeel. So nice.
I’m easily confused. Especially when two conflicting rules butt up against each other. So blends of black and green tea definitely confuse me. Do I brew at high temps or low? Risk scalding the green to get the black to brew up fully? Or should you brew at the low temperature and risk a weak cuppa?
This meant playing with the parameters and seeing what worked best. The lower temperature brew resulted in a more fruity/floral brew while the higher temperature brought out the tea more. Both were flavorful cups that had some lovely fruity overtones. My favorite was the lower temperature brew. It had more floral and fruit notes and was definitely NOT a weak cup. Either way, it was a lovely, light brown cup that was enjoyable to drink.
Nice, flavorful, and fruity. Yum.
the instructions on this one are a little odd. I was always annoyed at SpecialTeas for assuming that I’d be drinking a 6oz cup rather than an 8oz cup. And Lupicia apparently thinks that 6oz is WAY too much, they’re prescribing a 5oz cup.
Anyway, per the directions, it’s 2.5-3grams of tea per 5oz cup of water. Oy. but sure, I’ll try it.
first sip – no additives. i can taste the almond, and a little floral taste that together taste a little like caramel. Not bad.
So I added some sweetener. HELLO CARAMEL! Nom.
Next cup I tried some milk. It was nice, but not necessary.
This one is lovely with sweetener and when you use a lot of leaf. I’ll have to play with it more to see if I really have to use that much leaf every time.
Light, delicate, creamy – but not as buttery as others I’ve had. Nice silver needle, but not my favorite. However, in general, I’ve not found a Canton Tea Co tea that’s not a good tea. I’m consistently impressed with their production and quality, and this tea follows suit. I know I sound like a shill, and I don’t mean to – I’m not affiliated with them. I just like their tea!!!