1230 Tasting Notes
Another tea that I finished off in record time. My pouch sipdown was actually on Easter Sunday (as a fridge cold brew) — so memory is hazy now. I remember it being super refreshing, with lovely red and blue (tart and sweet) berry notes. It was festive and aesthetically pleasing.
Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Citrusy, Cranberry, Lemon, Sweet, Tart
I drank this up too quickly and desperately to get a good read on it; its grassy, umami base and pineapple flavouring is so up my alley that I practically inhaled it. It was a little finicky but I managed to get some pretty delicious steeps (and second steeps) out of it. It will be missed.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grassy, Marine, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical Fruit, Umami
I’m currently reading Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan and I came across a tea competition scene that caused me so much tea anxiety. Here’s a snippet from it.
“As I waited for the water to boil, I glanced around again – only now realizing those who chose pu’er all used clay teapots, some tossing out the first steep. Struck by sudden doubt, I discarded my first choice, deciding to stick with what I knew best – my mother’s favourite Longjing, the Dragon-Well tea….
I poured the tea into a porcelain cup, a murky brown soup. My gut twisted as I lifted the lid to inspect the dregs. Careless. I cursed myself. In my haste, I had placed the Longjing into the same pot as the pu’er."
I died a little inside while reading that, and then realized I was drinking this tea – a blend of black and green jasmine. Ugh (I like this tea).
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Lychee, Malt, Passion Fruit, Tropical Fruit
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, April 2022: A pu’erh tea
Just like a chocolate orange highlighted with something fresh (the lavender is almost minty). I didn’t spend a lot of time contemplating this tea when I drank it, and I always took it with some kind of milk – but I really enjoyed it overall. It was super cozy and the puerh isn’t too funky (flavoured puerh blends sometimes scare me).
I’d possibly reorder.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Earthy, Floral, Herbaceous, Lavender, Orange, Smooth
After some midnight spring reorganizing, this resurfaced from the depth of the tea void. It’s circa Balkans/London 2015 Summer Trip but it’s still Power. It’s a successful marriage of Rose and Keemun; the brisk floral bouquet carries a small sweet-toothed passenger called “Rose Turkish Delight” that I’m particularly partial to. I’m in no rush to get there, but I’ll miss this one when it’s gone.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Malt, Powdered Sugar, Rose, Smoke
I love my creamy-sweet citrus “sunbeam through clouds”. I have in my possession at least a couple of pouches of this but opted to steep it up as a cold brew yesterday so I could drink it today, post Beach House concert (I’ve missed live concerts so much). Lots of good fuzzy reverb and temperamental skies today (“no matter what outfit you’ve picked out for the weather you’ve picked wrong”).
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Floral, Hay, Lemon, Smooth, Soft, Sweet
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, April 2022: A tea paired with the weather
This tea feels like a close relative to “Walking on Sunshine” by 52Teas – although it’s more citrus bloom that citrus fruit, it carries those same bright, clean sunny vibes that are perfect for a heralding in a positive change in weather. It’s not quite an exact match for today’s weather though (I need to find a gusty, sea breeze tea).
I cold steeped mine over night and while it still contains notes of orange blossom and almond, the crisp honey is so dominant. While sipping the last of it, I think of (and crave) some of Humblebee Meadery’s fun and surprisingly light flavours, like Green Tea & Lime, or Saffron & Orange (http://www.humblebeemead.com/)
Flavors: Almond, Cucumber, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Orange Blossom, Roasted Barley, Sweet
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, April 2022: A tea that includes a color in its name
Of course I fall in love with the tea whilst sipping on my last cup. Ugh.
So, this tea – it totally deserves its name. It tastes red like rust, like wine, like cherries. It’s so earthy – with notes of leather, wood, tobacco, cooking herbs, and smoke. Its bold, brisk profile is a nice contrast from the floral/fruit-inclined teas I normally favour. As it cools, it becomes subtly creamy and spicy. It reminds me a little of a sheng puerh.
Flavors: Allspice, Bittersweet, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Creamy, Drying, Earth, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Leather, Malt, Nutmeg, Pepper, Raisins, Red Wine, Rosemary, Sawdust, Smoke, Spices, Tannic, Thyme, Tobacco, Wood
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, April 2022: A tea with the flavor of your favorite jelly bean
I let this cold steep in the fridge – for over 24 hours now? It came out perfect though: chilled ripe watermelon (not candied at all though, unlike a jelly bean. It even has vegetal melon tones) on a crisp, yet malty black tea blend foundation. It’s absolutely refreshing. Too bad it’s a grey overcast day; it would’ve been perfect for sunny balm of yesterday, but the tea wasn’t ready yet!
Flavors: Bread, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Nutty, Smooth, Vegetal, Watermelon
Janaury 2022 Blend (I think.. either that or December)
This was one of the many 52Teas’ pouches I polished off over the last few days. There is a lot happening in this blend but the dominant features are definitely the coconut and hojicha (with wonderful cocoa accents, both added and naturally found in the tea). It comes across as a hot chocolate taste-alike. Didn’t really pick up on the baimudan, but that’s fine.
I love hojicha more in theory than in practice. Still, after finishing this tea off, I desperately crave a hojicha soft serve – with coconut and chocolate additions. My hojicha cravings are a paradox.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Creamy, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Woody