541 Tasting Notes
This morning, this tea tastes totally different than the last time I had it. Before, the flavors weren’t really peeking out, but it was smooth. Today, it’s like the best of both chocolate-y black teas and sweet potato black teas came together and made a baby! Yum! Quite fabulous! If I rated teas numerically, this would be raised quite a bit. :)
Angel generously sent me a sample of this tea for review. I jumped at the chance to try some raw puerh, as I’ve never had any. I was a little afraid of it, as the ripe puerhs have been hard for me to really enjoy, but I noticed from reviews that raw puerhs were quite different. So, I made this in my pseudo gaiwan setup. Really need a gaiwan.
The aroma of the dry leaf was quite zippy! It had a tang to it. I put half the packet in my little teacup aka gaiwan and rinsed it twice for 10 seconds each. I really don’t know what I’m doing as far as gong fu style steeping of a raw puerh, but I was copying others and also kind of winging it.
My first steeping was 15 seconds. The aroma of the wet leaf had a strong tobacco note that made me cough! The taste however, was surpringly pleasant! I got notes of tobacco smoke, mint….maybe that’s that camphor quality people talk about. Honestly it was like a smokey green tea. Much more accessible than ripe to me! Yay! I’m really surprised because I didn’t think I’d like it.
Second steep (25 sec) had more tang, was more astringent, and I think I got a little wood note. The smoke note is sweet, maybe like pipe smoke?
The third steep (~40 sec) was similar to the second, but the fourth steep (1min) was softer, less astringent, and kind of toasty.
With the fifth steep (1min30sec), there was a dominant floral note! It was also sweeter Wow! Really good!
I finished with a sixth steep at 2 minutes which was similar to the fifth.
Overall, I’m really impressed, and extremely surprised I liked it. Yay! I like puerh! :D
I ordered a sample of this tea in my last order, as I thought it would be fun to try another version of the yunnan Dian hong. I love the golden tips one so much! This version is darker, more malty, but still has some sweet potato goodness. I think I prefer the golden tips, but I wouldn’t pass this up if it was offered to me!
Mmmm, made a big cup of this in my new DT multicolor leaves mug. Tastes like chocolate covered nuts today! Yum!
I miss steepster working properly. There’s something to be said about the ability to comment on a post and see notices for other comments that promote discussion. I’ve been following the tasting notes link in explore to see the latest notes, which actually has caused me to want to follow other people that I wasn’t following before, so I guess that’s a positive to all this, but I definitely have noticed less people posting lately….probably avoiding the site until it’s fixed. Crossing my fingers that it works soon! I’ve also noticed some nasty spammers that look like legit accounts, which I hope at some point we’ll be able to flag to admin about.
Pumpkin chai is back! Woohoo! Looking at past notes is really funny, because I didn’t like this one at first, and then I was sad it was gone, but it’s back, and I bought a whole tin of it! A whole 3.5-ounce collector’s tin, and it’s adorable!!! Yay!
I steeped this up this morning, the regular way, and added a splash of almond milk and a teaspoon of brown sugar. SO GOOD!!! This time it had a lot of creamy custard-y flavor. I think maybe it was the almond milk that did it. Almond milk is so yummy! Because of that, it reminded me a lot of Butiki’s pumpkin creme brulee tea. Interesting!
Yay for fall! Yay for pumpkin chai!!!
I was excited for this tea because it sounded so fall-like, but alas, it was a disappointment. I detected maple syrup flavor, and sweetness, though I did add sugar. The black tea base is wimpy. Also, something is conflicting with the cinnamon in a way that makes this chemical tasting. Could it be the monk fruit? I have no idea what monk fruit tastes like. Overall, I’m not really a fan. I was hoping it would taste like maple fudge. Bummer.
Sometimes I think I’m such a DT fan girl! The funny thing is I’m only in love with a couple of their teas. I think it’s the fact that they release things seasonally, so there’s always something new to try, and I love their teaware!
So, of course I ran out to check out the fall line on Wednesday during my lunch break. I was good, and stuck to my plan. I picked up only a half ounce of this tea and maple sugar, a tin of pumpkin chai, and the multicolor leaves Nordic mug. I had a hard time deciding on the mug, because the raccoon one was really cute, but I’m really happy with the leaves one…very classy and pretty. Plus, there are leaves printed on the inside!
I smelled the dry leaf of this tea from the samples they put out. My coworker immediately said it smelled oddly of cheese, and I agreed with her, but chocked it up to a weird sample and still bought some to try. I’m glad I did, because this is really nice. You really can’t taste any rooibos. It’s pretty much a cinnamon tea, but more of a warm pastry cinnamon than a hot cinnamon. I think I was able to convince myself that it tasted a bit buttery, which melds with the name, but I might just be easily persuaded! It is a bit on the thin side though, unfortunately. Overall, it doesn’t knock my socks off, but I wouldn’t mind more of this one.