6 Tasting Notes
This is my favorite green tea from Seven Cups. The sweet flavor is rich and hearty. It’s got a vegetal taste, but it’s not grassy. That’s always important for me because teas with a grassy flavor bother me.
I find that unlike some of the high quality green teas, Sweet Dew doesn’t leave me with a tummy ache if I don’t have something to eat while I’m drinking it.
Plus, it’s fun when I brew it in an office using my glass jar because the lovely fuzzy floaters combined with the small buds at the bottom of the jar make people ask why I’m drinking swamp water.
I have the 2010 Premium Rou Gui, and it’s my standard rock oolong. I am pleased with the flavor, it’s rich and strong. It’s roasted over charcoal, and I love the flavor that adds to the tea!
I tasted the 2011 as soon as it came in, and I was so impressed that I immediately purchased a bag. I do not drink it very often because the flavor is so light and delicate that I’m not often in the mood for it. However, when I’m in the mood for this tea, it’s just right.
The descriptions of this tea say that it’s got fruity undertones, but I don’t notice those. I notice more of a floral undertone. The color is beautiful.
I think of this as campfire tea. If I’m sitting at the back of Seven Cups and someone orders it, I can smell it as soon as they start brewing it. It smells like a campfire.
I’m not into very smokey teas, and this is not a favorite tea for me. However, I have had it and enjoyed it (it’s a friend’s favorite tea). I am always surprised by the complex flavors under the smoke since the smoke is so overwhelming that I often forget they are there.
While I’m not into smokey teas, I am always impressed by this tea. Plus, I get a good giggle whenever I smell it being brewed.
This is one of my “always in stock” teas. It’s the same tea as Seven Cups Monkey Picked but it’s been roasted longer… it’s still a light roast to me, though ;-). I brew this one regularly and have found that it’s even quite tasty when brewed in my cast iron pot. Usually the lighter teas can’t stand up to that pot.
Anyway, I drink this tea on its own or I sprinkle some osmanthus in when I brew it. I don’t use as much osmanthus as they use when you sit down at Seven Cups, but I like that addition. I often only finish about 3 pots in a day, so I brew the remaining infusion(s) and put them in the fridge. This makes a delightful iced tea. I drink it on its own or with Trader Joe’s Peach Medley juice. I’ve also used it to make a cocktail with sake, peach medley, and the tea.