696 Tasting Notes
My friend sent this one along and it is seriously tasty. It has a subtle genmaicha vibe going on, plus the strong caramel flavour.
I can see why some would think this similar to Japon, but I have to say the tastes are a wee bit different, but the low maintenance (AKA steep at boiling) of this tea might almost
put this one in the lead. Gasp. I feel horrid even typing that. I’ll have to contemplate that a bit more before fully deciding.
I tried North Winds last night, but didn’t write a note because I wasn’t too sure about it. I thought I’d steep this today since it has the North Winds base and I have now come to somewhat of a conclusion.
There is a very slight, subtle smokiness here. It’s extremely subtle, almost not smokiness, perhaps more like a campfire from a distance. Like the smoke has travelling through the forest and intermingled with trees and such along the way, however there is that smoky element, and unfortunately I can’t get past it.
There is a light richness to this cup otherwise, and some maltiness, and of course a hint of vanilla. It’s really a well done tea. I can see why this one is a crowd favourite. Sadly neither are for me, though I do have a little bit more to experiment with, so perhaps I can make something work.
My Whispering Pines order has arrived! Yes!
I thought I would steep some of this up since I was measuring some out to share with whatshesaid anyway. The steeped scent reminded me, pretty near perfectly, of Premium Taiwanese Assam, however the taste is much more akin to Bailin. Very tasty, either way!
It’s a bit lighter than PTA and has that great Bailin taste I love, but with much less maintenance (in terms of Bailin). This one may be a keeper.
This was a sample Verdant sent along with my recent order of LB. I haven’t had an oolong in quite some time. I sort of fell out of love with them a bit, because they are a wee bit high maintenance.
I figured I’d waited long enough, and I’ve been bothered by my box of need-to-sipdown teas lately. This one is tasty, but it doesn’t seem extraordinarily different from many other oolongs, AKA nothing makes it stand out against the rest. This is one of my friend’s favourites, but it’s just another tasty tea to me. Perhaps when another oolong mood rolls around, I’ll re-try this one to see if I can get the magic.
This is a sample sipdown.
Dexter sent me a couple cups worth of this a while ago in a surprise parcel. I’ve been hoarding it, for fear I’d never find my precious L’Automne again. The orange and chocolate just work so well with the rooibos base here. The base isn’t off-putting or offensive in any way, which is truly shocking since this is the only rooibos to date that has managed to surpass my strict taste-testing for rooibos. Truly a masterpiece.
Dex is awesome, and sending along a bunch more. This is a celebration cup. Yum!
This tea is delightful. The coconut, banana combination with the PTA base is seriously awesome. Somehow the ingredients come together as something comforting and none too tropical, which is a great alternative to all the other coconut teas that do come across tropical. Not that I don’t like tropical, it’s just nice to have other options. Especially when they are Butiki-amazing.
I never really reach for this one though, so perhaps 1/2-1 ounce is needed next time I order.
I cold brewed this one for 17 hours (whoops, I meant to do 12). It turned out just fine though. It really tastes just like Tropicalia plus cinnamon and star anise. Neither are in-your-face, but are noticeable, yet subtle at the same time. It’s quite enjoyable as a cold brew.
I also steeped up a normal mug too, and I may ever so slightly prefer the hot. Partly because I generally prefer hot tea, but also because the cinnamon is more apparent than the star anise, whereas they were equal in the cold brew. When cinnamon is done well in a tea, I do enjoy it. The hot version is more like a cinnamon piña colada.
This one came from Stephanie.
I checked the directions on Verdant’s website to be sure, and went with a 5-second rinse ~1-2 minutes after letting the kettle cool from boiling, then a 15-second steep.
I am happy to say it doesn’t have the earthy/fishy taste of the darker steeping pu’erhs I’ve tried. There is an earthy taste here, but it’s completely different – more like dry dirt. Actually a bit bizarre, but I’m not exactly turned off by it. I’ll have to keep sipping away to see what else comes of this tea. And resteep it, of course.
Thanks Stephanie! I really appreciate your helpfulness in the pu’erh department. Before you I didn’t even realize there were different types of pu’erh.