6492 Tasting Notes
I’ve been a little busy and a little sick over the past few days. Received my mandala order yesterday so i’m back up to 157 teas with 2 orders inbound, a travelling tea box, 3 swaps and a box from terri lol. So until all that gets here, I can’t plan my attack for getting down to 50 by the end of the year. But i keep on sampling and sipping so life is good. Over the past few days i’ve had:
-laoshan black + cacao – verdant
-red queen cupcake – butiki
-zhu rong – verdant
-choco shou – camelia sinesis
-keemun – little red cup
- elderberry herbal – verdat
zheng shan xiao zhong of wu yi – yunnan sourcing
and today..today i try a few more samples while i organise my mandala incoming haha
Final Count: 157
I think? this was one that stacy included in my order that i didn’t outright buy….or i did…at this point it’s really hard to say lol So many late additions to my order that i wasn’t sure if i was coming or going. I know i waffled a bit on this one because while i love blueberry and puerh…i’m not crazy about champagne flavouring. However, now that i’ve had this one…it’s pretty tasty. The puerh adds a strength to the tea, making this a heavy, slightly smokey blueberry tea. I think? it’s the champagne that’s making this one a little funny to me, but not enough to dislike the brew. Looking forward to a few steeps of this one. Thanks Stacy!!
Final Count: 139
Seriously missB just pick up another 100g of this stuff. I’m having one last small cup of this before the rest gets put in the box for whatshesaid and it’s SO HARD to let go…. this is different than some of the other caramel teas that i love…but so yummy in it’s own unique way. I just love the crap out of this one. YUM!
nope. still not for me. Cavo sent this one my way and i kept it even though i realised i had tried it before. hoping that maybe in the year since i had it last, my view would have changed. It hasn’t. there is something odd about this flavour combination that just does not work for me. But now know REALLY know. thanks cavo!
Another sample from nannuoshan. The directions on this one warn not to steep for longer than 5 secs unless you can handle the intensity. This is probably what i’m least a fan of with this one :) I accidentally steeped this one for about 10 sec and it was too bitter for me. While i didn’t mind the taste of this one…it’s a little finicky for me as far as a puerh goes. that being said, if you DO steep this one with the short steeps, it’s a pretty smooth puerh and worth the time spent enjoying it. it’s refreshing, slightly sweet and enjoyable! thank you again gabriel!
this was another free sample from nanuoshan. This is very similar to other tea of the same variety that i’ve had before. brewing this gonfu, at gabriel’s request. I don’t love this one as much as others that i’ve tried, but it’s not a bad tea. I’ll have to try this one again before i reserve judgement. Gonfu, i’m not a huge fan. Western, i might be more amenable to this one. either way, i genuinely appreciate the sample from nannuoshan.
Another tea from dexter I’m on a mission today to get through at least 10 sipdowns so there will be good times ahead! She sent this one along because it’s one of a small few black teas from tao that i haven’t tried. I figured this would be nice to try shortly after nannuoshan’s similar tea.
Verdict? boooooooring! There is nothing inspiring about this tea or anything that makes me want to order it. It’s just sort of an every day boring black tea. And who has tie for boring!? not me! lol there’s a bit of maltiness to this one, and it IS a smooth tea. it’s just not anything special. I vastly prefer the other teas from tao that i’ve tried.