2196 Tasting Notes
Oh blackcurrant, why you gottta smell so BAD?! D: D: D:
Thankfully I’ve made this in a travel mug, so I can put the lid on it and don’t have to smell it.
Ahh, that’s better. It’s a fairly light tea, I think I could have steeped it a little hotter. But it’s pretty nice! The blackcurrant-peach flavour is really nice, and delicate at this point as it’s in my travel mug. I’m quite enjoying this.
Thanks so much, uhh, tea fren. :) (MissB maybe? I got it when I visited Sil.)
Oh, apparently I’ve tried this one already. So that means I need less water, since I didn’t weigh the sample.
I am sick. Definitely coming down with some sort of terrible cold thing. MEH. And today I do need to go into work, but I think I’ll do that, then come home and get back into pyjamas and drink more tea.
I kinda like this one, even though it’s super green today, and a little watery because I keep mis-judging how much water I need to put in my pot. Haha. Oh well. I haven’t had a sheng in a while, so I’m hoping this gives me some energy to go deal with work stuff for a couple hours.
I totally forgot I’d had this one, and pulled it out of the stash as an easy sipdown.
YUM. How delightful.
If I didn’t have SO MUCH TEA, I’d totally consider getting more of this one. I do like it. The spice notes and warming sensation are really neat.
Thanks so much for sharing, Dexter!
Happy New Year, all! :)
Ohhhhhhh my goodness, this smells amazing. I have a failed (the dough was weird so it never cooked through yet it burned on the outside) gingerbread loaf sitting on the counter, and I can say that this smells very similar. Molasses, some spice, sweet baked goodness. It also smells a little like genmaicha. Green/seaweed and toasted rice. Yep.
Actually, that’s not bad at all! There’s some warmth from the spices. It’s a bit too “green tea” for my preference, but it’s really not bad.
If only the flavour was available as a black tea. :)
Thanks so much, MissB!
I feel really bad about this one. I’ve had it for a LONG time, MissB gave it to me ages ago. Thank you! I’m sorry I lost track of it.
I’ve been avoiding it, because I don’t really like da hong pao. It’s too roasty toasty woody for me, and tends to make my tummy upset. I really do prefer a mega floral oolong.
Anyways, here it goes. I rinsed and let it sit a few minutes, in my eensy teensy gaiwan. I’m using 50-60ml hot water, doing short steeps. I have a litre of water left, so let’s see how this plays out.
1) Quite toasty. Sweet underlayer. Nice mouthfeel. Not that bad, actually.
2) Basically the same. I think this is quite light, at least compared to other of these teas I’ve had.
3) The toastiness is reducing already. It’s a little stone fruits, a little sweet. Still pretty nice. (I’m not drinking all of these, btw. Just tasting, letting it cool a bit, tasting again…)
4) Hmm. I honestly don’t know how to describe this. I’ve looked up some flavours, but the only one that seems to apply so far is herbaceous. The roasty flavour is kinda maybe sorta like toasted buckwheat tea, but not totally.
5) I should maybe have steeped longer than 30 seconds here. Still, the brew is a nice amber-honey colour. It’s starting to turn a bit more herbaceous-floral, although it’s not all the way floral yet.
6) 1 minute this time. I think the tea could keep going a couple more steeps if you wanted to increase the time a lot. Still, not my favourite but not bad.
In conclusion, I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would. It’s a pretty decent tea, IMO. Compared to others of it’s type, I honestly have no idea. But I would consider trying this one again, perhaps once I’ve worked through my puerh samples and want to educate myself more about oolongs. :)
This tea is thanks to CrowKettle!
It’s super mild. Definitely more of an afternoon tea than a kick-in-the-pants morning tea (hey, someone dropping coffee again can hope!).
I can tell it’s a Chinese black, but it’s not terribly complex. IDK. It’s nice, but I don’t think I’d go after this one myself.
Thanks for sharing, CrowKettle!
OM NOM NOM.
I’m doing an experiment. That experiment is weaning myself off of coffees every day. Hahaha. We’ll see how that works.
I needed something strong. Something flavourful. Something good with eggnog. And this tea is excellent.
If I could find it locally, I’d totally buy it. So delicious. But I do have some other strong black teas, so I think I’ll be OK. :)