300 Tasting Notes
Both dry and steeped leaf smell musty, like old books.
One quick rinse and then first steep, 100ml, 40 seconds, boiling water. The liquor is very dark brown.
My first impression is bitterness, followed by earth and must. Not really feeling this steep at all.
2nd, 15 seconds. Not great yet, but developing. Less bitter, a bit richer tasting, with the puerh numbness starting to peek in. Still missing some dimension.
20s, 25s, 30s. This isn’t developing much with subsequent steeps. It’s totally drinkable, just really boring. You know how sometimes a black tea just tastes like tea and there are no real discernible notes that aren’t “tea”? This is kind of like that – it tastes like generic puerh.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Musty
The dry leaf is silvery green and very fuzzy. It smells faintly floral but there’s not much to it.
Steeped, it takes on a sweet, nutty fragrance with a hint of butter and hay. I sampled it at 3, 3.5 and 4 minutes and then ended up steeping it for 5 total.
The liquor is a medium yellow and very mild tasting. A bit sweet with hay and squash notes. Just a hint of vegetal tang on the finish.
I feel like this probably isn’t really anything special, but it’s so what I’m in the mood for right now and I’m enjoying it immensely.
Flavors: Butter, Butternut Squash, Floral, Hay, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
Hmm, this was interesting. I tried it last night while I was kind of distracted.
Lots of tart citrus and lemongrass, a bit of cranberry, a very faint back of the throat heat, and a fragrance and flavour that I can only describe as horses. Not in a bad way, just slightly confusing – I feel like it might have been the chilis, but I really don’t know. My partner gave me the oddest look when I told him the tea tasted like horses.
The colour of the liquor was an incredible, intense reddish orange. I couldn’t stop looking at the last couple of sips in the bottom of my cup.
Not bad, interesting, and I’ll have to give it another try to see if I can draw out a bit more of the chili heat. I also wonder if the horse thing was just me last night. I gave the steeped leaves another sniff just now and not even a trace of that is present. Who knows.
Flavors: Barnyard, Citrus, Cranberry, Lemongrass, Spicy, Tart
Had this again tonight as our caffeine free selection. I had my one partner over for the first time since my other partner moved in a few months ago. It was a nice visit, lots of tea, and I’m looking forward to getting to spend time at both our homes again.
I just really like how balanced this is. Minty and pleasantly bitter and tart and it all just works so well.