517 Tasting Notes
I made a pot of this to share with my fiancee earlier and I decided to make one more pot of this before bed to have all to myself!
This is just amazing. The first steeps are sweet and mellow. Smooth as silk. Then as you progress further down the steeps the taste changes in a way that is complex and hard to explain.
Imagine being alone on a winter’s night all curled up in a warm blanket when-out of nowhere-a lady in a slinky black dress walks into the room. You can start to smell her perfume and then it changes into cuddling with your lover. Then that changes into being by yourself in a library with smooth jazz playing in the background.
Smooth, sweet, and mellow but very complex. I am going to have to have some alone time with this tea so I can try to explain the taste better, but I know that I will have to have this oolong as a staple in my tea cupboard.
Had a cup of this today when I was cooking the rest of the pancakes for my dad so he could have a hot breakfast. I think letting it cool first really helped the flavor when I took my first sip of it. There is a lesson in that: I need to be more patient.
I’m going to fill up my french press with some water and let the leaves cold brew until I get back from going to the mall with my fiancee. Then I should have a nice cup of iced tea in the afternoon when I get back.
After having the Oriental Beauty, I was expecting Iron Goddess to be a darker oolong too, but it isn’t. It is a delightful green oolong. I don’t think I got the water hot enough on the first steep, but I’m on the second steep now after eating a big meal of pork fried rice with fried wontons.
The smell is wonderfully floral. It reminds me of a field of wildflowers in bloom. The taste is light and floral (not surprising). It is subtle and it does not remind you in any way of perfume. I know a lot of people worry about floral teas tasting like perfume.
This steep was brewed for two minutes and nothing has changed from the first steep. The flavor is just stronger. It is perfect to have after this type of meal and I will probably be drinking pot after pot of it tonight until I am done with it. I will update this note to say how many steeps it took me through tonight with my little two-cup pot.
Edit: It has lasted me through about four steeps in my french press. (8 tea cups) I can tell that the fourth steep is a little weaker than the third steep so it will be the last steep for me tonight.
I read one of the tasting notes that said that they prefer David’s Tea stronger, so I decided to brew up the rest of Jumpy Monkey using only enough water for one cup of tea instead of the usual two-in-giant-mug that I normally do.
Coffee, coffee, coffee! I taste coffee.
Slight woodsy from the mate, but mostly the bitterness from the coffee. I think I taste a slight hint of cocoa in there somewhere. But yeah, mostly the coffee.
I think that if I get into coffee more, then I would like this more. But when I drink tea, I want tea and not coffee. It is a good waker-upper though, so it is getting a green face smiley from me.
The tea mood has struck again with this wonderful tea. I wanted a black tea, but I wanted something light. This does the trick wonderfully. I’m getting a slightly caramelized sweet potato today.
I think what has prevented me from liking this tea as much as I thought I would from the very beginning is the fact that it is lighter than the full leaf version of this tea. I was expecting something that would really stand up and be bold instead of being a tea that would slink around in the corner and wait to be noticed. But now that I think of it of being a lighter black tea, I have fallen in love all over again.
I am finally starting to want my loose leaf tea again. I am so happy. I have missed actually making my tea, but if I haven’t wanted any then I wasn’t going to force myself to drink some. I don’t drink enough water anyway, so I should really be drinking more tea. At least it is a liquid!
Anyway, this tea is the perfect tea to come back to. I put a little bit of sugar in it because I find it a little bitter on its own, but the sugar helps bring out the natural sweetness of the tea that I just don’t taste on its own. I am actually cutting back on my sugar and only put two teaspoons instead of three. The next time I make it, I’m going to put one teaspoon of sugar in. I’m trying. I might cut back on the brew time too and brew it for two minutes or maybe even a minute instead of three.
This tea makes me want to get some fresh mint to brew with it. Sadly, we don’t have any or else it would be even more awesome!
Have I mentioned I actually like this one? I really do.