49 Tasting Notes
Happy news, spring and 2015 teas have arrived. I have been waiting for a long time and finally I got to taste these fresh spring greens.
I got, not one but two boxes of tea yesterday. Another one containing this, my 50g preorder and that wonderful scarf present. I will definitely use it, thanks. In the other box were the spring sampler. It was really wonderful sight when I unpacked all this, mountain of tea.
I’ve tried already three teas, this was the first one. The aroma that came from the pouch was amazing. It was fresh, green and mildly grassy, not that roasty than 2014 Superfine Longjing.The leaves are green as spring, really bright green that means. They’ve a strong, but fresh aroma. Their shape is nice, pointy and flat tea buds. I can’t see any broken or ‘bad’ looking leaf.
I’m using gaiwan as always. Brew is pale green with mild grassy scent. There is a weak nutty nuance. Roastiness, almost none.
Flavour follows the scent. Fresh and mildly grassy with delicate nuttiness following. I’m allergic to nuts so I can’t say which nut this tinge reminds me, but I’ll say walnuts and roasted almonds. Latter is the only ‘nut’ I can eat :P
Some people said that last years Superfine was overly toasty. It was quite toasty, but I liked that. This one is really mildly toasty, but it doesn’t mean this is worse than last years. This is really good stuff, it’s different and good as it is. If you don’t like toasty Longjings now is your chance. I will give this a point better review, bit better, but still as good.
Flavors: Almond, Floral, Flowers, Grass, Sugarcane, Sweet, Walnut
Good day ladies and gentlemen, it been a bit quiet in my direction since I have been making a room for this years teas. I already have ordered some 2015 Organic Longjing. I hope they will soon start sending them. Also a while ago I started blogging in my own language, it’s been so fun that now I consider making one in english. Regardless my crappy english.
My oolong tastings continue. I have been trying three different TGYs and I have been ordering some oxidised oolongs. I start slowly with them, but I’ve heard they are gloorious.
Today is Bai Mu Dan Tie Guan Yins turn, whew what a name. It’s winter TGY and harvest is October 2014. Not that old (half a year x) ). I really like the packing, vacuum packed oolong inside this green and white little box.
I used gongfu method and Wan Lings recommendation with time 30s-30s-40s-50s-70s-90s-120s.
Leaf nuggets are smaller than usuan, maybe because it’s a winter harvest. They’ve nice vegetal scent with mild orchid fragrance and light to deep green colouring.
Liquid is pale greenish yellow with really mild buttery-orchid aroma.
Flavour is also bit weaker than what I’m used to drink, it’s really fresh though. Quite dry feeling despite butterness. Flavour is short, it does not linger in your mouth it just dries it and goes away. Bit sweet.
Wet leaves are dark green, they’ve strong orchid scent. They are really small and bit broken they look almost like green tea leaves with their size.
The flavour gets stronger with every steeping, especially orchid taste. I likes the most steeps after the third one. Quite nice tea overall.
Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Drying, Orchid, Sweet, Vegetal
How come this tea wasn’t in Steepster? It’s awsum.
I have been quite silent for some time since I have been drinking everything from my tea stash so I would have more room to 2015 teas. Also I have been familiarizing(?) with japanese green tea. I have bought my first matcha powder, fukamushi kyusu and this delicious fukamushi green tea, I’m so sold. I have also been learning some japanese and chinese language, yay.I have been also thinking about launching a tea blog, writing these is fun, but I don’t know what language to use.
But to the matter, this is really cloudy and green coloured tea. It’s not clear, there is a lot teeny tiny leaf particles floating around. So tiny they are almost like powder. I think it’s nice addition, I’m really drinking TEA when those leaves come with the brew (or leaf particles whatevs).
My lovable kyusu is 360ml/12oz and I’m using about 2 teaspoons of leaf. Everytime I get 1,7 litres of tea (57,4 ounces), maybe little bit less since the flavour disappears before that, but that awesome color keeps coming.
The flavour is really seaweedy and grassy, full bodied but not too strong. This would be really good as ice tea or cold. It has bit nuttiness and wet leaf has grassy aroma.
This is really worth the price. I will definitely recommend this to everybody.
Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nutty, Seaweed
This needed to be steeped on christmas, so I did. I will use my notes to write this review since I have been kinda busy.
These are always so enjoyable to watch, when they sink and suddenly start bloooming. This is pretty looking one, I like how those four flowers form a triangle and really look somehow like colourful christmas tree, globe amaranth on the top is like christmas star.
Pale yellow tea tastes really flowery and sweet. It was really entertaining show in christmas table.
I got a small sample when I was buying a christmas gift for my friend last weekend. It looks quite much like Lu shan yu wu -tea, leaves are really small and twisted and they’re dark green in colour. It has kinda seaweedy and champagne like aroma. Wet leaves show to me some whole buds and leaves but also there is some shredded leaf bits. This needs quick steepings since tea gets bitter easily. Maybe 60C-70C would be more suitable for this.
It has really strong flavour, that has little roasted nuts in it. Also it’s bit bitter, maybe it’s my fault or it’s supposed to be there. Go and know. I still like this soft mouthfeel, maybe next time I will make this better.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Roast nuts, Toast
So, I did buy couple of christmas teas. Still I don’t actually know how orange tea has anything to do with christmas, but I don’t care since this is pretty good orange tea despite christmas tea status. It smells like orange candy and tastes nicely tangy and sour just how I like my citrus teas. I have heard before that Demmers Teehaus makes good tea and I had to see if it’s true or not, it is.
Flavors: Orange, Sour, Tangy
I have been drinking this quite a lot and finally I have time (and energy) to review it. Ordered this from black friday sale from Teavivre.
Leaf nuggets are brown/yellow/green coloured their size is pretty even, and they have really strong strawberry smell, bit artificial though.
There was no brewing guide for gongfu so I used classic 25s-35s-45s-55s-etc. and 100C water. Also I got a new gaiwan as christmas present! It some kind of clay but inside is porcelain, it keeps temperature better than my whole porcelain gaiwan.
Tea is bright yellow with green in it. It has vegetal and strawberry aroma, there is that typical oolong tea smell that is you can smell, it’s not overly flavoured which is good. Also you can really taste the green oolong over the strawberry, but that strawberry is still there. You know you’re drinking oolong and not just any strawberry tea. Bit sour and sadly I have to say too that strawberry is quite artificial tasting, it would be a lot better is they would use strawberry oils or something to get that real strawberry flavour. I have to try western way to see how different does it taste. Despite the artificial strawberry, this is not bad I will drink the whole 100g of this, for 7,26e (8,90$) is it worth the money. Also I have to say that strawberry is losing it’s flavour with each steeping, it becomes soft after couple steeping, but I think I have to recommend western way for this, I have to try it myself fist still.
Flavors: Artificial, Sour, Strawberry, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal
Couple more to go, this ones name was probably my favourite of them all since I really like dragons and this one is called two dragons and a pearl. Maybe jasmine vines resemble the dragons and globe amaranth is the pearl, and those dragons are fighting for the pearl so another one can rise to the heavens and be the Celestial Dragon! Sight, that D-war -movie could be good if it wasn’t that cheapy.
Back to the tea. I really like the appearance of the flower, the arc is pretty. Tea doesn’t have any specific aroma, also I have a flu so I my nose doesn’t work that well. I really like the taste, it’s like creamy vanilla with hint of sour. I haven’t mentioned the packaging before in these reviews but it’s really excellent, every flower is vacuum packed and in zip bag. Also in every vacuum bag is picture of the flower and name of the flower.
Flavors: Cream, Jasmine, Vanilla