842 Tasting Notes
My husband asked for a black tea or similar that is not too dark but neither too light and has some flavour and complexity. I chose this sample with the hopes of granting his desire.
This tastes rich, malty and smooth with hints of chocolate, smoked hazelnut and mature honey. The balance of strength and combination of flavours is perfect. There is no astringency or harshness.
Very similar to Teavivre – Fengqing Dragon Pearls in terms of strength, sweetness and maltiness but the Laoshan features more complexity.
This is a very nice tea, something that I could most certainly get used to. Could be one to consider purchasing.
This teabag smells divine. Bright and fresh grapefruit with a slight perfume finish.
It tastes sharp, sour and generally has a fresh grapefruit tang. Milder than the scent but pleasant and again somewhat perfumed and dry. The green tea is light and sweet with a little astringency to match the grapefruit.
I wasn’t expecting a lot from this tea but it is very tasty. Would make a nice morning tea addition. Thank you QueenOfTarts for this sample.
I was up early this morning and dying of thirst and it got me thinking. What black tea is delicious yet un-offensive and best without milk? Bingo – these Fengqing Dragon Pearls. I’m sure glad I remembered about these little beauties, they perfected my morning cuppa.
This tea is a wonderful mixture of green colours and the leaves form thin, smallish pieces that are crisp to the touch. Like little grass shards.
It has a very sweet and grassy scent that is rather mineral and thick. I would say it smells astringent (if that is possible).
water – 80ml
Raw leaves – 5g
Temperature 60°C for first steep and 80°C thereafter
Four steeps – 2 minutes, 30 seconds thereafter
First steep – 2 minutes – 60°C
Cloudy yellow in colour. I exclaimed “Holy Monkey” when I tasted this…it’s bizarre. Sweet and buttery with mineral and astringency but altogether it tastes like some sort of Japanese soup broth but almost luke warm in temperature.
Second steep – 30s – 80°C
Cloudy yellow green now. It still reminds me of a soup broth. Very creamy, buttery, sweet and vegetal but there is something about it….something that makes it taste strange. More like an Oolong than a green I would say, like a milk oolong meets a mineral green tea.
Third steep – 30s – 80°C
This steep is less creamy and buttery but it is still noticeable in the after taste. The sweetness is now not masked as much as the other steeps and it has a slight toastness about it.
Fourth steep – 30s – 80°C
Now it tastes more like your standard green tea. It’s sweet, grassy, mineral, floral and delicious. This steep is more of what I was expecting throughout for this tea, I don’t think I have ever preferred a teas final steep above any other steeps before.
This tea was just way too bizarre for me and I feel it would be unfair to rate it…well I don’t have a clue what to rate it as anyway. It just is not for me, or at least not at this time.
6oz Teapot (180ml)
Tea Leaves – 5g
Water Temp – 60˚C and 90˚C
Four Steeps – 45s per steep
The Yunomi club sent me this sample with instructions to taste the first and third steep at 60˚C so I can experience the full (umami) of the tea.
“Umami, or savoriness, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty)”.- On Yunomi website.
Getting my umami on sounds like fun so I shall follow said instructions. The leaves are such a beautiful dark green colour and are very reflective and shiny. They look like tiny needles in various lengths. It has a sweet, floral yet toasty scent. I think it may be the sweetest Sencha I have ever sniffed, but it’s just such a beautiful fragrance. This is one of those times I wish smell-o-vision was invented.
First Steep – 45s – 60˚C
Very subtle in flavour (as expected) but what is present is an amazing sweetness that is floral, grassy and yet tastes candied in a perfume sort of way. I know that may not make much sense but I believe this to be no ordinary Sencha. When I say sweet I mean honey sweet. Perhaps this is considered as a rinse? But why waste good tea when you can drink the rinse.
Second Steep – 45s – 90˚C
The increase in water temperature has clouded the water some. Also the raw leaves are stripped of some colour and are now lighter green. Flavour is still very sweet but much thicker than previously and with a little astringency. Floral, mineral, grassy and perfumed.
