556 Tasting Notes
First non-generic pu’erh! First tea using a gaiwan and those itty bitty cups! Mine are so cute! First month (free!) of Verdant’s Tea of the Month club, which I’ll probably be continuing even if I don’t like both pu’erhs that came with this month’s selection. Such cute little packages, good for just about one tasting session.
Anyway, I just poured my first steep after 2 rinses.
1st Steep (5 seconds)
Water is mostly clear and smells like black tea except…more. More earthy, more…something. More pu’erh I guess. I did manage to get water everywhere and burn my fingers again. Third time so far this morning since I burned them on both rinses too. I did not drink the rinses.
Well it’s very…bitter. And…I don’t know how to describe this flavour except I’ve only gotten it from pu’erhs. It’s probably blasphemy but I think I’m going to have to add a tiny bit of sugar to each of these infusions if I’m going to make it through this tasting.
With a tiny bit of sugar added, not enough to make it sweet, just enough to take the edge off, I’m getting less bitter and more actual flavour. Something…composty maybe? Hard to describe. I’ve always been terrible at describing flavours.
Second Steep – 10 seconds
I now understand why a sharing pitcher is necessary. I’ve decided to pour each steep into my gravity infuser before draining it into the cups, if only because I won’t splash everywhere and it’s really the only thing with a wide enough opening to work very well for what I have at my desk.
Still not tasty, quite bitter, a quite ‘sharp’ flavour on the tongue that lingers.
Steep 3 – 15 seconds
Okay it’s much better if I drink it very hot, rather than cooled down a bit, but it’s still not what I would call tasty. The taste is changing but there’s again nothing I can really identify except a sharp bitterness.
I think at this point I’m going to turn in the towel and truly give up on pu’erhs for the time being. If I can’t get through one using the right methods and as high quality as Verdant is known for, I’m obviously not going to like any of them. Thankfully I think that I already have a trade going out that I can slip the other pu’erh from this TOTM into, she likes pu’erh.
Not going to rate because that would be unfair to this tea.
I’m still the only person who’s left a tasting note for this tea? Travesty. Well, I gave a lot of it up to a swap so there will be at least a couple more people who have tried this on Steepster pretty soon. As soon as it makes it’s way through Canadian Customs and such anyway.
I see I noted last time that this tea is pretty mild at 3 minutes, and that’s still true for this pot. I think I got more chamomile in this pot of tea though because that’s coming through a bit stronger. Not enough to overwhelm anything but definitely enough to give some strength to it’s presence. All in all, can’t complain.
Peachy Keen! I am not a huge fan of strawberry peach flavoured tea, or strawberry peach flavoured anything, but this is pretty good. The peach is up front and present from the very beginning and the strawberry kinda sneaks through the back door at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I could wish the black tea base were less fade-into-the-background but it’s very generic. Not terrible in a flavoured tea, but it would be nice to get some impact from it. Guess I’m just spoiled.
Got this as a sample (among MANY) from yssah a while ago. Slowly slogging through them (there are a lot). Perfectly cute little baggies they’re in, though there is a bit of scent contamination. Nothing that obstructs the flavours so far.
The flavouring is certainly strong on this one. I’m not sure it shouts ‘Mango’ to me, but it’s definitely fruity. Then again, my sense of what mangos taste like is mostly through other mango flavoured things like Naked Juice bottles and such. And dried mango, I just remembered, I used to buy a lot of that. Anyway, this tea is nicely fruity but I wouldn’t rely on me to say if it’s ‘mango’ fruity.
Tasty this morning. My electric whisk came today, but I forgot to bring it to work so I’m still using a fork today. I had some pretty big clumps in this one, due to no sifter and no whisk, but it turned out okay, except some bitter swallows. I think this may be the first of my matchas that will get drunk down. I seem to favour it as a first choice in the mornings.
Thanks for this sample, yssah. I dumped my whole sample into my teapot and I was impressed with the scent of it, very very cherry, though it reminded me of cough syrup a little. The taste…very cough syrup. The cherry is tasting very artificial to me. It’s also kind of weak so I may have added too much water to this.