216 Tasting Notes
Bought a one ounce sample of this with my last order. This is particularly good. It brews up to a nice floral tasting cup with just a hint of bitterness, that characteristic oolong flavor that can be bitter. The dry leaves smell amazing on this tea, very floral. This is a tea I find myself wanting more of. Simpson and Vail does not get much press on Steepster but I am a big fan of their teas and especially their prices. Their teas may not be quite as good as Butiki, but their prices are far better. There teas may be half as good as Butiki but that is debatable. What is not debatable is that their prices are less than half that of Butiki. For good value priced tea Simpson and Vail is hard to beat. I have never gotten a true low quality tea from them and I have always gotten a good value.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.
This tea is good, really good. Too bad there soon will be no more of it. The amount I bought should last me a year or so. The caramel taste is up front with the taste of apples behind it. There is no bitterness or astringency to this tea, it has the perfect base. This is really sweet tasting. I added sugar which really seems to accentuate the sweet flavors of this tea.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min. The resulting brew was light colored, sweet smelling, and delicious.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Sweet
This tea was really good, almost spectacular for the price, $8.99. This tea was well aged, it had almost no fermentation flavor, just a little in the second and third steeps. It had a little more fermentation flavor than my benchmark tea, the 2008 Song of Chi Tse, but not very much. It did not have as many complex notes as the Song of Chi Tse but it held its own with complex notes having the common dates or sweet notes common to ripe puerh. I will admit I was not paying that much attention to its complexities, and I added sugar so that intensified the sweet notes quite a bit but they were there none the less. The spent leaves had the aroma of dried cacao to a large extent. I will probably pick up two more of these the next time I order from Dragon Tea House. This is definitely worth adding on to your next Dragon Tea House order but may not be worthy of an order by itself. Despite how much I liked this brick, it is still a cheap brick, but then again Menghai Tea Factory does cheap bricks right. I steeped the hell out of this tea. Using a small amount of tea I got eight good steeps out of it. I think I would have gotten two more steeps in if I wanted more tea tonight. This tea definitely holds it own for the price.
I steeped this eight times in a 220 ml gaiwan with 9g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, and 8 min. I dramatically increased the time for the eighth steep because the tea got a little weak in the seventh steep. If this tea was made of higher quality leaves it would be worth a 100% score, as it is I give it about a 93% score.
Flavors: Dates, Sweet
While it is impossible to know if the description of this tea is accurate, it is excellent. There is no bitterness to this tea and a slight sweetness. I ordered only 100g of this tea and wish I had ordered 500g. It is that good. I added a small amount of sugar to this tea and it brought out a nice dates or plums flavor to it. This is an excellent ripe puerh from Dragon Tea House.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
This tea is reasonably good. It is not incredible. The maple syrup flavor is fairly accurate but I think it is a combination of caramel, toffee, and natural and artificial flavor. Nowhere does the David’s Tea website list this as having any “Maple” in it. Still, its not bad, just not incredible like a good maple syrup. I can’t taste the rooibos in this and I like rooibos flavor. I just wish I had known there wasn’t any “Maple” in it when I bought it. I would have bought something else. Of the eight teas I bought from David’s Tea, one has been horrible, four have been great, two have been decect, and the eighth I have not yet gotten around to trying. If anyone wants to sample some of these teas in my cupboard from David’s Teas let me know, we can work out a swap.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min. One further note, the flavor of this tea seems to get less intense and better as it cools. Some teas are like that, don’t know why.
Flavors: Maple Syrup
This tea is good, overall. I get notes of malt first followed by the baked bread and sugarcane. That being said it is too malty for my tastes. Being foremost a fan of Puerh I don’t like malt all that much, unless it is the rare chocolate malt taste, which this doesn’t have. It is still good though.
I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 4 min. I would recommend this tea to drinkers who like malt flavor.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Sugarcane
This tea was a little sour, a little bitter and a little sweet. I wanted to try it to see if it had the relaxing qualities they said it had. It seems to have relaxed me a bit. I will know in the morning. If I have no trouble sleeping I will give it a high rating when I edit this post. This is not a tea I would drink without sugar, that much is for sure.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water for 4 min.
Thank you Sarsonator for this sample. This tea was good. There was s slight bitterness in the early steeps and a slight sweetness. It was smooth throughout most of the steeps. I noticed a small, very small amount of sourness in the early steeps but then I was drinking it without sugar. Normally, a small amount of sugar will override such flavors. I did not notice a strong Qi in this one but it had a mild effect on me. There were a variety of flavor notes to this tea but I was not paying attention to the specifics.
I steeped this six times in a 150ml Gaiwan with 5.7g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, and 2 min. There were more steeps to this tea but I am watching my caffeine tonight.
This tea has the strong taste of lemongrass followed by the taste of mint. The base is a slightly astringent, slightly malty black tea, a Keemun I believe. It is a relatively nice tea but the taste of lemongrass is too strong for my taste. It did not brew up bitter, which is good. I think it has a quality tea for a base. I can’t taste the Elderberries which Whispering Pines says is the main flavor in this tea. This tea would definitely be better if he blended it with less lemongrass next time. Lemongrass is a powerful flavor ingredient that doesn’t always give the same punch each time. No two stalks of lemongrass will be the exact same strength. It may be that the Lemongrass he used this time was more potent than previous times but I am just guessing because I have never tried this tea before.
I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 5 min.
I would recommend this tea to anyone who likes the strong flavor of lemongrass with a secondary flavor of mint.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Mint