64 Tasting Notes
2nd steeping: Finally got the steep time right. 2 minutes. And to be honest, it could have used another 30 seconds to a minute. (But not the 5 or 6 minutes yesterdays got left at…)
Subtle but smooth aroma of earthy charcoal, and a nice rich, sweet taste. This is a damn good Oolong.
Screwed up this batch. I got to reading the opinion pages again, and let it steep for 5-6 minutes. Oops.
Oh well, it’s still really good. Smokey charcoal aroma and taste, but much sweeter than Red Blossoms Lapsang Souchong, which tastes like a campfire. This Tung Ting has a much more complex taste. Still big and bold, but the earthy, nutty, wonderful sweetness is much more present.
I was planning on trying a shorter steep time for this 3rd steeping of these leaves. Damn you opinion section, I got caught reading and missed it, letting it steep for nearly 4 minutes. Going to need to remedy that soon.
Anyway, 3rd steeping, same strong flavor. Just as bold and potent as the 2nd, nearly the same as the 1st with just slightly less smoke presence. Slightly.
Still a ton of smoke aroma and flavor.
2nd steeping, with a pre rinse this time. The rinse helps a bunch. The smoke aroma and flavor was overwhelming yesterday, today it is just what it should be. Bold and to the fore but not so in your face that it feels like you just spent the entire night with campfire smoke blowing into your tent.
With the rinse, the earthy tea flavor is allowed to come out and actually create a nice balance of smoke with that rich sweetness it is advertised to have.
Tomorrow I’m going to try a shorter steep time to see what that does.
Smoky. Only word needed to describe this brew.
The aroma smells like campfire. This first steeping is the strongest, and it’s really in your face.
The taste is the same. Very smoky, like a campfire in the backyard. Wonderful smell, wonderful taste, but close to being overdone.
Flavors: Campfire, Smoke
2nd steeping on the same leaves. I actually remembered to rinse them this time. It really freshened up the flavor. Light and fresh earthy and nutty aroma is more present, the taste is much cleaner both in the initial sip and the aftertaste. Very good tea!