143 Tasting Notes
Lewis & Clark TTB # 17
Rich caramel aroma. The tea flavors are stonger than the caramel in this tea. Both are quite powerful. After about 1/3 cup, I added sweetener, which I found enhanced the caramel flavor to the point where the flavors were balance. I’m a big fan of caramel, so I liked this tea.
Lewis and Clark TTB #16
My first impression of this tea is that it is delicate. There is a nice blueberry flavor that rests lightly on a white tea base. It works nicely, but my ideas of blueberries are formed from pie and muffins and I expect a bolder taste. The intent of this tea seemed to be to just add blueberry highlights to a white tea.
The concept works. The white tea base is of good quality, and even when I lose the blueberry flavor (it’s subtle) I still enjoy the base tea. When I notice the blueberry, it lifts the tea a bit. I enjoyed the tea, but probably wouldn’t purchase any more.
Lewis & Clark TTB #15
Deep tarry aroma. The initial taste reminds me of walking in damp woods, but underneath is a rich mix of tar and tobacco and wood. The finish is long, but not overly powerful. As the tea cools, I’m left with mostly just the damp woods.
There is a lot going on here, but it doesn’t seem well-integrated: just a mix of flavors that don’t coordinate all that well. I’m not that fond of the leafy/tarry taste, though some of the other flavors are appealing.
While I’m not excited about the tea, someone whose tastes are different from mine might really like it, since it does have several things going for it.
Lewis and Clark TTB #14
I didn’t know what to expect from this tea. YS is famous for pu-erh, and this dry tea looked a bit like a young sheng. However, it tastes pretty much like mao feng, with rich vegetive flavors. Unfortunately for me, I’m not particularly wild about this style of tea. For those who are, this is well-made, smooth and flavorful, with a long finish.
I’ll withhold a score, since I don’t like the style.
Lewis & Clark TTB #12.
I’m a big fan of “Golden” Yunnan teas, and still have 2014 YS Simao and Mojiang Golden in my cupboard. This is similar in style, though perhaps not as good as the Siamao (my favorite).
The tasting starts with a nice sweet potato aroma, with cocoa underneath. The taste continues those flavors. It isn’t as strong as I might like, though not weak. Good finish. As the tea cools, the chocolate comes to the fore, along with a hint of smoke, while the sweet potato recedes. The finish also becomes slightly bitter.
Lewis and Clark TTB #9
I’m not absolutely certain this is 2014, but it was received this year, so I’m pretty sure it is.
This tea has a rich, complex nose and taste. The dominant taste is grass, but there are overtones of veggie, fruit, and spice. Rich, buttery full mouth-feel. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it barely detracts from this well-made tea. Second steep is still powerful, but less subtle and a bit too astringent for my taste
Lewis & Clark TTB #9
The dry tea was very tightly compressed, so I let it rest for 5 minutes after a 30 s rinse. It didn’t really separate until the second steep.
The tea is rich and smooth, with flavors of wood, leather, and cherry. There is a little bite of astringency at the finish, which doesn’t detract from the taste. I want to say it has lots of cha qi, but it may just be that a lazy Sunday morning is emphasizing that aspect of the tea. I lost the cherry in the second steep, but the cedar notes came to the fore, with what I think is a touch of smoke. Overall, an enjoyable tea; I nearly purchased some today, but need to think about it for awhile.
Lewis and Clark TTB #8
This is a bit lighter than many Yunnans, but I really love the flavor. Wood and leather and a touch of earth. Rich and deep and complex. Smooth and round, with a long, deep finish. Another review mentioned bitterness; I am very sensitive to bitterness and didn’t detect more than a trace.
The taste corresponds perfectly with the price point on YS: between an ordinary Yunnan and one of the top (or should I say tip) “golden” teas. Fair value.