704 Tasting Notes
My first Naka tea! Woot! I’m loving this Jalam Teas subscription. Such variety and the teas are of great quality. I feel like all the teas I get from them are so fresh, especially the raw puerhs.
This tea is so JUICY SWEET! I immediately thought of this: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=84zZPUYimWU
It’s sweet off the bat and just gets sweeter and sweeter. I’ve also got this great feeling of well-being. Not sure if that’s what Naka Teas are supposed to impart, but I don’t mind it! I’m very very happy. Oh wait, getting a surge of energy now that’s making me have the munchies. Time for a muffin!
I enjoyed many many steepings of this tea today. The tuocha is very compressed and was kind of difficult to break apart, but I was careful and there was no bleeding! ;) I really liked it. It has that tobacco smokiness at the beginning and gets more apricot sweet in later steepings. Yummy!
OMG, SO FRUITY!!! I had two gorgeous steepings of this tea this morning. This is the fruity-est (ha!) unflavored black tea I’ve had! Why would you ever need a flavored tea, when your have this one? Honestly, it’s better than fruity flavored teas I’ve had. I think it’s definitely a stone fruit flavor. Peaches and plums. It’s smooth, a bit malty, and freaking delicious! Yum yum. Oh man, I should have just bought a bag rather than this tiny sample!
I ordered a sample of this in my last order because I’ve been curious about these tangerine puerhs. So neat, but also kinda gross-looking. Haha! Like, why would I want tea aged in a withered up tangerine? Well, now I know! The answer is, because the taste is awesome!
So, the sample I got had a good number of pieces of dried up peel in it. I guess I should have read the reviews because I was really surprised by the taste. It’s very charcoal smoky and I didn’t expect that at all! It’s like someone just fired up the backyard BBQ, or that smell you get from other people lighting up their fireplaces. There is a nice juicy sweet tangerine taste also, which gets better and sweeter in later steepings. Surprisingly, although I’m generally not a fan of this kind of smokiness, I wasn’t put off by it, but kept enjoying steepings. I think this one would be good for people who like lapsang. I also wouldn’t mind having more of this one, and I’m no longer afraid of the weird-looking tangerine puerh! Yay!
I think I messed up my parameters on this one. I was really excited to try it as I love a good chai. The dry leaf smelled like vanilla chai. Yum! I steeped it for 3 minutes and added a little sugar and a splash of almond milk. Unfortunately, I think the milk muted the base tea. So, I did a second steep without milk and found it tasted more balanced, but I still think I under leafed it. Hmmm. Soooo, next time, I’m going to add more leaf and skip the milk. The spices are delicious, though. Very spicy and nicely balanced. I just want that base tea to come through more. I also got a buttery taste which was interesting. I’ll reserve final judgement until next time!
Got back really late last night from a quick work trip to Arizona and found my BF/CB teas had arrived! It was a nice sight to see after a flight that was delayed three hours. Ugh! Anyway, still not sure where I’m going to put everything, as my cupboard is exploding now!
I have a bit if a scratchy throat, so didn’t want to try anything too complex, this Shou really hit the spot. These little cubes are convenient and are very clean and smooth-tasting. The tea page mentions a clay taste, and I think I get that in most ripe puerhs. It was evident here, but the flavor was nice and uncomplicated, and sweetened upon further steeps. It steeps out fairly quickly. Overall, it’s a great everyday Shou.
I decided to try the little gold foil-wrapped ones and I have to say, they’re not my favorite. My usual brewing parameters for shu resulted in a very bitter tea. These pack a punch in the second steeping you gotta be ready for! It was like bitter chocolate/cedar. :P I added a little sugar, which helped to tone it down, but ya, I’m not sad there’s only 1 more of these in the variety pack.