136 Tasting Notes
This tea was enjoyable, but not my favorite. I have fallen in love with Keemuns, and may have lost the taste I previously acquired for Darjeelings, as the astringency and muscatel flavor were more pronounced to me than usual. I will have to mix my Darjeelings and Keemuns to see what happens, as recommended previously.
I have been drinking gyokuro once or twice a week for about 14 months, but Teavana has been my only source until now. While I really like the Teavana gyokuro, and it is one of my favorites, I definitely prefer this one. It’s stronger, grassier, and brews dark green. It is very smooth, but not quite as sweet. It held up to 4 steeps easily. I let the water cool down, but I definitely overleaf and oversteep…that’s how I like it. :)
I probably should have bought this tea in bulk while I was in Fort Collins, because I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 pots of tea I had there. The tea was very sweet, with a honey flavor…incredibly smooth. It was a little lighter than I expected, but the mildness was nice as it brought more attention to the natural flavor of the tea.
I grabbed this one, along with a few other teas, while I was in Fort Collins, Colorado last week. The strength is moderate, and it is sweet for a Keemun, with just a slight hint of smoke, but less than most Keemuns I have tried. I prefer slightly stronger Keemuns, but this is a great everyday tea, which is good since I’ve been drinking Keemun every day. :P
This tea has quite a bit of astringency for a light tea. I did not particularly like it at first, but it started to grow on me as I sipped it more. I have to admit, I have stayed away from Darjeelings for a while, but I think I will have to bring them back. Does Darjeeling mix well with Assam or Ceylon? I wonder if strength and maltiness would make a good product or just create a mess and wreck the complexity of a Darjeeling tea.
Tama Tea is a local tea store that just recently opened in Wilmington, NC. I’m not sure of their source(s) for teas, but this Keemun is gooooooooooooood. It’s on the stronger side as far as Keemuns go, although I always overleaf quite a bit. :P It’s a little smoky, but has a chocolate flavor without being too sweet. It was around $11 for 4 oz, which I felt was a little on the high side at first, but now I would say that it’s totally worth it! I’ll have to go back and try more of their teas…pretty exciting to have a new local tea store!
I judged this tea kind of harshly at first, maybe I have acquired a taste for it…something that happens often. The strength seems to be good, strong enough, but it won’t punch you in the face. The maltiness is at a pleasant level that is not overwhelming as well…good standard tea. The only limitation to this tea in the cost. I purchased it when it was on sale, but it was regularly $8.99 for 20 sachets. I would consider purchasing it again if it is on sale, but there are several other teas that I enjoy more that are available at half the price.
I saw this at the store and wanted to buy some Japanese green tea to hold me over until I buy more gyokuro. The instructions call for a 3 minute steep, but I was a little skeptical, since I usually find that 1.5-2 minutes is sufficient for green teas. However, my first steep of 1.5 minutes was definitely on the weak side. I hit the target on the second steep…2.5 minutes, just like you guys recommend…never doubt Steepster. :P
The popcorn/roasted brown rice flavor dominates, but there’s a good grassy flavor that isn’t masked too much by the roasted brown rice. This is my fourth genmaicha, and it probably ranks as the best in the group.
This tea is so smooth; a little on the mild side, sweet, and not smoky. I finally bought a tin of the loose leaf tea, after flying through the 20 bags I purchased, and receiving a generous loose leaf sample from ashmanra (thank you, again!). This will definitely be regularly stocked in my cupboard. Keemuns FTW! :)