545 Tasting Notes
Have I mentioned how much I love this tea? This is my third (and probably final) steeping of this tea and it is lovely. I am still experimenting on how best to brew this so that I can get that similar flavor out of each steeping. I think I need to give the leaves a quick rinse first. Like 10-15 seconds. Then do my 5 minute steep then the 7 minute steep and then end with either a 13-15 minute steep.
This steep was an 11 minute steep and the flavor is still mellow and slightly creamy and dark, but not as rich as the second steep. So 13-15 minutes on the last steep should make it sing! ♥ I feel like I am an oddball with the long steep times on this one, but if that is how I like it then I am not complaining at all. It also makes me think that when I finally am able to get a gaiwan, I should try brewing this tea in it. I know that this will be coming back in my tea cabinet when I get the funds.
On a non-tea related note, I have an interview tomorrow afternoon. It is for a seasonal position, but just having a job right now would really help. So, send me luck!
As much as I liked that jasmine earlier, drinking it made me cold because it was cold. So I decided to have this one too.
This time I put in the leaf and steeped it for five minutes on the first run. I think I will need to start doing a 10 or 15 second rinse on my leaves since. This tastes nice with the hint of cream starting to come out. I have a feeling that the more this develops, the more it will be like that one time I hit it on the head.
I really like this one with a longer steeping time though. I also need to learn to let my tea cool down so I can drink it without burning my tongue. The flavor develops better when it is drinkable temperature as well.
I had a mouth-watering craving for two teas today. It was a tie between this one and my royal 2007 pu-erh. This one won out.
I love the leaves for this. They are so light and fluffy. They are just fun to get out of the bag. This is the only tea I pick out of the bag with my fingertips because it is like stroking a kitten. I thought I had accidentally picked out too much of the tea, so I decided on shorter steepings to make up for the higher leaf amount.
The first steep I had hot. The flavor profile was nice and delicate but I tasted something a little different. It wasn’t quite bubblegum, but it wasn’t fruity either. It was some sort of sweet. I want to say a light pear taste is the best way I could describe it.
I heated up the water for my second steep when my dad decided that we didn’t have anything good in the house for lunch. So I stuck my 2 minute second steep in the fridge to have it iced afterwords.
I have no idea how this will taste iced, so it will be interesting. Technically, I made it into a hot brewed flash chilled iced tea with no extra added sugar. You can still smell the jasmine even though the scent is lighter than it is when it is hot. It is so delicate it is almost like drinking water. The jasmine hits you only as an aftertaste. That strange bublegummy/pear-like taste lingers up the sides of your tongue. I figured it out! That taste is the jasmine mixing with the white tea base. The more I sip the more it is coming out.
If I had one of those soda streams, I think having this tea iced and lightly carbonated would be lovely in mid-summer’s heat.
I would most likely have this hot than cold, though it is nice chilled.
This is the very last of my green jasmine pearls. I am probably going to drink this for the rest of tonight because I want to make sure that my pearls unfurl all the way. Especially since it is the very last of my packet that Teavivre sent to me. I have to admit, if they didn’t send it to me, I probably would have never tried a jasmine tea.
I put in more pearls than I usually do when drinking this. I have noticed that the recommended tea scoops normally fill up the bottom of my press, so I estimated the amount. I also steeped it shorter. The result is that the tea is lighter in color than I remembered, but so much sweeter! I learned how to steep by tea better over this last year.
It is just nearing 11 o’ clock and I am already frazzled this morning. It turns out that the laundry I took out right before I left for the weekend was wet when I came back, so I have to re-wash it and make sure the dryer actually dries it this time.
It also feels like the only people that do dishes in this house is either my mom or me. Dad just got a work-at-home job again. I know he is busy, but he could at least put his own dishes in the dish washer.
I’m just frustrated today. Don’t mind my rant. I do love my parents and I still have some Earl Grey to have as a reward for doing all the dishes this early in the day.
I couldn’t bring myself to dump the rest of the leaves out just yet. I read in a tasting note that somebody had left the leaves steep for too long, but this tea developed a rich, creamy taste. Since I steeped it for three minutes last time, I’m steeping it extra long at 6 minutes this time just to see what this tea will do.
So far, the liquid is this goregous dark mahogany color. Well, maybe a couple shades lighter, but it is this wonderful color. It smells like the earth you dig up when you are out planting flowers in the garden at the beginning of summer. It just screams summer to me.
I really should have let this steep longer. It is just hinting at a nice cream mouthfeel. I love the richer, bolder flavor this brought out. It was nice before, but it now has another deep note to it. sip I want to say almost a cocoa sip but not quite. There is something there that I can’t place but it is dark.
Woah! Aftertaste is hitting the sides of my tongue when I type up my notes. Smooth and pure butter sip no, cream, sip no, heavy cream almost bordering on butter but darker.
♥ I love this! The flavor I am getting out of this right now is just amazing! ♥
It is so mellow but rich and bold at the same time. The heavy cream that is almost butter but not quite lingering taste on the edges of the tongue. I feel like royalty.
Thank you Teavivre for letting me try this amazing pu-erh. I never really liked the pu-erh and always had to tone it down with milk, but this is truly amazing.
Edit: It has now been about three hours and that wonderful creamy taste is still lingering on my tongue. Too bad I have to go to bed soon or else I would have another cup…or five.
I just finished having a culinary temper tantrum. I got really tired of not having anything in the house to eat, so I found one serving of thick noodles and put together a pasta dish with a very light sauce made of tender cooked onions, parmesean cheese, a dab of butter (which it didn’t really need in hindsight), and two tablespoons of almond milk. So it was like an alfredo sauce, but not a traditional one. It was delicious and a cup of Earl Grey is just what I need to round out the meal.
I did end up having this again for breakfast. It is good, but there is nothing to keep me reaching back for it time and time again. It is mellow and slightly earthy, but that is about it. A good pu-erh.
I keep reading the other tasting notes and I’m wondering how I can modify what I am doing to bring more goodness out of this tea. I will have to experiment to see if I can get the tea to jump out at me and make me love it more.
So, I actually put in the correct amount of leaf this time: 3 teaspoons instead of 1.5/2 teaspoons. Right away, I can tell a difference. It brewed up a lot darker in two minutes than it did the last time. The smell is rich, damp earth. I had a big dinner today so I am hoping that this will help settle my stomach. It is close to bedtime so I think I will probably only steep this one time tonight. If it is as good as it was last time, I will probably save the leaves to have with breakfast.
It tastes…smooth. There isn’t anything overwhelmingly amazing about it so far. I mean, it doesn’t taste like dirt and fish so that is a good thing. It is smooth and you can tell it is earthy.
I mean, I like it. It is mellow. The first steep is very mellow and smooth. I can feel my stomach settling down from our overly-sweet dinner (all we had was homemade apple crisp and homemade ice cream; it was delicious and rich).
I’ll end up drinking the rest of my cup tonight and I will probably steep more tomorrow to see if it develops. Then I can see if I really like the tea or not.
Edit: I think it is growing on me. The more I drink my mug, the more of it I want. Good sign!