1333 Tasting Notes
Ah Keemun, my old friend. Oh how I missed you. I’m celebrating this morning after buying my first Yixing teapot. Here is a picture https://twitter.com/kittylovestea/status/375925148878008320/photo/1
I’m thinking of using it for Pu Erh – Ripe but nothing is yet set in stone…or clay I suppose. I also purchased a travel yixing flask from Teavana and have yet to decide what to flavour that with. Perhaps black such as this beautiful Keemun. It’s the first picture on the left http://steepster.com/teas/teavana/21174-yixing-travel-tea-tumbler
I’m going away for the week tomorrow to house and dog sit for my parents. So I will be taking a smeg load of tea to review :)
If you want an actual review for this tea then check my previous notes. If you haven’t tried this one before then I highly recommend it.
These blossoms look beautiful which is the first reason I decided to try them. Yunomi sold these so I went ahead and bought them straight out before I noticed they are preserved in salt and plum vinegar. I’m not a fan of either vinegar or salt so I became unsure on how this would taste.
Well a few weeks down the line and it arrives and it looks even better than the pictures. It’s like floral cotton candy, simply stunning. It also came with instructions on how to prepare this tea.
Step One – Place one or two flowers into hot water to cleanse them from their preservatives. Wait a minute or two before removing.
Step Two – Place the newly cleansed flowers into a clean bowl and add fresh hot water and allow to steep for up to 5 minutes.
Step Three – Once steeped taste and add the salted preserved water to taste.
That sounds easy enough and removing the salt and vinegar is a must. So I prepare the tea carefully following the above instructions and I get to step 3, the taste test. I taste the preserved water to see how bad that is and I start to choke so I don’t think I will be adding any of that nasty water. Yuck. It’s so strong though that I am worried about my actual tea, I don’t think it can be fully salt free.
Well after much worrying I decided to jump in and try it…what do I taste? ….SALT! Nothing but salt! It’s not as strong as the water it was washed in but it just tastes like salt water. No flowers, no sweetness or unexpected anything. Such a disappointment. Thinking about it now some Chinese and Japanese food is very salty tasting to me so maybe I knew what to expect. But still I bought it and tried my very best to like it. I got a large bag too :( It’s undrinkable though for me.
Sorry Japan, I tried.
These spikes are super cute, they look a little like caterpillars. They are a little furry and smells sweet and nutty exactly like Bai Mu Dan. I think their range of unique shapes are all Bai Mu Dan..or at least the few that I have tried were.
It has a delicate aroma once steeped with hints of sweet flowers and grass. Flavour wise it’s stronger than the aroma but still on the delicate side. It’s sweet and very floral with a dry and nutty after taste. It’s also rather grassy and green tasting but most of it is dominated by the sweet floralness.
It’s a nice novelty tea but in terms of quality I don’t think it’s anything special.
Continuing down my Japanese tea route I will be drinking this tea next. My husband prefers black tea or heavily oxidized Oolong but I am hoping he will eventually learn to appreciate green tea as much as I do. Hopefully his new tea bowl will help him to do so.
I didn’t like Adagios description of spider legs cringes but I can understand why they used it. In appearance the leaves are thin, crisp, fairly long and pointy with dark green and green/yellow colours. They have a strong and sweet grassy yet perfumed scent.
Once steeped it has a very mild aroma but the grassy tones are still noticeable. Flavour is sweet and grassy with a light floral finish, smoother than I was expecting and fresher too. It has a dry after taste that remains sweet and perfumed. If I was to compare the sweetness to the likeness of anything it would be sweetpea partially because of it’s rich green and grassy nature matching the sweetness.
Additional steeps bring out more sweetness and thicker grassy tones whilst the dry perfumed after taste reduces.
I wasn’t expecting much from this but it really is pleasant. A good all around every day Sencha.
I’ve had a lovely day and things just keep getting better. I had lunch with my parents at Bradgate Park (birthplace of Lady Jane Grey and renowned wild deer park) and a small walk. Then I visited a local aquarium centre to get some natural wood for my new fish tank and they had some amazing pieces in stock, I love natural wood. Then as I got home and got the urge to drink some Japanese tea my husband said he would treat me to Yunomi Tea Club for 12 months. :) So to treat him in return I have my new stone and ceramic tea set out and I brewed up some Fukujyu. He likes it but I feel if anything this one is lacking strength…this is a strong tea and I chickened out and brewed it a little weak. Oh well I still have enough left to drink myself into Japanese bliss and prepare the arrival of my new teas.
