177 Tasting Notes
This is the perfect tea for the last week of damp, cool mornings of spring. This has great chestnut, toast, and walnut overtones. This is very smooth and savory, best brewed light, strong steeps make the flavors harsh and uunhappy. The leaves are gorgous and true to their name: the dark cracks in some of the light green leaves look like dragon scales. Hopefully I’l be able to sneak a few more cups out of this one before the family stops fighting over who gets the tin!
I should’ve logged this a while ago. Thanks to the DJBooth for swapping!
This is a great lapsang for the smoke factor over the tea base. This is so good with coconut milk. I had it with some chickpea miso for the one of the best miso shiru recipes I know. Sadly I’m almost out. I hopefully the lapsang on the way will be as much as a culinary delight.
The packaging changed for this matcha so I guessed Maeda-en changed the blend too. I don’t have any old to compare side by side but the usucha from this batch (with “Universal Quality” under “matcha” ) seems a little duller and rougher. It’s bright green and has the same grain and grass notes I remember. Larger lower quality batch for a growing market? I’ll have to check. Still very good for the price.
When I was little my mother put me in a daycare that cornered the market on scratch and sniff paraphernalia, including faerie stickers of various fruit like chemicals with a frilly “strawberry” sprite that often wound up on the plaque of the boy’s restroom.
That is exactly what this tea tastes like. Combined with the radioactive pink color that stained my mug through three scrubbings, this tea would be a perfect tie in for a breast cancer fundraiser, an amusing tea you’d only buy once for the experience of drinking a scratch and sniff sticker.
Finally breaking my sample out! Thank you Naomi. =)
Very nice and refreshing. The pinapple and pear in this work far better than I’d expect and the Chinese tea base is well balenced for smoothness. For a Floridian frog, this is just the tea I’d pick for refreshing iced tea but it’s so amazing hot. Ooh, I need to order this!
This was another tea I was foolish enough to smell in the store after the budget was already gone. With my mother. On mother’s day.
Instant obligatory impulse buy.
It’s based in decent looking silver needle and smells like fresh lilac and hay, quite harmonious. But this blend has major identity issues. The silver needle base and lilac are completely seperate. The yin zhen is, oddly, quite savory and almost like honeysuckle and mushroom soup. The lilac is, well, lilac, fresh and floral. I can’t decide if I like this or not. The tea and flowers are good but they just cry out to be seperated. The maternal unit loves it so I’ve got plenty of chances to decide.