729 Tasting Notes
It wasn’t Steepster who ate my tasting note this time. It was my laptop who died of low batter all of sudden.
Again a celebration tea.
I passed yesterday an exam from Algorithms and programming, yes, it is that one I failed week ago. It was close-call though even this time… but I have managed it.
I overleafed badly this tea though. I have used all remaining 7 grams for my small-ish gaiwan. But somehow I wanted to get rid of it. I remembered it wasn’t much impressive as I have hoped, but today it was better actually?
Yes, I wasn’t taking much care — I just filled thermos with boiling water and slowly I was pouring it into gaiwan, did some random long steep and poured the tea to my tea cup.
Wasn’t caring about it. That led to several not so tasty steeps. But then even short ones were nice! I noticed vegetal notes, sometimes it was full of astringency and bitterness, but following shorter notes brought the cake flavours. It was creamy, cake-y, some stonefruits (as actual fruit), sometimes bit juicy. It wasn’t typical poundcake flavours which I would expect, but it was pretty much okay.
I wasn’t that impressed about this tea though. Last time I was careful and was okay, this time I wasn’t careful and it was… just nice sheng. Nice sheng that impressed me with its energy that it gave me, although I am bit trying to not associate tea with some other aspects, I noticed something similar as Togo said. I was somehow filled with all the ideas i want to make true, what places I want to visit and even I decided to check out how to travel to Ljubljana (Slovenia) as I want to visit this country with my Swiss friend (I wrote about her here few times already). It is bit weird, but I don’t want go there with my best friend. Maybe because he isn’t that much into sights and those things. Maybe I just want have vacation wihout him.
Hmm. Slovenia don’t want Czechs in their country now though. Hopefully it will get better and maybe it will be something I won’t forget. But for sure I won’t forget that promise of visit!
Raising the rating a bit.
Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Stonefruits
A tea I have from dreamloomer. Thank you!
An okay fruit tea as yesterday Raspberry Herbal. But this one is apparently apple & cranberry.
It is very apple in taste. Fresh and ripe red apples with its skins, expected flavour, nothing artificial, it was quite genuine in taste. The cranberry was present as well, although much weaker but I liked it as it was present as bit tart, but nice aftertaste.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Cranberry, Red Apple, Tart
A tea I have ordered and haven’t received from their subscription. I have hoped that it will be better than some typical Earl Grey but actuallly, it is it.
It is nothing exclusive, rather quite generic — but tasty Earl Grey.
The black tea base was tasty itself, as I wrote in previous note: malty, grapes. Nothing close to smoky. The bergamot itself is nicely present, leaves are well coated with oils probably. In the brew the level of citrus notes is right, the base is nice so… it’s nice earl grey.
Good tea, but I don’t really think I will re-order it. I will rather try something new.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Grapes, Malt
A tea bag from ashmanra. Thank you!
I am quite surprised it is so underrated. Actually people really hate it. I don’t see it that bad! Maybe I am much more used to drink those hibi blends.
It was actually quite tasty for me. It was mostly hibiscus, that’s right, but I noticed quite lots of raspberries, fresh and ripe. It was bit tart, as I have expected, but rasperries were genuine for me. Haven’t noticed any artificial flavours.
I look into ingredients list now and there should be spearmint and peppermint but haven’t noticed them at all.
Overall decent tea. Certainly not one of the best, but I can imagine it offering it to others :), at least it got actual fruit notes.
Flavors: Raspberry, Tart
This tea it is needed to drink fresh. First brews I was amazed but now and recently it was kind of clove + green tea. No hot notes, as chilli or ginger. I haven’t used cinnamon as they suggest for autumn “kick”, but I can imagine being it nice.
Sad to see it go? Kinda yes. But autumn is coming and new blends with spices will come. Happy that I have finished it just before another upcoming teas.
Had it in the afternoon, approx. 3 hours ago. I will try to recall at least something.
The dry leaf aroma was quite interesting and not that appealing for me. Noticed some sweet stonefruits as cherries, maybe tiny hints of apricots but mostly tobacco.
But I decided to brew 4 grams per 300 ml, freshly boiled water and… that’s different story.
That story is about strong malt and dried plums. Today I learned it is called prune in English. So okay, malt and prune.
The story starts with wonderful copper colour of the brew. It is dark copper with lots of shine and clear colour. I steeped it for 4 minutes and… it was just right.
First sips were somehow normal, typical malty Assam profile. But then the explosion of taste did the bang! Malt, prunes, some woody notes (eastkyteaguy noticed cedar, while I think more about sandalwood, sweet notes as molasses (another stuff I never had chance to try, but I imagine being it like that), dates and figs (as he noticed and I have to agree).
One of the most complex Assams I had. The aftertaste was long and it was very energizing! Would like more than 25 grams, but paying my one and half shift money for whole box (which looks amazing though) is way too much. But it’s worth every penny.
Thank you a lot Alistair and White Antlers. Truly exceptional tea!
Flavors: Apricot, Cherry, Dates, Fig, Malt, Molasses, Plums, Tobacco, Wood
I made it strong today (5 grams) and it indeed lost its subtle flavours. It is nicely malty and floral, but somehow generic floral — maybe hints of muscatel there, but that’s it.
This stronger brew have different mouthfeel though. It is well coating the tongue, like honey + even some honey taste. Slight astringency lingers for quite long.
Needs light brew indeed. Rating may change.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Malt, Muscatel
Received two tea bags from postcrossing week ago. It should be rooibos with plum flavour.
Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I do like plums, they are somewhere between sweet and savoury and I rather tend to enjoy savoury ones.
It should be brewed for 5 minutes as I found out while looking for this tea. I did bit longer, I guess it was around 8; but I don’t really think it will change the flavour profile too much, because…
well, it wasn’t much flavourful. Yes, rooibos was there. But not anyhow woody as expected, it was just plain base without anything. It was just plain. And the flavour? Well, it was bit of sweet side, but I would not recognize it is plum if you asked me without my knowledge.
Tried to gong-fu it today and it was bit better.
4 grams — 85 ml.
It was still quite malty, but noticed more — some hints of sweet cherries, raisins, pear, cinnamon. The last one was prounced as well in something like aftertaste, but it wasn’t much strong. I had much stronger aftertaste in other teas.
72 → 80
Flavors: Cherry, Cinnamon, Pear, Raisins
Drink in the afternoon. Received from postcrossing, from Germany, half an month ago. Postcard was nice though. See here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/DE-9522879
After few hours spent with programming, I wasn’t able to do anything what would working as expected. And I need to learn it good enough till Tuesday. Worse is, that even my brother, who is programmer have no idea how to do it. Or he managed it, but it’s confusing for me.
The tea is unfortuantely dismal as well. Aroma was full of blueberry, but after brewing, all blueberry is gone. Elderflower wasn’t present at all, both aroma and taste.
Tastes actually like an another white tea, classical bagged stuff when it is rather light hay taste and nothing much more. Blueberry… maybe there was something behind all the hay, but… expected it being much more present. Expected floral notes of Elderflower. Nada.
At least new tea bag to collection.
Tasting note NUMBER 700, too bad it is so…boring tea