1125 Tasting Notes
Another big bags tea. And again, Basilur. Oh well…
It seems this tea has suffered a bit too much from age. It’s not awful, but raspberry is sadly not much present. It was rather Ceylon tea with rosehip tart/sweet-ness. And common Basilur base, present, but not overpowering the fruits. But others are saying juicy raspberries and I didn’t had them — though, some notes were there. Certainly a tea to re-try one day.
Flavors: Fruity, Rosehips, Tart, Tea
I was in a mood for puerh today. And I am running low somehow! So, I took this one. I am surprised rating it 82, while all others are rating way lower. But well, it’s 6 years since pressing, which is quite a long term, so probably it’s time to finish it. I have four grams left, which I will brew maybe western, maybe grandpa, maybe weaker gongfu session.
I have used 5 grams for my 125 ml gaiwan today.
I haven’t done any rinse, so first steep is actually that with 8 seconds steeping and it woke up some aromas — mostly some astringency, hot hay, a bit of osmanthus and stonefruits.
Tastes mild and smooth, which could be caused by short steep and age, mostly I could notice hay and lightly astringent with stonefruits note.
1st steep, 15 seconds
Astringency and hay, nothing much else… at least somehow smooth. But flavourwise quite boring
2nd steep, 20 seconds
Stronger astringency, but flat somehow.
3rd steep, 30 seconds
No notes made as I was busy selecting a new headphones. But it was somehow similar.
4th steep, 45 seconds
There are some stonefruits! And lightly citrusy.
5th steep, 60 seconds
It gets citrusy notes, but as well that sheng notes; astringency, but mellow. Hay, but not in a bad way.
Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Hay, Hot Hay, Osmanthus, Stonefruit
I needed a bold and pure black tea today afternoon, as in the morning I had no time to drink any tea (blame my dentist, not me!) and then I had swollen mouth and had no mood to drink anything but water.
Anyway, I took this tea from Izzy though again, as a Basilur I am sure I had it before. Anyway, thank you! I have last one left to make face-to-face comparison with same region tea, but from MlesnA. I am pretty sure I know the winner already, but whatever.
This tea, after four minutes steeping is indeed a bold black tea, which is quite malty, but as well quite sweet (read: no, or low bitterness) and I notice nuts as well. Mostly in aroma than in taste and pretty much not sure which ones. Theris is some tannic note showing that it is pure tea and no additives added and I liked it, indeed. Low grown Ceylon teas seems like a good daily-drinker teas, I am trying to remember Wild Monsoon tea from teakruthi but unfortunately it is already 4 years and I wrote no notes back then. I recall some nutiness, but if it was Wild Monsoon, I am not really sure about.
Well, into further research of southern Ceylon teas!
Flavors: Malt, Nuts, Sweet
Decided to brew this one, though I have several pouches unopened from previous subscription envelopes, but this one is new for me!
April 2021 subscription
To be honest, I have no idea what poached pears are and I don’t expect it means stolen pears. Or being hunted down illegally. I guess I need an enlightenment for that.
Anyway, I have a few green tea based flavoured teas, but pear… is quite uncommon and not sure if I had it before. Although pears are common here (we even have a few trees in garden), I rarely see pear teas in stores.
Honestly, this tea is quite interesting, but somehow, boring? When I brewed it I got rather some minty notes, like bubble gum rather than jasmine. Lightly the pears. After three minutes steeping I got quite basic green tea with some hints of jasmine and pears, but not in distinctive way I have been expecting. It was underwhelming, especially after reading so rave reviews beforehand. It wasn’t that flavourful as I have been hoping for.
I am with Cameron B. hoping for more flavourful sessions in the 20 grams I have got. Now, it’s shamefully underflavoured.
Flavors: Hay, Jasmine, Mint, Pear
So, last CuppaGeek tea. Well, I will need to place some order soon I guess.
