729 Tasting Notes
This is a tasty, tasty shou! The information card for this tea, which I love reading by the way, said that this is a mild shou with not too much stimulant effect and not bitter, but with strength. I definitely noticed the strength! I did a rinse, let it sit while I ate a brownie ;) and then gave it a 15-second infusion and the color was intense! Super dark for a first infusion.
The flavor was mild. It was smooth, with a clean finish. After a few infusions, I decided that I was detecting notes of cinnamon and caramel. Very yummy! I think my favorite infusions were probably the fourth or fifth infusions. The info card also said it was one of very few shou offerings this year. They like sheng, which is fine by me, because their sheng offerings have been really delicious. Nice to mix it up though!
Another sample from my mom. This smells amazing, with lots and lots of blueberry in the aroma. The taste however, reminds me a lot of DavidsTea’s grape expectations. I don’t know if it’s the sencha or what. I haven’t found a sencha I like, so that could be it. It tastes brisk, grassy, and grape-like. Might be good iced, as long as you don’t oversteep it.
I had an afternoon session with this tea. Work at home days are good for Sheng sessions! This tuocha is so darn compressed though! You really gotta be aggressive! ;) It has a nice orange liquor color, and tastes a bit of smoke and fruit. I quite like it. I got super energized by it and very productive, but then felt kinda sick. Oops! Maybe I need some Shou tonight.
I had a really nice session with this last night. The sweet date/raisin notes are nice, and the Shou is smooth. I got more sweetness from smelling the lid of my gaiwan! I really like this one, but the cake is so tightly compressed, it’s intimidating. I broke more off than I needed last night just so I wouldn’t have to next time. It was kind of therapeutic, ha!
Now that I finally like lapsang, I thought I’d try Teavivre’s version and so I ordered a sample in my last order. I’ve only had lapsang brewed western before, but I love gong fu, so I went for it. This one is much more mild than the other 100% lapsang tea I had. The smoke is smooth and mild and sweet. Very good quality, but I wanted more depth and complexity. I think I’ll have to try this one brewed western to see if a long steep brings out the depth I was seeking. Overall it’s nice, but I wanted something more punchy!
I was visiting my parents yesterday and my mom had recently ordered some teas from H&S, including this one. Although I’ve had it before, I wanted to try it again gong fu style, since it’s a mix of Chinese teas. Also, before, I noticed a smoky note, which I now enjoy, most likely from the keemun in the blend.
I brewed it up this morning. There are some notes of cocoa, smoke, and maybe a bit of fruit, but they are really subtle. I think this one is better suited to western to really bring out the flavor. Oh well, it was fun to try!
This is my first Dan Cong! Woo! I almost bought some at DavidsTea, but I’m glad I didn’t, because this is much better quality. The color of this tea is a strikingly gorgeous honey amber. I got several infusions out of it, with each one getting slightly sweeter.
There is a nice roasty note, but it’s not as pronounced as the Da Hong Pao I had the other day. The flavor reminds me a lot of pomegranate…a little tart and a little sweet. Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever tasted that note in a tea. Overall, I liked it, but I think I might like the Da Hong Pao a bit more. :)