180 Tasting Notes
I bought 50g of this tea when I was in Boston in August. First time at a David’s Tea house (and so far my only time). It was a nice experience, although a little generic (replace tea with anything else and you wouldn’t feel the difference). This is a very good Yunnan, albeit a bit on the shy size. Err on the side of over-steeping, or add more leaves than you normally would. Chocolate, honey, maple combined together to make a sweet and oily tea with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Like all Yunnans, this is not a strong black tea. I have tasted better Yunnans (F&M, for example), but this is a cheaper, more accessible (for US buyers) option, and is slightly better than “good enough”.
This tea smells of dried fruit when dry, and is smooth and sweet and silky when brewed – but with a slight astringency that makes it not entirely docile. A good afternoon tea, that can easily be brewed and rebrewed.
A good, juicy, fruity (stone fruit) tea with a light body (no milk people, you’ll kill it) that is a good mid-morning choice to drink and brighten up your workday. Recommended!
Had this for breakfast. A fantastically smooth Assam that plays very well with tea. Lots of golden buds. A must for Assam lovers
I have had this tea for breakfast two days in a row now. It is not a breakfast tea. I repeat – it is NOT a breakfast tea. It’s a light bodied, gentle tea, and it could never stand up to milk. It’s not assertive enough. When you brew it (and take your time – I don’t believe that you can overbrew this tea) it looks like you took a large dollop of honey and melted it in hot water. The tea has that hue and cloudiness that comes from making hot honey water. And when you taste it tastes like you took a large dollop of honey and melted it in hot water. Sweet, honey flavor with only a dash of malt, no astringency, and very comforting. This is a perfect “get well soon” tea, a great intro to tea for sweet toothed people, but not a tea that would make an English/Irish Breakfast tea drinker happy.
Sipdown! This is the last of this 125g at work tin, but I still have an at home tin, and I also think that I have another spare. This is one of my top ten teas, and I like to drink it best after lunch or in the evening. I highly recommend it, even though the company could be more welcoming and warm, and the tea is rather expensive.
My favourite Keemun, and one of my favourite blacks! It tastes like roasted chestnuts by a crackling fire, and at this time of year, when the weather is turning, I could drink it exclusively. I am actually down to one last sipdown on this tin (my at work tin), but I have a new one lined up and ready to go. Excellent alone, can take milk (although it takes some of the delightful and gentle smokey edge off), and with very little astringency. This is not a kick you out of bed tea, but a fine afternoon companion. Highly recommended!
Had two cups of this today – one post-run and one after a very good lunch.
I have been trying to post a review of Fortnum and Mason’s Golden Monkey tea (very good), and have been having problems adding it to Steepster. Anyone else having problems lately?
I only have a small sample of this tea, as it is extremely expensive, and unavailable in anything but samples at the time. It is an interesting tea, with robust flavour for a white tea, and it does diverge slightly from the usual white tea palate of cucumber/hay/barley/wheat to a more oolong-ie palate of fruit, minerals, and creamy greens. It is also not as light bodied as white teas usually are. If you really love white tea, then you probably won’t rate this tea among your favourite whites. I love white tea, and Norbu’s Ya Bao is still ranked as my favourite (yes, I have tasted Verdant’s Ya Bao and I don’t like it as much), with Tea Palace’s Bai Mu Dan second, and this tea is ranked with Verdant’s Ya Bao as “an interesting white when I’m looking for a more aggressive flavour”. For me, white teas are soft, soothing, a relaxing way to end the evening in mellow sweetness. Both this Ye Sheng Wild White and Verdant’s Ya Ba have a rough edge to them that makes them more interesting, but also makes them fit to fill my white tea cravings. If you are not a white tea person, and you think that white tea is bland – this is the tea for you.
This Yunnan smells of chocolate, tastes of malt, and has a hint of smoke in the background. Sweet but with plenty of character, it is one of the more interesting Yunnan teas that I have ever had, and one of the better black teas that I have. It’s character makes it perfect to drink in the autumn, while dreaming of bonfires. Although it’s marked as a lighter tea, there is some kick, mostly due to all the flavour it packs, and not so much due to any bitterness or astringency. A great tea for a crackling fire and some roasted chestnuts.