1275 Tasting Notes
Spears are us, or it is in the case of this tea. They are beautifully twisted and shaped, unusual cocoon style pieces with a chocolate like scent and a high black shine. It doesn’t sound like I’m describing tea, does it? Well in a way it doesn’t feel like it is either, but I’m soo looking forward to trying it.
3 spears in 200ml Gongfu
Time I was recommended is 5-6 minutes so I will stick with that
6 minutes later and I have an extremely pale brown tea liquid. It smells mildly malty and wooden with a slight herb tinge. Flavour is also oddly herbal, I am not sure what though… But despite the delightful oddness of it I must admit it’s pleasant tasting.
Another steep to see if it unleashes more flavours, the leaves are tightly wrapped so I feel it needs to open up more. After another few minutes it’s still mild but I can taste more sweet malt tones. Definite cocoa tones too.
Ok another steep, please open up leaves! Ok after ten minutes it’s still very light. So time to double up, it now has six spears in! Another 6 minutes or so to wait.
That’s a bit better, more floral now than before, though still sweet and malty dominating tones, albeit on a still very light scale.
It certainly is an usual tea, both in appearance and taste, but it’s subtly is just not for me. Sorry Blue Unicorn Reserve, you sound awesome but I just don’t love you.
Thought I would re-visit this tea tonight. It received top marks from my previous tasting. Tonight’s sampling is bliss, it smells and tastes like treacle toffee. Creamy malt tones keep it from being overly sweet…honestly for me it is perfect. If I want a black tea this has everything I look for. I’m sat in love with with this tea!
Right, today is officially Shu Puerh day and this is my third type of the day. Looking forward to trying this beauty. I adore opening tuo cha wrappers, it’s like opening tiny tea gifts.
Flavour is mild, nice warm earthy tones with a hint of pepper and spice in the after taste. No fish or damp flavours/smells. Also getting wood and malt tones and a hint of smoke which becomes apparent after a few steeps.
Nice and smooth for the most part, enjoying this very much. A standard shu tuo cha that guarantees satisfaction, my only gripe is that it’s not unique or memorable. Though certainly for a daily Pu Erh this is perfect.
What can I say, these little tuocha are cute, and on top of that they have so many pretty flower pieces in. I can see pinks, reds and blues going on.
I’m finding this one lightly sweet and less floral than I was expecting. Though there is an after taste of something floral and herby. The Pu Erh is mildly earthy which is perfect against the subtlety of the flowers. It is sweet though, nicely so. Also has a mild refreshing after taste…reminds me of chrysanthemum.
Further steeps remain consistent. It’s not fishy nor too damp tasting (yay) so it’s easy to drink. My only fault is that it’s not floral enough for my tastes, I expected something perfume like from this tea…instead it’s more like a light floral mist.
Perhaps not quite what I was looking for but it’s nice non the less. Happy enough with this for now but I don’t think I would re order.
After reading a review on a Camellia Flower Pu Erh cake from Oolong Owl I got a severe craving for a floral Pu Erh. I placed an order for one of these fabled God of Night Sweats cakes but since that won’t arrive for a few weeks I have had to go through my stash and find something for here and now. This rose Pu Erh will do nicely.
Oh and before I forget, here is a link to Oolong Owls review. Worth a read if anyone missed it.
So two tuocha in my Gongfu as normal, though one of them is missing a rose :( First rose tuocha I have had without a rose in it. Oh well, was bound to happen at some point I suppose.
It’s still a nice Pu Erh, as I remember, mildly floral and slightly sour but on the whole a decent tea. Cures my cravings for now anyway.
Time this sample saw the inside of my teapot. I find it mildly amusing that the Yumchaa website says this one tastes like “Warm Thoughts”. Interesting….
Ingredients: Pai Mu Tan, Blackberries, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Mint
So far it looks like your average Pai Mu Tan, though somewhat broken down and dry looking. So perhaps not the best of quality but frankly this one is all about the taste and I cannot judge that without trying it.
Flavour is mild, picking up sweet berries with a touch of nutmeg being somewhat dry…though I often find Pai Mu Tan nutty and dry by itself anyway. Also in the after taste I detect an extremely mild hint of mint (hey that rhymes). On the whole it’s quite crystal clear tasting and it’s sweetness is very appealing. The more I drink the stronger the mint becomes.
I actually liked this more than I thought I would, it’s not a favourite but it is very easy to drink and that makes it a delight. Sometimes I just want something sweet and chuggable, this fits that slot.
