866 Tasting Notes
I am finishing off one the small sample bags today with my husband. It’s our first time using the gaiwan together instead of a traditional teapot so this could be interesting.
I think I may be adjusting to the perfumey taste, it doesn’t seem to be getting to me much today…infact it’s quite nice. Maybe this is one of those drinks that you like the more of it that you drink, I found Lapsang Souchong to be that way for me too.
Such a lovely way to relax on a Sunday.
Since our clocks went back yesterday and we gained an extra hour (for those of us in the UK) it meant that this morning I thought I was up late when in actual fact I awoke at a fairly reasonable time. So that gives me the perfect advantage to try this well acclaimed tea.
The smell of this whilst raw is that of dark syrup (like maple syrup) and it has a bit of sweetness to note. Not much more to it than the sweet syrup fragrance, just a slight bitterness and strength of the black tea.
Now this has been brewed it smells much sweeter and much more maple syrup like. The bitterness has gone which could be due to the splash of milk I have added.
I had to drink half a cup of this to determine it’s flavours truly, again the maple syrup is there which is darkly sweet and the milk adds a creaminess to it which I could mistake for something perhaps slightly bready (like pancakes). It’s extremely subtle in the pancake factor and if anything else this is more maple syrup tea than pancake tea but I suppose when people have maple syrup they think of pancakes. I will try this next time with half a spoon of sugar and see if that changes the flavours.
This is nice and it is the sort of thing I could drink every morning for a nice ‘pick me up’ but as far as it goes I had to really stretch to find the pancake in both smell and taste.
So to sum it all up: Pancake tea = no. Maple syrup tea = yes. Tasty? = Yes.
EDIT: I have tried a second cup this morning and added a sweetener to see what difference if any it would make. There is admittedly more of a pancake flavour now with a touch of butter. The maple syrup is much sweeter now but still manageable (as I prefer things to be not overly sweet). It’s still more syrup tea than pancake but this is still a lovely blend.
I bought one of these teabags from a holiday trip to Hunstanton a little while ago to try at home at my leisure. The cafe server looked at me a little confused but it’s another tea for me to log and try so it’s worth it. :)
My experiences with Mao Feng are unfortunately not very positive overall as I find it usually unnecessary bitter and without much flavour. This claims to be a Mao Feng blend.
The bag contains small chopped up bits of green tea and resembles mixed herbs used for cooking. Raw the bag is a little bitter but not especially fresh or green.
Once brewed this is grassy yellow in colour with a extremely subtle floral fragrance. It’s very hard to detect any fragrance at all.
Flavour is light with a touch of floral tones and a gentle perfume tang. It’s also slightly bitter and astringent. I can’t detect any sweetness or creaminess that is mentioned in the default description. The tea itself is not particularly fresh and nor is it past your average standard quality (what you expect) but that’s the real problem with it.
This would be the sort of green tea that someone would buy for pure convenience over quality. It’s all around ‘just ok’ and while being ‘joe average’ is fine for some it just doesn’t cut it for me. I would not buy this again and nor would I order it from a menu.
This was a sample pack that I am trying from Teavivre. I will be using my gaiwan for this infusion. Notes state on their website the steeping times as follows: 5 steeps:rinse,20s,40s,1m10s,2m,2m30s.
Raw the tea is thin and sharp and they also snap in half so they are rather dry. They are a lovely grassy green colour with yellow and white whisps. It smells gently floral with a slight astringency.
First steep – 20 seconds – Colour is very pale yellow. Smell is slightly astringent but fresh with it. The flavour is nice and subtle, there is a definite florally perfume taste (similar to jasmine but on a much weaker scale) along with a natural grassy sweetness. There is no real bitterness.
Second steep – 40 seconds – Yellow (darker than the first steep) and with a stronger perfumey fragrance. Taste is also a little stronger, more floral and again a little grassier than the previous steep. Still very pleasant as there is no real bitterness and there is still a hint of sweetness about it. A slight nuttiness peaks through. For me this is about the peak of the tea, any stronger and it would be ruined and any lighter and it loses a lot of it’s character.
Steep three – 1 minute 10 seconds – Colour is yellow with a a fairly astringent and somewhat floral perfume fragrance. Both being slight stronger than the previous steep. The nuttiness is coming through vividly now (chestnut would be an adequate description). The sweetness has now gone and has been replaced with a touch of bitterness leading from the over perfumed taste.
I am not at the point of wincing a little while drinking due to the perfumery and I think this will be my last steep. It’s not badly (fubar’ed) but I don’t see myself enjoying the next two steeps and for now I am happy enough to have good memories of this tea with it’s earliest steeps.
Overall I would say this was of good quality and once steeped for the second time it unleashes it’s sweet, grassy and nutty magic. I would drink this for a change but not sure I could see myself buying it for personal use. It’s a little too perfume heavy for me.
