219 Tasting Notes
This was one of the samples I apparently ordered in my sleep one night. I did a good job! I didn’t really know much other than “black tea” but if I had to guess, given my limited experience, I would have guessed a Yunnan just from looking at the leaf. I love Yunnans so that’s good! I can’t say that it’s so very different from others that I have had, but it was a very enjoyable cup and obviously a high quality tea.
This tea has been hanging out in my countertop basket for a few weeks, and on a whim I picked it up today.
Thoughts on the packaging: It’s quite adorable! I love the blue and the whimsical pictures. I found myself wondering if someone had to hand tie all of those little strings and what they did to deserve being punished like that. Now, here’s a serious question. I only have these little sample thingies and not full sized packages from them. But are they all packaged this way? Because I was dismayed to find that once I cut the top off of the little zip loc baggie, there went the label with the type of tea. I went ahead and used it all in one steeping since there was no way to put it back with the rest of the sample. And boy howdy, was there a lot of leaf! I also wish there was a recommendation as far as steep length and leaf amount on the tag (it just had temp in C).
So anyway, the tea. I went 3 minutes out of habit, although I was really thinking maybe I should cut it short due to the large amount of leaf. There were quite a few stems in there too, and maybe that’s normal for an Indonesian tea, I don’t know.
But damn, I really liked the end result! I sort of expected it to be just another black tea, but it had a unique flavor profile. I wish I could be better at picking out flavors but I sort of stink at it once we get past the really obvious ones. There are so many people on here who seem to be able to say a tea tastes like a 1972 naugahyde and such, but not me. The best I could come up with was that it tasted maybe a little fruity, but dark fruits, or possibly vegetal. I know, I suck. But the tea was great!
I really wasn’t sure about this tea, but I quite like it! I get so used to drinking only heavy black teas that sometimes I have to back up and appreciate something else for what it is.
First off, this is an oolong. Secondly, most of the oolongs I drink are heavily oxidized and I’d put this somewhere in the middle. Third, I usually do oolongs Gong Fu but the tin said 5 minute steep (really?) and nothing else. No temperature, no proportions, nothing. But I figured 5 minutes really needed to be western style, so I did that.
I admit that after a couple of minutes I started to get antsy, but I made myself go with their suggestion.
It’s nice! Not so green, not bitter at all, full flavor (more delicate than I’m used to but still nice). I get more almond than orange, but there were orange peels in the mix so I get it a little bit around the edges. I’m surprised how nice this is.
Thanks again to Cookie for going out of her way to get these Fauchon teas to me.
I received this tea as part of an incredibly generous sample from Angel. Thank you so much!
First off, I love these little foil wrapped samples. They would be ideal for travel or for people who want to keep their tea packaged until the last minute. I know the package says not for sale, but I could see this being an item that some people would love to buy.
The dry leaf smelled familiar, a promising and complex smell that has come to mean “Yunnan” to me.
The package suggested a steep of 2 to 3 minutes. I went with 3 out of habit, but in hindsight I wish I had gone with 2. This is a very powerful tea! Strong and a bit malty, it is a perfect breakfast tea for me. It was both my first and second cup today. Usually I steep my first tea twice, but the second cup was still so strong and dark that I left it for a third steep (I haven’t done it yet).
I really enjoyed it! It’s definitely an early in the day tea for me, and I am looking forward to that next steep.
This was the oolong that made me love both oolongs and Gong Fu. I loved the sample I got from Green Terrace and then reordered more, so it probably is going to be a staple.
I had a crappy conference call with the world’s crankiest old man client and it put me in a bad mood, so I shut down work a little early and looked for my zen in the bottom of a teapot. And, it worked! :)
This is starting to be my go to happy tea.
I got this in a trade from Shadowfall. I actually like it. It’s not a “knock your woks off” (snicker) sort of flavor black tea, but it’s a strong workhorse kick you in the keester first tea of the day.
My cupboard looks to be really out of date, so I think I might completely empty it and start over. I have been really bad about adding things to it. I think it’s sort of denial, like if I don’t add things to the number they don’t really exist. Or something.
Well this was interesting. I bought it in Chicago a while back and hadn’t opened it yet. I was looking for a “one steeper” tea so I could drink it once and be done for the day. The husband wanted to play a board game, so we played Dominion. Technically it doesn’t have a board but you get what I mean. I had a marzipan Ritter Sport that I had been hoarding but I shared it with him. That’s love.
Problem was, the candy bar made the tea taste like nothing at all, so I had to finish the candy and then drink a bunch of water before I could appreciate the tea. It was ok. A little thin. I think I expect chocolate drinks to have a thicker mouthfeel. I picked up the mint but interestingly it wasn’t listed on the package.
Might trade this one off, I’m on the fence.
Some people sleepwalk, apparently I sleep tea order. I totally have an email confirmation for this from four days ago, but only vaguely remember ordering it. But it showed up today.
It was a quiet day at work (calm before the storm) and I shut down early and decided to Gong Fu this. Five infusions later, I love it. I can’t say it’s so very different from the Eastern Beauty from Green Terrace, but that could just be my untrained taste buds. It was all yummy and honey fruity awesomeness though. I would definitely order it again.
Sometimes it’s funny why you drink a certain tea. Last night I had Glitter & Gold, which came in a tiny, almost camera film sized tin (remember camera film?) Really, the dinkiest tin you can imagine. But since I emptied it, I felt compelled to use it again. At a glance I thought I had just enough of this tea to go in there, but there was about one cup’s worth left…so here we are.