Anyway, again a wonderful session filled with berry note of aroma and bold black taste with blackberries. Lightly tart, as blackberries are, lightly floral as lavender is. Great blended together.
Flavors: Blackberry, Floral, Lavender
SIPDOWN 93 6 sessions total of 20 grams.
Ohh, damn! I just went off this tasting note and it refreshed afterwards, so a few lines lost. Autosave would be a nice feature.
Anyway, a sad sipdown. Mostly because it is well made. A nice lemony taste, a bit on the candy approach. Well, it’s Kandy, afterall. I know, it is a region in Sri Lanka, but I am pretty much sure it was chosen on purpose.
The base tea is nice, somehow quite malty, but not overpowering the lemon pieces. Those are genuine and they taste really good. Although the citrusy scent is very strong, it isn’t that strong in flavour. It’s that well blended that you could notice both — lemons and bold base together, but they are rather cooperate than fighting each other.
It is a simple blend somehow, but so well done, that I am considering getting more than 20 grams I had in sample pack. And it’s quite cheap and fresh!
Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt
Today on your screens another weird tea I received from postcrossing directly from China. Its outerwrapping is saying only Euho as producer (brand) and Wax Gourd Lotus Leaf Tea both in Chinese and English. No idea what to expect.
Today, as well, was stressful day of three exams total, while two were ABC tests and one was an oral one. From two subjects — Intermodal transport and Marketing in Transport. The latter I haven’t passed, but I passed ABC test and oral one from Intermodal transport. At least something, but it naturally grinds my gears. Next time it’s on Friday, while I have on Thursday one another exam, again I guess it is going to be oral.
Anyway, back to the tea. It smells quite fruity, with some medicinal undertone, somehow resembles me a cucumber as well. The taste is unexpected somehow, like rather Aloe Vera or something. Then there is again that fruity note (it is that lotus?) and it’s mouthcoating quite a lot. There weren’t any steeping parameters listed, Google haven’t found exactly that I am drinking, so… I have steeped it for around 8 minutes. As it cools down it gets some sour-apple note. I guess it is time to finish it as soon as possible.
Happy National Haiku Day!
A Ceylon, hibiscus brews
above the black tea. (https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/, upgraded)
A big bags cup of tea, as I was searching for black tea, but somehow simplier in taste than the teas I have in loose leaf. And this one sounded actually pretty good.
It is quite an interesting combination, black tea with hibiscus and rosehips and nothing else. No fruits, no berries… just those three ingredients.
I steeped it for 3 minutes and it was just alright. Bold black Ceylon base, with its common light aspect. Tart hibiscus, which was quite present mostly in aftertaste and giving the tea its specific taste. And same with rosehips, which added some depth to the tea; and it was present with mellow sweetness.
Honestly, I liked it more than I have been expecting.
Duplicate entry found (with a typo); and again unknown brand for you — not sure if available across the pond.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips, Tart, Tea
Thanks to Izzy I could drink this tea and sip down it today.
Today it was somehow less cinnamony, but more clove in… but cinnamon was present as well. It was decent in matter of hot spices, as peppercorn was present but not overpowering and pretty much same with ginger.
Only miss with this tea is it’s oolong — there is nothing that is saying it’s oolong base and I can imagine some nice roasted one would be great.
However, it’s fine and I would gladly drink it again.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
I have received two small pouches of this tea from White Antlers, so again thank you!
It looks very differently to its What-cha counterpart. It is like only the golden tips used. And those are much smaller leaves too.
It’s very much different, smell is more malty and more floral. Same with taste — it’s more floral and less complex. It’s not a bad tea though! Just not that perfect. Four minutes steep, as recommended was maybe too much and produced very malty tea. While I do like malty teas, I couldn’t notice much else. Of course, florals were in taste too, but probably way too hidden under the malts.
It isn’t bad, that’s right. But not that great as What-cha one. Less complex and maltier flavour profile.
Flavors: Floral, Malt