9 Tasting Notes
It’s been a long road since I’ve last reviewed anything on here. My dad passed away from cancer, then I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Then chemo with radiation, surgery, then more chemo and 9 months with an ostomy bag. I had that reversed about six weeks ago and now readjusting again.
But I had a few constants in that time. I’m a mail carrier, and I kept delivering during it all. And I drink a good amount of tea daily. One of those cups is in a thermos on my route too.
This is one of those dependable teas for any time. Rich, malty, comforting. Along with teas like Yorkshire or Thompson’s, I tend to drink this for comfort. Perfect on a cold day or a big breakfast. Or a few shortbreads. It won’t let you down.
I haven’t done very well of posting on here like I keep wishing to. But I still drink many cups daily and look for interesting teas often. I got this tea to remember my best friend, who passed away two years ago. Somewhere along the line he got interested in teas and branched out in ways I hadn’t. His first love was matcha, which I never made properly or appreciated.
His girlfriend told me near the time of his passing (of diabetes complications), he was enjoying some oolong teas. I would guess he got them from teavana, as he liked physical stores and got a lot from them. In fact, my last text message from him was about teavana closing.
So I ordered this tea. According to the package, it has notes of peach pit and apricot. My first try making it only found bitterness, following the directions of boiling water for five minutes. Since then I’ve attempted a few other temperatures and found that 180 at 4-5 minutes suited me best. That’s when I detected the peach flavor, which is also very evident in the scent of the steeped tea and the dry leaves. They give off an almost perfumed scent.
This cup is one of more unique teas I’ve tried, and seems best supper very slowly. I detect the apricot notes once it starts cooling off. I would gladly drink this tea in the late afternoon or evening to relax with. I wish my friend were still around to see what he would think of it or know which varieties of oolong he enjoyed.
I keep meaning to post more on here, but it hasn’t really taken shape. I periodically enjoy reading peoples reviews but rarely contribute. I still drink a lot of tea. But it’s been a busy year. Right off the bat, I had a daughter born. Then I started a new job as a mail carrier in March and usually work over 65 hours a week. My tea before and after work(often late) are my most relaxing parts of the day. I have some interesting teas on the way in the coming days, but in the meantime decided to write this one. I have often had a box of this on hand. I’m always looking for what can be considered the perfect ‘everyday’ cup of tea. Usually in a teabag, not hard to make, and completely satisfying.
Well, this tea isn’t it. (I’d really say right now that honor would likely go to Punjana). But it is a good basic black tea that’s nice to have on hand. I’m having the American version of this, but keep wanting to try the Canadian as I’ve read it’s much better. As it is, it’s a good cup for what it is. Inexpensive, dependable, but doesn’t really hold up to milk in it. I’d either have it straight or with a little honey. Good for sipping on a rainy day or when you’re not feeling great. The Wade Whimsy’s, the porcelain figurines that come in them, are really better than the actual tea. I think they’re moving those to online only though. What a shame. I really need to try that Canadian Red Rose soon…
I’ve been drinking Thompson’s Punjana blend pretty regularly for a while, but have introduced this in a little more recently. I’d say this is basically their “Gold” blend, if comparing to other everyday tea makers. It certainly lives up to that. It’s bright, but also a little more earthy than Punjana. Very smooth. I added just a splash of milk, and have had it with or without some sugar. I’ve been liking it more without recently.
A week or so ago I brewed up a few cups for my nieces, who drink it without milk and use sugar or honey. They enjoyed it a lot too.
I find I appreciate it the most in the late afternoon after work, but it’s great in the morning also. I just seem better able to appreciate its flavors more. I can’t find where, but I had read online that this is a blend of Assam, Kenyan, and Rwandan teas.
A great tea for bringing over for family members while enjoying the holidays, and tasty however taken. The other day I had it with some mince pies I heated up. Shortbreads work great too….
I keep meaning to write more reviews than I do. I have a lot I’d like to write about. But it seems difficult to find time to get on my computer. I tried making a review on my phone once and just couldn’t make it work.
