1269 Tasting Notes
My sickness has not left me yet. Blargh. But I feel a little better than yesterday evening, although I wasn’t sure about it at 5 am I woke up. Let’s see tomorrow if I will call doctor or will go to work. I hope for the latter.
ADVENT DAY 19
So close to the end of Advent season again?
But luckily, not a tea I had in advent calendar yet. I wonder how long I have steeped it today, but I am pretty much sure it has been more than 3 minutes as I did last time. It was nice strawberry tea, but no rose today… maybe because my stuffed nose (again!). Again no basil for me, or just so little. I noticed strawberries and light hibiscus. And pretty okay green tea base. Get me more basil in this and I will raise the rating.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Strawberry
You know what is worst? I have prepared this tea in a family pot and I was feeling that miserable, that I wasn’t able to enjoy it fully.
But noone was complaining it has got chamomile base. Actually, they rather liked it.
As for me, and as much I was able to notice, it was indeed nice mild tea with light sweet and red apple flavour complemented with cinnamon, but the spices were quite muted in my opinion. Age-related thing? My sickness? Dunno. Thank you anyway derk!
Flavors: Chamomile, Red Apple, Spices
Thank you derk for those two tea bags. Nice addition to my collection!
However, in taste it is rather boring. There is nothing that says it is Darjeeling for me and the lemon taste is rather lemongrass.
Somehow too simple. I know I did steep only for 5 minutes while they suggest 10, but I didn’t wanted to have tannic and bitter cup.
Thank you Michelle for this tea from Rich — so thank you too, however, not sure when and if you will read this. But that’s not important. Sharing the tea is lovely.
So, yeah, after long shu puerh hiatus, I am trying a few again. I have received some tea samples from Michelle, so I am curious if I find love for them.
Searching for actual teas is sometmes hard. For example I thought there are spaces in the name of this, but apparently they aren’t.
First steep also as a flush, 5 seconds long
It has changed the color rapidly! While dry, the leaves were smelling after chocolate, but when wet, they are a bit peaty, woody and mossy. A little mushroomy maybe as well.
Brew is very light though, with strong woody presence and I notice some “dirt” taste. which can be only because it was brewed so weak and flavours weren’t able to develop well.
Ten seconds steep
Peaty chocolate? Weird aroma, but it is exactly what it reminds me. Taste is even more woody, thick, with red fruits aftertaste? It’s so short, but I bet it’s fruity.
15 seconds steep
See second steep and double the intensity.
30 seconds steep
Very thick, tends to be sweet and mostly chocolate. Again, red fruits aftertaste. Sadly, short and almost no mouthfeel overall.
Is it a hot chocolate? Nope, it’s Yiwu puerh. Tastes great, but thin. No aftertaste, no mouthfeel after a sip. Sadly. That’s reason for lower rating.
Just right timing to call it done. Brew is light and I got only woody notes. Maybe I did too big increments.
Flavors: Chocolate, Mushrooms, Peat, Red Fruits, Thick, Wet Moss, Wet Wood
One month later.
ADVENT DAY 17
Yes, exactly one month later I have this tea again and this time from Advent Calendar. I have oversteeped it though, but it was somehow welcomed, because… I had slight headache and I really wanted bold and strong tea.
It was. All the mellow notes has disappeared. No marzipan, no nutty notes. But strong almond and malty cup. Slightly tannic and light astringent aftertaste.
Yes, it is intended to be drank with more careful steeping, but longer steeps aren’t turning it wrong.
Flavors: Almond, Astringent, Malt, Tannic
ADVENT DAY 16
It’s sad to see another repe… wait, this is not tea I have tried before? I took the other, tea bag with same design and… indeed it is a different tea! YAY!
I have to say that today mint tea is greatly welcomed. We had an awesome, but very fatty lunch paid by the company. We had roasted duck leg, with two types of dumplings, gravy and red sauerkraut. But that’s not all. We had soup before. It was beef broth with vegetables, noodles and liver pastina. Again, not all. We had also a piece of honey cake and non-alcoholic punch as a drink.
So, pretty much I was stuffed and I haven’t been hungry even in time I have arrived home. That was 4 hours after the lunch! Yes, we have heavy lunches here and light dinners, not like vice versa in the English-speaking countries.
So yeah, spearmint tea. Settles down my stomach well, and it was minty. Obviously. It has got nice mouthfeel and sometimes it was even a bit citrusy and sometimes honey-ish.
Delightful, however a bit boring tea. I mean, what can go wrong with simple spearmint tea? Probably just using old and musty herbs.
Flavors: Citrusy, Honey, Spearmint
ADVENT DAY 15
Damn. I put it into wishlist, but I haven’t been expecting seeing it so quickly. It was in day 3 and loved it.
I won’t repeat myself. See that tasting note. It’s same. For real! However, today I wasn’t able to enjoy it that much as back then. You know, busy days…
ADVENT DAY 14
I have to agree with Roswell Strange, it has got mojito vibe. But first, when I smelled the sachet, I got chamomile.
But brewed, it went well. Green tea with mint. Hints of citrus, quite delightful.
As Roswell wrote, it is indeed nicely balanced and mint was fresh in this tea — so no muddy taste. However, somehow quite boring? I mean that I have tried several lemon green teas and this has got added mint, which is nicely refreshing, but not adding much else. I haven’t got Julep itself yet, but I saw it should be with bourbon and sadly (or luckily?) no bourbon notes in.
Flavors: Chamomile, Citrus, Mint
ADVENT DAY 13
I have arrived home, awfully tired, picked up some Christmas gifts and some work stuff I have to do at home, because I had no mod to do it in the office. I have some neglected stuff there and I have to fix it ASAP. Oh dear. Tomrrow my probation period ends. It flies.
And I am supposed to have caffeine-free tea? And again some Ayurvedish? It can be good.
Error! It was good. I calmed down a wee bit. Tea relaxes. Soothes wild mind.
Enjoyable cup with lemongrass/gingery notes. Smooth and not fiery. I guess I have Ayurveda teas connected with Yogi teas. Gently citrusy. Mellow… but just not my cup of tea.
Off to work!
Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Lemongrass, Smooth