978 Tasting Notes
Having issues entering a tea on my tablet, so this is just getting posted here.
I’m in San Fransisco and spent a frusterating day trying to buy tea in China Town. On the way back to the hotel I stopped at Imperial Tea Court and finally got some real tea, served correctly, from polite knowledgeable staff.
I spent a pleasant hour drinking an aged wild tree shou. Pretty earthy, some fermentation, but all in all a decent shou. Ended up buying an oz of several blacks.
I was in several tea stores today and this was by the the best experience. If in SF, worth a visit.
Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is one of my favorite black teas. This one, while a little unusual, is really good.
A little lighter than what I’m used to, not as dark, not as rich but still has a really nice mouth feel. The malt and chocolate notes are present, there is definitely a starchy sweet potato thing happening but there is also some fruit – plum maybe. It’s really fruity for a ZSXZ.
This has made me very happy today. :)
Sil you know I love you. I absolutely adore all the amazing care packages you send me. I may not like every tea that you send, but it’s always an interesting experience, and quite often I find some hidden gems that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself. Thank you for being an amazing tea friend – but……
This is the most vile tea I’ve ever tasted. Buckley’s cough syrup is better than this. OMG it is so camphor, medicinal, icky.
Tea in easy gaiwan – rinse – sniff – ewww camphor – scared.
flash steep – sniff – maybe if I rinsed again…
two more rinses and another flash steep – hold your breath and try it. Nope ewwww Buckley’s.
This went on through a gazillion steeps and 1.5 litres of water. I sniffed and sipped occasionally though this process, but nope couldn’t do it. I could not even contemplate drinking a cup of this. WORST TEA EVER
Sorry ….. I’m going to let this go and choose something else…..
2016 Sheng Olympics
Since I enjoyed the Whispering Sunshine yesterday, I thought I should move right into Hidden Song today.
This is very similar to Whispering Sunshine, but I do feel that it is more sheng and less white. If you drew a line between aged white and sheng – this would still be on the white side of the line but closer to sheng than the other one.
It’s pretty sweet, fruity, but it’s sharper (?) – not bitter, not astringent – but the notes are higher (brassier). What I’m not getting is the veggies – lots of others have commented on asparagus, greens, edamame – savoy – vegital. I didn’t find that – I got more fruit.
What I didn’t find in either of these was the earthiness – part of me thinks that pu’erh should be earthy, or at least I want it to be earthy.
I like this – and while I probably liked yesterdays better – this would have more chance of making it back into my cupboard, because it is more sheng like (of course it’s sold out so that’s really a non-issue).
2016 Sheng Olympics
This is really light and gentle. Zero bitterness – zero astringency. It’s pretty sweet, quite a bit fruity (grape earlier shifting more to apricot/peach later).
This is a really nice tea to drink. While I really like this, I don’t think it’s sheng ish ( and that’s probably why I like it). To my tastes this is more like an aged white or a moonlight but not quite as deep of flavors as those are. If I were reaching for this style of tea I would be more apt to reach for a really good moonlight.
Happy to have experienced this – had a couple of really nice afternoons with it – but I don’t think there is a place for this in my cupboard.