Flavors: Berries, Nuts, Spices, Sweet
I’m admit that I’m guilty….I promised to clean the house today but so far I’ve spent 30 minutes cleaning and a couple of hours buying tea sets and tea. Now I’m sitting down to drink tea, looking at all of those gorgeous tea sets was thirsty work. Well I have two days to clean I suppose, my husbands sisters son (I guess that makes him my nephew in law) is coming to stay for three days. He’s 14 and autistic, I offered to look after him while my sister in law does some contract work for three days to get some money. He should be at school but as they just moved and he goes to a special school it has not yet completed. I’m happy enough to help, just means I have to clean my house which honestly I took a lax position with while I’m still recovering from my minor dental procedure. For those that don’t know – I had an impacted wisdom tooth out that required them to cut through my gum and chip into my jaw bone, of which they had to go further and deeper than they thought. Leaving me with a mouth full of stitches, a large lump and a mouth that only opens enough to put a tea spoon in it.
On to the tea and away from life. This was a 25g tester black tea I got as another to try, my husband and I both adore black teas and try to sample different types and brands to find regular types to stock. I steeped roughly 4-5g of leaf in my 200ml Gongfu teapot with just under boiling water for roughly one minute.
It is a lovely golden brown colour and has a rich malt scent. It’s flavour is malty yet sweet and rather clean tasting. It’s of medium strength so it has lots of flavour for such a short steep. It is also a little dry in the after taste.
A further steep of roughly two minutes reveals a milder tea but still very similar to the first steep. So far it’s lovely, not sure it’s a new favourite at this stage but it certainly a delicious, solid black tea, in other words this would be great for a nice every day black tea. I think my husband will like this one, will have to prepare some tonight when he returns from work. :)
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Malt
This smells gorgeous though honestly I would say it was more creamy berry than pomegranate. Still I adore creamy berry and if anything I prefer it this way. It’s sweet and light but thick enough to linger pleasantly in my nostrils.
Once steeped it does gain a slight sour berry smell (though still dominantly creamy berry) and in a way it does smell like pomegranate. Flavour is a little sour with a dry, with a floral yet somewhat earthen notes among a sweet, and delicate berry flavour. Not creamy as the scent suggests but nice anyway. Perhaps still not pomegranate but I am truly loving the berry.
A re-steep reveals less sour notes and more berry. Perfect! Only issue now is the dryness as it’s not the best quality white tea base, but it’s easy enough to get past. My husband said it tastes like weak marzipan and in a strange way it does. So like a mild marzipan, sour berry, dry nut like tea. Perhaps not a favourite but certainly one I intend to try cold steeped :)
Flavors: Berry, Drying, Marzipan, Nuts
This has some huuuuuuge pieces of star fruit in, perfect star shapes that smell so juicy and sweet. On top of that the apple is dominant scent wise, again being juicy and fresh. So far it’s a very nice fruit tea scent, one of the better fruit teas I have sniffed. As for the black base there is no real note in the raw scent.
In flavour this is very bitter, I think it’s because the black tea is rather finely cut and is much too strong compared to the delicate fruit. I only steeped it for one minute as well so it was certainly not over the time. It’s not terrible but it’s just bitter and ear wax like…..rather sour too. There are light apple tones amidst the over powering base.
I decided to re-steep my tea to see if it would be less bitter and strong but alas it was all for nought. This tea is just not for me, it remains bitter and sour with very little fruit taste. Very different compared to what it smelt like, so disappointing.
With unbelievable sized chunks of walnut and banana, this blend looks and smells completely amazing. Definitely got a banana and walnut cake thing going on. The tea base gives it a nice malty tone.
Trying a slightly different method for this, as my Gongfu teapot is already out I will be using that. Roughly 7g (considering there are many super huge chunks there too) with 200ml boiling water for a couple of minutes. I will re steep but will need to judge that after I taste it to determine times.
Flavour – warm malt tones with a little spice, a touch of nutty dryness and a lingering after taste of sweet banana. Strength is perfect and the flavours compliment each other extremely well. It’s not overtly sweet but it does have some natural sweet tones which help keep it light.
Steeping my second pot for another minute reveals a steep of equal strength and flavour. Looks like this will be good for another two or so steeps :)
Husband loves it, says he can really taste banana and walnut bread. Got a super craving for some now, will have to drink enough of this tea to suppress it.
All in all this is a wonderful blend, another to add to my favourites from Butiki.
Flavors: banana, Brown Sugar, Malt, Walnut