4414 Tasting Notes
This tea is very old, so I’ll leave the rating as I originally had it, though it definitely wasn’t that good today. However – I drank it alongside the Maple Matcha, and have to say that I enjoyed the matcha flavour from it more. I actually also used some maple syrup to sweeten it (I just can’t drink matcha straight), and it was a more successful maple matcha than the Maple Matcha itself. So the moral of this story is, buy plain matcha and flavour it yourself. Haha.
Turns out I already had a sample of this in my cupboard from quite a while back, so I decided to brew it up today in an effort to feel less tired. I don’t believe it worked, FWIW – I definitely had a nap after my husband got home from church today (and could watch the baby). Nice thought, though.
Anyhow, the dry matcha smelled like maple, but brewed up, there was little maple to be had. I do prefer the fruity ones, where the flavour is more obvious.
This tea is old. Definitely a different beast than when I first bought it, but the flavour remains pretty intriguing – it’s light and almost a bit jasminey/floral, as opposed to the more green beany, chewy Laoshan greens. I don’t know if this is age-related or not, but IMO it has actually aged reasonably well to produce a cup of green tea that would still garner a rating of 80+ 7 or so years after it was picked, despite not being stored under amazing conditions. There’s a decent amount of it left in the bag, so I’m pleased that I’ll be able to enjoy the last few cups of it, since I was expecting at this point it would be a total loss.
TIL: green tea from good sources, stored in scentproof foil zip bags, actually is still fairly good, even when it’s older. Swap samples in regular plastic zip bags – nooope. This has been my experience over a decent number of teas in the past 10 months or so. (The main criterion I’m looking at is the development of that unpleasant metallic taste, which I associate with old/low-quality green teas.)
I had forgotten how tasty this one was! The perfect lightly-spiced pear flavour; my perfect pear tea aside from the base (although given that it’s not bothersome, the only real issue is that it’s not caffeinated, which I could probably fix with a bit of tasty white tea or something). Either way, this is reminiscent of the Jelly Belly pear flavour, but not quite as strong, and only as sweet as an actual pear – and with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s really lovely. It looks like I had difficulties acquiring more of this, which is too bad – would have been nice to have a bit in the cupboard.
Tastes like it has stevia, but I think it’s the blackberry leaf. The bottom of the bag is always the worst for that sort of thing! Either way, this is kind of a mediocre tea, and always was – it does taste like a sweet, candy cherry, without a great deal of black tea base, but the sweetness is a bit much (at least in this cup), and it’s just not quite working for me. I still haven’t found that perfect cherry tea…
I think, in my head, I had lumped this tea in with other ‘snow’ teas that are minty, so assumed it was minty and not something I’d like. However, it smells quite yummy, and I see that the flavour combo has zero mint, and some potential, especially since it mentions custard (mmmm)!
Brewed up, the tea is reminiscent of Christmas and holiday times, so it does feel a little odd to be drinking it on a day where I took the baby to an outdoor pool (a very summer event). I think it’s the clove that’s doing it, though it’s not overly strong. Other than that, the tea is sweet and creamy. Actually quite pleasant, and kind of a nice alternative to the classic Christmas spice blend (with or without oranges).
This is the white moon pu-erh included in the bag at the Toronto Tea Festival, probably 2017? I don’t know what company it was from – it may have mentioned in the program book, which I tossed a long time ago, but I’d guess it might be from Tao Tea Leaf?
This is my favourite type of pu-erh – a soft, sweet one, heavy on the hay-y white tea notes, with only a bit of fermented flavour. Barely different than a good white tea. A very relaxing cup for this evening!
This tea smells absolutely lovely – richly caramelly and decadent. The flavour doesn’t quite match, however – there’s a hint of caramel, but it’s mostly just a slightly astringent, malty black tea that I’m tasting. I’m thinking a hint of sweetener might help it out a bit, although I was hoping that that wouldn’t be the case. It tastes very much like some past 52teas, maybe Weeping Angel? So I like it despite the lack of sweetness – just wanted more from it!
Tried adding a bit of sugar – it actually doesn’t taste any better, which is kind of too bad. The astringency seems to come out more, and the caramelly flavour isn’t as noticeable. I guess I’ll just enjoy it as is.
I have no clue what this tea is that I drank. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s a black, and I think it’s jin jun mei, in part because of the short, slender leaves, and in part because I think I might have used a translator app on the packaging at one point?
Ok yes, I just used google translate again, and it talks about how the “Jin Junmei was picked in the Wuyishan National Nature Reserve in the high altitude of 1500-1800 meters before the Qingming festival.” Etc. etc. (Note that I moved my note from “Random Steepings” to this entry after checking the translation.)
Anyhow, had this tea for the first time quite a while ago, and the open packet sat on various surfaces until the other day, when I noticed that much of it had spilled out. Oops. I recovered what I could, and brewed the last of it up. It’s quite tasty – a very rich dark chocolate flavour. A tea I’d drink again if I had any clue of where to find it, or where it came from. It’s likely either from Sil or a random sample from a swap, or even something I just picked up somewhere. I have no idea. Although, it’s in a golden foil packet, and I do recall finding two golden-packeted teas in my straight tea bin the other day, although I don’t think there was any English on them otherwise I’d have noted it (this tea does say on it, Refined Chinese Tea).
One of the better Jin Jun Meis I’ve tried, owing to the richness of the chocolate. Very good!