121 Tasting Notes
Ok, it’s time to write the review of this one…. after two days of drinking the same leaves. What they say is true. This tea just goes on and on and on.
The dry leaves sweet aroma reminded me of Silver Needle but without vegetal notes and with much more depth. No wonder… the leaves are really buds, they are all buds and they are beautiful!
I used 1 gram of leaves for 1 ounce of water ratio and steeped about 4.5 grams. Steeped for just about 4 seconds the first time and then 10/15/30/30 etc… I drank about 5 steeps the first day and then several more the next. I’m still not done with it, I’ve added it to one of my flavoured black teas for some desert drinking later on.
Throughout the steeps the tea was full of body to the point that it actually surprised me especially through the later steeps. I couldn’t believe how much I was getting out of this one. I usually steep my teas around 4 times before I get tired and move on, but for some reason I couldn’t do that with this one. It was just too much left in the leaves… it demanded to be drank again and again. The flavours that really stood out for me were honey and sweet potato. During the second steep I detected cocoa and coffee notes which disappeared in the third steep and were replaced by extra full bodied mouth feel and some maltiness. I have to say 2nd and 3rd steep stood out the most for me because they were just so different.
Overall this tea deserves all the praise it is getting. I’m so glad I got couple of ounces when I had a chance and I will cherish them for as long as I can.
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Sweet Potatoes
Yay! My sense of taste and smell is back! On account of that I’m drinking this wonderful tea which I would not drink if I couldn’t taste or smell it. The flavours are too good to go to waste.
What do I get when I steep it? I get sweetness and fruit and caramel with a hint of flowery notes and all of that enveloped in delicious roasty flavour and aroma. YUM!!!
On the side note… he he… most of the tasting notes come from me at this point… I can’t help it. I love this tea!
Grrr…. Thanks to the Mother Nature’s arctic temperatures and almost no sun (the sun comes out when it’s -20C but I don’t want to go out then), I found myself all stuffed up as well as smell and taste handicapped. I can’t smell or taste my tea!! This is tragedy!
I made this yesterday for my oldest daughter who was visiting, when I was still able to tell the difference between tea and water. She took a sip and said “wow… what is this?? This is such a treat! I’ve never tasted anything like that before!”
Yup… pretty much the same reaction I had when I tried it for the first time. Pure bliss…
This is such fragrant and delicious tea… I wish I could smell or taste it right now. I resteeped the leaves from last night hoping for some taste or aroma, and I am getting ever so faint something, but it’s just not what it should be. This is a third steep and there should still be a lot of flavour left but my taste buds are just refusing to work.
This has been keeping me warm company all morning and I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. I’ve been really happy ever since I changed the steeping parameters for this tea, increasing the leaf and reducing both time and steeping temperature. Now I can finish the remaining stash with pleasure which I have about 50 grams left before I switch to organic superfine from Teavivre.
It’s so unbelievably cold today. I know I’ve said that a million times this winter but the closer we get to March the more ridiculous this weather becomes. It was -30C with the windchill this morning… I’m mean, Mother Nature, are you out of your mind?
This tea makes things a little better. It’s fragrant and yummy, smooth and full of flowery notes. One of my favorites for sure. :)
Mmm… my second time drinking this and I’m loving it more than the first. There is woodiness/smokiness to it that just drives me crazy… I love it! For a second I swear I smelled bacon! What is this? I so intrigued by this tea… It’s floral, it’s fruity, it’s woody and smoky with delicious notes of honey coming through.
I steeped 7 grams in 6 ounces of 95C water for 5/10/10. I’m on the third steep right now and the astringency picked up a bit once the tea cooled but it’s a well balanced astringency, something that I enjoy.
This is some quality sheng. I really want to age this but I’m not sure how long this brick will last.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Orchids, Wood
Well, this turned out to be a pyjama day. I love pyjama days! I read, I played, I ate delicious things and I’ve been sipping on this yummy tea through it all.
To me this is a very well balanced blend. It has a spicy and sweet aroma and a smooth taste with a bit of sweetness and just right amount of ginger. Yum!