17 Tasting Notes
This thing actually was my first touch to world of green tea, it was a mistake. No wonder if someone hates green tea because they’ve tasted this. Color is not even green it is brown or something and this artificial lemon. And those leaf bits in that bag, yuck. Also it is reeeally bitter if done with 100C like the bag suggests, do it with 80C and it’s not THAT horrible.
First snow! I have been waiting for this, it has to be white and snowy christmas not like in London (water and only water).
Anyway, now it’s time for flavoured tea. I bought this when my favourite Sweet Strawberry tea run out so I decided to try something else for a while.
This one has been flavoured with mango and pineapple oils, for decoration it has some flower petals and rose buds and green sencha for the base. It actually looks really tempting. It has strong fruity smell, but it is also kinda soapy which is quite unpleasant. I don’t really smell pineapple and mango just bunch of fruits that I can’t recognise.
Brewed tea is clear and has orange color. Now it smells kinda like pineapple. Not bad actually, fruity flavour and maybe I can detect that mango lingering around. Not the best but worth the price (5e/100g)
Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple
It’s been a long time since I have sipped sheng. I have almost forgotten how enjoyable tea it is. Steeped in a Yixing pot of course.
So, this is my third (or fourth) Fengqing raw puerh I have been tasting and this differs from those other ones and also other younger shengs I have tasted.
I used 4-6g of tea instead of 10g since it seems so much tea won’t fit into my teapot. Anyway dry leaves are quite big, some of them have yellow hair, dark brown to almost black color and the best thing is, they are all whole! I don’t see any leaf particles around like some of those cheaper cakes have. (It has some stems) Dry tea smells smooth with sweetness and bit like raisins.
Liquid has pale yellow to yellow coloring and has mild, but sweet aroma. Quite like oolongs or green tea. Don’t stick to ‘mild’ word, I may have used too few leaves next time I will use more. Leaves have turned into dark green/green and continue to ‘lose color’. At the end leaves were yellowish green in color, typical sheng. Wet leaves have sweet, mellow, fruity aroma.
In the taste I can detect some fruits, grapes maybe, and woodiness. first steeps had a bit astringency but not too much. Very pleasant sweet and grapy aftertaste that lingers long on the tongue. I really liked that this hadn’t any smokiness or similar aromas. I managed to get 12 steepings, last one was 1min 30sec. I believe this will taste really good when aged by couple of years, acquiring stronger taste. I can recommend to try this young sheng puerh, for beginners and puerh veterans.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Melon, Raisins, Sweet, Wood
I might have tea overdose soon.
Needle like deep/olive green leaves. One bud with one or two leaves. Aroma is really fresh, crispy and oily, my favourite kind. There is hint of butter and nuts reminds me of longjing.
1dl gaiwan and 3g of tea, brewing guide says water should be 90C for gaiwan, quite hot but lets try.
Pale green liquid with fresh, full and grassy aroma, leaves turned into yellowish color from deep green. They also start reminding wet longjing, maybe this is longjings long lost cousin. Buttery and fragant.
Tea tastes mild, flavour disappears quite quickly from tongue, it doesn’t matter though. It’s mellow, mildly grassy and sweet like other chinese greens. Nuttiness and butter, slightly floral too, not too much. It gave 5 steeps as promised, I tried 6th but it had no more flavour. It reminds me a lot from longjing, just milder but this tea has still its own signature. “It is suitable for organic tea lovers as well as clean green tea lovers.” Yup, it keeps it promise. (Also organic is plus as always.)
Flavors: Butter, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass, Nutty, Sweet
Found this as extra from my sample packet with couple others, that made my day so thank you Teavivre.
“My first…” – saga continues as this is my first unflavoured white tea, yay.
Smells like sweet hay and flowers, looks like shrivelled leaves. As white tea is supposed to be. Dry leaves are picked with bud and one to two leaves -method, couple branches can be found. Leaves are greenish-white color, dark and pale greens can be found, most of them are covered with thin white hair.
I used 1dl gaiwan and about 3-5g of tea (I don’t have scale). Liquid color varies from pale yellow to orange-yellow. Wet leaves has brownish-green color and that white hair is no more to be found. Aroma is flowery, sweet hay with grass like scent.
First steep (25s) has that usual sweet hay taste with some grassiness and flowers, color is pale yellow it might have some honey in it. Next steep is more darker color and has more sour and grassy taste in it. Third steep has more hay flavour, hay and grass almost take turns with every steep, all steeps still has that lingering sweet taste. Final steeps start to lose the hay and sour grassy flavours, but more delicate flavours like flower and sweet emerge. Overall I’m pretty pleased with this tea, it’s nicely calming at the evening and suits to cold early winter/autumn.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass, Hay, Honey, Sour, Sweet
I have waited this moment for long, my first powder/grinded tea.
Tea powder is so fine that I had difficulties opening the package, I had to be really careful so I won’t cover everything around me with tea, it’s pretty messy.
I dried tasting dry tea, it was bitter and tasted like cut grass. Really green and nice color.
I used about 1/4 teaspoon for my 2dl cup, I don’t know if it’s right amount but it’s fun to find out yourself what is best amount for your tastes. I used milk frother to blend my tea since I don’t have japanese chasen whisk, it did its job pretty well.
Taste reminds me a lot of Japanese green teas (bancha maybe). It still tastes like cut grass but there is no bitterness there is also some kind of ‘sealike’ flavour, maybe seaweed, there is quite many layers of different flavours. I also tried it with honey but I rather drink it without. Cacao powder might be interesting to try with this, also lemon might do. Next time I will use more powder. I might buy more when this batch ends, I really liked that. I also give plus for organic as usual.
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Seaweed, Sweet
This is one of my favourite flavoured teas. Dry tea smells really sweet hayish-wheat and strawberry, I would love to rub this into my face. It also looks awsome with big strawberry pieces and flower petals.
Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, matchagenmaicha balances sweetness nicely with its roasted and wheaty flavour, taste of strawberry comes after all other.
Wet tea is mostly green tea leaves with flower and strawberry particles. Yellow-green colour.
Flavors: Hay, Strawberry, Sweet, Wheat
I liked the sample so much that I had to buy a whole tuocha, success right?
The flavor is not that bold that other sheng that I’ve tried, but I like it that way. Golden-orangeish color with nice aroma, bit hayish. When using my glass steeping mug I can taste some dried fruits like apricot and plum, it so awsome I have never tasted tea like that before. This sheng is very mildy smoky and typical raw pu erh flavours like wood and earth are not so strong.
Flavors: Apricot, Dried Fruit, Hay, Plums, Smoke, Wood