15 Tasting Notes
I decided to use my gong-fu inspired tea set to make a cup of tea, and it turned out very well. I don’t have a red clay pot that might work a little better (mine is enameled ceramic), but I find it easier to avoid adding too much tea or water and making it too strong.
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Smoke, Wood
Made it this time in a Chinese-inspired tea set with a small pot and cups. I steeped it for about a minute, but another 30 seconds probably wouldn’t hurt. When brewed lighter it’s much easier to drink but a little less flavorful. The set I used made the process a lot more enjoyable, however.
Flavors: Bark, Caramel, Malt, Smoke
Don’t do what I did and brew it with less water than what it says on the bag – it’ll end up tart. Pretty good and fruity, but tart. I actually quite enjoy this tea and would recommend it to just about anyone.
Flavors: Apple, Black Currant, Flowers, Hibiscus, Tart
This time I used a smaller cup as I didn’t want as much tea as I have with my usual mug, and sort of messed it up. I didn’t change the proportions of water to tea enough or how long I should steep the tea so it turned out rather bitter. However, I did notice some different flavors as a result that would normally not be so pronounced so that’s nice.
Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Spices, Wood
I wanted to like this tea. I really did. It’s decaf green tea. How convenient! I can’t though because all it tastes like is watery seaweed and nothing like green tea can taste like. It’s not bad per se, it’s just that there are so many more teas that are just so much better.
Flavors: Bitter, Seaweed
This time around I tried reducing the amount of water to about 6 oz, and steeped it for four minutes. The tea came out quite dark, which revealed some different flavor notes and a little more bitterness than usual, but not by much. It didn’t really make it richer, but it did enhance the earthiness.
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smoke
I didn’t do much to it this time; I just added sugar with no half and half. It allowed me to taste the smokiness and richness better without masking it with the slight fattiness of milk. I tried brewing it with less water and steeping for longer, as I prefer my tea to be a bit stronger, and it came out a little more to my taste.
Flavors: Caramel, Smoke
Tried the tea again, but with half-and-half with sugar this time. Still a very mild tea with little to no bitterness, but a currant flavor seems to come out a little more when you add dairy. Steeped it a little longer since I like my tea a little stronger so it might be overpowered by the cream and sugar if it isn’t steeped long enough.
Flavors: Black Currant, Smoke