517 Tasting Notes
Thank you, tea friend, for sending this along!! :)
Stream of conscious tasting:
Throat: Sweet chestnut. Faint Chinese sweet bread.
Oil: Very pleasant amount.
Brew aroma: Sweet earth, hint of chestnut, faint date, peach, some dry bark.
Length: Long. Feels very clean and brisk.
Mouth-feel: Creamy after third infusion.
Taste: Good amount of bite, earth, a bit of malt, very very faint sweetness that is perfect for me. After third infusion – Faint cream, very mellow and smooth, a bit of vanilla. Cinnamon and the non-sweet part of nutmeg.
Thank you so very much, Glen and Dawa, for including this in my order. The experience is so similar to a shou that I had a week ago and enjoyed thoroughly…(No strong sweetness, good earthy notes, strong, medium body, pleasant throat) I’m considering buying a brick of this. It is just an all around pleasant shou to drink . It could definitely be a daily drinker.
Tai Ping Hou Kui teas are so much fun!! Seriously, it’s just a whimsical experience. The dry leaf aroma is so hearty and green. The leaves are just so cool to look at and hold. It’s such a silly tea! I’m a bit sad that the summer is at an end.. because it’s just not very fun to drink green teas in the colder months… and I guess I have to race to finish this tea before it goes bad. (If anyone wants some green teas/mid-quality FF darjeelings please let me know… I’m totally willing to sell my extra for a super low price)
My DM was given this tea as a free sample when he bought part of my bday present a few weeks ago – some 1970s Menghai Sheng (aka my favorite sheng). The owner of the store solely wrote “Green” on the package and told him that it was a green tea. To him, someone who knows only a small amount of tea, he thought that she meant it was a regular, ol’ green tea. Nope. Definitely a raw pu-erh… which some people just call a green pu-erh. Smelling the dry leaves indicated that it was younger than the 1970s, however, it seemed to have some age to it. The throat was a mix between a potent 2014 sheng, the 1970s Menghai, and a ZSXZ. I immediately knew that I was in for a treat with this one. The taste was strong yet smooth. It had everything that I enjoy about raw pu’erh – strength, hay, camphor, bark, a bit of roasting campfire, and a pleasant bite. My DM tried a sip from the sixth infusion and complained about it being bitter. I laughed pretty hard at that one. It’s so amazing and unfortunate that people’s palettes are so different. The tea had no hint of bitterness for me. Hopefully, I will be able to pick up some more… and hopefully Lorna will know what tea it was that she gave us!! XD I’m looking forward to a few more infusions with it today.