35 Tasting Notes
When buying this I thought it was actually made with rice, not noticing that it was in fact a sort of herb. After tasting it, I’m glad it wasn’t because the taste is better than I could imagine coming from rice. The sweetness of the herb works well with the earthy background of the puer and it somewhat reminded me of the taste of buttered popcorn. I don’t count my steeps, but I was still getting some pleasant taste while the brew was starting to become close to clear. I look forward to try the other teas in this set, because this one made a great impression.
Grassy with nutty sweetness. The grass taste is a bit stronger than I would prefer, but not so dominating that it becomes distasteful. I think this will make a good daily drinker green, and I’m just about out of the sencha I’ve been drinking.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet
The dry leaf smelled citrusy to me, but once the hot water hit it a strong chocolatey aroma hit me in the face. As I continue to steep it has gotten fruitier. Later still I’m getting something that smells like pumpkin pie. I think a sort of nutmeg/cinammon taste. I’ve never encountered that in a tea before.
It’s my time to try the infamous pickle tea. The vinegar smell was obvious upon opening the bag. I was worried it would be overpowering in the cup, but with a steep on the shorter side I found it to be somewhat enjoyable. I don’t think I’d buy more of this tea, but I’ve enjoyed the few cups I had, possibly more due to it’s uniqueness than a particularly pleasant taste.
The dry leaf actually smells like rum or brandy, which is something I’ve never smelt in tea before. Leaves are like fannings so infuse quickly. I opted for shorter infusions than the recommended 1 minute. During tasting, the rum is less overpowering and very pleasant, with some wood and spice alongside.