14 Tasting Notes
I picked this up while I was living in China last year after spending a few hours drinking tea with a shop owner down a street called “Tea City” where a bunch of old Chinese guys hang out and drink and sell tea, no other foreigners in sight.
The cake itself isn’t very aromatic- it smells like dry leaves. Once steeped there is a slight floral/autumn day kind of aroma.
It is incredibly light in both color and flavor- slightly astringent, my third and fourth steeping was incredible. This kind of white tea lowers your blood pressure; and I feel it after a few cups. I feel mellow, relaxed, and really peaceful!
Too bad I can’t find out any more imformation on this cake! I spent a lots of time trying to find it online but I can’t seem to! I’m looking forward to trying more 福鼎白茶 cakes to compare!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey
My Japanese friends said Japanese white tea doesn’t exist. I am so glad they were wrong!
I did three pour overs. The resulting liquid is incredibly smooth, delicate and elegant.
The flavor is sort of sencha-like, full, but really delicate. I love how pale the wet leaf gets after I poured.
If you haven’t tried Mugicha- you’re missing out! This is a unique, easy to prepare bagged Mugicha (roasted barley tea) that is incredibly popular in Korea, Japan, and China.
I often will brew it cold overnight and drink it throughout the day. When I lived in China, and couldn’t drink the water, I would drink Mugicha by the pitcher-full all day- just add boiling water to the bag continually. It has a roasted, light and rich flavor. A bit toasty, a bit nutty. Yum!
Flavors: Cardboard, Rice, Roasted Barley
This is my favorite bottled tea. Hands down!
Robust, full flavor. Dark, rich green tea, zero bitterness, it is smooth and incredibly delicious! I would buy this by the case.
My only wish is if Ito-En sold the loose leaf for this brew… I can’t figure it out, it is a mystery to me! A delicious, delicious mystery!
I will start this our by saying not only am I NOT a huge fan of herbal tea in general, I will drink Celestial Seasonings “Honey Vanilla Chamomile” when I am sick, that is about where my herbal tea love ends… but I actually hate licorice… THOUGH ironically…
This herbal tea is great! It is full flavored, sweet, and not overwhelmingly “licorice”- in-your-face, it is soothing and has the right balance of sweetness, due to the chopped raisin bits throughout- to fennel, to licorice. I am impressed. I recommend this blend if you’re looking for a satisfying sweet-savory blend.
Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Raisins, Tart
Endurance is a sweet smelling pu’erh and herbal blend. It smells like sweet plum fruit, cinnamon, mild young pu’erh and herbs.
The infusion is much lighter in flavor than you’d expect from the overwhelming fragrance of the blend- which is bold, and an in-your-face- as you open the package of full bodied fruity and herbal goodness… it smells amazing! The flavor is very delicate, the wet leaves smell like a swampy-pu’erh with cinnamon. Light earthiness in the final brew, with flat tasting cinnamon (meaning that it isn’t warming like cinnamon sometimes is, nor does it have a ‘bite’ to it), with goji, and mild plum flavor.
I dig it, though it isn’t the sort of tea I would usually choose.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Plums
Lush, feminine, floral- roses are the most luxurious- pair that with an English classic and you have it!
Rosy Earl Grey is a slightly sharp black tea, bold, a tad bitter, with high rose floral notes, there is lavender in the mix but it isn’t prominent.
It is almost like a Turkish delight earl grey- It is wonderful.
Flavors: Bergamot, Rose