786 Tasting Notes
Ever since Tea Ave sent their amazing samples for review, I was eagerly awaiting their online store opening. That day, I placed a good-sized order with them, including 6 oolongs, 4 of which I hadn’t tried yet, and two tins. My order came in 2 days! Warp speed oolong! In addition, Tea Ave added some free goodies, including a couple extra tins. Awesome, right?! I knew I wanted to put the Wenshan Boachong and Ginger Lily oolongs in my tins, but I thought I’d wait until I tried the other oolongs to see whether they deserved the tin treatment. ;)
This one may have earned a tin. Seriously.
I’ve never had an osmanthus flavored tea before….I didn’t even know what osmanthus was! Apparently it’s a flower and its scent is likened to an apricot or peach. I used a small amount of leaf, about 3g, which is smaller than Tea Ave recommends for gong fu brewing, but it resulted in deliciousness with their samples, so I’m gonna stick with it!
Omg, it smells like peaches and brown sugar! It tastes like peaches and brown sugar! Like a peach crisp! I might be in heaven right now! Slightly juicy in texture. Not in your face flavor, but subtle and delicate. The sweet juiciness sneaks up on you, playing with your tongue between the middle and the end of the sip. It’s a little vegetal and a little floral. The peach flavor lingers in your mouth after you’re done sipping. Delicious! Another winner, but I’m not surprised. :)
I’ve been craving this tea ever since I had it the first time and I finally got around to enjoying another session with it. It has to be one of my favorite shengs. It has a delicious grilled taste with a buttery feel, and after many infusions, a nice sweet peach note pops out. Amazing! I was actually enjoying it with my lunch, and the flavor still popped. I like it so much I looked on Jalam’s website to see if I could get more, but alas, they are sold out. Bummer! I will have to savor the rest of what I have because it is really delicious!!!
I had a nice session with this tea today while working. I used 6g and 194 degree water. The initial steeps were very nice with a smooth, slightly sweet tobacco flavor. It’s funny how much I like that smokiness in sheng. Would have never thought I’d like that! Anyway, as I steeped it out, I got some slight bitterness, which always reminds me of that artichoke vegetal bitterness, and then it mellowed out. It didn’t get as sweet as I like in later steepings, but the first few steeps were good enough for me to want to drink it again. This is a super young sheng, so maybe the sweetness will develop with time.
I was looking through my cupboard this morning for a black tea to gong fu-brew and I found that I still had some of this sample! Woo! Again, this is amazingly fruity! Plum delicious! See what I did there?! Ha! Seriously though, it’s probably the best fruity black tea I’ve had and I definitely want to pick up more at some point!
So, my mom picked this up for both of us and then read reviews and was worried that it might be awful, but it’s actually pretty good! I followed her recommendations, based on what she read: 2 teabags (I used a 12 oz. mug), add milk and sugar. It tasted like a strawberry milkshake. No real chocolate to be found, but hey, that’s still pretty good for a rooibos. Yes, there was some rooibos flavor, but it wasn’t too strong. Oh, and 5 minutes does the trick. Glad to have another caffeine-free option in my cupboard. Thanks to my mom!