184 Tasting Notes
Mmmmm, coffee. Yummy. The orange, the almond, the cocoa nibs, its like decaf heaven in a cup. I haven’t really had much coffee since I recently started drinking boat-loads of tea, so this was a nice throwback to something else I enjoy. The smell is very gently coffee-like, more like a whiff than a full on olfactory assault. The taste is less coffee-like, and more almond, I think. My lack of a palate is starting to show. And annoy me! Maybe one day it will show up and I’ll experience the “waves of flavor” and be able to identify things the way other very clever note-writers do.
This is my first rose and first chun mee tea. I’m not sure what I think about it. I like it, with reservations. There is a bitterness, a sharpness of taste that I can’t decide if it is an effect of preparation or of the tea itself (I followed upton’s brew instructions). This is definitely a strong tea at the recommended preparation. This has a heavy floral note to it—don’t go into this one expecting hints of rose, since that isn’t what you’ll get. It sort of smacks you upside the head with rose. Rose isn’t bad, but so far, of the florals, I like the more delicate flavor of jasmine better.I think 5 minutes might be too long a steep time. I think I’ll go shorter next time with a slightly cooler water temperature.
I love pearl teas. They just look so nice and tidy, all rolled up in little tea-leaf balls. This is good stuff, my friends. The jasmine comes through, and its a nice, well-balanced (to me, at least) blend of jasmine and green tea. Neither one really overpowers the other. I do really like jasmine teas, so I am a bit biased in this. This is a good tea for relaxing and winding down at the end of the day. It whispers, more than it talks.