672 Tasting Notes
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!
Went on a Lupicia run with my coworker today to pick up this tea. I also restocked caramel & rum and picked up decaf momo. :) A perfect lunch break! Tea shopping therapy!!!
I’ve been less than enthralled with my caffeine free tea selection lately, so this tea is a nice change. I’m also really in the mood for all things fall even though it’s still hot!
I steeped this one up the minute I got back to the office. I have to be honest and say that my first impression of this tea was baby food. Yes, mashed sweet potatoes in the little baby food jar, but in a good way! I promise! You can still taste the rooibos, but the sweet potato note is dominant, I also added some milk and it was very creamy. No need to add sugar. You could also say it tastes like sweet potato soup, but without the salt that is usually in soup. There really is no spice in this tea, unlike all the other squash/pumpkin-flavored things around this time of year. It’s straight sweet potato, which is a nice change, actually. I found it very warming and cozy, and I think I’m going to enjoy this, especially once the weather wakes up and remembers what time of year it’s supposed to be!
Was having a hard time deciding which tea to start the morning with and ended up reaching for this favorite. It’s sad that DavidsTea discontinued this one, as it’s such a unique tea. Also, it’s like 1 of 2 teas I enjoy from there and that is all! Now I just go there for teaware. ;) Drinking this tea this morning wasn’t as amazing as it used to be. Ah, how taste buds and tea preferences change. Still, I’m glad to have a bit left to enjoy.
I thought it would be fun to steep a white tea gong fu-style, so I opted to try this tea out. Thanks for the sample, Angel!! I’ve had a white tea gong fu-style at Samovar, but they used too much leaf, in my opinion, and the steeps came out bitter. For this session, I used probably 2/3 to 3/4 of the sample packet with the recommended 194-degree water. I did a super quick rinse just to wet the leaves, and then steeped it 15/30/45/60/90/180sec. The first steep was similar in taste to other white peony teas I’ve tried before…sweet hay notes. This one, however, was smoother than others I’ve had. Sometimes the hay note kind of causes a drying feeling in my mouth, but I didn’t really have that with this tea. In the second steep, the hay note moved to the background and a pleasant peach taste came through! There was also a bit of a vegetal note, similar to what I find in green oolongs. In the later steeps, that vegetal note came through as sweet zucchini! Nice and light and great for hot weather (which we can’t seem to get rid of around here!)
I tried this tea out on my mom yesterday and she liked it! Yay! She’s a black tea drinker, so I think this one turned out to be a easy puerh for her to drink. She didn’t sound too enthused about the wood flavor I get in other puerhs, so this was a good choice. We enjoyed it with chocolate-dipped biscotti! Yum!
I also brought a raw puerh for comparison, but I just showed her and my dad the dry leaf, to which my dad said it smelled like chocolate….what?!!! I’ll have to brew up one of those in the future so they can smell what it’s really like….not chocolate! Ha!
I don’t care if it’s going to stay hot and not feel like Fall…I’m gonna have Fall tea! I’ve also decided that my favorite way to have this tea is to brew it up for about 4 minutes and add a teaspoon of brown sugar and a splash of creamy almond milk…makes this tea a perfect pumpkin creme brulee. So silky! Yum!
Bringing some to my mom later today and I’m going to try puerh out on her…we’ll see how that goes! ;) I’m thinking Special Dark would be the least offensive, although it’s so different than other puerhs, as it doesn’t have that woody taste. Hmmm, should I go with representative? Or least offensive?