786 Tasting Notes
Chamomile is strong with this one. I do taste honey but no toffee. I can tell there is tea in this and not just herbals but I would be hard pressed to pick out Assam as one of the teas. Normally licorice root is something I avoid because it makes my lips unpleasantly sweet after drinking. Maybe the roasting changes it somehow. I noticed it in the back of my throat but not as strongly as I would have expected and none on my lips.
It wasn’t horrible but it also wasn’t anything I’d purchase. Glad to have been able to try it! Thanks, LP!
Another from Liquid Proust’s Secret Pumpkin box! This was surprisingly (to me anyway) very good. The leaves unfurled pretty big and the light greens mixed with browns were beautiful to see. I get the floral notes with a little bit of buttery feel but definitely the gunpowder green as well. I like this one. Maybe enough to order some some day…
I get the apple, the cinnamon and the chamomile. It’s sweet but not as in added sweetener. More like a mildly fakey apple but not in a bad way. A lot of the cinnamon for me seems to be in the scent, which is fine. This is a perfectly acceptable chamomile blend. I wouldn’t buy it once the sample is gone but only because I don’t drink herbals often enough to use it. If I were an herbal tea person, or if someday I have to be due to overdose of the real stuff, then this would be on the shopping list. :) Thanks, Liquid Proust!
Oh, and I’ll echo the comments on LP’s note, don’t do this without a DIY tea bag. Luckily, I use them for tea parties so I generally always have them on hand. :)
Served this today at a tea party. It was for the lady who won the Harvesters raffle tea party prize at the tea festival in June. All guests were strangers to me so I tried to pick teas that would showcase different flavors but not ones that kind of require being “into” tea to appreciate, if that makes any sense. I let the hostess choose the green tea and she picked Strawberry Green from Tealeaves. Otherwise, I took a Golden Monkey from Teavivre, decaf Vanilla Comoro from Harney, Anastasia from Kusmi and this one. They all were very well received, but I was especially pleased to overhear one of the ladies saying about this one “oh, my god, you can hold the cup up and inhale and it’s just amazing.”
And she’s right. This smells amazing. And the taste lives up to the scent. Malt with a little eucalyptus and citrus. Just wonderful.
I did a side by side gaiwan tasting with this and Honey Black from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co. tonight. First, let me say that I don’t care as much for either of these done in this method as I do for them done Western style.
On to the teas. 5 grams each, 150 ml gaiwans, filtered water cooled 2 minutes from boiling. 45 second initial steep, left leaves in water while drinking resulting in approximately 2:30 for second steep.
Dry leaf comparison: BTTC leaves are smaller and more broken up though still large
Liquor comparison: GT is lighter in color
Taste comparison: Both honeyed, both sweetish, BTTC seems spicier. On second steep, BTTC also has sour notes creeping in, though not to an unpleasant level. GT is a lighter bodied tea.
Next is to try both in Western style side by side. From this method, I would not be picky about either one, both are equally good in my opinion.
Had this at a spa while on vacation. It was a light EG. I would not have placed oolong or Darjeeling in the mix by taste alone but that may simply be me. Someone with a more nuanced palate might well pick them out. All in all, a pleasant cup of lightly bergamotted (is so a word) light bodied tea. Might be worth investigating price compared to say a Harney sachet. As TeaTiff recommended, I may stick with taking sachets along on trips from now on since I never seem to have time to use my good stuff when I take it.
Hm. Not sure why I don’t have a review of this one already. Oh, well. This isn’t gonna be a great one. I drank it without really thinking about it. I wanted some tea that I knew was good after getting back from vacation without any real opportunities for good tea. I did have a little travel gaiwan session one night with some of BTTC’s Sun Moon Lake and for breakfast one morning I had some of Butiki’s Crimson Horizon. Oh, and a really nice white tea at a friend’s house one morning. Then some okay tea at a tea room with same friend. :)
But otherwise, we ate at such odd times and got back to the room so late almost every night that there just wasn’t any time. Seems that’s how it always goes when I pack tea and travel stuff for trips. I never end up with time to use them.
Anyway, this tea was good. I need to compare with Green Terrace soon and actually pay attention.
Not like I really had any doubt, but this is awful. I picked it up out of sheer curiosity while on vacation. Tasted like every single bottled tea I’ve ever had – like old tea that has begun to develop that somewhat moldy flavor from having sat for a month in the refrigerator. And “unsweetened”? It is to laugh. The first ingredient is tea, followed by honey, sugar and maple.
So… yeah. This is just bad. It is truly not worth choosing over bottled water (or anything thing else) when on the road.
I wasn’t wow-ed the first time with this, but this time I must have done something right. I get the malt and the eucalyptus. Reminds me quite a lot of TWMB though there is a little bit of dryness at the end of the sip and not quite enough breadiness. Really excellent. I think last time I used bottled water since it was the first time and this time I used tap water. I always liked TWMB with tap water, too. Need to remember this.
Snicker-snack! This one is worth keeping around for sure.