57 Tasting Notes
A really nice roasted taste, but also sweet. I had purchased a sample to see if I would like it and it’s really nice. A light brown/chestnut colour in the cup. I made this in the gaiwan with short steeps. Right now I’m on my third drinkable steep and enjoying the mouth feel. I was disappointed that it only allowed a few resteeps. With good quality tea I usually get quite a few short steeps. With this one the 4th steep was too light.
Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet
A lovely floral, fresh tea. Light yellow green in the cup. I made this in a gaiwan and so far on the second drinkable steep and it is wonderful. There’s a bit of fruity as well, strikes me as apricot/peach tones.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity
I was in the mood for shu (cooked) pu-erh and walked into the Tao tea leaf store. These are definitely shu as others have noted, and the retailer confirmed it. By the third drinkable infusion it really seemed to get deeper and richer in flavour, and it’s smooth, sweet, and full bodied. I really liked this but thought the leaves should have been bigger, not mulching and broken as they were as soon as they were steeped. After I tossed the first wash, I steeped for 30sec a few times, then 40, 50 and a minute. I’m on my 6th steep and it is as good if not better. There is a mouth feel and the taste lingers in a pleasant way, stimulates saliva so-to-speak. The only negative thing I’ve noticed is that after the first couple of steeps the effect it has on me is overly stimulating. I feel really buzzed in my head and some tightness in my chest, a bit of nervousness. I’ve not had this type of reaction to other puerhs. Don’t know if anyone else has found this with this tea.
Flavors: Sweet, Wet Earth
This tea is now unavailable. I was lucky to get a sample. I didn’t think I’d like a fermented pu-erh, but this is nice. Earthy and smooth. I know there’s another flavour in there too, but my palate is not sophisticated enough to figure out what it is. I’m curious to see how the taste changes after a few steeps.
I think I’m becoming addicted to this one. I’m not normally a fan of pu-ehr or green teas, but I like this one. Has a tang and brightness to it. Only a short steep is needed at first and can be resteeped up to 20 times. I think what I enjoy most about this tea is the ritual I’ve built around it by steeping using a traditional gaiwan.
I was looking for a soothing herbal to help detox. I found this to be quite pleasant with a strong enough ginger taste which I was looking for. If you don’t like spice or ginger, this isn’t for you. But if that is what you are looking for, than this is better than most bagged ginger lemon teas. I also enjoy the sayings on the tag.
Just picked this up because I was looking for something with ginger that could reset my system after a period of eating very rich food. It is delightful! Unlike what David’s recommends, I found that 2 mins was more than sufficient steep time without bitterness. It also resteeps well, at least twice. I’m finding this very cleansing and enjoyable, and I’m not normally a fan of white tea.