67 Tasting Notes
Cause it was about the time I went to bed the last time I tried it , there remained half cup of it(I didn’t throw the tea leaf cause my infuser was busy with sth else,and coincidentally I dropped the leaf into my whisky tumbler ,which matched its alcohalic character LOL
Cooling down,the tea appears much more cocoa-y,very smooth with a pleasant yet very weak astringency and satisfyingly sweet aftertaste.There are more chocolate notes than coffee or alcohol once it’s cooled(The tea does have unique and huge changes with temperature!I’m so happy it taste just the type I’m into with the magical hands of temperatureNormally I would be somehow a little eager for milk when drinking cocoa,but this time ,the liquor is amazingly delicious without making me wanna try any addition!
And it’s such a relief the tea won’t go bitter or less delightful even when you leave the tea leaves a whole night!A very good and steady choice even when I’m not home, without my infuser or something.
Strangely the liquor reminds me of the cocktail “Black Russian”,with the cloying and creamy touch of sweetness as if it’s the effect of coffee liqueur(I don’t get sweetness that directly,it’s just a feeling of its texture and scents maybe).Then I just keep thinking about brandy、coconut and rum ,how could it happen that it’s alcohol-free?!
Some time ago I heard somebody said she loved this tea cause she got lots of cocoa bean here.Oh but I think this is more like white chocolate with alcohol (especially coffee liqueur),cocoa has been completely transformed into some dizzying dessert with lots of alcohol……
The main reason I bought a 50g loose version of this was that I missed The THÉ À L’OPÉRA by Mariage Freres so much.No one in my country sells those bulk thus much cheaper version for a long time,so the price goes much higher （about tripled!It’s unbearable !)as to actually the same tea than it used to be,what a pity! And from the introduction of Silver Moon,I figured there may be a good chance they would taste somehow alike.
Bingo!I’m right!Apart from the sweet strawberry aroma,the two are 70-85 percent alike!The A l’Opera does a much better job though——more intense and refined vanilla 、 exotic dried fruit sweetness 、dark amber&soft leather& red berries and robust but elegant incense scent (which reminds me of Tibet) ,while Silver Moon tends to be girly,reminding me of the word “Kawaii” (yes the Japanese one).
The dry leaf smells like some kind of sweet beverage 、strawberry candy or some yogurt&strawberry ,than I get a touch of jade greenness sniffing them rather closely,just like what I get from Opera Tea(plus the dry green leaf look just the same with Opera,in both shape and color).The liquor tastes like Opera with slighter vanilla while without the fantastic incense-caused luxury(/ indulgence),but luckily they shared the same kind of green tea base!Very intense green tea but without any darkness or astringency,thus mellow、light and fragrant . I really like this kind of tea base ,does anyone know what kind of green tea particularly they used in Opera or Silver Moon?
BTW ,Steeping the last brew with only a little water longer and stronger , the taste tended to be more tart&sweet ,girly and strawberry-like,somewhat like tea-and-strawberry-added candy and strawberry yogurt ,not completely my cup of tea concerning the presence of strawberry(I wish it could be replaced by(or cooperated with) some wilder 、more robust and flavorful red berries,cranberry 、raspberry and acai may do the trick?).Anyhow it’s quite soothing and pleasant,with high quality and good potential
There are some teas that I can’t tell if I like them or not,which means if I keep drinking those teas,I will just get nothing in mind.And it happens this time as well.I tried steeping it in hot water——not have a damn clue what I was drinking,some chamomile notes which is not so fresh or green,with some very detectable artificial and dusty 、medicine notes.
Yesterday night as I found there is another teabag of it left ,I figured if I could make it better with cold water.Wow,the tea improved so much once brewed cold!I was even picturing golden caramel cubes in my mind!The liquid has a mouthful and almost solid feeling in my mouth.Maple-y and a little smoky ,much more drinkable though there still remained some paper-and-dust-like notes.Chamomile is dominant and a little sour ,but not odd at all. I have to admit that chamomile covers a amazingly wide range as to its blends’ texture.
Also a blind buy which makes me happy.I haven’t had much Yerba Maté,so I may not be very persuasive on it .But I do suggest this as a good choice,since its flavor is mild and neutral(which means it can blended in harmony with any kind of tea I have !) despite its little bitterness .Its tiny powder can easily dissolve in water at any temperature as well,so convenient !
I love some hot Chinese herb tea (or medicinal herbal tea ) provided in some Cantonese restaurants ,while I don’t have a very clear clue on which particular blend is that made of ,plus preparing them is a bit of troublesome .So I’m very lucky to find that this Maté can present some similarities with Chinese herb tea,sharing bitterness(without astringency) and earthy sweetness in common.
For me ,I prefer using some stevia as its sweetening ,for it’s among the few occasions I feel that the sweetness of stevia is not strange at all and that the two are made for each other. Adding some lemon or lime or hisbicus ,the taste gets so refreshing and yummy~! What’s more ,I also consider that it works very well with green tea and other herbal teas,adding some texture to those teas as a good base.
People here and my family have a long tradition of drinking Anxi Tie Guan Yin ,one major Oolong branch in our nearby province,Fujian. For a long time I don’t fancy it very much,for its sharpness and greenness in extreme density（which brings out some hidden bitterness and smokiness as well), whereas there are some very good orchid、floral and crystal-clear nature in it .Of course I had some great time with Tie Guan Yin before when it’s lighter-bodied ,but not very often.
Yesterday as I arrived home,I found this one out,steeped some loose tea in luke-warm water with rose buds and 2 dried lychee for a few hours with 1L of water,and it turned out quite delightful.The tea became lighter、pleasant kind of green ,with a moderately sweet and fresh aftertaste. I think I may have found a personally better approach to preparing this tea finally.
After trying a few samplers of Yogi,I think this one is my preference as a much lighter choice.Blueberry with green tea makes the tea base like indian spices (Yogi Teas almost share the same kind of spice base ,though there is some little adjustments between each one in my opinion ……)much more lovely and softer and juicier.