1719 Tasting Notes
Single Origin Teas packs their tea in a paper bag that looks like a smaller version of my school lunch bag from a million years ago. Except this has a little window in the front. The interior of the bag is lined. The reason for the long comment on the bag is that, except for the wire tie, the entire thing is compostable. The plastic lining is made from some kind of plant material.
Anyway, this is my first Ceylon green. Dry it smells grassy. The wet leaf scent is stewed beef. The taste is harder to tie down. It has leather qualities beneath lighter floral notes. Brisk and slightly drying, but not bitter.
This is what I was looking for in my zombie state earlier this morning. A simple chun mee with just a touch of bergamot. The tea bag version is different. As I recall, it is much heavier on the citrus – making it more of a true earl grey. The caffeine punch in this sneaks up on you. The taste is not face contorting like some breakfast blends so you don’t expect it. Sipping it calms me, but it gets my heart pounding after a while. Sure got me through a lot of mornings when I was working. I don’t care how much expensive stuff I may drink, I will always love this cheapster.
This was my morning cup. I didn’t exactly measure or time anything. In fact this isn’t what I intended to drink. I kind of misplaced one. It was one of those mornings. Steepster wouldn’t work for me. I knocked over or dropped everything I touched. I decided I would drink the first thing that didn’t require picking it up off the floor. You know the term “wake up and smell the roses?” Well, today I did and it was nice. The apples were a nice touch as well. Thank you again ashmanra and Laurant of Nina’s much needed today.
The dry leaf is dark and shiny with green stripes. Kind of cool looking. The first cup is buttery spinach. The second is seaweed. This is a sweet tea with enough bite to be interesting. The aftertaste lingers. A solid everyday Chinese green. Full review: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/single-origin-teas-palace-needle-organic.html
This is one of the rare times I get to introduce a company to the database. Single Origin Teas is in Texas. This tea is a nice Nepal offering. Its taste is a combination of elements from Darjeeling, Fujian, and Formosa teas. I actually caught the subtle floral notes of rose late in the sip. A nice introduction to Single Origin Teas. A full review: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/single-origin-teas-jun-chiyabari-second.html
Wow. I just published my review of this on my blog and came here to comment as well. There is already a review here by TeaEqualsBliss my blog entry looks like a long version of what she wrote. Two separate reviews coming that close to each other is amazing. At least you should know what can expect with this one! http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/tea-horse-dong-ding-oolong.html
Can’t figure out where I logged this before – so this will do nicely. This mystery oolong came my way ages ago from gmathis. Today I am finishing off the generous sample. I put the bag away but I think she wrote she pays $0.31/oz for this loose. I am jealous that she can buy loose leaf locally, and that she can buy it cheap, and that its pretty good. It kind of reminds me of formosa in that it is close to a black but still retains oolong qualities. Just a hint of background roasted notes. A nice tea.
My second offering from this UK supplier. This is a solid Fujian Tanyang. You know, cocoa, caramel, honey, and malt. I’m enjoying these Tea Horse offerings. A full review here: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/tea-horse-panyong-golden-needle.html I’ll rate it when I get a mouse for my laptop – I seem to be helpless without it.
Wish I could justify a tea order. This is so incredibly good this morning. I love how a little scoop of leaf becomes a press full of leaf in under three minutes. This is sweet and creamy. It is floral but not brightly so, if that makes sense. It has a darker taste to it. Welp, cup is empty. Time to belly up to the tea bar. Another round! I’d raise my score a notch if I knew how without a mouse.