5107 Tasting Notes
cavocorax sent me this one to try from Justea . I really like what Justea is doing so i’m always happy to try their teas to see if there is one that really knocks my socks off that i can get behind. Given this was an oolong, i was pretty sure this one would do the trick but i’m open to anything! :) On the whole, there is nothing about this ooolng that rocks my socks, but nor is there anything overly offensive that i don’t like. it’s just a middle of the road oolong with no bitterness or astringency, with some floral like notes hanging out in the background that i suspect would come forward as you resteeped this a bunch :) thanks cavo!
of all the puerhs i chose to drink today, it had to be the one not in my cupboard and not on steepster. heh the lovely boychik sent me a sample of “2010 Haiwan Ultimate Flavour” and i couldn’t tell you if it’s on here or not haha. On the upside, my puerh drinking today was a little interrupts (in a good way) by the lovely raritea coming over to visit before she leaves on a grand adventure across the pond, so my notes on this are a little sketchy.
On the whole i remember this one coming across as very earthy and quite “heavy.” even after multiple steeps it was still a very thick, full bodyied tea that left me feeling like i stuck a mouthful of earthy goodness in my mouth. not so uch dirt..but earth. that deep amazing earth you can sometimes get in the garden with great composting. a very enjoyable experience, even if i wasn’t so hot at taking notes lol thanks again boychik i will eventually get through all the amazing samples you sent! MUST. TAKE. TIME. FOR. SELF!
omgsrsly passed this one on to me. Having not had any teas from the great wall of tea company yet, i was intrigued. While i didn’t hate this cup of tea, the tea is a little on the bitter side which kept me from really enjoying the pumpkin spice aspect of things. The flavouring wasn’t terrible but given my love for the pumpkin ginger tea that terri found us, this one falls short heh thanks though omgsrsly!
mmmmm post bike ride tea! this one courtesy of YYZ and one of the few teas i have left from her generosity. First off, this smells tasty! i pick up the caramel instantly but not so much the fruit. once brewed this is a delightful caramel tea with a hint of fruit in the background. I vastly prefer THIS marco polo to the one from MF…and yes, they are totally different teas heh :)
had this one again this morning before we headed out for a bike ride. My other half is home all weekend so we’re going to try and settle down and do some wedding planning, cleaning, board game playing and some general relaxing. It’s supposed to rain all weekend in the afternoons so that should make it more doable…though it’d be nice to get two rides in this weekend.
While this is a tasty cup through a few steepings, it’s not my favourite. It was nice to try another variation on the sun moon lake theme but i do prefer the TTC ones. as always though, love trying new teas and appreciate all the teas that folks send my way!
Finally finished up my january stash of this tea and i can move on to the 4oz of Spring harvest i just picked up. I did brew up a cup of each today just to compare the two harvests. Last years harvest was slightly more malty and had slighty more cocoa notes in it…with a side of what could almost be smoke. The spring harvest is clearly a newer tea, with it’s “freshness” coming through. it IS different from last year’s, but honestly if i wasn’t drinking them side by side, i’m not sure i’d be like OMG this is so different! I do prefer last year’s slightly, but not enough to be sad that i have 4oz to drink lol with that, i only have 6 more teas from January (6 months) to finish up….which won’t happen but at least i’m working on them! :)
i tried this one as a cold brew last night and it was a little disappointing. somewhere between hot and cold is where this one should be – so maybe i’ll try hot brewing and cooling next heh. It’s not BAD, but it’s just quite as strawberry as i want it to be. heh oh well, still a good tea for summer!
Final Count yesterday: 126