896 Tasting Notes
Drinking this at work today. That means it’s probably over leafed and over steeped – that would be my normal work parameters.
This is an interesting China black. I want to say chocolate, but it’s not – more like caramel. I think it’s a touch smoky, just a little coffee ish, and something resembling old library book. This is a big bold black tea. It does mellow a little as it cool, and then there are some stone fruit notes to it. It would probably be better if steeped properly, but for a work tea, this is making me happy today. I haven’t been drinking much tea lately and am really enjoying the caffeine (oh how I’ve missed you).
Boychik was kind enough to send me a sample of this.
This is better than a lot of the young sheng, but still not to my tastes. The earlier steeps are pretty sweet, a little hay ish, but it’s sharp. Nit really bitter, but lots of top notes. The more I steeped it the grassier and more bitter it got. I can understand why others like this, but it’s not for me.
Thanks boychik for the opportunityto try it.
Drinking a Shui Xian tonight from O5tea.
This is heavily roasted, tons of mineral notes, and a little drying. I think it’s too much for me. I don’t mind heavily oxidized, and this isn’t really smoky – it’s more of a burned taste. Will try a few more steeps and see if it mellows, but at this point, not my favourite.
ETA: Steeps 5 and 6 are much softer and more to my taste, but this still isn’t my fav oolong.
I received this sample from Boychik. Thank you so much.
This isn’t a moonlight, but I’m having a hard time not comparing it to the many that I’ve been drinking lately. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. It’s good. There is no doubt that it’s a high quality tea. The first couple of steeps, it seemed more like a medium oxidized rock oolong. A little mineraly, a little grassy, sweet, just a hint bitter. It was a beautiful golden orange. The colour really didn’t change from steep to steep. The later steeps mellowed out, it became more subtle more what I expect from a white tea. Steeps 5 and 6 were pretty fresh and bright. Steeps 7 and 8 were sweeter almost fruity and juicy.
I don’t think this is my favourite aged white, but it was really interesting with lots going on and it changed quite a bit from steep to steep. Really happy that I got to try it. :))
When this came out I thought it would be a blend that I could get behind, but when I smelled it in the store I changed my mind….didn’t really like the smell of it. When I saw just a little left in the box, I took the opportunity to try it – I’ve been wrong before.
I cold steeped it and got an overly sweet, cinnamon mish mash of flavors. Nope I don’t like it.
I had a challenging day at work. Came home, looked at my tea stash and thought – I don’t want to make a decision. So I reached into my sample box and randomly pulled one out. When I saw this, my first reaction was ugggggg, and my second was – at least it came from Garret. For those that don’t really know me, let me explain. I want to like sheng, really I do. I keep buying samples, and I keep trying but it seems that the more I fall in love with shou the more I dislike sheng. The vast majority of the ones that I’ve tried have fallen into two categories – really green and bitter or dirty stagnant swamp water. And then I run into one like this……. if all sheng were like this I would drink more of it.
This is fantastic!!!!!!!!! It tastes like sheng…whatever that taste is….. a little green, a little smokey, a little earthy, clean. This one is darker than most I’ve had. It’s pretty sweet, it’s really good. If anyone out there is like me…..not liking the bitter greenness of sheng, I encourage you to try this.
Thank you so much Garret for including this sample in one of my orders.
Ze_Teamaker was kind enough to send me a sample of this. Thank you so much.
WOW. This is what I’ve been searching for in a moonlight tea. It starts out light, juicy, fruity, a little earthy, and totally amazing. As you steep it, it just keeps getting darker and darker. It’s still a little earthy, and juicy but it’s getting deeper and more savory. I used boiling water and started with flash steeps, still only at 15 sec by steeps 7 and 8. This is a fantastic example of a moonlight tea.
MMMMMmmmmm this is good. Dry it smells like a rou gui, there is a cinnamon scent to it. Steeped it’s more like burnt sugar and caramel with a bit of woody oolong. For me this is a well balanced, interesting, really nice dark oolong. I like dark roast, but this isn’t really roasty, just heavily oxidized with a hint of burnt. Awesome.
Starting to think my taster is off tonight. Why does this taste like stone fruit, apricot? This is lighter than I think it should be for a Yunnan black, but wow us it sweet. This is more like the Nilgiri I was drinking earlier that a typical Chinese black. There is a hint of chocolate and malt in the scent but it doesn’t seem to be coming through in the taste. I like this but it’s odd.