1705 Tasting Notes
I started my day with my usual matcha and cold milk. I went out on the porch to enjoy the peace of the early morning. The birds were happy. The bugs were making their sounds in the distance. Beautiful start. I finished mu tumbler and decided it was just a little chilly – mid 60’s F. Went i and prepared a big mug of Yunnan Black. I poured it into an empty RTD glass bottle (I keep some around for just such times), and went back outside. What a perfect fit for my morning!
The warmth of the tea warmed my insides until the sun began heating the air. The tea has no hint of bitterness. There is a slight dryness. Mostly this is honey and malt. Today I am catching notes I hadn’t noticed previously with this one. I’m catching warm baked dark bread flavors. This is nicely sweet but can handle a little extra added sweetness if you desire. Just a lovely little porch sitting tea.
Looks like I’ve written over 50 tasting notes for this one… sorry, here’s another ;)
It’s beautiful outside here today. Low 80’s F, gentle breeze, and mostly sunny. So I decide to fix a cup and chill on the porch. As I open the tin, the stout bergamot fragrance hits me and makes me smile. Then out of nowhere Sil and her dislike of all things blergamot pops into my head… At the same time I start hearing Santana’s cool rhythm playing along with the line from the song, “You’ve got to change your evil ways” (hehe sorry Sil). I didn’t dwell because the volume in my head hit 11 as Carlos broke into a lengthy solo.
Made it to the porch. Raised my clear mug. The ruby red brew against the spring green background and blue sky was not lost on me. The pungent blergamot dominates but the Ceylon base is brisk enough to stand up and be noticed. Much happiness followed.
I love my high dollar teas, but a $7 tin of this will always be in my collection – well unless they do something stupid (hello Twinings) and mess with it.
This afternoon I waded through the boxes upon boxes of tea in my den. I was sorting out the straight black teas to use in mystery iced tea mixes this summer. OK, I’ve been doing it all winter as well but I needed to replenish the supply. Anyway, stumbled upon this one. It does not go in the mix. 3 years old and still tastes like day one. This one smells strong of pine smoke. Scary strong to the uninitiated. The cup is beautiful orange/red. The taste is so different from the aroma. It is nicely sweet and the smoke is pleasantly subdued. No BBQ. No bacon. No ashtray. Just sweet pleasant woodsy smoke. I totally miss The Persimmon Tree, and I will miss this one terribly when it is gone.
I’ve had this a couple times now. It’s meh at best. Whatever they are doing when they brew this – it’s wrong. I think they are counting on the sugar syrup to make up for the tea. I order it unsweetened. It is bitingly bitter and puckery astringent. It appears to be white peony – at least mostly. Yet it is devoid of most of the flavor that should be present. I realize I have been spoiled by tasting some of the best white teas available. This might as well be grocery aisle tea. I am not above grocery aisle tea but Starbucks/Teavana is too pricey for meh tea.
I add a packet of Splenda to make it palatable. It is nice and cold at least.
I’ve had Gold Peak tea at the local Mexican restaurant and the unsweetened black tea was actually kind of tasty. Sure generic by Steepster standards but way above much of what is out there. So, I saw this green RTD in the store and brought home a 6 pack. The bottle is plastic and I think you could drive a truck over it. A nice change of pace from the super thin water bottles we’ve been getting. Anyway, so the tea is okay. What they don’t tell you on the label is this is not straight green tea. It has a peachy flavor added. Not overbearing but not what I wanted. It is also sweetened. 130 calories per 16.9 oz serving.
I would love to see a green RTD that is straight up green tea with no sweetener or flavors added.
It is drinkable. I would buy it again for grab and go. I will say I prefer Lipton Citrus Green Tea for such occasions.
Found a half sample that apparently I opened 9 months ago (Eeeek!). Not to fear, this brewed up beautifully. i read my original tasting note and stand by it. I’ll add here that as I poured, the aroma was quite intense and along with the corn and butter notes I thought of milky. I notice it is out of stock but definitely a lovely tea. Just enough bite to remind you it is a green tea. A great choice while playing some guitar.
It says Om Tea on the box, by my recollection it is a division of Petit Tea.
If you are afraid of spicy tea, you’d most likely pass on this and that would be a shame. It is assam black tea, cinnamon, and black pepper. When the pyramid hits the water the aroma convinces you this is going to be a powerful blast of flavor. It is but not as the scent suggests. Yes, its cinnamon, and yes the black pepper has adds a little heat hit at the end, but neither are overwhelming, and most importantly you can taste the assam tea. I find that balance pretty impressive.
Started my day with my usual Deluxe Matcha – from Matcha Warehouse (Red Leaf Tea) – in a cold milk latte. This goes perfectly with an everything bagel.
Lunch at Cheddars where I love their iced tea (and ribs). The tea tastes mildly like hoji-cha (but not really) and mildly earthy. There is a nice briskness to it. The best restaurant bagged iced tea I’ve had.
At home now, more iced tea. This is a homemade blend of loose leaf black teas from The Persimmon Tree (I miss them). I use equal parts English Breakfast, Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling leaf to make a gallon and a half at a time. Makes me happy.
Barely made it above freezing today and all I’ve had is iced tea. Maybe this evening I’ll heat things up a bit.
Whenever we go to a pitch in dinner (at church – wherever) my wife makes macaroni. The kids devour it. Why? It’s plain Kraft macaroni shells with Velveeta cheese. You know, real macaroni, not some fru fru pasta with a blend of gourmet cheeses and added stuff. Not that there is anything wrong with the fancy stuff, just don’t call it Macaroni around a kid.
That’s the way I am with my Earl Grey. I don’t mind fancier once in a while but it isn’t my idea of EG. This here, 4 year old tin (at least) and all, is plain and simple Earl Grey. I noticed today a bag of Splenda stuck between the tea pouch and the tin. I remember putting it there 1 1/2 years ago on our anniversary. We rented a cabin on the lake and sat on the porch swing watching it rain, while sipping tea. Priceless.
At the time I was so ill with respiratory issues, I thought it might be our last anniversary together. There, I said it. Had it not been for God’s grace and my family nurse practitioner it might well have been. She helped straighten me out. I fired my pulmonologist. A year later I started taking physical therapy to help build up my body muscle to help with breathing. For some unexplainable reason it had the opposite effect. I have spent the last 6 months in a battle. Simply preparing tea became too difficult.
I spent the holidays in the hospital on 15 liters of oxygen. They managed to wean me down to a manageable level to come home. I have since managed to further reduce my levels way down. Today I feel better than I have felt in a very long time.
When I decided I was ready to make tea tonight – first time in a couple months – I grabbed this one. After pouring it into my mug, I noticed the beautiful ruby color. I seriously was overcome with emotion.
Thank You is all I could think to say. I wrote all this to say, notice the little things in your daily life, like making tea, and be thankful.
This is just a cursory review for now. Woke up this morning and realized I forgot to get milk last night. So instead of a matcha/milk latte, I’m having poo. I also had a bowl of brown sugar and maple oatmeal. The oatmeal kind of overpowered the tea. What I can tell you is the leaf had no fishy or otherwise offensive odors. It smelled sweet, clean, and leafy. Once brewed I checked again and no barnyard. It does have a pleasant shou aroma. The taste was clean and mild. It was probably sweet but after the oatmeal who knows. There was a mild amount of leathery notes. All in all, this seems to be a good everyday simple tea.