2815 Tasting Notes
Sadly this is a sipdown… I seem to be finishing a lot of teas lately but don’t worry, I still have plenty more! I would like to replace this someday when I am working and can afford to stock up on a few favorites from Verdant. I love the roasted chocolate notes of the Laoshan black. It is truly divine!
Just decided to polish this one off tonight while I’m watching my grammar class on Udemy. I’m trying to use my unemployed time to further my education and I’m also starting a writing class at UC Berkeley extension tomorrow.
This is a lot more flavorful when it’s been steeped for around 7 minutes, it’s still not going to be a repurchase for me however.
This morning I am working on sipping down more samples and so have decided to finish off this 10g sample from Norbu. It looks like this tea is sold out as I don’t see it on their website anymore. Also it looks like Norbu decided to discontinue the 10g samples altogether which is kind of a shame.
Anyway this is enjyoable, a lightly smoked tea with some sweet notes, it also seems somewhat flowery to me today. See previous tasting note for more details.
Tea of the afternoon. I hope this doesn’t keep me awake since I’m drinking it in the afternoon and lately I’ve been a bit more sensitive to caffeine. I just had a hankering for something warm and dessert-like and it’s been a while since I’ve had this. Adding a bit of raw cane sugar really helps to bring out the caramel notes in this tea. Enjoyable but probably won’t be a repurchase. I wonder if I can go without buying more tea until I actually get another job…lol
I’m back to San Francisco after spending a portion of my weekend at Harbin Hot Springs. The sun and splashing around in the hot water definitely seemed to make my arm feel better. Coming back to SF, it feels foggy and FREEZING! High temperature today of only 61 degrees?!
Anyway I thought I’d brew up some of this sample I got from Verdant. I don’t remember how long I have had this, it could have been years already. I usually appreciate yunnans and this is good this morning, very mellow, no astringency just lots of malt and chocolatey goodness. See previous notes for more details.
Tea of the morning here. I forgot I had this one and in my stupor this morning I accidentally steeped it for too long (3 minutes). Even so, it is still good and reminds me of bittersweet chocolate. I will have to remember to steep this one for less time next time. I need to get into the habit of writing a note or putting a sticker on my teas for the optimal and preferred steeping time. I hope everyone has a good weekend. :)
Tisane of the afternoon here…
I don’t quite get all of the wonderful reviews with this one. Although there are several teas from Simpson and Vail that I really like, this doesn’t seem to be one of them. It’s an okay rooibos, I do get a bit of chocolate but not really the other flavors. I also don’t see a lot of rose petals in the tea like the one that is in the picture.
Thanks to carol who for this one! I meant to try it before but it somehow got lost in my pile of samples. I do like the cherry flavor in this blend but I’m not really sure about the combination of black tea and rooibos. I’m kind of wishing for one or the other. The vanilla flavor is peeking out as well and was helped along by a dash of vanilla soymilk. Overall this is pretty good and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.
Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla
This shincha came from my latest Den’s tea order and is from the 2014 season.
This stuff is amazing! For one thing the color of the tea brews up to be a brilliant emerald green color and is vibrant. The flavor is very mellow and sweet with a hint of grassiness. Evidently this was produced with some extra steaming which accounts for the color and the flavor. They call this herbaceous but there’s almost something creamy about it in my opinion. Definitely glad I got this one, it’s one of the better senchas I’ve had.