464 Tasting Notes
I went into the store to get some Coconut Grove for my Mom and of course I couldn’t resist the tea of the day. I got this iced to go. It was very watered down, so I don’t think I got the full effect. I got some sweet fruity taste which was vaguely pineapple, a floral not I could barely make out and something savory that I couldn’t identify. This might be worth having again, but steeped much stronger.
So there’s this semi-fancy Chinese restaurant that I like to go to on occasion for lunch. They have a great Jasmine black tea that they serve up both hot or cold. They’re starting to know me there so when I ordered hot tea with my meal today they brought me a teapot! They probably just saved themselves a few trips to the kitchen! :-)
Anyway, the tea is a lovely jasmine, not overly floral and just the the right amount of bitter. The black to base is smooth and rich.
I’ve become addicted to drinking this tea at work because it seems to love the temperature of the hot water from our water cooler. Also it’s forgiving of steep time, which is essential for me since I work at a front desk and am constantly bombarded with tasks to do immediately. I feel like this oolong is different tea every time I drink it because of the endless ways the sweet, savory, and creamy flavors combine.
I used the rest of my sample for an overnight cold-steep. I like it better this way than hot. It brings out the black base more and the two fruit flavors are more in balance with each other.
Of course the morning I have cold-steeped ice tea for my ride into work it’s chilly outside and freezing on the express bus and I don’t even want to drink it. It was 86 degrees yesterday. What happened? I’m enjoying about half of this now and I think I’ll save the other half for this afternoon. :-)