1250 Tasting Notes
Cold-brewed, this produces a very interesting flavor.
It’s the pepper.
The pepper does a solo with the rest of the spices and tea as the backup band.
I really do love peppery chai hot. I’m not sure what I think about it cold yet. It might grow on me. I’m going to give it another shot. Right now, it’s just weird.
Sipdown no. 6 of 2017 (no. 287 total).
Because I have an overabundance of chai to the point of it being questionable whether I can drink it all in my lifetime, I’ve taken to trying them cold. Not with milk and sugar, just plain. Many of them make a decent cold spiced tea.
This tea is very long in the tooth. I enjoyed it hot, made on the stovetop, in its youth.
Cold is not its forte. Two flavors come to the fore, the chocolate and something else. If there’s cardamom in this, that’s what the something else is. The flavors were much more integrated hot.
That said, it’s not awful cold. Just not great.
Todd & Holland doesn’t have this on their page anymore, so I can’t provide a picture or a description from them for this entry. This is a sample I got a while back. It was sealed up and never opened and has been in a cool dry place since I got it, which may be why it has preserved its aroma and flavor.
The dry leaves are quite beautiful. Deep, rich green, with a very fine, silky, soft-looking texture. In the packet there’s a juicy “green” smell, somewhere between grass and vegetable.
The tea is a medium yellow, sort of a light gold, and clear. The aroma is of warm, sweet grass.
In trying to describe the taste, I find myself thinking in synesthetic terms. The tea tastes golden, not silver, by which I mean it’s a warm taste rather than a fresh one. It’s a snuggly flavor. Very pleasant, but delicate to the point where it is probably best drunk alone. Strong flavors in food, such as marinara would not pair well here.
It’s too bad that it’s no longer on the site. It’s a lovely tea.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal
Sipdown no. 3 of 2017 (no. 284 total).
Same deal as with the Sri Lankan Leafspa oolong — put a bunch in to steep as a cold brew and found myself left with just enough to give it a whirl in the gaiwan.
Also, I am so glad I remembered to write down which of my yixing pots I seasoned for which teas. I would never have remembered. I thought about using the pot after I’d already started steeping. Oh well.
Anyway, this is a decent green oolong. I put it through four or so steeps starting at 15 seconds after rinsing. It’s enjoyable enough, but has a slightly bitter edge in the longer steeps. I am reminded of why I love green oolongs. It’s like putting my nose into a bouquet of flowers.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Orchid
Sipdown no. 2 of 2017 (283 total).
After putting most of the last of this into the fridge to brew, I had a little left over. Since I’d barely tried this hot, I figured it was my last chance to try it in the gaiwan.
I rinsed and steeped in the gaiwan. It took me two steeps to realize something was wrong with the water. (Hope I don’t get sick.)
I’d filled up my water boiler and later realized I hadn’t emptied it. The water must have been in there over a year! It was musty and gross. I dumped it out and started over with fresh water.
Better, but hard to get over the trauma of the gross water.
Hot, it does have floral and butter notes which makes it come across as a green oolong. The liquor is golden with a hint of green, and the aroma has a freshness to it. Ironically, it’s a “fresh water” smell that came through despite the very unfresh water, along with the floral and butter in the flavor.
Flavors: Butter, Floral
Revising this to add that I finished it and it’s sipdown no. 4 of 2017 (no. 285 total) because the page appears to be broken. The note below was from tasting last week.
When I last got derailed from my serial obsession with tea into some other obsession for a while, I believe I had picked this one as my next “take it to work” tea.
When I started my new job, which isn’t so new anymore (I’ve been there more than 18 months), I started taking a Timolino of green tea to work every day. Then I discovered that the company made Numi teas available in bags, and they had a couple of greens so I got lazy and stopped making the tea before I went into work. Instead, I started making it at work. After a while, I started to get tired of the two greens, then I stopped drinking tea for a while.
Which brings us to yesterday, when I went back to trying to establish the Timolino habit. I think I had had this before but I hadn’t ever written a note about it.
Now, unfortunately, like pretty much all of my tea it is rather far past it’s “tastes best by” date, but I’ve never let that stop me before. The dry leaves range in color from a medium-dark green to a silvery green and they’re geometric and stick like. They remind me of what herbals with lemon grass in them look like. They have a sweet, grassy, almost haylike smell.
The tea is a dark golden color and clear. It has a grassy, sweet aroma.
It tastes pretty much like it smells. Rather refreshing without being too drying in the mouth. It’ll be a pleasant commuting tea for as long as it lasts. I could see buying something like this again, maybe. Hard to know at this point as I don’t ever see myself buying more tea given how much I still have.
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Sweet
Hi everyone! It’s been a long time. A lot has happened since I last posted, but I’m going to spare you the details of most of it. Just know I’ve been thinking of you all.
Had a lovely vacation in the Netherlands and Denmark this past summer. Got screamingly good internet. Have had some story sales — some of my stuff is free to read on the Internet, so if you’re so moved you can check the latest on my writing site. Kids are doing well — they’re both in middle school now (gulp). No. 1 is in his last year, too. Mind blown.
I haven’t been drinking tea, though. A lot of sparkling water and coffee so it hasn’t been all bad — but I had a really nice iced jasmine green at a Teavana store the other day which reminded me how much I like tea. I’m trying to get myself back there and part of what may make me do that is I’m loving spinning right now — I feel so clean and awesome afterwards it feels like tea is the right thing to put into my body. So maybe I’ll be around more. But I can’t make any guarantees because the new job is totally wonderful but also pretty demanding.
Anyway, this is sipdown No. 1 of 2017 and no. 282 total.
I believe I made it through the entire 4 oz without actually making this hot. In the old days, that would mess with my OCD. I’m trying to be more zen, though. It’s nice to start the revisiting of tea with a nice-sized empty container I can repurpose.
It’s funny how exercising regularly in a way that makes me feel pumped also makes me want to declutter and put other aspects of my life in order. Anyone else notice that?
Anyway, the last of this is currently cold brewing in the fridge and should be ready to consume tomorrow morning. I expect it to be about the same as last time. Maybe a little weaker as I didn’t have a full 8 scoops to put in my container. More like just over 7.
Hope you’re all well!
Sipdown no. 70 of 2016 (no. 281 total).
Is there a word for the reverse of when something grows on you?
After drinking this as a daily go to work tea for a while now, I got to the point where I wasn’t finishing the Timolino-full during the day. That never happens.
Bumping it down a bit.
P.S. I’m almost level 10 on team Mystic. How about you?