11 Tasting Notes
This is my first time trying a Korean tea, and as far as I know, this is the first one Distinctly Tea has had in stock. It is a bit different from what I’ve tasted in Chinese and Japanese green teas, which is what I was hoping for. It tastes like a sencha but without much astringency and a strong nori seaweed flavour. I imagine that might turn some people off, but it really is quite drinkable.
Flavors: Seaweed, Umami
Not a very good Yin Zhen. A mainly stemmy taste that only has a fraction of the aromatic punch you’d expect. It’s not a bad introduction to white teas, but every other Yin Zhen I’ve had has been much more impressive.
Flavors: Peach, Pear, Sweet Potatoes
Poor grade of pu erh. Some earthy flavours, but they’re overshadowed by a strong fishy stench. Distinctly Tea doesn’t seem to have a good selection of pu erh teas, and after trying this one, I think I’ll try a store that has a wider range for pu erh.
Edit: Over the past year or so, Distinctly Tea’s selection of pu erhs has been expanding. No sheng pu erhs yet, unfortunately, but I think there are some better shou pu erhs there now.
Honey, roasted grain, and roasted nut flavours. Yellow to orange liquor, depending on steep time. This tea can take relatively long steep times for an oolong, developing more body with a bit of bitterness. Doesn’t have the flavour complexity one would get from a higher grade of ti kuan yin, but still quite pleasant.