4301 Tasting Notes
Jeebus. Unless the bags say the year of production, I kind of wish there would just be a single entry for a type of tea… I haven’t the faintest idea which year this tea is from, though it could feasibly be 2012, or possibly 2013.
Anyways, this has lost flavour, but it’s still pretty enjoyable. And it has been a rather long time since I’ve had a floral oolong like this, so I’m enjoying it quite a bit. The vast majority of what I have in my cupboard is roasted or aged or… not green. Haha. So it’s a nice change. (I badly need to get some more baozhong/pouchong…)
This tea is tragically old. However, I got some pretty good flavour and sweetness in the second infusion. I think the first may have been in too cool of water/not for long enough, given that the flavour is waning.
Sorry for these tasting notes being pretty bad, I’ve been hit with a wave of exhaustion and this suddenly seems like a lot of effort. It’s not even 9pm! (But baby got tooth 4 last night, so that’s messed things up a little.)
Looks like this is where I logged my tea the last time I had it… there are too many entries that don’t match the text on the bags, making this horribly confusing. (I have, simply, “Jin Jun Mei”, purchased from Verdant. I also have a bag that I received in a reserve tea club box, which might be named the same.)
Anyways, this tea. It’s delicious. I barely had enough for a cup, but it was so flavourful and rich. Would have been better if it was fresher, too!
A whole bag of this and no note/review. Not surprising, I suppose. I inventoried my straight teas (the majority of them) a couple nights ago, and pulled out a bunch of 1-cup samples or badly stored teas to drink down quickly. This was one of em.
I didn’t honestly pay too much attention as I was drinking this, but I found it to be fairly flavourful and enjoyable – the first infusion (1 minute) was light and toasty, the second infusion (longer) was verging on syrupy, and had a delicious gui fei-type sweetness that I really enjoyed, along with more prominent “baked” flavours. Rather good. I’m looking forward to a couple more infusions tonight, before the leaves are done!
Definitely one of the better roasted/baked oolongs I’ve had.
Final dessert tea for the evening (is it obvious that I was too lazy to reach beyond the recently-arrived DavidsTeas/teas in my sipdown box? Haha.) Not sad at all about the 50g I have of this. It’s really working for me as an ice cream tea, possibly moreso than any teas I’ve had before. It’s just so deliciously creamy. And we’re into cup #2 from this baggie, and the stevia isn’t posing a problem for me, which is great.
Picked up more of this… and then it went on sale and I bought even more. Oops. Indulging a little bit too much in retail therapy, lately?Unfortunately, it seems like an oversteep draws out some spice notes that aren’t my favourites, and this goes from a creamy gingerbready tea to… a sweet peppery spiced drink. At least, I think it’s pepper coming out, but it could be strong nutmeg or something else that I’m misidentifying. Too tired to put thought into this (and it’s still fairly hot, too).
Further to my previous note, I wonder if I’m getting sick. My throat’s a bit scratchy, and that would explain why I’m feeling so out of energy.
Continuing the trend of dessert teas, we now have Caramel Corn! Which, realistically, tastes and looks an awful lot like Forever Nuts, plus some popcorn. Maybe a little more caramel, a little less nut? Variations on a tasty theme, though this particular baggie is getting a little stale.
Also, I have spent this entire evening doing not much of anything, aside from drinking tea, reading old tasting notes and getting some diaper laundry done. I really have no excuse to be feeling so in need of relaxation time (it’s only Monday! And I got an hour or so nap this morning while baby slept) but, oh well. The counter is full of dishes, the living room is full of unfolded laundry, my to do list is as long as ever (ok, I crossed one thing off, which was an achievement, but it was really quite small). It feels impossible to ever catch up! Blah. So tonight’s lack of progress will be quite helpful…
Unless I have some of this squirrelled away elsewhere, this is the last bit of it I have. Which is ok, because it’s still available, and has coconut. I do still really enjoy it though – a nice mix of chocolate and creamy coconut, and it makes for a really nice sweet treat when needed!