1104 Tasting Notes
Big bags tea and I thought I have finished all Fortnum & Mason teas already, but apparently not.
I was working on my thesis and in one moment I just found a dead end and I just couldn’t find any solution. I asked the company, they didn’t know. I asked my thesis leader teacher — she did not reply (I wrote it in the morning). I wrote another teacher (in the afternoon), probably it was too late for him as well. I was drinking this tea with my brother and father (both drinking coffee), explained them my problem (it is one of several parameters) and brother came up with solution. I will have to explain why I have used a bit another parameter than used in the formula from book, but at least there is some solution and hopefully working one.
Anyway to this tea… it is fairly generic black tea, although they claim they use Ceylon and Assam tea. I couldn’t notice it and maybe it is due to age as it is indeed old one and moreover bagged. It was quite heavy on tannic notes, a hint of bitterness and pretty much forgettable tea. I would love to find out if looseleaf is better, or fresher tea afterall, but it seems they do not export to the EU teas right now.
Not all teas are winners. This is sad example of that.
Although it is from big bags I have no idea if it is that old at all. It was foilwrapped though, so hopefully still alright, though a bit old.
I was craving a fruit tea today afternoon, and while cranberries isn’t a fruit I crave often, today it was different and decided to brew it anyway. They suggest 10 minutes steep, which is a lot, but I decided to follow it anyway.
It’s tart, very tart, and very cranberry forward. They claim there is some orange peel in and it should be noticeable, but not for me. It had expecting flavour profile though and honestly it wasn’t bad. Maybe a teaspoon of sugar would make it more lovely and less tart.
It is about 20 minutes since I finished the cup and I still notice its tartness on my tongue tip, but it’s okay. Nothing I would have to keep in my cupboard though.
Flavors: Cranberry, Tart
Year ago I wrote a tasting note about this tea and now I was drinking it again and it is same deliciousness.
For a bagged tea (thanks to Izzy) it is one of the most perfect black teas I ever had. It’s not boring anyhow. A full-bodied, brisk tea I needed today with some a bit of other flavours that complement the malts. It is mostly cherry wood and tobacco somehow, but not in smoky way today.
I would give a try a loose leaf version, I never had it before yet.
Flavors: Cherry Wood, Malt, Tobacco
I have decided to open this pouch I got from White Antlers last year while she bought some mystery teas, so Alistair chose this tea for me. It is harvested in April 2020, so it’s more than year old, but it was still in closed pouch.
I have decided to open this one to don’t bore you with another, same teas I had before, and moreover I felt I need something new as well. I have several black teas opened, but all together it seems they are unique on its own… Nepalese Ilam Pathiwara = super fresh, Guria Likhauri = Georgian tea, Unknown black = nice one, bready, soon to be sipped down, Zheng Shan Feizi Xiao by Tangpin = better in gaiwan…
So, yeah, opened this one and prepared western. Took two pinches of tea and steeped for 4 minutes.
I have to agree with derk, it seems eastern preparation method suits this tea better, as I got tea which seemed a bit underbrewed, athough I got nice notes too. I got malty, honeyish flavour, kind of floral as well. I wasn’t paying much attention to the tea though today, as my mind is thinking rather how to make my thesis. Kind of leathery aftertaste maybe?
It was easydrinking, smooth tea, good for afternoon cup as prepared. Gives me energy to work again on the thesis, though I am already quite tired of all the tables I had to do. Now I will work on the text part, which isn’t that much fun, as I found out I was calculating it wrongly, so I need to update that text part saying results. C’est la vie! In 14 days it must be done, sent online. Week for printing it out and having it binded together.
Enough of my thesis and my own problems. You want to read about tea, not my problems.
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JJAXwAaA2w (they are singing about 2nd May :P, luckily I don’t need any alibi now)
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Leather, Malt
Tasting note 1100; SIPDOWN 100
Leafhopper preparation method
So, thank you a lot derk! Decided to gongfu the rest and it is very, very similar to brewing western and equally perfect. First steeps were very floral, jasmine and while jasmine was fading, the tea took more and more of its qualites and it was wonderfully bready, malty flavour profile. But the jasmine never ever faded completely and it complements so well the base. It’s incredlibly smooth. I mean, I probably never had so smooth black tea. The notes of jasmine never were overpowering.
