1118 Tasting Notes
This is a fairly interesting herbal with a lot of ingredients. The main flavor that comes through though is the ginger, probably followed by the lemon. The rest of the ingredients are not really noticeable. I like this tea well enough so it will probably become a regular night time tea for me as it is caffeine free.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 8 minutes.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon
I found this tea decidedly not spectacular. It was not terrible, but was not great. There was a fair amount of bitterness and astringency. The astringency was very strong. It never developed what I would call a sweet note but more of a not bitter note. There were no wet storage tastes to the tea and taste of tobacco and leather was only mild and in the first few steeps. This was not a terrible tea but was certainly not what I had hoped for. There was a mild qi to it but not much. This is also a tea they are now sold out of at Yunnan Sourcing. I got the last one. I had considered it for some time and I decided it was now or never.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. The tea was not done but I really didn’t feel like continuing.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter
This is a very expensive shou from Puerhshop. I considered buying this for about two years before actually doing so. This is a sweet shou with a fair amount of fermentation flavor and very little bitterness. The fermentation taste was not of the unpleasant sort. There are some very nice notes to this tea, perhaps dates is a good estimate of the flavor. It didn’t seem chocolaty but I really didn’t drink that much of it. I did brew eight steeps but in a 50ml gaiwan. It really does have a nice flavor to it.
I steeped this tea eight times in a 50ml gaiwan with 3.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The leaves were not done but I decided that eight steeps was already too much caffeine.
Flavors: Dates, Earth, Sweet
Got this tea as a free sample with my recent order to Berylleb King Tea and I must say it is good. It was if anything just short of phenomenal. There was very little in the way of fermentation taste to it. Once the tea opened up a little crept in there but it was weak and didn’t last long. This tea is very nearly cleared. Not sure if I would say any notes of chocolate emerged but it developed a nice sweet flavor. This tea is hard to beat for a ripe puerh. It is as good as just about anything I have drank. There is something about Lao Cha Tou nuggets that I like. This one is definitely on my list of teas to buy. I think it is somewhat expensive but I may buy it anyway. Also, I didn’t find any negative flavors from the teas storage. It seemed to have been stored very cleanly by Berylleb or someone else.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 11g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min,1.5 min, and 2 min.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
I’m surprised someone hadn’t put this in the catalog yet. I am at least a month behind on my Global Tea Hut samples. This one was from March. It was quite good. I would definitely buy more of this if it were available. It was slightly malty in the start. It was somewhat chocolaty. It just had a nice flavor to it, not too strong, not too weak. Global tea hut tends to send good stuff. I have been considering discontinuing my subscription because they send so little tea for a comparatively high price. Although the magazine is very nice. Once and a while they send a worthwhile gift but most of the time the gift is cheesy to say the least, usually some kind of postcard or photo. This tea was really good though. If you count the magazine as half the subscription price, then you are paying about 60 to 70 cents a gram for the tea as they send between 12g and maybe 15g if your lucky. Generally about two tea sessions worth is what you get.
I brewed this twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 5 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
Today I tried a bit of an experiment with this tea. I brewed the old tea that I had thought must have gone stale. Only I found out that it seems that, at least in the short term, chrysanthemum tea can age. The year old tea I have brews up darker like an aged tea would, and has a slightly different taste. If anything it seems stronger and more flavorful. It still has a primary note that I describe as a sort of earthy note. Not a fermented note however, like many think of when you say earthy. I wish I could come up with a better word to describe it. I actually think the year old tea tastes better than the new batch. I suppose it could just be that the new batch is not as good but I don’t think so. I think this tea aged and improved. It seems to me it was lighter in color when I brewed it a year ago.
I steeped this one time with 8 tsp leaf and boiling water for 8 minutes in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper.
This tea is not bad, also by no means incredible. I did like it in the end even if it started badly. It started out with notes of tobacco and leather. This slowly transformed into something nicer over a period of many steeps. By the twelfth steep I was getting a sweet note that slightly reminded me of prunes. A little bit of sour sweetness if it could be described as such. I think this is a tea that is really just changing. It had a very dark color to the tea liquid. It was aging. It seemed in the middle of the aging process. I don’t have room for this in my pumidor so it will have to be dry stored in the New York humidity. We have hot humid summers and dryer the rest of the year. We will see if this tea improves. It’s not exactly bad tea, there is just a lot of room for improvement.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I am neither going to recommend this tea nor am I going to not recommend this tea. Some people will like it, some will not. The notes of leather and tobacco did turn into something more pleasant. My best description for this new note is a slightly sour sweet taste of prunes. By this I do not mean the tea had a noticeable sour note, just a slight taste.
Flavors: Leather, Tobacco
Making another attempt at this tea. This time I lowered it to 4 tsp of leaf and it was improved over using 5 tsp of leaf. It still has a flavor I am at a loss to describe. Earthy, but not in the way of ripe puerh, not in a dirty sense and certainly not in a fishy sense. In the sense that you are drinking something that is more of the earth than other teas. It is fairly tasty as herbal teas go. I’m going to try resteeping the leaves and see how a second steeping is. Snow Chrysanthemum is many times stronger than Chrysanthemum without a doubt. With Chrysanthemum I routinely use twice as much tea and it comes out good. I tried more tea with this it was terrible.
I steeped this one time with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper for 3 min.
This tea is quite good. There was very little bitterness. There was a bit of a green, vegetal taste early on but that did not last. What it had was a honey like sweetness without the actual intensity of real honey but the flavor. This was one good tea. In the end I only gave it eight steeps because I am really watching my caffeine but I thinnk it would have gone a few more. The tea liquid was a very light color even in the early steeps but had a lot of flavor.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.2g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 5 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. It had gotten quite light colored in the eighth steep but still had a lot of flavor. I think there were a couple of steeps left.
Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Vegetal
This is another tea I got from King Tea on Aliexpress and it’s quite good. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the first two or so steeps then basically nothing. It was sweet with notes of chocolate. There was very little bitterness to it. Trying to cut out the caffeine extra early today because of my insomnia. But I think would have gone a few more steeps. In the end I gave it ten steeps.
I brewed this tea ten times in a 140ml teapot with 11g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet