121 Tasting Notes
I thought I was making another milk oolong when I brewed this up. Oops! I’m going to refrain from rating this one as it was not acquired directly from Teavivre and then stored in less than idea conditions for a year or so (which I also know is getting old for such a green oolong). So, yeah, I’m going to brew the end of this one tonight and maybe add a touch of honey and have it with dinner. Should be rather good that way, but it’s not one to savor.
Tried this one on my lunch break. It was very good. It had just enough fruity sweetness and creaminess. It had only the smallest hint of fresh florals, which I like, but not something I want to be prominent in a milk oolong (as far as the one’s I’ve tasted go). It was also very faint vegetal notes. This is pretty close to the perfect balance of flavors for me.
This was another catalog sample. This is very weak in flavor for my taste when prepared per the website’s instructions. Not a bad flavor besides that. Maybe I should have prepared it in the “traditional” way they describe. Oh well.
This was a sample that came with the Republic of Tea catalog.
This one is driving me crazy because the smell of it when it is first brewed is a smell that I recognize, but I can’t quite place. It’s a smell you’d find in a candy shop, I believe, and might be a flavor of salt water taffy, but I’m not at all confident in that. The caramel apple flavor is only really apparent to me in the aftertaste (something like one of those caramel apple lollipops). The apple lacks any tartness, and I like tart apples. There is also a dry woody flavor in the aftertaste, but it’s not strong. Overall, this is a pleasant tea, but flavored teas, and especially rooibos aren’t really my thing so I won’t rate this. Fun to sample, though!
I was not expecting to like these at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. Someone said that they tasted a bit like Cadbury mini eggs. I’d have to agree, but I’d add that they taste “dusty”. I’m not usually a fan of jasmine teas. I think that might be because I’ve had too many terrible jasmine teas in cheap Chinese restaurants…But I’ll never turn down a cup of tea. There isn’t enough tea flavor happening to make this something I’d drink regularly, but it was good.
This is definitely my favorite Dian Hong, but I think the previous harvest I tasted was a bit better than this batch (this batch was ordered perhaps a year ago). I ordered more recently because no other Dian Hong comes close to this. This tea is amazingly sweet and smooth and complex. Yum. :-)
I picked this up during their Black Friday sale. It’s already one of my favorite Yunnan black teas.
This was not as good as I was hoping it would be. This will be a tea I have with food from now on.
I made this one gong fu style tonight. I like it quite well, although I don’t get the “cocoa undertones” so much. Very nice anyhow.
I’ve been holding on to this sample of tea for too long! Friday night I finally got around to brewing it, and it lasted me over three days, and when I finally decided to move on to another tea, I believed it could have still been brewed more. I made this gong fu style, and I didn’t make tasting notes. The flavors/aromas/sensations were very much like what is described on the website (peppercorn, sparkling, linen, apple [didn’t really get so much of this], cedar). Through later steepings it begins to get more earthy and the spice notes go from being light and peppery to more of a cinnamon or allspice (although neither of those I think are quite it). In much later steepings it became very mineral-y. This was a great tea, and it inspired me to make a last-minute Verdant purchase before their sale ended. This has also really piqued my curiosity as to what an aged version of this would be like.