802 Tasting Notes
This tea is beautiful to look at – all tiny golden buds.
This is really really good. Could be my favorite Jin Jun Mei.
It’s dark and rich, maybe a hint of creamy. Just plain yummy.
This is why I love Chinese black tea….
Edit: This is too good to be drinking at work. It’s just getting wasted here – I need to drink this at home under proper steep parameters. Wonder what else I have in my purse…
I still really like this tea – it’s desserty, and nutty with just a hint of that “floraL” essence that all French teas seem to have. Yep this is a good one.
Pondering my cupboard situation tonight. I back to feeling over whelmed. I understand that my current cupboard situation is because of bad buying habits in the past. I think those habits are better now, but it’s hard to get it back under control. Balance is still something I’m having issues with. I’m in a much better place than I was 6 months ago – it is trending in the right direction, and I really hope that trend continues – but I desperately need more fruit tisane.
I received my latest Mandala order today!!!!! I’m so excited – yeah, yeah, yeah – the teas look great – I’m sure they are going to be amazing – but the tea table – OMG I had no doubts that it was going to be beautiful, but it is SPECTACULAR!!! LOVE IT!!!!
Soooooooooo – I decided to break it in with one of the samples that Garret so generously included with my order. (Ok I might have requested this as a sample, and am very grateful that it ended up in my package – you guys are the best!!)
I’ve been wanting to try rice scented mini tuo’s for awhile now but couldn’t really decide if it would be something I would like or not. So tonight is the night….
WOW in your face rice – the first two steeps were just over powering rice flavor. OK – I don’t like this – lets modify steep parameters – MUCH shorter steep time – less rice, but still too much for me – fourth steep – flash steep – better, I’m still not crazy about this. fifth steep – added a bit of time on – I think I would like this if I could get past the smell – I think I wrecked it for myself by over steeping the first few and now I can’t get past it.
This is really strange to me – it’s like drinking plain white sticky rice. I think I was expecting earthy shou pu’erh with a hint of rice. This is liquid rice with a hint of mushroom – I’m not really getting much pu’erh at all.
I have a second tuo and will try it again in a couple of months and will rinse it several times and keep the steeps incredibly short and see if that helps.
I’m sure some people really like this, I think I should like this, I would like to like this…. Maybe it’s just so far from what I was expecting that I can’t accept it for what it is.
I will try it again – but this is one I’m REALLY happy to have gotten to try before I bought a ton of it. Thank you so much Mandala for that opportunity. :))
Spending some time with this sheng tonight. It’s pretty good. Not too green, not too bitter, not astringent, petty mild, gentle.
I haven’t explored pu’erh as much as I want to, and I haven’t really spent too much time with sheng. I have a couple that I really like, but most I think are too green and too bitter. I’m wanting to explore them more – but in my heart I think I’m a shou girl…
Last of my ESGreen samples – I saved this one for last because this was the one I was most looking forward to trying.
This isn’t really doing it for me tonight. It’s a bit too finicky, some astringent, and not at all in my preferred flavor profile. If you get the steep just right it is fruity, but it also has some bitter cocoa notes, maybe even a hint of molasses. Just a little oversteeped and it turns really aggressive on the bitter notes, maybe a hint of smoke.
I’m sure this is a quality tea it’s just not for me.
All in all though I’ve been really happy with the samples I got from them. Really liked 3 of the 4 and would consider ordering from them again. LOL I have a BUNCH of loyalty points so I SHOULD order from them again.
I drank a LOT of black tea at work today. When I finally got home I really was looking for something lighter. This was the one that got pulled out.
I’ve drank a few cups of it tonight – so it’s obviously something I can drink – but I don’t think this is really my style. I’ve read the description and looked at the ingredient list and I’m confused. I’m getting licorice or fennel or anise – not a lot but enough to be annoying me. None of those are in the ingredient list. I’m so confused. There is a little nutty, a little citrus acidic, quite a bit of spice , but also just a little medicinal. I can see some people really liking this, it’s an interesting caffeine free blend.
I don’t really have any teas in sip down range so I’m visiting an old favorite tonight.
This is just a really nice fruity black. Some say finicky – that might be true, but it always seems to work for me if I do 95C for 2.5 minutes. About 2tsp in my Davids perfect mug…
There is just something about the gentleness of the French teas….
Tea of choice at work today. This is fantastic. Everything I like in Jin Jun Mei. Sweet, a little bready, a little malty – great tea. The leaves were larger and more fuzzy than I normally see with Jin Jun Mei – all in all a beautiful tea.
I’m two for two with my ESGreen samples – hope the others are as good. Love the yixing I bought from them and the tea is good.
Tonight I ‘m drinking a pu’erh sample that I got with one of my Mandala orders. All the package says is “Personal Stash 2006 Ripe from Yong DE area” ?
Steeps 1 and 2 were pretty harsh – not bitter but in your face pu’erh – earthy, musty (not fishy) but strong pu’erh.
Steeps 3 and 4 were a little better but still quite strong. There was some sweet, woody, fruit tree something starting to come out.
Steeps 5 and 6 were starting to mellow – getting smoother..
This one is the type of shou that could turn off non pu’erh drinkers. While I find this interesting and really appreciate the sample this isn’t my favorite. Thanks Garret.