242 Tasting Notes
I love samples from tea friends!
This is very smooth for a sheng that’s from 2011. I guess the material could be older. I didn’t check. In any event, it’s got low bitterness. It leaves a nice aftertaste and is making me salivate like crazy!
I am really enjoying this one. Since it’s not super old, maybe I could get a cake at a reasonable price. I’ll check around. :)
What a week! Work sucked, house stuff sucked (electrical issues) and well… SUCK!
So today I have been taking time to try some new teas. This one is a winner fo sho. Very mildly earthy, like clean moss. Some coffee and chocolate notes. A lightly sweet finish and nice aftertaste. It’s a little leathery perhaps also. Just little hints here and there.
It’s a loose shou, nice and easy, no prying. Thumbs up!
Woo woo woo
This tea is something else. It’s yummy, but I’m decidedly woozy and will have to wax eloquent on THAT later. I wanted to get an initial note down quick. This leaves me with a very distinct sinking feeling. It’s like you’re on vacay in a swank-ass hotel and you collapse back onto an ultra soft and fluffy bed, sinking away into a cloud. I’ve also had a similar feeling in savasana after a long ashtanga yoga session.
To sum up: Tea=good=happy=super feelings=wooooooooooo
This one isn’t cheap, but I believe samples are available, so get one. NOWZ.
Edit: I’m currently sitting on my couch, reading text message fails, and laughing like a hyena. Tears are, quite literally, streaming down my face. This stuff is the real deal. If I could, I’d buy it all.
This tea is interesting because it tastes like a thick coffee, with hints of chocolate and also some bitterness here and there. It definitely gains some harshness as it cools, but while it’s still hot, it has an excellent flavor and really lovely aftertaste.
I think that this would give any die-hard coffee drinker whip lash. I wish I knew a few because I’d love to try to turn their heads by brewing some up for them. Alas, the only really dedicated coffee connoisseur I know was my ex-boyfriend, who moved to Alaska after we broke up.
Oh well. More shou for me! :p
Too lazy to look at the ingredients, but I can see/smell rose, pepper, tea buds, some berries and maybe some jasmine. There is a very nice peppery flavor to this tea. I was hoping that a nice cuppa would improve my headache, but alas, no. This tea is delicious though!
Hmmm… not sure about this one. I got this sample from a friend and brewed it my usual way, but I had to get rid of several initial steeps because they just taste a little musty. That’s probably not even the right word. They just taste not so great.
After that, it smooths out and ends up tasting a bit coffeeish, but it never really tastes awesome to me. I don’t think, “oh yum yum yum” at any point. I have enough to try again, so I’ll do so soon. I’m trying to give teas I don’t love a second chance at a later time because I’ve been having some sinus and congestion issues.
I got a lovely sample from a friend. This tea sure is pretty when brewed. It’s a very deep amber and quite clear. The steam seems to linger on the surface for a long while.
This one is smoothy and quite yummy for an after dinner sip. I don’t find it to be amazing, but it’s definitely good. It tastes a little like an earthy forest. I would have thought that with this number of years for age, it would be less earthy. I just did one rinse, but I think I may add a few more on the next session to see if any of the earthiness dissipates!
I’ll update after that. :)
We are starting with the 2010 fungus and moving to newer years later. I think I like this more when I drink it on it’s own, not intending to compare it to the others that I purchased. It’s lightly sweet and less astringent that I remember, though I do feel it has a slightly dry finish.
It gives a nice woozy feeling, which I always enjoy!
I’m finally busting into the shous from DC Tea. The shengs were great, and this first shou is also excellent.
It’s very silky, which is kind of a new feeling for me and tea. I’ve had teas with a creamy feel, but this is a little different and totally pleasant!
I brewed this gonfu style in my little golden shousy yixing, but I combined about 7 steeps into a stainless thermos and retired to my room to drink with Goldie. So basically, my result is blended.
But what a result! Silky chocolate, coffee, and fruit. I daresay I caught a hint of cherry! It brews very dark, so I would have thought it to be heavily fermented, yet it has very little fermentation flavor. I was surprised because it’s a very young tea. It’s a beauty and I’m looking forward to seeing how it gets even better with time!
Well hello, Sweetie!
This tea is really something special. I went through the 9 circles of hell, plus an extra one to get my hands on this. Having dealt with dishonest sellers who raised the price when I inquired and another seller who sent me incorrect teas when I purchased this, I finally was able to purchase and receive the cake from JK Tea Shop. (Fucking finally, yay!!!!!!)
I can say that it was worth the effort. This tea is sweet and mild and seems older than just 4 years. It’s a small cake with moderate compression. The leaves are intact and dark. When brewed, the leaves smell like apricots and grapes, smoked with a floral incense (instead of the usual campfire).
It’s insanely smooth and the sweetness is surprising. I’m on the 3rd steep and there’s no bitterness. Just a slightly dry finish and a really pleasant aftertaste.
I’m in tea bliss heaven! Wooooo floaty!
Edit: I’m on steep 12 I think? Still going strong. I am gonna have to save some til tomorrow!