2188 Tasting Notes
Wow, Steepster is really f’ed up, isn’t it? Even the discussion boards aren’t working right. Hopefully it will work itself out soon.
I have realized that the best way for me to work down my cupboard numbers is probably to regularly drink up the Blends Club blends that I receive every month. It’s tempting to hoard some of them because I can’t get any more of them, but I have to fight the impulse and just enjoy them for what they are. Most of them I probably wouldn’t restock anyway, although I tend to find them tastier than some people. It helps to like florals in the Blends club (it also helps to like licorice and fennel, but I deal).
Anyway, this tea is quite tasty. The cocoa and berries go well together. Will happily drink this one regularly and will be a bit sad when its gone.
I’m marking this as a sipdown even though I have a tiny bit left, because what I have left is mostly crumbs and will just be used up in a different cold brew. I’ve been cold brewing this one and it has been AMAZING. Really, really delicious and refreshing. Just lightly citrusy, and really a perfect iced tea. Would definitely buy more of this for cold brewing in the future.
I am going to try to drink this tea up soon as well because it is old. Fortunately when I bought this tea (in Beijing) it was super fresh, because now it is something like 3 years old and it’s still delicious. Pretty amazing! A delicious jasmine green, somehow even more delicious than most pearls I’ve had. Which is why I’ll be sad when it’s gone, even though its time has come.
Mmm, now this one is delicious. I haven’t had this tea in a long time and at first I thought my love for it may have waned, but not the case. Still a tasty, citrusy tea, lightly flavored, on a nice malty base. This one takes me back to when I was in Ulaanbaatar since that was the first time I drank this tea, and I drank a lot of it. I may be able to transition this tea to a smaller tin soon (and use it’s tin for one of the new 100g of tea that will be coming in with my next order), so I may be drinking more of this one!
Steepster seems to be up for the moment, so here are some quick notes.
I brought this one home to cold brew and try to use up since it isn’t one of my favorites from Dammann. I had it this morning as a pre-work tea, and I remembered why. It falls a little flat for some reason; it isn’t a great representative of Dammann’s good stuff. Of course I am sending a sample of this to Cameron B… thankfully also a sample of Figue Fraiche, which I believe is a better example. Don’t judge them all on this one, Cameron! :)
Sipdown for this one. This was a very tasty Tan Yang, and I’m glad I tried it out. I will say that I don’t think that it’s necessarily spectacular; it’s quite delicious, obviously high quality, and I drank it up pretty quickly, but it doesn’t make me go WOW. It has nice grain flavor, molasses, honey, and a hint of raisin.
Overall my experience with JK Tea Shop has been that their teas are all really tasty and high quality, but nothing unique enough to drive me to order regularly from them. This Tan Yang has been my favorite, and would be a contender for a future order had anything else also caught my tastebuds. But I’m glad I’ve tried some of their teas now! I was always curious about them.
This, like Fleurilége, was a sad sipdown but not too sad, because it will be reordered very soon. The saddest sipdowns are for the teas that you can’t get any more of, ever. Now I just have to keep working hard on sipdowns because I am still 13 teas away from 100 teas in my cupboard and my DF order. It’s taking forever.
Easily one of my favorite teas, this morning it held it’s own against a speculoos, nutella and maple-syrup drenched waffle. Deliciously caramelly to the last drop. See you soon, Caramel-Toffee!
Flavors: Caramel, Toffee
This is another quite old tea in my cupboard, and as a white tea it’s probably one that should be drank up sooner than later. Fortunately it has aged very well; this tea is still as creamy, sweet, and deliciously floral as it was when I first got it. I would probably restock this one as my straight jasmine tea (as opposed to a jasmine pearl) just because I love the white base so much.
In that mythical time when my cupboard has been pared down to a small number of essential teas (plus a few rotating samples), this will likely have a home. I have a few more servings of it that I will enjoy before it’s gone!
Flavors: Hay, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Marshmallow
I brought this tea home yesterday so that I could work it into my pre-work tea rotation and focus on a sipdown; it’s quite old. I do love this tea, but I don’t think I will end up restocking it because it is true that I have discovered so many teas that naturally taste like chocolate that I don’t really need a tea that is flavored with chocolate, no matter how good the base is.
So I made a cup this morning and it was odd. Kind of flavorless, but also bitter. Really the best when you are look for a tea, no? I was worried it might be my water since my after-work green teas have been a little lackluster since I changed the filter on our tap, though my morning Dammann teas have been delicious as always. So I brought this tea back in and am having it now.
I think age has killed this one. Same brewing parameters as I always have done, but it is defintiely a hint bitter (possibly helped by tea crumbles in the bottom of the bag?). It’s also not a sweet and complex as it should be. I do think it tastes a little better here than this morning, but that could just be a difference of drinking it while doing and eating stuff vs. drinking it on it’s own.
Nevertheless, I had a serving or two left but I tossed it. It’s definitely faded from its previous glory, and it’s not really worth drinking the rest of it.
Another green tea sipdown from this spring’s harvest. It feels nice to get through these in a reasonable amount of time!
Today I went back to my large gaiwan for this dragonwell and it certainly worked out well for me. Buttery, sweet, and fresh. A nice, re-hydrating cup of tea after a loooong day of teaching. Thanks Teavivre!