150 Tasting Notes
I don’t do flavored teas, do to the overwhelming amount of straight teas to choose from, so I really needed to twist my own arm to try this free sample. I’m glad I did. The aroma as I opened the bag was in your face bergamot, but when I took my time to appreciate it instead of backing away I was floored with the nuance of the aromas. Yes bergamot leads the way but it is really not that overpowering and in a way fronts for the subtle notes of floral tones that I can best describe as a potpourri my mom used in my bedroom as a kid and I was a stinky kid at that.
The infusion also has the same aroma profile leading down the road to happy thoughts. Never gave aroma therapy much thought being a western ICU RN, but this really has calming effects. The flavor is exactly as the company says, “gardenia, white rose and sweet lime”, well rosy as I don’t think I could distinguish between white, red or pink roses. The bergamot is so well blended in with this white tea that you cannot discern it as an additive as much as part of the tea leaves. I have sampled some of Teabox white teas and they are pretty good and this base tea is one of them, unfortunately they do not list the variety they used.
Wow, that was a mouthful for me. Teabox is definitely one of my favorite companies, and as a rule the more pricey an item is the better the quality, but here they have really exceptional quality for all their teas no matter the price.
Totally agree with Rasseru. This is a generally over the top Dan Cong which I too have had darker roasted. The trend though has been to make lighter ones and with this tea its not an improvement IMOA. Yes all the things you love are here, but not with the pop and clarity of a darker roasted version. That being said its still a damn good tea, finicky if over-steeped and just the right temp. I played with the temp and found lower to be better than the requisite 195. The number two on my best Ba Xians
Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Orange Blossom, Orchid
Came as free sample with my order, and was confused and excited, Yancha my favorite but in black tea form? The tea is superb, all the right notes of a black with the malt caramel and some attributes of Yancha on the oolong side with orange flower. Well done
Back of the cupboard discovery from Steepter’s monthy. I used the whole package 8 gms and a celadon teapot, 190° water. Fresh aromas of cut grass in the package and the brewed aromas of grass and melon appear with a sweetness of honey on the nose. The flavor profile is delicate, lemony, muted malt and a bit of white pepper. Resteeped 4 times.
Free sample from YSUS, for my splurge in oolongs. This sample was 21 grams, very generous. A quick look up on the site provided no inside knowledge so its basically a blind tasting. Use a thin walled 100 ml gaiwan and used the approved mrmopar brewing techniques, which produces a smoky tea, viscous with soft florals, no astringency or bitterness. It is a decent tea and further research on the goog says its meant for the Taiwan market and is tightly compressed for their humid environs. I purposely over brewed my 6th session to see if I could coax out anything other than the smokiness and not much showed up other than puckering bitter. I’m going to recommend it because although it may not have much depth it still is a smooth smokey tea is that’s your thing. Oh and the other is that I can’t find it anywhere online.
Bought this while strolling through the hood on my way to my favorite lunch place for dan dan noodles. Bright green leaf in bag with no obvious aromas. Brewed to instructions in smallest gaiwan, the aroma is really intense with cooked spinach. Not that over boiled nasty spinach smell but the gentle parboiled fresh smell as you squeeze out the juices. The liquor is a bit cloudy, thick and not as vibrant as i would have expected, more of a muted yellow. The flavor is dead on spinach and asparagus at first with a hint of seaweed. As you continue to sip, a noticeable bitter approaches but not enough to scare you off. After about 2 minutes the aftertaste yields from bitter to sweet. The one thing I observed in my reaction was I didn’t feel like I had drank a tea. Knowing my way around a kitchen and being one of those who wastes nothing I have been known to drink my spinach water if I wasn’t using it it in a recipe, and that’s how I regarded this tasting. I would have given it a better rating but I am new to Japanese greens and will need to revisit after I try a few more samples. Also the bitterness was noticeable and I don’t know if it is supposed to be part of the experience or just an expression of this tea alone.
Flavors: Asparagus, Seaweed, Spinach