This brings me to a tea I’ve mean to review for a while. Chun mee, sold by Harney and Sons. I find this to have a very ‘classic’ green tea flavor, at least to what I thought green tea tasted like when I first started drinking it many years ago. I still really like that flavor, even though I now know that green tea can really vary by where it’s grown. It brews a very beautiful dark yellow and has a very pleasant ‘leaf’ and slightly smokey smell. The taste would reflect this as well.
Even though it’s not an expensive tea, it’s one I would still recommend drinking slowly, preferably with a friend. It also goes very well with Chinese food(many green teas I think are best alone, but this one doesn’t seem overwhelmed by other flavors as easily).
I started drinking green tea around 15 years ago with a random package of Salada green tea. I would think of this as a logical next step for people that started with that, though I think this is much better. Good to drink every day, but maybe not special occasions.
I started out drinking only green tea, branching out to many loose teas of all kinds. Oddly I got into black tea years later, and in the last few years have really begun to enjoy British black tea blends. They can be very comforting, tasty, and unpretentious. My every day brew has been Yorkshire or Yorkshire Gold for several years. But I enjoy comparing it to other offerings of all companies, always coming back to them.
I never really expect any of those I try to surpass it, but for my tastes, Punjana does. It’s a blend of Assam and Kenyan leaves, much like many others of its kind. Somehow it tastes fresher though. Punjana is blended by the Thompson Family in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Many reviews of teas say they’re strong, but not bitter. I’m always skeptical when I read that, but to me it applies for this blend. In short, I have a new everyday tea to enjoy(and always lots of other teas to always try too.) I recently tried their Signature Blend and will do a separate review for it some time, but my taste buds like this one a little better.
I started this review on Super Bowl Sunday on my phone, but am glad it was really difficult to type on there. It’s also why I’ve found it difficult to write more reviews on here. I gave up and drank it another time. Which turned out better since I didn’t stick it in a thermos and take it with me.
I started my drinking of teas with greens. Salada to be exact. Then I quickly tried a loose Alvita green tea they don’t make anymore. Later on I started ordering from Adagio. Anyway, Matsuda’s sencha is an occasional green for me. I usually have it on hand but have it only on occasion. I drink black teas more often now, so greens are made on weekend more than anything.
This particular one is grown by a family in Japan and sold by Harney and Sons. The leaves are a bright green, which leads to pale green when brewed. It is easy to overbrew, and notes of spinach develop when done so. This drinking I made one infusion at 165 degrees for three minutes. When I’ve had a good amount of time, I often will brew this three times, starting with one minute and working to three.
When brewed well, there is a pleasing and not bitter vegetable taste to it.The website says nori, and that may be true. It’s one of my favorites, but also one I like to have on occasions I can slowly drink it. If any part of the process or drinking is in haste, I find it quite wasted.
A few years back, I did a review on here. But I haven’t posted since and have read a lot of reviews, which has inspired me to start. I really liked a guy named scottteaman, but he hasn’t posted in around four years.
Anyway, this is the tea that got me started on tea a little over fifteen years ago. I bought a box on a whim and it quickly became a nightly ritual.Oddly, I would often watch an episode of Cheers while drinking it and relax a little. It was good to laugh and have this to sip on. I highly doubt many people associate Cheers with tea, but I do. My mom soon started drinking tea as well.
Very quickly I would move on to loose green teas from China and then Japan. It was soon forgotten. But a while back I bought a box on a whim again to see how it compared. It’s noticeably stronger than most green teas. It’s clearly not fancy, but it is good. I try and always keep some on hand when it calls to me. I think it goes is perfect with Chinese food. A few months ago I even brewed a cup and watched an episode of Cheers like I used and it felt the same. It’s enjoyable and I have memories of it. Really, you can’t beat that.
This has become my favorite day to day tea. It smells almost florals, and brews up very clean and strong. I also like it with or without additives, without a bad cup however I make it. I’ve been letting friends try it and each get nearly as hooked, including my coffee loving brother!