831 Tasting Notes
I found some tea bag left of those, and decided to brew it.
As a collector I took it out of foil wrappers earlier, so it wasn’t so potent as earlier, but it was still very nice herbal!
The mint was probably most present nowdays, with kind of earthy thyme and sage.
Hmm, too bad that coop have those wonderful teas only in Switzerland.
On side note, it seems my brother caught Covid-19; he just lost all sense of smell (and common cold never did it to him); we made measures earlier… so we are safe but of course it isn’t great at all. Results should come in Saturday
I had to search what Sloe Gin is. That spirit sounds interesting and i would like to try it.
To the tea… be cautious; aroma is very pungent; not sure if it is elderberries; but probably yes :) and it smells after gin (actually rather the base — drupes). But it’s so strong!
While brewed, it is still very aromatic. Even my father noticed it and he said: “What the … are you drinking again?” Hihi. I told him and well, he was surprised.
I took one heaped tea spoon and second was quite empty, as I was afraid it won’t be too tasty. How wrong I was after three minutes steep! It is with nice base, some sweetness and although no actual gin (not sloe gin, as I have no idea) notes, there were some drupe notes I think… Smoky in the finish and back of tongue.
Not a tea which I will look for every day, but certainly an interesting blend worth trying and I think I will finish it without problems when looking for something bold and flavourful.
Sencha, origin unknown, from derk, but rather White Antlers
It is sencha with pine needles she got few weeks back, see here: https://steepster.com/derk/posts/406644
Happy to try it out! I took two teaspoons in 75-80°C water and it was quite good decision. Steep was quite short, about 2 minutes.
It was mellow, grassy, forest floor a bit. Quite jasmine like, which I wonder where it come from. It was altogether bit on weak side and I have drank about one half of my 300 ml mug, as my mother spilled the rest when she wanted find out what I am drinking. “It’s good” she said but she had just last sip left in the vessel. I have two other tea spoons luckily; but it IS past its prime.
Opened Steepster this morning (it’s 6 pm now), that I will write impressions of morning session. But we need to go shopping (tomorrow is “bad” bank holiday — shops are closed down); we had to visit the cemetery, so I rather, after week @home, went outside. I needed it pretty much badly, because I was so tired with staying home. But of course, all measures had to be taken, so facemask, disinfections, one-use gloves and so on. But pretty good morning!
Ah well, the tea. In the morning, I have used 80°C water, 3 grams, western. Nothing wrong with that, quite fast steep — 2 minutes. It was quite fruity, not sure about mango or papaya as previous raters said, but it was fresh as it could be (harvest in July 2015!), and quite enjoyable. Some earthy nose though, dry forest floor and quite… not amazing.
In the afternoon (I had two 90 minutes lectures from 1 pm) I prepared it again, with same parameters, but only (and recommended) 75°C water. It was much more earthy, sand-aroma like, drying, smoky…
It was like totally different tea, much worse and older, almost no of that nice tropical flavours.
No rating, no recommend → yes/no, as it was just totally different. For now, I will give it around average rating though. Thank you though White Antlers
Flavors: Earth, Forest Floor, Mango, Sand, Tropical
This is as well from White Antlers and again same pouch as derk had.
The pouch looks very pretty! But using ounces and Fahrenheit was bit tricky. Also, what is one tablespoon? It was remaining amount of tea there, based on my own tablespoon.
So, measured, tea in my DIY tea bag, measured 190°F and steeped for 3 mintes. The colour of brew haven’t changed much! Very pale yellow. But it indeed brought some aromas to brew! It is meadow-like, bit mushroomy (Meadow mushrooms). On the pouch raw sugarcane is mentioned, but again an aroma I have no experience with.
In taste it is quite sweet for my teeth. Creamy, as derk notices, I think I can imagine corn-notes, overall again floral notes too. It is mouth-coating though and quite well, bit like fuzzy as well. As it cools down, it becomes more earthy, but mildly. Quite yummy!
