107 Tasting Notes
First tea of the day. I’m making slower progress with the TTB than I anticipated. A big part of the problem is that I feel compelled to re-steep many of the teas, especially the Pu-erh and oolong. Today, I will make matters worse by trying a modified gaiwan approach. I use my small glass teapot to steep 6 oz at a time, using 3 grams of tea and 60 second steep times. This is my usual approach for oolong, though I often use a Western-style of 1.5 grams in 6 oz, with one re-steep, which is what I usually do with TTB tastings, in order to not use too much tea.
1st steep (70 s): light fruity nose and taste. 2nd (1 m): Rich nose is more spicy than fruity. Taste starts grassy but spice increases towards the finish. 3rd (60 s): The leaves were fully unfurled, so I expected lots of flavor, but it’s really light and disappointing. What flavor there is I like. 4th (2 m): See if extra steep time helps. The tea has more favor, but lacks complexity.
Overall, this was a disappointing tea. AliShan #1 was excellent and I was hoping for an even better experience. It wasn’t meant to be.
Thanks to *Stacy at Butiki Tea* for putting this box together.
I have a fairly low opinion of Nilgiri tea, and this didn’t do anything to change that opinion. I was pleasantly surprised by the initial taste, which was clean and bright, but the flavor descended into a tannic, bitter finish. Each sip seemed to turn bitter a little bit faster. I added sweetener, but that didn’t help much.
Spicy grass aroma and taste. Rich mouth-feel. Good finish.
I think I’m getting burned out on the TTB. I should write more, but to be honest, this is just a nice quality oolong, with middle-of-the-road flavors. Well-made, but doesn’t stand out in a crowd.
Thanks to *Stacy at Butiki Tea* for putting this box together. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I’ve still got a lot of teas to drink. I’m finding it difficult to follow my original plan of tasting all the pu-erh, then all the green, etc. Instead, I’m finding it better to to a couple of a given style, then jump to something else.
“Discarded 20 s rinse.
First steep : I meant to only do 3 oz for 1.5 grams, but my usual pour is 6 and I was on autopilot this morning. I then tried to make up for it by doing a 45 s steep; totally confusing. This means the tea is probaby weak by Pu-Erh standards. The nose is light and earthy with a hint of fruit. Not sure how to describe the taste; leather isn’t right but it’s as close as I can come. THere is definitely a tarry taste at the finish, which is long but not very powerful.
2nd steep: 3 oz, 70 sec. This is much more powerful. The nose is earthy and herbal. Taste is black pepper.
3rd (3 oz, 1 min, 200 deg): Nose similar to 2nd. Taste is lighter and more fruity.
4th (3 oz, 1 min, 200 deg): Soft, fruity nose with hint of spice. Tastes of tar.
This was very interesting, but the flavors don’t appeal to me. Seems like more trouble than it was worth.”
It may have been a mistake to start the day with a green tea. I’m finding it difficult to find much flavor in this cup. The nose had hints of veggies and grass. The taste is clean, with straw and grass flavors. The finish is a bit more astringent than I like, but otherwise OK.
The dry tea has a clever spiral-wrapped shape. The disadvantage of this style is that it takes a long time to unwind. I gave it 2 extra minutes to steep from my usual 3 minutes. Weak nose. Rich straw/grass flavor. Some spice appears in the finish, which is long but not very powerful. Nice, but unspectacular. To be honest, the only distinguishing character is how it looks.
Thanks to *Stacy at Butiki Tea* for putting this box together