3046 Tasting Notes
I have a sample of this from Garret, and I’d like to say, “Thank You Garret!”, because he is the epitome of customer service & hospitality.
I drank this during the afternoon & early evening, & that was hours ago, so I don’t really have much to say except that this is probably my favorite shu tuocha ever. A very rich flavor, a lot of depth, & sweet as well. No objectionable tastes, just a smooth chocolaty-ness & almost a coffee-like personality. I will probably need to get some more of these, at some point.
Here’s another tea that I haven’t drank for quite some time. It’s very tasty, but since I’ve been drinking Master B’s Jin Guanyin, Shui Jin Gui Wuyi (both Verdant) & Mandala’s Big Red Robe Dark Roast, all tied for first place in the Wuyi Oolong category for me, this one isn’t quite as exciting as it originally was. Still, it is a lovely tasty tea, I steeped 5G in my yixing, & my very first review of it still rings true. I couldn’t describe it any better than that, so here it is:
1. It looked like Coca Coca, & tasted of toasted rice, like a really nice Genmaicha, with a hint of carmel.
2. The wet leaves have a deep charcoal & smoldering sweet grass scent, & I picture a pile of leaves burning in the fall. The taste has expanded to include a hint of cinnamon.
3. Now the flavor is sweeter, with a resinous quality that reminds me of a substance I used to smoke (back in the day). I’m also getting a bad case of cotton-mouth. Tannins or dejavu?
4. Bananas Foster with Vanilla ice cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon.
5. The wet leaves now smell like banana leaves, roasting over a bed of charcoal. A juiciness is rising (cotton-mouth is gone), with a bright hint of mango.
It’s been awhile since I drank this tea.
It’s not among my favorites.
It performs best in short steepings, so this morning I put about 5G in my little white lotus teapot, & although it’s not bad, there’s just some undefinable thing about it that I don’t really care for. The first sips are always wonderful, very malty & sweet. But then an undertone comes up that just doesn’t appeal to me after a couple of steepings. I still can’t quite define it, but there it is.
I can’t believe I’ve been away from Steepter all day!
I also can’t believe that I only drank 2 teas all day!
First up was Mandala’s “Keemun”, which is very tasty & satisfying. I steeped for 3 minutes, then resteeped for 5.
Then I gardened for awhile, & when I came in to teach I had Mandala’s “Long Life”, another tasty & satisfying tea. I followed the same steeping of 3 minutes, with a resteep of 5.
I had planned on drinking some oolong & some puer in the later part of the day, but I was hungry & I learned long ago that for the most part, it is best if I don’t drink tea on an empty stomach. By the time I had dinner, it was too late for tea.
Oh well, there’s always tomorrow!
Everytime I drink this wonderful tea, I wonder, “how can a tea actually taste like this?”
Are they burying cacao nibs & toasted coconut in the soil around the tea plants? That might explain the wonderfully rich german chocolate cake complete with coconut frosting flavor.
Or maybe the soil where these plants are growing is just so perfect, & the person processing these leaves is just an amazing master of the art.
I’ll never know for sure, but the results is wonderful.
Another tea from Sil.
I think these are the first teas I’ve sampled from PureAroma teas.
I love the aroma of this tea, and I do sometimes enjoy some florals in my teas, so that should come as no surprise. Flavor wise, it’s ok & drinkable, but near the end of the cup there was a less pleasant soapiness to the aftertaste. :p