I’m having one of those wonderful nights where my husband is taking some interest in my tea shelf and he chose this one at random for us to taste together. I have been reading wonderful reviews about this one recently so I am super hyped to be finally tasting it.
Upon opening the little bag I experienced such a wonderful floral smell, a magical blend of rose, jasmine and violet. It was very fresh smelling and very pure/natural. The oolong is a fresh dark green colour that has been cut into little balls and the flower petals add a touch of fun in the colour schemes.
Once brewed the soup becomes golden in colour with a desirable floral fragrance of which the rose and jasmine are the most prominent. It has a somewhat Turkish Delight vibe to it.
After his first sip my husband said that this tastes like “a flower shop” or “a big bunch of flowers”. It’s very simply put but he is correct, the first sips bring out the flower flavours and it’s not until a couple of sips later that you can taste the slight sweet and nutty oolong in the background. It’s a strongly floral blend but the rose and violet is exactly why I bought this tea in the first place so I can say it truly lives up to it’s name.
I am in love with this blend, it’s so simple yet so elegant. I feel as though I have the same floral warmth from this tea as I do when I have jasmine green pearls (which I adore).
Q. What do Butiki Teas and Charlie Sheen have in common?
A. They are always WINNING.
Yes that’s right this is yet another winner for me :)
I received this tea early from my tea club so I thought I would be cheeky and review it early too :)
As I opened the bag I was greeted by some lovely dark and medium brown leaves with silver and gold tips. They are somewhat chunky (mostly) and smell very fresh with floral with astringent highlights.
Once brewed this forms a golden brown colour and smells pleasantly floral.I usually prefer second flush Darjeeling to first flush as I admire the strength and uniqueness of the flavour. If you are after a nice Darjeeling then this does not disappoint. It has that wonderful unique muscatel grape fruitiness with hints of floralness that make it very refreshing.
Each sip continues to impress and I am lovingly savouring each flavour. Half way down the cup it takes on a gentle perfume taste that lasts in the after taste.
I can’t help but be reminded of a gentle pu erh with the earthy astringencies in this Darjeeling (which I am loving).
Overall I think this is a good quality tea and I look forward to finishing the rest of the bag. :)
My first Pekko tea order arrived today (YAY!) and the first tea I shall be trying is this oolong. I remember the picture looking amazingly delicious with the dots of blue colour and wonderful light green and brown thick leafy twists.
The colour once brewed is somewhat pale honey coloured and it has a roasted aroma (freshly baked bread was mentioned and is a fairly accurate description) with a twinge of astringency.
I have Ti Kuan Yin (unflavoured) on my tea shelf and have I found it to be buttery and slightly sweet.
After a few mouthfuls I can say that it tastes exactly as it smells. A lovely roasted oolong with some character of strength and edging towards being sweet. The flowers manifest a subtle freshness and floralness that blend nicely with the warm, toasty oolong. This is quite strong so next time I would reduce the steeping time by 30seconds and see if that relaxes the strength.
This reminds me very much of popcorn tea (hannoki) but with a stronger toastedness. Not quite the buttery oolong that I remember.
Overall it’s a nice blend and I will update my notes again when I do a shorter steep.
I have had such a nightmare of a day (a lot of work due to covering shifts, locked myself out in the rain wearing a thin t-shirt and had to stay out for an hour, fell over carrying food shopping and set back the physiotherapy for my ankle….just to name a few). The first tea that I saw that may pick me up was this cutely named and packaged beauty potion tea. I only have one bag and that was from a friend overseas :)
The bag is a see through pyramid (similar to Teapigs) and you could see the contents inside quite clearly. I counted roughly 15 small jasmine pearls and two pinches of dried rose petals, all of which looked fairly fresh despite being pre bagged and the smell was wonderfully floral.
Once the water has been poured in the aroma strengthens slightly and it’s so fresh and floral, it’s almost as though I have a bouquet of flowers nearby. Colour wise it’s a a dark yellowy green colour.
As I am fussy with green tea (I only like fresh and preferably loose leaf) I thought that I would either end up loving or hating this tea with no real in-between. The balance and flavour of this is surprisingly wonderful, the jasmine pearls are the strongest of the two and suddenly you can taste a slight rosy floralness behind the jasmine.
By themselves the jasmine pearls taste light and slightly sweet with the jasmine being subtle and the green tea giving a little bitterness to ground the sweetness down. The rose petals get sweeter the more you drink but thanks to the green tea they are not too sweet and act more floral and refreshing. Together the two combine wonderfully to create a simple yet tasty treat.
My day is easing slightly but I’m not sure about this being a potion to make me more beautiful, oh well I suppose we can’t have it all.