29 Tasting Notes
Note: I’d give this tea a 90 if I was just rating for cold brew/iced tea, but it’s closer to 70 for me hot
I took Stacy’s recommendation and tried this as an iced tea, and it was delicious. I cold steeped the tea, so it took a while to infuse (probably close to 30 min), and still was much lighter in color than if I had brewed it hot. It had a slightly citrus flavor to it, and was thirst quenchingly refreshing.
This is my second sample of Tan Yang Gong Fu from one of Teavivre’s black tea sample packs. Wow, this tea surprised me this time. It has a smooth, sweet taste reminiscent of caramel, with an accompanying satisfying faint aroma. I had a hard time sipping instead of gulping. Very pleasant tea, I’d highly recommend it.
While I’ve had this tea on its own, today I’m drinking a DIY breakfast blend that uses 2/3 Butiki Dinjoye Estate Assam and 1/3 Butiki Organic Ceylon. It provides a malty sweetness and is overall simply refreshing. It is close to many English Breakfast blends I’ve had. I’d recommend giving the blend a try, but also highly recommend the Assam as a standalone (the Ceylon on the other hand is just not my speed, hence the blending…)
Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes
This is a great blend. The Darjeeling lends a candy floral sweetness (I also enjoy the Giddapahar Darjeeling as a standalone). The Assam adds a malty backbone for that floral sweetness to stand on, with just a hint of the keemun in the background. It’s very light and refreshing for an English Breakfast blend.
Flavors: Flowers, Malt
Being fairly new to oolongs I don’t know how this is in comparison to others, but strictly from a tea standpoint, it is fairly unique. I am currently on my third steep, having conducted first steep for 1 minute and second steep for 2, this one got 3, and my next and last for these leaves will get 4. That said, I might start with a 2 minute steep next time or add just a few more leaves for a stronger, more potent brew.
The aroma is a distinct and sweet aroma, like a flower I can’t think of the name of. Magnolia? Hibiscus? I’m terrible with plants, so the right comparison escapes me. The liquor is clear with a light golden hue. The leaves barely opened up on the first steep, and only partially opened up on the second. They’ve finally fully bloomed with the third steep. And finally, the taste is a faint sweet nectar with a slightly roasted character.
I just steeped this too strong. I got this as a sample with another order a while back and finally gave it a shot. I steeped enough for about three cups in the volume of two, so it was a bit stronger than my first time steeping this.
The leaves are a deep green, flat and mostly intact (any that weren’t can likely be attributed to my less than careful handling of the sample). The liquor was a greenish yellow, although it would have been a lighter yellow if I’d had the right amount of leaves for the water. I’d also say The Tea Spot’s own description of sweet and herbacious were right on. I have too many other unique, nuanced greens for this to make my favorites list, but it was a great green tea.
Flavors: Green Melons