671 Tasting Notes
This is a tea with a lot to live up to. So many people have drank and enjoyed the White2Tea Naka. It doesn’t quite manage to live up to its namesake Naka. It had a slightly rocky start. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor and an unpleasant flavor note I never pinned down. It took several steeps for this unpleasant note to go away. What was left afterward was fairly tasty. The sugar I added to this tea may have helped but there were definite notes of chocolate here. Like its namesake Naka has a reputation for, this tea got me slightly tea drunk. It was not a lasting effect however. If it wasn’t for a poor start this tea would rate at least a 90. In the end I enjoyed this tea. I should add that this tea had quite the potent fermentation aroma to the bing.
I steeped this tea eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 sec rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the brew in the eighth steep I’d say there were at least four more steeps to this tea if I wasn’t at my caffeine limit already.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet
Thank you Boychik for this sample. This was an excellent tea. I really was tired from work and not paying attention to the specifics but it was good. I didn’t notice much in the way of fermentation flavor although there was some. There was very little bitterness and a nice sweet flavor profile to this tea.
I brewed this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. I saved the leaves and may go back to this tomorrow. It was not at all weak in the eighth infusion and has a lot more to it.
When I was making a purchase at my local tea shop, Clipper Ship Tea Company the owner gave me a generous sample of this roasted Yancha. I generally don’t like roasted teas because they are often too roasty for my tastes. This one is nice however as it is a very light roast. The roast profile was noticeable in the first steep but not overpowering. It was slightly less by the second steep and is noticeably less in the fourth steep. I only gave this tea four steeps because I am always watching my caffeine and it is time to cut out caffeine for the day. I think it would have certainly gone two more steeps. I used a moderate amount of tea for the gaiwan because I did not want the roast to be too potent. I felt 6g for a 150ml gaiwan was enough although I know some people will fill the gaiwan to capacity.
I brewed this four times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, and 10 sec. This company is rumored to soon have a website for those not close enough to stop by and I have always gotten some good tea, generally at reasonable prices. I’m not certain I would buy this one as I rarely want to drink roasted oolongs but it was nice.
This is a delicious raw puerh that I bought about a year ago and stored in my pumidor. I am just now getting around to drinking it. It is too bad they are out of stock at Yunnan Sourcing USA or I would think about another. There was a very slight bitterness in the early steeps, not an abiding bitterness. It was smooth, very smooth. It developed into a nice sweetness that could be described as apricots or stonefruits. I don’t know if storing this for a year in my pumidor improved it as I hadn’t tried it before.
I brewed this ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6.6g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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. I didn’t use a great deal of tea for this one but still could have gotten at least a couple more steeps out of the leaves. They weren’t quite finished.
Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits
According to the description of this tea it uses real sticky rice added to the tea, not an herb which I think is also used for the sticky rice flavor at times. This one is good. It has a nice sweet flavor from the sticky rice and a sweet flavor from the ripe puerh. There is a fair amount of fermentation flavor but the sticky rice flavor does a good job of covering this up. In any case I detect none of the extreme nastiness that is sometimes found in bad ripe puerh. I am afraid I was too lazy to brew this gongfu this morning so my review is based on one steep.
I brewed two mini tuo cha or about 10g in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with boiling water for 30 seconds after a long 20 second rinse to break up the mini tuocha.
Flavors: Earth, Rice, Sweet
This is a very tasty ripe puerh with very little fermentation flavor. There was very little bitterness to this tea, it was very smooth. There were a variety of sweet notes that I totally failed to pin down by specifics. There were also some barely perceptible sour notes in a couple of the steeps. These did not persist. Overall this was a very good ripe puerh. It developed a fruity flavor in the end. Not sure if I would say there were any chocolate notes but then again I wasn’t really paying attention. I just enjoyed this tea. It is after all a Dayi. They have a reputation for good ripe tea. This one seemed genuine in every way.
I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The leaves were far from finished. I’m sure I could have gotten four or five more good steeps out of the tea but I was at my caffeine limit.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
Bought a one ounce sample of this tea with my order from Simpson and Vail last week. This is really good. I wish I had bought more. This is a very light colored oolong. The first steep was extremely light colored. It is not roasted. There is a nice light floral taste. The main notes that come to mind when I drink this are honey and nectarines. There is no vegetal taste and certainly no roasted taste. This is a green oolong. It has beautiful green rolled leaves. This is easily as good as just about anything else I have drank from more expensive vendors. It is one of Simpson and Vail’s more expensive offerings at around $7 an ounce. That still is not at all a bad price for an oolong with such a quality taste. Many other companies would easily get $20 an ounce for something like this. I only brewed this four times but the leaves would have gone for more. I stopped at four steeps because I am always watching my caffeine. This was good tea.
I brewed this four times in a 180ml teapot with 7g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse then steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.
Flavors: Floral, Honey
This has got to be the strangest tea I have ever reviewed. I was expecting sweet and fruity. I have no idea if I brewed this anywhere near right. But it tastes like I am drinking a salty beef bouillon soup instead of tea. It is not something I would ever buy again. It does not taste fruity in the least.
I brewed one fruit or about 15g in boiling water for 3 minutes in 12 oz water.
This is a fairly tasty ripe puerh that has almost completely cleared. There was a slight fermentation note detected in the first steep, then nothing. I would say this brick has 99% cleared. There was a bittersweet note in the first few steeps, not an abiding bitterness, but some. It developed into a nice sweet ripe puerh. I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics so I don’t know if I can pin down specific notes. I will say it developed into one of the smoothest ripe puerhs I have drank.
I brewed this tea eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. Not sure if the 10 minute rest actually does anything but who knows. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the brew in steep eight I would say that this tea had a few more good steeps in it but I was at my caffeine limit.
Brewed this as an iced tea today. It has a very strong taste of the rooibos and the sweet taste of mango and papaya. However, the rooibos is a little too strong for me. Still, it makes a refreshing, caffeine free iced tea. Bought this with my order the other day not realizing I already had it. It was already in my cupboard, ah well.
Brewed this in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 5 tsp leaf and 2 tbl rock sugar for 5 minutes in boiling water then poured it over ice.