794 Tasting Notes
I’ve let the tea world slip away from me again. I have a parcel to send out +3mo late (I’m so sorry), and a whole lot of tea starting to look neglected instead of just feeling it. My weak excuse? It’s been hot and smokey.
PSL marketing and the salvation of cooler weather is a nice wake-up call to get back on the tea-wagon. Also, I’m back in classes so caffeine is essential again (Hurrah…).
I just wish I wasn’t starting this new season with a sipdown of this nectar of the gods. This is about the time of the year where I realize I have too much green tea and not enough chai, cold remedies, puerh, and black tea.
Steep Count: 2
(2017 Spring Harvest)
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes
Sipdown! We had a good run, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up this one for a while, despite the convincing shortbread notes; not the biggest fan of that green base which somtimes veered on seaweed/marine. It was nice to try a 1oz quantity of it though; turns out it’s more consistent than my initial sample size led on.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cookie, Jasmine, Marine, Nuts, Vegetal
Here’s another delicious tea I drank up without realizing. I drank this weeks ago too, so..
Err. (pie on face)
I recall at the time that it reminded be a lot of my Shan Lin Xi from Camellia Sinensis: grassy coconut notes, mixed with thick butter and almost nectar-like sweetness. It may have had a bit of seaweed/marine note, too?
I’ll just have to order more next time. For verfication purposes, of course!
Steep Count: who knows? I was blissed out on it, which is what’s important.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral, Grass, Seaweed
I wanted to share this one with people, but then I fell off the tea wagon again and when I finally came back to it and finished up my little ziplocks I realized I only had a serving left. For shame! When I get more Shan Li Xi (from here or over there) I will remember those I passed over.
On top of the usual coconut-butter goodness, I’m also picking up a bit of marine.
Steep Count: 3
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Red Fruits, Seaweed
I prepared this one for strength, so the lime and base have an edge of tart green bitterness that translates a little into tonic fizz. The melon flavouring sometimes drifts into tasting like a less flavourful melon or cantaloupe (think those blah white edges close to the skin), but it also does a fine job tasting like a watery but sweet watermelon. The lime pleasantly comes out more as the cup cools, and the bitterness fades away almost completely.
It’s a pretty nice summer blend, but I won’t lie and say I wasn’t hoping for something more along the lines of Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone. The loose leaf smelled so good.
Flavors: Lime, Melon
This tea was mostly pleasant, but at times would steep sour from the artificial flavours. I also ordered this way after “peeps season” so my sprinkles weren’t quite as adorable or colourful. C’est la vie. It was nice meeting you!
Flavors: Marshmallow, Toasted Rice, Vanilla, Vegetal
We finally got back from a little road trip for a wedding 1168km (725mi) north of here. It’s nice to be reunited with tea (and so many other things). Not that I was completely without tea, because I brought this along!
It was disillusioning to see that this was practically the only one that fit the bill for travel life: doesn’t need milk, doesn’t need exact steeping perameters (temp, time, amount, etc.), can handle hard water and Styrofoam cups, and isn’t a loss if it doesn’t get resteeped. It was nice to become better acquainted with this one though; I was benevolent-indifferent before but I’ve warmed up to it.
Also, you can’t go wrong with pineapple or coconut in the summer. And bonus: the super devout relatives don’t ostracize you as much when you drink tea (poor dad and his beer)!
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Pineapple, Tropical
I bought a bunch of Tieguanyin samples and then opted for this as a smaller free sample, which is too bad because I’d take an Ali Shan over a Tieguanyin any day of the week (and I have so many Tieguanyin packs). Oh, well. That’s what this mass oolong drinking marathon is all about; getting my priorities straight!
I have two cups of this on the go: one is a gongfu style (+10sec) and the other is a “western” 1-2min steep at +200F. Both get a rinse, as usual.
Both cups emit a delicious concoction of vanilla, flowers, grass, corn husk, and even a hint of jam. The first cups are sweet, creamy, with notes of corn and jam. I taste a bit of coconut too. A butter note acts as a thickener to the broth, and make this a rich cup. Grass is, thankfully, not the distinctive force it’s been in some of the other green oolongs I’ve had of late; the vegetal notes are more distinctive in the western cup.
Anyways, there are lots of great notes on this tea, so I’m going to do the lazy thing and not ramble on about each individual steep.
Steep Count: 3 (x2) (ongoing)
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Corn Husk, Cream, Floral, Grass, Jam, Kale, Vanilla
Ordered a sample of this and drank it up as a full pot last night. If rooibos blends were like this more often I’d possibly enjoy them. Also goes to show that my dislike of rooibos or honeybush isn’t necessarily towards the base or being over exposed to lower grades; I can sure taste the woody-hay rooibos here. I just think the light coconut-vanilla flavouring works well in conjunction.
Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Hay, Vanilla, Wood