577 Tasting Notes
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?
Had a nice session with this tea again. My Prrrrrecious!!! My gong fu sessions seem to last 2-3 hours. Lots of tea!! Anyone have other ways to enjoy this one? I saw some people steep it long and add milk and sugar?
I also discovered I can watch episodes of the new show Selfie on the abc app. Yay! Cute show too!
Enjoyed this to-go on my way to a doctor’s appointment today. I’m having some foot issues…the result, I need new shoes. Good excuse to go shopping!! Although, I’d rather be Shou shopping, if you know what I mean!! Haha!
This tea is still delightful. Nice roasty oolong, but smooth and caramel sweet. :)
My last sample from the raw sampler. This one tested my patience. That artichoke vegetal bitterness I usually get in sheng started on steep two and lasted for a bunch of steepings, rather than the usual 2-3. Once it faded, there were some nice citrus and green bell pepper notes, as promised by the description, but pretty mild in flavor overall. The texture was nice and smooth. I’m glad I got to try it, but again, I think Heart of the Old Tree wins out.