2nd steep, as suggested, 5 minutes long.
More earthy notes, but still quite enjoyable. Bit more on honey side? But enjoyable.
White Antlers and derk thank you both that you have decided to send it to me. It’s very nice tea, mellow. I maybe expected something bit different, but certainly it’s worth trying and again, I will repeat myself, perfectly drinkable. I have no idea how old it is, but seems quite fresh for me.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Mushrooms
I really enjoy this tea :)
It is nicely lavender / lemony / rooibos blend. Mellow in all aspects, but flavours are well executed.
I said everything about this tea in previous notes.
Why I feel writing about this (or any another) today is a must for me? It isn’t!
Flavors: Floral, Lavender, Lemon Zest
I was about to send this to AJRimmer as part of Advent Calendar swap, but I found out I have just a little, something between one and two teaspoons. That was way too little to share, moreover it was mostly dust of ingredients. Sorry!
So I preapred it myself to have SIPDOWN.
It seems there were lots of pea flower as it was turning blue/violet/whatever colour was that very fast.
Again it was quite blueberry mostly in taste, but I noticed hints of peaches as well. Nothing too unique, pretty much straightforward; no flaws, but missing something. Maybe some creamy notes, crumble or something. It’s nice brew for kids, I assume, but nothing what tells me “order me again!”
Flavors: Blueberry, Peach
While I read in newsletter that last year’s sell out fan returns I was quite hyped. But unfortunately, it is bit of dismal.
I sniffed the new pouch, as it is from OCTOBER 2020 subscription and it was quite nice, but not what I have been expecting. It wasn’t much autumnal at all, rather summery and rose was prevailing. Then some hints of cloves and cinnamon, but overall it was rather soapy.
While brewed, and I haven’t used boiling water, it was about 5 minutes after boiling; it was again some green-rose tea like. On the sips, there some spicy notes appear, but very wanly.
Overall, quite sad. I don’t see reason drinking this in the autumn, as it was rather summer blend. The name sounds great, but it didn’t deliver any of expectations I had.
Flavors: Rose, Soap
Another tea bag from derk, but tea maybe from White Antlers.
Apparantly, they use some new packaging I haven’t seen before and is is wonderful one.
But it is pretty much average tea. I haven’t expected much of flavour profile, but I expected to taste the base at least! I haven’t noticed rooibos, it was quite savoury. And although there should be many different spices, I noticed almost only ginger and allspice. Maybe some cardamom in the background, but none of nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon. The rooibos was weak as well!
Not for me…
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy
I get two pieces of those from derk. And as my gaiwan is broken (the lid, but as it is second crack I decided to don’t use it anymore), I brewed grandpa. She wasn’t that much impressed, but me? Let’s see!
Used all 7 grams of one piece per my 300 ml glass. Although it is bit on strong side, it is good (and I have prepared two steeps)
First steep is quite strong… but I knew it before I decided to give it a try; and typical shu notes are there. It was bit woody, earthy and quite dark. Not sure if I noticed any cocoa, but kind of dark chocolate was there I guess. Maybe a little of umami.
The seconds steep is way lighter and more into cocoa! Even quite sweet-side. It is more chocolatey than previous. Still full of flavour. Smooth and coating. Cocoa sweetness and hints of creamy.
Song pairing: Well, Bruce Spingsteen’s new album? Have you noticed? I haven’t till today!
That said, I am not sure if: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQyLEz0qy-g (Letter To You), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzvnEvbL-qs (House Of A Thousand Guitars). That’s it! But all album is, ehm, great.
Both songs make me feel that I should burst out crying, don’t know why. But they are so amazing. Great album. Well, he is “The Boss”!
Won’t rate as I will after preparation gong-fu. This deserves 80+ rating though. I am sad that you weren’t that impressed derk! Maybe it needs the rough preparation?
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Earth