1142 Tasting Notes
2021 sipdown no. 99
Polished this one off yesterday and it’s lovely. I was busy and didn’t write any real notes, but went through three steeps and recall enjoying each one.
1st steep: 190° F, 3 minutes
2nd steep: 190° F, 4.5 minutes
3rd steep: 190° F, 6 minutes
I’ll have to add this to my next CS order.
2021 sipdown no. 98
This tea is good, but in relation to the other first flush I recently had from CS, I do prefer the other. That being said, this one has that lightly creamy, malty-esque type flavour, with hints of floral hay cut through. There is the most subtle bitterness that isn’t overly bothersome.
The second steep is just as lovely as the first.
I brewed this at 190° F as opposed to 200° F as the higher temperature seemed to induce some astringency.
A sample sent in my most recent order!
If blackcurrants are your thing, this is your tea! This tea is like liquified blackcurrant, yet not cloying or overpowering. It’s not my favourite flavour profile, but I appreciate how true to taste it really is. Another win from Steam!
I cold brewed this one overnight. This one is almost like a lemon lime tea lemonade without any typical lemonade sweetness, or bitterness for that matter. Very refreshing!
School is insanely busy right now as I come up to the end of this term and my term project has really thrown me. I’ve studied biodiversity and conservation for many years, but this project has really forced me to do a deep dive into Canadian legislation, conservation priorities, and threatened species and I am just beside myself with how awful it is. Thank goodness I have tea to get me through because sometimes it just seems hopeless.
2021 sipdown no. 96
Sample sipdown of this one. It started out not so great, but lowering the steeping temperature did wonders. I actually quite enjoyed this one in the end. I have little experience with Darjeelings, but I have enjoyed pretty near every first flush and this one is no exception. There is a slight hay-floral taste with hints of sweetness and just an overall pleasant taste.
1st steep: 4 minutes at 190° F
2nd steep: 5.5 minutes at 190° F
For my initial attempt of this tea at 200° C, 4 minutes, it came off as bitter. Last night I tried to steep this at 3 minutes and missed the timer by 1.5 minutes and this morning I tried again and missed the timer by a minute. I must just meant to steep this tea for 4 minutes. Anyway, I steeped at a lower temperature today and it seems to have mellowed out.
There’s a blend of floral sweetness that really works here. Hints of jasmine mixed with an almost fruit sweetness that I can’t pinpoint, but all in a mellowed out way.
Onto the second steep!