3907 Tasting Notes
It’s the fifth day of Christmas (well, yeah, I know it isn’t technically the fifth day of Christmas, but according to this sampler it is), and this is the tea that was sent to me! YUM!
This is good… but it isn’t quite what I was expecting. The strawberry is pretty overwhelming, sweet and tart, but I am having a hard time tasting much else. The notes of pancake are there, in the background, but, they aren’t as profound as the strawberry. I think shall have to play around with this one a bit to get these flavors to better express themselves.
Until then, I shall not rate it.
Brewing method: Gaiwan. Temperature = 180 degrees F. 45 seconds first infusion, adding 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion.
First two infusions: It is a lovely Oolong, but I keep waiting for the bergamot flavor to emerge. I taste very subtle hints of bergamot essence, but, is is ever-so-slight. The flavors develop very slowly, as I near the bottom of my cup, I taste a little more bergamot. This is a delicious, satisfying Oolong, however, it is not for the Earl Grey lover looking for an Earl Grey Oolong … instead, it is for the Oolong lover looking for something a little different … or perhaps for the lover of both Earl Grey and Oolong who is not expecting this to be the Earl Grey Oolong.
Third and Fourth Infusions: Ahh… there it is. The bergamot is much more apparent now. It is still not a strong EARL GREY kind of flavor, but, instead, it is a subtle innuendo of the tangy citrus flavor of bergamot and a hint of the floral aspect of bergamot as well. It lingers into the aftertaste. It’s very nice.
Fifth and Sixth infusions: this is where the true beauty of the bergamot emerges. It never becomes a strong EARL GREY-like bergamot, but, instead, this offers a different taste and perspective of bergamot that is tangy, citrus-y and floral… but, still different than I am used to. I like it.
A lovely Genmaicha. Warm, toasty flavors but with a vibrant, fresh flavor in the background. Very nice.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea to enjoy. It’s a wonderful Darjeeling.
I think one thing that I enjoy most about Darjeeling is it has a beautiful lightness to it, and that lightness allows for so much of the complexity of a Darjeeling to shine through. This has a lovely toasty, nutty flavor – very warm and delicious. The nutty flavor of this one surprises me because it almost seems to have taken the place of the expected fruit notes of a Darjeeling. The fruit notes are also there, but, they are not as pronounced … you have to kind of search out the muscatel. Imagine, if you would, instead of a muscat grape wine, an almond wine with hints of muscat grape. That is sort of what I am experiencing here.
A lovely, deliciously intriguing Darjeeling.
On the Fourth Day of Christmas, 52Teas sent this tea to me! This is definitely one of my favorites from the past year. It is amazing. Here is my article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/12/17/on-the-fourth-day-of-christmas-52teas-sent-to-me/
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this tisane my way.
I am not a big fan of herbal tisanes like this one, but, that being said, this is one of the better night-time blends that I’ve tasted in a while. It is not overly chamomile-ish, the peppermint is mild, and while it does take a while for the anise to kick in, by about mid-cup I taste a lovely licorice note that is sweet and tasty.
Not bad. Not my favorite from Shanti Tea, but, it is doing it’s job.
This is surprisingly refreshing. It has a very light taste to it… far more subtle than I usually experience from a green tea. This is very reminiscent of a white tea … both in flavor as well as the appearance of the dry leaf, which were light green, wiry, covered in silvery fuzz.
A sweet, crisp, refresher!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this one.
This is a good Ceylon … a bit more finicky than a typical Ceylon. It is a lovely, rich tea with an interesting fruit and floral taste.
It’s a good cuppa.
This Yunnan is fabulous! Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some!
It is everything I expect from a Yunnan. Peppery and bold. Nice wine-ish finish. Warm and delicious. A really delightful Yunnan.