123 Tasting Notes
This is my first “sheng” or “green” pu erh and it’s very nice. Light and minty (due to extra herb) this tea tastes exactly like sticky rice. The color and mouthfeel reminds me of green tea but the taste is completely different, there is a lot more bite. First steep was very light green and the tuocha did not fall completely apart, second steep however the entire thing melted and the tea color is a light amber. The second steeping is much richer with a hint of basil almost.
I followed the more traditional pu erh rinse and 30 second steep instead of a 3 minute steep. It smells like fish and mushrooms but the actual taste is smooth with a slight sweet aftertaste. I am very new to Pu Erhs and I’m curious to try more Sheng and raw pu erhs to do more comparisons. Its not my favorite but its a very interesting way to process tea.
I usually read the description at the top of the page with a little heaping of disbelief but this tea truly grows and transforms as I continue to resteep. It’s probably the best greener oolongs I’ve ever had. The first steep was vegetal and spicy and further steeps became thicker with a more buttery aftertaste, it also does have that thirst quenching biting into a peach feeling. I also pick up the roasted marshmallow or more of a burnt sugar/caramel essence. I’ve had teas that resteep nicely and lend new flavors to each cup but this tea is different. It’s actually getting richer around steeps 3 and 4. This is a fantastic tea and I can’t wait to try the spring one.
This is my first “yellow tea” and it’s really really good. It does remind me of Darjeeling like it says. It has the earthiness of an oolong but its sweeter. It almost smells like black tea. I don’t really understand umami but this has a vague taste I can’t put my finger on so maybe its that quality. Very enjoyable.
This tea smells wonderful, malty like an assam but sweet and peppery as well. Taste wise it’s good but not fantastic, especially for how much it costs. It has a syrupy brothiness, almost like unsweet caramel. The pepper is there but not as strong as other Yunnans I’ve had. I’m going to try a couple of resteeps to see what happens. Its still a great morning tea but still out of my budget except in samples.
I don’t usually drink flavored teas but this one seemed interesting so I got it. Its dark and smokey and has ample hazelnut flavor. Its so coffee-like that I’ve told friends to try this tea first as they make the transition from coffee to tea. Its a great dessert tea and acts like a coffee substitute for me.