940 Tasting Notes
Well, I royally messed up the steeping of this. According to the directions on the bag (which differ from the website): 2g in 150mL for 30-60 seconds at 158-176F for the first few infusions, and increasing steeping time and heat thereafter.
I weighed one of the surprisingly large balls, and it was 3.38 grams. So I plunked two into a large mug, 200F water cooled to 185F, and steeped it for two minutes. As that wasn’t strong enough, I added another minute to the steep.
This tea smells like chocolate out of the bag and even more so as it steeps. It’s got a really sweet flavor to it, almost too sweet. That’s the majority of what I got from the first steep, although when it was hotter, it had an earthy cocoa quality to it as well as a malty flavor.
Do I like this? Yes. However I need to play with it a LOT more before I can say that I love it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt
I’ve had this at least five times in the past few days, and I’ve noticed a few things:
- it’s too sweet cold, and as it cools;
- it’s infinitely better hot, and with a shorter than five minute steep;
- the apple takes over if you re-steep, oversteep, or let it cool too long.
I do love it, however it’s a bit finicky. This is a partial re-steep (I re-steeped the last cup and added more leaf), and probably my least favorite of all the times I’ve had it. The last cup however – 3 minute steep with 200F water and all brand new leaf – was amazing while still hot/warm.
Hm. Intriguing blend, although I’m unsure what exactly to make of it. Very ginger-y, earthy, and a touch chai-like sweet with some caramel in there. I like "dangerous"in the description, it seems fitting. There is something I’m finding a bit offputting in this though, some sort of smokey earth that is probably the puerh, or maybe the ginger, not sure — and usually I love both these ingredients, so I’m hesitant to blame either one. A shorter steep would likely help.
Ah, I love tiramisu, even if it’s been a while since I’ve had it. I definitely wanted to try this at a Robust flavor, because I’m finding I prefer all the dessert matchas stronger. This was creamy, eggy, and chocolatey, although I did miss any sort of flaky pastry in the mix.
Wow, this is super tasty tea, and definitely needs trying as a cold steep! Juicy peach, or I guess in this case maracuya (passionfruit), reigns supreme, and it’s absolutely divine. I may need to get more of this!
Smelled richly of chocolate as I opened the bag, and then just as much after steeping. It was a beautiful cup hot, but as it cools I’ve lost the chocolate flavor other than the richness of it, and it’s become a bit astrigent for my liking.