669 Tasting Notes
I went to DavidsTea last week to pick up some teas for my mom and of course, couldn’t resist picking up a little something for myself! I’ve been wondering about this tea, so I picked up a small amount to give it a go. Tonight is my second cup. The first time, it was very sweet, but I could also taste the silver needle in the background. Tonight I decided it tastes like rum. Not bad, but almost too much flavoring for me. I think I’m really starting to move away from heavily flavored teas. There’s just so much to love about great quality unflavored teas.
I really wanted to try this tea, as it’s the base for butterscotch and hazelnut mocha candies tea, and I was curious as to what the base adds to the flavor. I also think it’s so unusual, brewing up a lot darker than other white teas, and tasting really different. I had a cup the other morning, brewed western style, but I had a hard time describing what I was tasting, so I brewed it up gong fu style today.
The first 20-second steep actually tasted like an almond pastry with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Nice! The subsequent steeps turned into more of a honey, malty flavor, with maybe a hint of licorice sweetness. It reminded me a lot of those leaf hopper teas, which is super weird, because this is a white tea, right? I’m really glad I gong fu’d it to tease out the notes, and I might even prefer it brewed that way. At least I’ll know what I’m tasting now, when I make it western style!
I am really pleased with JalamTeas’ October selection. This tea is extremely enjoyable. I steeped it at 194 degrees probably more than 15 times. The early steeps were very creamy and more savory, like corn, while the later steeps were nicely sweet. With almost no bitterness, there is a clean smoothness to it and something about it seemed to clear up my stuffed nose a bit. I also noticed a slight floral quality in the later steeps. This raw puerh ranks up there with the Teavivre old tree puerh I enjoy. Very nice!
Today was a work at home day, which means I get to have a puerh session while I work! Yay! I was really excited to try these. I mean, so convenient! Just drop the little disc in your gaiwan, or in my case, my mini tawny dragon teapot. No mess! The discs are so compacted, and one side has a line indentation through the middle that makes it look like pill. My puerh pill for the day! When wrapped, the gold foil makes it look like a piece of chocolate. I actually was confused when I opened my Butiki box! Ha!
The dry disc smelled sweet and nutty. I did a 15-second rinse, but the disc was still really compacted, so I decided to let it rest for a few minutes. That kinda steamed the tea and the leaves started to wake up. Then I did a 20-second steep and right away, it was dark and lovely. Wow! The scent was sweet and roasty, like a roasted oolong. The taste was roasty too, but smooth. I did a crapload of steeps and it just kept going. For probably the first 5-10 steeps, I didn’t dare increase the time longer than 20-seconds because it brewed up dark each time with lots of flavor. Towards the later steeps, I increased the time by a lot, but it stayed smooth, sweet, and nutty throughout. This seems really unique, as I haven’t had a puerh that tasted like a roasted oolong before. It seems like the everlasting gobstopper of tea, so if you like sweet, roasty, nutty flavors, definitely check this one out! I’m glad I picked up more than one disc! Maybe I’ll do just one more steep…!
I really like this sheng. It was my first sheng, and really, the first puerh I enjoyed. I feel like it’s really accessible. I don’t detect any bitterness, and the flavor transforms from the smooth tobacco-like smokiness to a very sweet fruitiness. So good! I would definitely consider picking up some more of this one.
Mmm, so silky today. Gotta love those almond milk and brown sugar additions! I even got my mom hooked!
So far the weekend is looking pretty nice. Saw the new Dracula last night and we’re planning to get sushi in SF tonight, where they serve a whole big pot o’ genmaicha! We might even upgrade our phones today! Yay!