386 Tasting Notes
Sweet sweet sweet sip down. What can I say that hasn’t been said? This Yunnan black is almost like a rich chocolate cake full of surprises (small clusters of brown sugar crunching in your mouth, a sudden zing of a really good coffee, a hint of citrus, and a recollection of that great baked sweet potato that you had for lunch). I’m very sorry that I’m out :(
This is becoming an office favourite (in place of my F&M Keemun, that has run out and I haven’t had time to replace), with a fruity sparkly presence that reminds me of a bubbly, bouncy young woman. This tea can actually stand milk, but it really mutes it down, and that’s a shame. Not a tea for relaxing, but a tea for getting up and hugging people and doing great good things in the world.
Got the guys in the office to try white tea for the first time. Win! This is a rather strong flavoured Bai Mu Dan, with a pronounced cucumber taste that is very refreshing and makes me want to cold brew it. It brews a light golden green, and is a great introduction to white teas. Naturally sweet and requires no sweetener (and milk will absolutely kill it). Yum
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This tea wins the “prettiest package” awards without even trying. I was instantly attracted to it in the F&M store, and even though it was expensive and I was over-budget, I bought it. Was it worth it? It’s a very good afternoon tea, well behaved (as a gentleman should be), and yet unique enough to make me want to spend more time with it before I rate it. It will be somewhere in the 80-90s, I just haven’t nailed it yet. But if you are looking for a Christmas gift for your favourite tea-drinker, then look no further. This is bound to impress and delight.
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”.