414 Tasting Notes
I had this yesterday with some Vitamix banana “ice cream” for dinner. It was a nice enough pairing, but maybe I should have chosen something with more earthiness or spice or something. This tea was perfectly smooth and sweet, but didn’t necessarily have the complexity or depth of flavor one could hope for. I just don’t know how to feel about this one! I don’t know if the subtlety of the flavors and the way they all meld together is it’s greatest feature or its greatest flaw…?
I still love this tea. It’s a very mild, sweet, milk-chocolatey tea. This is the kind of tea that would pair with practically anything. It’s mostly the packaging that gets me, though. It comes as little chocolate square-shaped pieces which are wrapped in gold foil. So cute. Both the visuals and the smells remind me of the Cadbury fruit and nut bars my family would buy at Christmas. Definitely a favorite.
I should have brewed this one sooner. Oh well. I really enjoyed this anyway. It has a great aroma, flavor, and most importantly to me, a great aftertaste. The only thing it was missing for me was astringency. I think it was that. There was something missing. Maybe it’s because of the age? I’ve experienced this with another tea recently. As I swallow, the flavor almost entirely disappears, and all I really experience is a smooth, creamy texture. This might actually be a positive thing for some people, and it might grow on me. I’ll have to pick up more of this tea someday soon.
I’m drinking the spring 2014 version of this. Yunnan Sourcing doesn’t seem to have it on their website anymore, so I’m logging it under the 2015. This is pretty amazing. It’s sweet and soft and very easy to drink. The flavors are very delicate and subtle without it being boring. A very nice tea to wake up to.
I’m really shocked at how much I like this tea. I had more or less written off all smokey teas as “not for me”, but I’m enjoying this one very much. It’s almost fully lacking the sourness that I associate with smokey teas. The description of this being a “complex” tea is spot on. There are notes that are sweet, spicy, herbaceous, floral, earthy, and mineral. I’m definitely going to save some of this tea for cuddling under a blanket with a book on a rainy day. Speaking of which, my third compendium of The Walking Dead arrived yesterday. I’m very excited to begin reading it tonight!
Can anyone identify this tea packet? It’s what’s in my cup today. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the Life in Teacup charcoal roasted Tie Guan Yins.