So my chocolate cravings didn’t work out this morning and now my cravings are leading me towards having Indian curry for dinner. Whenever I eat Indian food in a restaurant I always have Chai because they match so perfectly in flavour.
Well I’m not eating yet but I need tea now and I cannot wait the hour or so to pair this with my food. In scent it’s very strong with highs of clove and cinnamon with hints of fiery ginger. It smells nice and strong and fresh.
I will be serving this with a little splash of soy milk. Also thinking about it I cannot remember ever trying a Chai blend with Oolong before.
Once steeped its aroma is very strongly cinnamon and clove much like its raw form. It reminds me a little of some chewing gum I once had from USA that was cinnamon flavour, can’t remember the brand or name though. I loved that gum.
This teas flavour matches its scent. It’s a little on the dry side but I can note clove, cinnamon and pepper. A little like atomic fireball sweets in liquid tea form.
Such a simple yet beautiful blend. Not quite as authentic as I am used to but it still fills the craving. Shame I only had one pot of this tea :( If anyone has any available to swap then please let me know.
I could eat some chocolate right about now and it’s unusual I would crave it to begin with, I’m a savoury person over sweet most of the time.
In raw form it has a soured cocoa scent that is quite heavy on the rosehip. Hopefully it will taste nicer than it smells.
Once steeped it smells more chocolatey than before but it’s still missing the orange. Instead it smells sort of…musty and sour and old. I think it’s just the rosehip and cocoa combination but honestly it isn’t that pleasant.
Flavour is dark and rich with heavy tones from both the ceylon and chocolate but similar to it’s smell it also tastes sour. I’m struggling to find anything nice about a tea that’s dark rich and sour. It’s far from the chocolate orange drink I had imagined.
I’m stopping the review, this one is just not for me. I don’t even think I can finish it. Bleugh. Sorry Bluebird Tea Co, no rating for this.
Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.
The raw leaves are long, thin and dark brown with slight curl to them. They have a deep and dark roasted scent with hints of smoke and sweet flowers. A mixture of orchid and peony to be precise.
I’m brewing 8g in my 8oz gongfu teapot over three steeps.
First Steep – 1 minute – Colour is light tan with a sweet somewhat leathery yet floral scent. Flavour is light, smoky, toasty and sweet. It starts light and sweet which then grows darker and toasty with a hint of smoke before mellowing out into a dark green floral after taste. Very nice flavours overall considering it’s short steep time.
Second steep – 2 minutes – This steep is less toasty and smoky and much more sweet and honeyed. If anything it’s lighter than the first steep as there is less depth but the sweetness is rather rich and floral.
Third steep – 3 minutes – Not much left in this steep flavour wise other than sweet and very light floral tones. No flower specifically but perhaps something green…not quite grassy but almost.
Overall it’s a nice Oolong with medium levels of oxidisation but personally I prefer it either lighter or stronger instead of in the middle. It changed dramatically through each steep and it just lost more and more flavour which I have not experienced before. It was a nice sample and I would drink it again but it’s not something I would order.
Thank you Teavivre for this sample. One of my favourite teas is your Dian Hong Golden Tip and I couldn’t imagine it being any more perfect…then you released Dian Hong with rose and the sheer thought has blown my mind. I love rose teas that are done well and are natural.
This loose tea does not have full roses as in the picture shown, or at least my sample bag didn’t have any. I do see one or two pieces of yellow/pink petals and it certainly has that sweet rose scent. The Dian Hong gives the rose a musk like quality and depth, it smells super delicious.
Once steeped this tea is golden brown in colour with a sweet and earthy rose scent. So very fresh and soft, it’s similar to pure rose oil.
Flavour is light and malty with fruity tones to begin with and then it transforms into a sweet and delicate rose flavour that carries on throughout the after taste. It is exactly as I imagined Dian Hong and roses would taste like together and it truly did not disappoint.
I will be adding this to my must buy list to alternate with original Dian Hong. Great for those pick me up moments :)
Update: I just visited Teavivre to add this to my shopping list and it appears that they are either out of stock or no longer sell this any more :( Super Sad Kitty.