2201 Tasting Notes
This counts for my sample reduction because while I didn’t polish it off, now I only have enough of this tea left for one cup. I’m also encountering the tea dust that always seems to occur at the bottom of a tin/pouch, which means this cup is a little stronger than I would normally prefer. Still, I totally love this tea. I can order it online from Tea Palace (located in London), and shipping isn’t too bad, but I have a feeling it is a tea that won’t be in my cupboard until I make another stop in London. Of course its going to be quite a long time before I am ordering any new teas online, so its kind of beside the point! Still, I will miss this one after my next (last) cup.
Well, I spent this morning doing what everyone hopes to do on their birthday, which is waiting at the DMV to get my drivers liscence renewed. Actually it went relatively smoothly for the DMV.
Now I need some tasty birthday tea, plus it needed to be a black tea for the morning, so I reached for this one. Love this tea so much! Like a gongfu black tea with a bit of extra chocolate flavor, which is I think essentially what it is. Very subtle flavoring here.
Inspired by SimplyJenW, I am attempting my own Sample Reduction Plan because I really need to reduce the size of my stash. I have a whole drawer of pretty much nothing but samples, and it’s kind of out of control. So I am happy to be able to throw away the pouch that once contained my sample of this tea. I suppose I should have waited until I got my gongfu setup up and running, since that was my plan with most of the reminiants of the oolong samples in my stash, but I didn’t think of that until just now. Oh well!
Nevertheless, this tea still impresses me. It’s a Jin Xuan, meaning it’s an unflavored “milk” oolong, and you can definitely see the resemblance here. Jin Xuans can be pretty hit-or-miss for me, but this one is a hit since it’s light, floral and almost fruity, and then also has richer, buttery, honey-ish notes to it. Very lovely.
1.5tsp Passion Fruit Black by thepuriTea, 0.5tsp Organic Chocolate “O” by The Tea Spot
A while ago there was a thread in the discussions about interesting flavor combinations we wanted to see in teas, and someone mentioned passion fruit and chocolate. I knew I had to try it! And now I am finally getting around to a first go at it. I use a perfect teaspoon to measure my tea (1.5 actual tsp), but I have a 12oz cup so I usually measure out one perfect teaspoon, then somewhere around a half a perfect teaspoon to approximate 2tsp of actual tea. For blends, then, it’s difficult to do an even fifty-fifty, and so I had to decide whether I wanted more chocolate, or more passion fruit? In the end I went for more passion fruit, like eating a passion fruit tart with a drizzle of chocolate on top. My favorite chocolate tea was a no-brainer for this, as was this passion fruit black from thepuriTea, which is the best passion fruit black I’ve tried.
The tea smells mostly like passion fruit, perhaps with a particularly chocolatey black tea base. That’s really what I get most out of the taste as well… really it tastes like delicious passion fruit tea, and then maybe a hint of chocolate but it’s faint enough that it seems like an aspect of the base instead of an actual flavor. Pretty tasty, but I want more chocolate in this! The flavor combination is nice enough but not necessarily something I will seek out in the future. Maybe if the blend was a little more even, I guess.
I’ve just about finished my sample of this tea now! There are some dregs left in the pouch, and I think I’ll just throw them into some cold-brew.
This is an Earl I really, really enjoy, and it’s on my reorder list as soon as I get more of my tea stash under control. It’s also one of those teas that I often forget how good it is until I have some of it again. I mean, I know that I love it, but it always blows me away when I have it, just like the first time. It’s that lovely golden buds tea base. Yum.
Man, it has been one of those days where I have been doing things nonstop, but none of it seems to be my work. And now the day is almost over already! At least I have a chance to sit and have a cup of tea now.
This is definitely a tea I was interested in trying, as they make a big deal about the rose in the tea. It’s also supposed to be flavored with citrus and “yellow” fruits (the description on the insert in the box), which I was wondering about but I see from the description on here that those would be peach and mango. The dry leaf smells fruity and a bit floral and generally French, so I know it’s going to be that kind of blend. The kind that there’s a lot going on in them, but they’re well blended and slightly difficult to suss all the flavors out.
I’m really liking the scent of the steeped tea. There mango and florals are combining in such a way that it almost comes out as jasmine. It’s a deep, rich type of jasmine though, the kind I encountered in China not in the form of pearls but the plain jasmine greens. Some of them seem to have some alternate form of jasmine that I hadn’t encountered before. In any case this tea doesn’t have any jasmine so it’s a bit of a red herring.
At first I wasn’t super impressed by the flavor on this one but it’s growing on me. There’s definitely a floral bent to the whole thing, with some light fruity, peachy notes underneath. I do get that sense of a lot of very fine-tuned blending with a whole lot of ingredients. It’s not rosey per se, but generally floral as a whole. The base seems kind of familiar, and it’s that kind of fresh, green, not very invasive sencha base that seems very prevalent in the world of flavored greens. I do find myself preferring the rare flavored green that uses a nuttier, butterier green as the base just because it’s a little more interesting. This tea is quite lovely and a pleasure to drink, but not a must have just because it doesn’t really distinguish itself for me. I do think at one point in my tea journey this would have been a top tea for me.
Had a cup of this tea with lunch. This is definitely one of my favorite greens from Teavivre. It’s so nutty and delicious! It’s amazing to me how my tastes have changed, because I’m pretty sure that early in my tea journey I would have tried this one and not thought that it was anything special. Now I appreciate the subtleties of green teas so much more than ever before.
More sample stash busting, woot! Apparently I said earlier that I would probably cold-brew the last of this tea, but that was a lie. I had just the right amount for another Kati cup full of tea, so that’s what I did. This is definitely a very nice tea and it reminds me that I always need some kind of bergamot + red fruits blend in my cupboard, even if it’s just a red fruits tea and an Earl Grey that I blend together myself. The vanilla and caramel in this one are nice and they add some good flavors to the blend, but they’re not really necessary components to me. Glad to have gotten a sample of this one.
Ergh, I feel like a zombie this morning. I seem to be completely over the jet lag, but this chest cold is knocking me down. A friend is defending her dissertation today, though, so I drug myself into work anyway.
You know, I think I have to go ahead and bump this one up a couple of points. Over time this has definitely come to be one of my favorites. Love the sweet fig flavor accompanied by all the florals and a nice rich black tea underneath. Today’s cup has a particularly sweet aftertaste that is definitely soothing my cough-worn throat. Let’s hope it also injects some life into me this morning so I can make it through the day here!
The good news is that my jet lag seems to be subsiding. The bad news is that I seem to have picked up a cold bug on the plane. I have felt swollen tonsils and a cough since my second flight Monday, but it wasn’t very bad and I was hoping it would just go away. But this morning wasn’t very pleasant and I actually almost fainted at one point! So I am staying home today. Luckily I have a spare tin of this for home, so I have an nice pot of tea for the morning. One of my faves, and it’s comforting when I feel crappy.