Third Steep – 45s – 60˚C
Remains cloudy. Increasing in sweetness once again without any astringency or thick mineral tastes. It is a touch dry in the after taste now which is mostly from the perfumed element.
Fourth Steep – 45s – 90˚C
I can taste that the end of this tea is present, it is now the mellowest of all four steeps and only bares a grassy sweetness.
Yunomi has mentioned eating green tea leaves before so I had a go with this tea since it was so very sweet. My first reaction was to expect it to be bitter but I found it no different than eating a piece of fresh spinach leaf. It would be great in a salad, or perhaps served next to some rice and beancurd.
I dare say that this is the best sencha that I have ever tried. It was amazing from start to finish in each aspect (quality, scent, flavour, experience). This has been added to my must buy list from Yunomi. Simply amazing!
Gongfu Teapot – 8oz
Water Temp – 80ºC
Steeps – 1m,2m,3m
Raw leaves are long, thin and crisp with a sweet, grassy and perfumed scent.
Steep 1 – 1m
Light, sweet, floral, grassy, dry
Delicate and refreshing, sweeter than expected and also left a fresh but dry hay after taste.
Steep 2 – 2m
As the strength has increased the sweetness has decreased though is still present. A touch astringent. It’s much more floral and mineral now but still with minimal dryness. Also picking up fresh spinach.
Steep 3 -3m
Buttery and mild once again but keeping it’s floral sweetness and touch of a dry, perfumed after taste. Very fresh and mellow.
I enjoyed this Long Jing more than I thought I would. While I love green tea Long Jing is usually too dry and perfumed for my taste and has suffered a bed reputation with me for a while. I don’t know if it’s purely down to quality but simply some Long Jing I like and others I hate. This one I like.
This tea is hugely full bodied and robust with hints of smoke, damp soil, malt and wood. It can be astringent without milk but it can also be pleasurable plain, my husband likes it strong and black yet he usually adds milk to his hot drinks.
The loose tea itself is somewhat fine and powdery which I believe helps increase it’s strength but it may take a few steeps before you find your desired strength.
All in all it’s a splendid British brew.
Not only does my stomach need some comforting but so does my head, ever since I woke up this morning I have felt blurry and very groggy. It’s been constant all day probably caused by staying up very late.
I have been craving peppermint since the realisation of how soon Christmas is hit my mind. I always think of gingerbread men, candy canes, chocolate and nuts. I went through a ginger patch and now this is my candy cane phase.
This tea smells delicious, the peppermint is sweet, refreshing, thick and pure. Sometimes teas with only one ingredient are all that you need, it makes a nice change to drink something so simple.
The flavour is not quite as thick as the scent which will make it easy for my stomach to cope with when my IBS flares up. The leaves taste quite fresh and very natural/pure which gives it a nice sweetness and refreshing/cooling tingle. Being Organic makes all the difference.
Today has turned out to be a 52Teas honeybush blend day. It just turned out that I had a few one or two cup samples of their honeybush blends and since I splurged excessively this Black Friday I need to clear a lot of space in my cupboard. Samples are one easy way to shift a few things, realistically I need to keep drinking as much as I can.
Which brings me to an idea I was thinking of for my friends and followers only, since I have so much tea I would like to gift away three packages of random samples to people. All you have to do is message me via this post to claim one package and I will sort things out. It’s first come first serve and I’m happy to ship internationally.
Back on topic of the tea. Once steeped it has a creamy cocoa scent with a soft hint of strawberry. Enough to actually smell like Neapolitan though.
Flavour matches the scent nicely, it’s like creamy cocoa with something sweet and fruity (in this case strawberry) lurking around the after taste. For such a long steep it’s only medium strength and has no honeybush characteristics ie no sour tang or medicinal taste.
It’s nice but I have a feeling if I want the flavours pop just that little bit more it needs some sugar.
Holy Moly that is much better. It’s twice as creamy and the strawberry stands out more now it’s sweeter, but at the same time the cocoa is still very much present. It’s very Neapolitan, I can see why this is such a big hit. I think this is one of my new favourite 52Teas honeybush blends. Certainly the best I have tried today. :) If I get more I will try it iced.