4 Tasting Notes
My friend gave me a sample of this tea and told me to pay attention to its longevity. So I am going to write this note in terms of steeps in my gaiwan:
1st steep: Dark amber liquid. Robust and uniform grassy notes. By uniform I mean each sip reproduces the same strength in taste. I noticed an incredibly pleasant after taste while I waited for the second round to steep.
2nd steep: Pretty much the same dark amber liquid with more orangey hints. The taste has evolved and is now quite sharp in a sense. The tea still posses the grassy undertones, but masked by a reassuring bitterness. The last sip tasted extremely sweet.
3rd steep: Usually by this point, my tea begins to lose both color and taste. I steeped it for a tad bit longer and the leaves have really expanded at this point. The color has lifted considerably to more of a peachy orange. No more dark amber lingers in the cup and the color is more clear. This steep has brought back the uniformity in taste and has taken away the bitterness. Back to a pleasant almost indescribable taste.
I want to go enjoy the tea now, so I will hopefully come back and finish this.
I really enjoyed this tea. It was such a pleasant surprise, as I was unaware what to expect. I could not stop thinking about crystals as I was drinking the oolong because the taste was somehow reminding me of a crystal. I believe the correct description of the taste is something along the lines of a mineral flavor. Whatever it was, I thoroughly appreciated it and am definitely going to buy more than the sample next time! Thank you TeaVivre!
I just opened my sample of this tea from Tea Vivre. The smell of the dry tea leaves were very pure. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t rate it.
Edit: I tried to brew this tea in a small cup, not a gaiwan. This was a huge mistake on my part, because the messiness distracted me from the actual tea. Overall, I did like what I was tasting as it was very pure and elegant. I loved the subtle fuzziness of the leaves and the texture of the tea after it was brewed. I need to try this tea again to gain a full understanding of the taste.