Not a tea for daily drinking, but for special occasions. Dunno why I have decided to consider a special day a tasting note with another finished hundred, and hundred of sipdowns, but well… here it is. And last April tea so stats time again!
Song pairing (today 20 years old!):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vqgdSsfqPs
Snack pairing: Tile Candy: Black Sesame Crunch from Bokksu (courtesy to snackexchange on reddit). Japanese with Chinese? Works well!
Wrote 2 or 3 pages on thesis. 10-15 remaining. While I was writing tasting note last time, I wrote two. Okay… I guess I should be faster. But the telemetry system was way too slow today! Hopefully it will be better during the weekend. I want to have it done on Monday.
Tea types (again, black teas won):
Many herbals I have drank! But that’s it. Stats don’t lie.
Decrease, because my strainer broke and I almost ran out of fill-your-own bags . I bought new ones two days ago.
Busy days recently and no mood to write that much, so this time more non-written teas about.
Number of teas in April — 69 (total 335 in 2021), not great at all. It’s getting warmer, so drinking less tea probably!
Average rating in April: 76.84
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Jasmine, Malt, Smooth, Tannic
A tea bag from Izzy, thank you!
It’s a bit crazy drinking Christmas Night tea in the time, when everything starts blooming, there are no more snow and it is spring all around!
But, I don’t care.
This tea, when I opened from clear plastic bag (without anything on it!) I noticed fairly typical black tea notes with cloves. When brewed, and again, as ETS teas are like, for long, I got some other notes as well. I got light base tea and then lots of spices — cloves and cinnamon; cocoa and/or chocolate and oranges. Altogether very mixed and it wasn’t working well together; it was very weird flavour mix.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Orange
Well, honestly, not gonna miss this one. I mean, it’s not bad and actually calming down one, but that turmeric with cocoa nibs make so weird flavour combo. I feel like it should be sweeter, but then the turmeric takes part and it is somehow creamy?
But guess what! I have last exam coming before finals! And it will be 21 May. So, quite a lot of time to prepare. I need to finish the thesis (hopefully during the weekend), and it will be all in on mathematics! Woo!
Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy
I had this tea in the early afternoon and welll there is nothing to write about. Simple, way too simple EG, not much of bergamot, rather lemony taste. Tea base was poor bagged Ceylon with 3 minutes of steeping strong enough to add milk. I haven’t though.
Another dismal from Liran.
And not a tea I wrote tasting note before. Mostly because a first steeps I had were mostly chamomile only. And I kind of dislike it. But now, I had the rest in the strainer (approx. 3 tsp used) and decided to brew it as celebration tea. Celebration tea? Well, there is a reason to celebrate… two exams today (one oral) and both passed. Two exams to go and then finals!
But I needed to unwind. Afterall, it was 8 pm when I brewed this tea. Exam was at 6 pm. So late!
But to the tea…
It is chamomile. Luckily with other herbals. The lemongrass is giving it nice flavour other than apple like chamomile. It’s quite floral as well and thus quite nice. I am not sure about honey, but yes, there are sweet notes. I guess it is actually nice blend. And unwinding for sure… and hopefully I will sleep better than last few days as well.
Won’t rate, as apparently biased of chamomile. And even no idea how to rate it. It’s very nice though. And moreover for a good cause!
Flavors: Chamomile, Honey, Lemongrass, Sweet
Another big bags tea. And again, Basilur. Oh well…
It seems this tea has suffered a bit too much from age. It’s not awful, but raspberry is sadly not much present. It was rather Ceylon tea with rosehip tart/sweet-ness. And common Basilur base, present, but not overpowering the fruits. But others are saying juicy raspberries and I didn’t had them — though, some notes were there. Certainly a tea to re-try one day.
Flavors: Fruity, Rosehips, Tart, Tea