512 Tasting Notes
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @85C, steeped four minutes thirty seconds.
Pine and plum notes for sure, though the pine is stronger. A note I dislike in tea: I don’t know if this is called ‘vegetal’ or what, but there’s a a taste and scene that reminds me of scallops. I’ve detected it in some green and white teas, and I don’t care for it — well, not in tea. Scallops on my plate is another matter. Some shea butter notes in the aftertaste.
Flavors: Bok Choy, Broth, Fish Broth, Mushrooms, Pine, Plums
1.5tsp for 300mL water #100C, and another batch @95C.
Undrinkable. Maybe I have a bad batch. All I taste is twigs and earth and something faintly vegetal. Nothing about this tea suggests it is a Darjeeling. The liquor is murky, especially distressing for a first flush. I could finish neither cup.
1.5 tsp (estimated, bulky needle tea) for 300mL water @100C, steeped 10 minutes.
I did the long steep on purpose … for a change.
This is a fresh packet, just ripped open. I feel so badass drinking this tea — the name, the flavour profile. So, what do I get with a 10-minute steep?
Mahogany liquor. Cocoa, sweet potato, roots, and something wild — wind in the trees, maybe. Some mineral in the finish. A slight sharpness that does not become astringent. Strong flavours but no bitterness.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water, @90C, steeped 3 minutes 30 seconds.
So I’ve been thinking for a whole I had a less-than-stellar batch of this from DavidsTea.
Turns out DavidsTea are using a flavoured version, by their own admission: “A luxurious creamy blend of oolong and all-natural milk flavouring.”
Quangzhou milk oolong is created by temperature change and harvesting practices, not spraying “milk flavouring” on leaves.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, no rinse, steeped 3 minutes.
Forgot to rinse.
After a disastrous two attempts to make something potable out of DavidsTea new First Flush Darjeeling (Chamong Estate), I turned to this beautiful oolong. Not rising the leaves gives this infusion a heaviness and a savour I quite like. This is a complex tieguanyin with lots of nuance, worth every penny.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped five minutes.
I just found half a tin of this tea. I’d forgotten I had it, and I bought it well over a year ago. The tea has taken on one of the winey notes you get in an ageing Keemun, and the honey sweetness has intensified. Some down in the copper liquor. Delightful.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, second infusion, steeped, uh, 10 minutes 45 seconds.
I got distracted. I intended only a 5-minute steep on this beauty.
So what I’ve got her is no darker than usual but is a little astringent. It’s not bitter, but it does taste unfolded — deeper — just more itself. I can really pick out the white and the pu-er. I expect a bit of a caffeine buzz.
(Backlogging from yesterday)
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90c, steeped four minutes.
Something’s not quite right here — a bitter musty note. It’s still a milk oolong, but I’ve had better from DavidsTea. (I’ve definitely had better from another vendor.) I have to wonder about the last few batches form DavidsTea. Either that, or I’m getting jaded.