511 Tasting Notes
I brewed the last of my supply of this one today. I am trying to finish off smaller quantities of tea that I have left over. They tend to be the one’s that I am not in love with, but don’t dislike enough to swap away. These sort of teas tend to linger and take up space till I am finally encouraged to drink some of them again.
Sometime after my last note for this tea, I brewed a pot at my parents house. It was quickly named “cowboy” tea with varying degrees of like from the family. My brother said it was like drinking a cowboy boot (he thought it had a leathery taste about it), but he didn’t say this as if it was necessarily a bad thing. Both of my parents said that they liked it and my mother commented on the chocolate notes.
I myself just can’t get into this tea. I liked it less each time I drank it (all of 3 or 4 times, not all logged). It has a unique chocolate-ness about it, but definitely not in a girly ‘flowers and chocolate’ kind of way. More like manly-cowboy-bold-and-leathery chocolate. Once I give any tea the “manly” designation, it generally turns out not to be my cuppa.
A sipdown for this one. I think I like my Assam from Butiki better than this one. Not that this is bad at all, but with so many choices I’ll be picky. This assam is heavier on the fruit and not so much on the malty (though it is there). It has similarities to the Golden Yunnan that I also have from Arbor teas. I like Golden Yunnan, but I don’t need two teas that serve the same purpose so I probably won’t be restocking this one. . .but it could happen.
Got a sample of this with my recent Tea Spot order and I felt in the mood to have some now. I’ve had this one in the past and my mother still has a large tin of it. I don’t know why I didn’t buy any more for myself this time around. Kind of wishing I did now.
I like this blend of peppermint and hojicha so much better than the usual moroccan gunpowder mint blends. The hojicha keeps the peppermint tame without taking over in the way that gunpowder green does.
Ah boo to buying mandatory large packages of unfamiliar teas! I absolutely HAD to buy more Macaron tea and my mother wanted Wedding Imperial so we split shipping charges to order from Mariage Frerès. I figured I ought to get something extra to make the order efficient. I saw that this was a best seller and went for it.
At least it is palatable. It has a wine aroma from dry leaf to cup and I’ve already expressed my dislike for alcoholic-like flavors. Perhaps that is why this one is so popular though. Fortunately, for me, the wine notes aren’t too strong and there is a pleasant fruitiness about it. When it is very hot, it kind of gives off a perfumy aroma like the smell of department store samples in a catalogue. That wore off as it cooled and doesn’t come through in the flavor.
I’ll be taking a sample of this to my parents and if they aren’t so keen on it, I’ll have plenty for swapping! :)
I can see why this is Den’s best selling Sencha. It’s sweet, vegetal, and not too bitter or astringent (when brewed according to Den’s instructions). I absolutely love a good green tea, but I’ve had trouble working with Sencha in the past. It’s so easy to over steep or to steep with the wrong temperature. Even following guidelines have given me mediocre results in the past. This one has a very slight bitterness, but it is a welcome addition to the sweetness. My husband really likes it too :)
ETA: This tea does leave a lot of powdered debris in my cup with lend to more bitterness as I near the bottom. It seems that Dens has a thing for powdery greens.
Thank goodness that this one is so much better than that Royal Phoenix that I just dumped. I was taking a big risk brewing another unfamiliar sample, but it worked out.
This is a really good roasted oolong. It retains a lot more of the floral flavor than other roasted oolongs that I have had. Way to go thepuriTea! (^^)
Oh by the way, in case anyone is wondering (I know I left you in suspense and you are dying to know, lol), I survived my piano recital on Sunday. It wasn’t as perfect as I way hoping for, but it could have been a lot worse. I was terribly stressed out about other things the couple days before and I’m just glad that I was able to make it through the performance. My hands completely went off on their own tangent right in the middle for a whole 7 seconds. grrr. The awfulness of it. Playing a piece perfect a thousand times over for no one to hear and then a whole audience hears that. ugh. Oh well. At least I had a pretty dress (^^)
After reading the positive reviews for this tea, I just had to try it. GiggleGoddess was kind enough to share a sample with me. But oh gee, is it NOT the tea for me. I don’t know what dimension everyone else tastebuds are lingering in, but this tastes like noxious weeds and I dunno, sugar snap peas maybe? Whatever it is, it made me feel sick after two sips and I had to dump it. Fortunately, it had no bad aftertaste so I was able to overcome the queasy feeling quickly. Not every tea can be a winner. :)
Another white tea sample here from GiggleGoddess :)
White tea became one of my first favorites after green. Most of the whites I had in the beginning were vegetal, citrusy, and even a touch floral while remaining mild no matter what the flavor notes. Only recently have I experienced the hay and barley side of the white tea world. The first one I had in this category was not to my liking. The second was alright, but not re-purchase worthy. This one is very similar to the second (that being Wild Honey Sprout also from Art of Tea) but lacking the honey aroma. It is my favorite of the “barley whites” as I will call them. The flavor is mild, just as I like from a white tea. I often think of whites as my palate-cleansing teas. The ones I go for when I’ve had way too many flavored blends in a row or when I’m simply not feeling in the mood for a loud tea.
Monkey Picked White from the Tea Spot remains my most favorite white, but this one could find a place in my cupboard at times too.