1027 Tasting Notes
Another sad sipdown. Number: 58. This tea I have received from my Swiss friend, sent some to derk and Izzy. Well accepted from them as well from me.
Yes, this tea is about two months past best before, but still great herbal mix.
Light, herbal palate cleanser (yes, I know I use words from both); somehow a bit mineral and earthy. Overall, quite well made blend, with nice taste (the thyme is lovely). The age made the tea way more boring, but when it was fresh…
I wish I could access coop teas better too. I wrote that friend I really liked it and she said she will try to get some, when she will visit me again. Certainly tea to have fresh and if I were located in Switzerland, it would be always in my cupboard.
Flavors: Earth, Herbs, Mineral, Tangy
This tea I have received ages ago from derk, tried once in grandpa style (2 grams); now I decided to gongfu (remaining 4 grams) + 125 ml gaiwan. Thank you! As well SIPDOWN 56.
I preheated the gaiwan prior adding the tea; and then tea produced wonderful aroma of baked sweet potatoes, roasty. The rinse woke up more the roast note; honeyish note, maltiness and floral notes. Sweet somehow. Lovely.
1st steep, 7-8 seconds
Bready, roasty, tea. Bit lighter than I thought. But tasty nonetheless.
2nd steep, 15 seconds
Dried fruits; roasted and still bready. Long mouthfeel. When colder I noriced red berries, especially currants.
3rd steep, 20 seconds
Very similar to second, just more intense. Yum.
4th steep 30 seconds
Nice roasty and round taste, but fruits are gone.
5th steep, 45 seconds
6th steep, 1 minute
Both last steeps were round and roasty, but gone with anything more unique and interesting. But still a very nice and wonderful experience.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Honey, Malt, Red Fruits, Roasted, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
An other idea?
Another tea bag from Dustin, thank you so much! Unfortunately last from those being caffeine-free.
Steeped as suggested; 85°C water (rather closer to 90°C); steeping for 4-5 minutes.
Tastes nice, tropical and mellowed with vanilla, though I have hoped the latter would be more prominent in taste. It’s not creamy vanilla. It’s the sweet vanilla taste. Along with coconut. From tropical fruits there is a load of pineapple, but again… somehow weaker than I have been expecting, like overpowered by the rooibos base?
It’s quite complex, but somehow not my cup of tea. Quite sad; because it sounds so good in ingredients list. What a shame. Especially for that price tag!
Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple, Rooibos, Tropical, Vanilla
Teabag from Izzy, thank you!
As I am only one who wrote a tasting note to this tea… and I am writing now again, it will be pretty much similar.
Dry scent is strongly cardamom and cinnamon. Am I the only one who thinks cardamom smells sometimes like a coniferous sap? I think that was the scent I wasn’t sure about last time. And somehow similar to bubblegum too; probably fruit aspect of the tea.
Anyway brewed and steped for 4 minutes; and I think it was just right. A decently fruity, but certainly not that prominent as I thought it should be and again, mostly cinnamon and cardamon in flavour. Calling it tropical fire without any fiery notes is a bit dismal — a little of ginger would be very interesting I think. I think this one was fresher too (than I had last time), because it was mellower and noticed the fruits as some blend of tropical ones. Couldn’t pick any fruit in particular unfortunately. Keeping 72
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Sap, Tropical
Tried gongfu those cannonballs (lovely name by the way). First steeps were great, maybe even better than western brewing.
Light, slightly lemony, hay (I suspect the age), sweet grass. As I have no idea how lemon blossom tastes; I will avoid that. And I don’t think I have noticed it afterall.
But well, this isn’t great tea for gongfu. Rather not suitable. Why? I read Matu’s tasting note and I agree with them completely. First steeps are good, almost great… but then it goes bitter and thick (in a bad way) as the cannonballs unfurl. Although using quite cold water, they need very short (10 seconds were even too much) steeps. The last ones were very vegetal too, and vegetal-broth like too.
Lowering a rating a bit; as 80 seems indeed too high to me, not just because this session.
Flavors: Buffalo Grass, Hay, Lemon, Thick, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal
Super sad SIPDOWN 54. Thank you a lot derk!
My previous notes say everything; so kind of redundant note. Wonderful, super floral, but still amazing aroma. Mostly lilacs (can’t wait to see them bloom!) and elderflowers.
Taste is mild, green and floral as well. Creamy somehow. Many steeps worth. Once I will be able to buy some more tea (still drowning, but I see the waterline!); I will certainly add this one to basket on What-cha. Because it’s so great!
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Green
I was craving for citrusy black tea this morning. And when I saw a Alvin’s of San Francisco Earl Grey, I knew it’s not it. So I picked a fresh batch (crafted 8th December) of teakruthi teas, I bought myself, but it’s only second tea I have opened.
I used 5 grams. I wanted to do it western, but my ball strainer was too small. So I just decided for grandpa and just after I have filled the cup with water, I thought I should use empty bags I actually have. Well. 5 grams for grandpa sounds terribly strong. But caffeine needed in the morning… it was just right I guess.
As I have opened the bag, I was thrilled with lemon zest and lemon candy aroma. Very fresh and feeling a bit juicy.
Brewed… I was truly afraid that I used too much leaf; but apparently not. It was delicious, lemony taste. Malty base. It’s like the iced teas, but not overdone with sugar. Actually it doesn’t contain any sweet stuff and just pure lemon pieces, marigold flowers and tea. That’s something I highly appreciate.
Certainly need to re-brew with less leaf to see more from the base; but still great.
Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt
Can’t help myself, but it’s great and highly uncommon.
I prepared this tea gongfu, close to 5 grams / 125 ml; which is quite watery, but I didn’t wanted to use all the remaining amount I had. The rest (I guess around 3 grams) I will brew western.
I did several steeps, wasn’t counting them at all, just adding a few (usually 5) seconds. I got a several great steeps, though the taste of sawdust is a bit weird, but liked by me. Pine. Forest floors. Grassy. Smooth. Quite thick as well.
Several steeps were a bit vegetal. Not troublesome at all though! Unusual flavour profile for sheng and I liked it; though it is a bit far from “typical” cup of sheng. I will miss it one day. mrmopar I see you still own it. I wonder what would you think about it; as it’s 17 years old! And you tried it 6 years ago.
Flavors: Forest Floor, Grass, Pine, Sawdust, Thick, Vegetal
Tried again, as I have received another, a new designed tea bag, this time from ashmanra. Thank you! Previous rating was 35.
Something is different today, as I don’t find it that bad. The aroma isn’t that artificial, and reminds me much more the acual pomegranate.
I would rather call it fruit tea than green tea with fruit flavour though. I would say typical red fruits trhan pomegranate and raspberry. It’s quite watery. As it cools down, the chamomile started to be more prominent. A little metallic as I have noticed 2 years ago as well.
Better, but still far from good. New rating 42.
Flavors: Herbs, Metallic, Red Fruits
Today morning tea I got from White Antlers, thank you!
Sweet mango aroma and fruity taste
I have to say, it is tea harvested in July in 2015 and it’s still quite fruity. Of course, the age caused that it isn’t that great as fresh.
It was quite still fruity and just a bit rough on tongue. I think the short steeps are key for a nice cup (and two pinches of tea was just right); hopefully I can reproduce this steep again (as I wasn’t last time!).
Still I have lots of this tea and well, honestly I hope I will finish it soon as many of those greens. It’s quite old and far from best time; but honestly sometimes it keeps surprising me. Like this one today. Not super amazing, but certainly still good.
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Tropical