813 Tasting Notes
I received a free sample of this tea in my last teaware order. They have wonderful teaware on this site and thanks to boychik for telling me about it and enabling me! ;)
I’m not usually into green tea, but I’ve heard there’s something unique and different about those from Korea, so it was worth a shot! The dry leaf smelled sugary and nutty. Once wet, the leaves are more vegetal in aroma, and there’s some saltiness there too! The tea tastes a lot like asparagus and spinach, nutty and vegetal. It’s a very beautiful tea, with little verdant green leaves and a vibrant greenish yellow liquor. I also felt very warm drinking it. Overall, I enjoyed my session with it.
Today was the first day I felt like autumn was finally here…so cool! I pulled out my autumn leaves mug and steeped up some of this tea. I was at work, so didn’t have milk, but I decided it didn’t need it. The base tea has a nice smoothness to it that mimics the creaminess of milk. I even oversteeped it on accident and it was still great! It tastes mostly of nutmeg to me, but it’s cozy, and it was perfect for today.
So, I didn’t feel like making a new tea page for this tea. I got a really great ginger root herbal at Apple Hill last weekend. It’s so tasty! Has a lot of bite to it, more if you let it steep longer. I tried my first cup at a 5-minute steep and tonight I’m drinking a 6-minute steep and it has a lot more bite and heat. Yum! I also put in some fresh honey, also from Apple Hill, and it’s delicious! I really was never a fan of ginger, but that seems to be changing. I think once I’m done with these teabags, I’m going to experiment making my own from fresh ginger. Should be fun!
Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here. You know how it is, you drink the same teas, or you don’t feel like making a tea page for all the new teas you have, or life just gets busy. Anyhow, it was finally cool today, so I thought I’d have some Shou. Stephanie sent me this in a surprise package and it’s so fun! It’s my first whole tangerine Shou. I’ve had a sample before from another company, but it was just pieces of the peel and tea. This time, I got to break it up myself!
It has that smoked/char taste that I noticed in the other one, which is warming and cozy when it’s cold out. I also noticed a bit of citrus, and that seemed to come out more as I steeped and the Shou got sweeter. Very nice and smooth, no funk. Thanks so much Stephanie! :)
I finished off the rest of what I had from the monthly subscription this morning and now I’m sad. This is such an amazingly delicious and unique black tea. Like a spicy potato tea. I used the remaining 5.5g in my shibo and it was perfect! It also lasted more than the usual 3-4 steeps I get from black teas. Although it’s no longer available, I heard that more might be coming in this autumn, so I will definitely pick some up, maybe with some samples of the other Spring puerh I haven’t yet tried.
I bought a sample of this tea, but I was a bit bummed by how much I actually received. The sample packet stated there would be 6g, but it was actually a little less than 5g. That meant I could only have one session out of this tea rather than two. I guess I should have picked up the 1oz bag instead.
Besides that, this was a tasty tea – smooth, milky, brown sugar and light peach notes. It lingers in the mouth, so it’s worth taking a few minutes between sips to enjoy the aftertaste.
So, I’ve had this one twice now. It’s very bread-y with a nice thickness, and there’s a cocoa element as well, but I’m not getting as much sweetness as I would like. I think if it had a nice honey note, that would make it a great tea. As it is, it lingers on the edge of cocoa bitterness. Maybe it’s delicious with some added sugar, but I’m not doing that with my Chinese black teas anymore. The other black tea I have from them, I believe it’s the ying de black tea, has a lot of honey sweetness…hmmm, I see an experiment mixing the two in my future!
I’ve had the golden tips and the full leaf, but not this one, so I picked up a sample in my last order. The leaves are pretty…dark brown/black with a few golden strands mixed in. The color of the liquor is also a beautiful red color, even in first infusion. It tastes sweet, with subtle notes of malt, cherry, and potato. It reminds me a little bit of Whispering Pines’ Wildcrafted Dian Hong. Maybe I should do a side by side comparison with the rest of my sample. Super smooth, but light in flavor, overall. I wouldn’t mind drinking more of this and I don’t think it’s terribly pricey either. :)
This tea is like drinking pure honey….so much honey! There’s a slight cocoa note, but it’s barely there. It reminds me of Nannuoshan’s Tanyang Gongfu black tea, except that one has more of a balance between the cocoa and honey notes. This one is actually a little too sweet for me, but I like that the honey note is not just sweet, but that all the other characteristics of honey are there. I’m not sure how to explain those other characteristics, except to say it tastes exactly like honey. So if you like honey, definitely check this tea out! The leaf is nice and large too, similar to some Taiwanese black teas I’ve had. Pretty nice quality, and I’m looking forward to trying the other two black teas I ordered.
Of the three sheng in the sampler I ordered, this was my favorite. The other two were a bit too light for my tastes. This one was full of flavor, like a juicy, well-rounded apricot from the beginning of the session and lasting throughout. It had a bit more thickness to it also. The only thing that was disappointing for me was that it didn’t change much throughout the session. I think it would have been more interesting if it had started differently and then developed into this juicy apricot flavor after a few steeps.