435 Tasting Notes
Greens have arrived at Whispering Pines!
Green teas aren’t usually my go to teas and I’m quite critical of them. I don’t like the grassiness and overly vegetal taste they often have.
Having said that, I do appreciate some of them, dragonwell being my favorite.
When I received this maojian to sample, I was really excited and curious about it. We all know that Brenden settles only for the best so if he decides to sell something, I have high expectations for it.
This tea doesn’t disappoint.
Perfect vibrant green leaves, they look like mini longjing sticks.
I used gongfu brewing method.
First steep and wow! How to describe it?
This is not your typical grassy green. It’s very sweet and fresh at the same time.
I get a sweet minty taste, with notes of artichokes maybe. Asparagus might be noticeable as well, those fresh crunchy asparagus you get early spring.
None of the seaweed saltiness often associated with greens.
Anise is present, but very very subtle. I feel that at the tip of my tongue.
I forgot steep three and it steeped for a good 3 minutes. I was expecting bitterness. But it seems impossible to mess up this tea, it was still sweet and delicious.
Warning though: this will provide some kick ass energy boost. DO NOT DRINK AT NIGHT like I did the first time I had it…Let’s just say I felt woozy for a while!!! ;-)
I’m very happy with this green, it’s a keeper!
Thanks for the generous sample Brenden :-)
A little pretentious?
Sure…you don’t name something Ambrosia if you’re lacking confidence. And this tea is everything…and then some.
The look, the color, the smell, the taste, it’s all heaven. Angels signing in my cup. Mozart’s requiem. Powerful stuff.
The brew is a crimson liquid gold…Oh Dian Hong, how I love you.
The addition of handcut vanilla (side bar: did I write “handcut”? Yes I sure did! This is no vanilla flavor, it’s vanilla. Period. No extract, no essence. Vanilla. Pure. In its original form, just like in all the WP blends. This fact needs to be mentioned and appreciated. End of side bar)
So yeah, as I was saying, the addition of vanilla brings undeniable distinction and sophistication.
The first sip and I’m like “hello, maple syrup”! If like me you’ve added a tad of maple to your black tea from time to time, you’ll get what I’m saying.
It’s sweet and malty. A maltiness that makes me so happy.
It’s a bit woody, and fruity…I get some cherry notes, but it’s very subtle.
If you wonder how it compares to the other Vanilla Dream black tea blends, this is what I have to say in a nutshell:
Golden Orchid is gooey fudge, Cocoa Amore is chocolate covered cherries, Elderwood is floral vanilla and Ambrosia is maple malt. There.
B-Boy, you couldn’t have chosen a better name for it…this is tea for the Gods, it’s blended to purrrfection.
Now I need to hit the “shitload” order button again….sigh.
This is new. Thank you Tea Hobbit for letting me try it.
I know it’s a mission at Whispering Pines to search for the finest teas, the best among the best.
This tea represents just that. Mission acccomplised.
First sip and I’m in awe.
So sweet, it reminds me of barley sugar candies.
It’s a malty cup, creamy smooth with no astringency. It tastes a little bit like wheat to me.
It’s woody but not smokey at all wich I appriciate a lot.
It’s slightly fruity, I get stone fruit at the end of the sip.
It feels powdery and syrupy in the mouth, nice body.
It’s so good, I need to buy a shitload of it. Yes…more. Please and thank you.
Don’t be afraid to get this one dear tea lovers :-)
On a side note, a friend brought me to this amazing Chinese gift shop today and I found the most beautiful statue to decorate my tea table…she blessed my tea session today I think.
Wow…got TeaAve sample box today. I mean…I feel almost guilty not having paid for any of this. It’s beyond any expectations. Fancy and classy.
Really TeaAve, thank you, you really made my day!
I love pretty much all types of oolongs, and this one is no exception.
First the look. OB is a stunning tea to look at. It’s like an autumn bouquet, beautiful auburn, green, grey and brown leaves.
I was happy to see the silver duvet tips in the blend, so pretty.
This tea is bug bitten, so hello honey sweetness!
It’s very fragrant, and the scent is even more powerful using the beautiful aroma teacup set provided by TeaAve.
The color of the brew is a beautiful honey golden color.
The taste of OB resembles more of a black tea in my humble opinion. It is after all highly oxidized.
I get red fruits, muscatel, citrus and honey. Very sweet and zero astringency.
As the steeps evolve, it gets a little spicy and boozy, i also get dried fruits, like apricot and dates. It’s rich and doesn’t loose any of its sweetness.
I did many steeps and couldn’t help looking at the wet leaves when I was done. I found the perfect example of leafhopper bites! See pics :-)
TeaAve and Heidi, thanks again for such a lovely gift…can’t wait to purchase your wonderful teas!
It deserves all the praises.
Just a quick review cause I have fully reviewed it in the past.
Rivendell gives me a pudding mouth. It’s so sweet and creamy!
This vanilla is decadent…very fragrant, velvety and fruity.
I like the little saltiness I get at the end of every sip. Mineral notes from the oolong.
Surprisingly, this is not floral at all for a green oolong blend. That’s probably because of the cedar leaves. They bring a touch
of spiciness and evergreen. Hard to describe but so fresh and yummy.
Even if you’re not a fan of greener oolongs, you should still give this a try.
I brewed it in my glass pot and sipped 32 oz very slowly…it was pure ecstasy at every sip.
I’m not lowering my rating, well worth 100!!
Sweet baby Jesus…this might be the best Da Hong Pao I have ever had.
This lovely tea came as a gift from the wonderful boychik.
Looking at the beautifully crafted leaves, I had a feeling I was in for a treat.So I packed my little 70ml DHP yixing pot with a shitload of tea, cause that’s the way I like it :-)
Very short steeps are required for rock oolong, a few seconds is sufficient.
My first steep was whoa!! A burst a flavor!!
In a nutshell: juicy, toasty, nutty, sharp, mineral, sweet, with big notes of stone fruits and cocoa…yes, this tea has it all!!
It’s complex, it keeps changing, adding different layers and subtleties to each steep.
It’s simply stunning, in every possible ways.
It was such a privilege to get the chance to try it, and thanks to boychik’s generosity, I have plenty left for a few more sessions. Thank you :-)
On a side note, I want to mention that after sampling a few of their teas, I was impressed enough to place my first order with Joseph Wesley. Well I was even more impressed with the service that I received! I want to thank you Joseph for your impeccable customer service, you made all the difference… I already know I will be a returning customer.
Pssst… Steepster… Did I ever tell you how much I love oolongs? Cause yeah…I do very, very much!!
This afternoon, I felt fancy…I’m a total tea snob, not gonna lie. Plus I’m a girly girl, so sometimes…occasionally…I pull out my really fancy gears.
That’s what I did today, and it made me really happy!
Now the tea. It’s lovely.
It Osmanthus oolong so be fully aware that it’s very floral and also fruity.
Unlike some others I have tried, this one doesn’t feel soapy in the mouth.
It has a very distinctive taste of peach, to the point that one might think it’s peach scented but it’s not.
Very creamy with a nice body. It’s not overly green, but it is somewhat grassy.
Also, for the price, this tea is an awesome deal. Beautifully rolled and crafted, large leaves when they open up.
I love it and it was the perfect companion to fit my precious antique teawares this afternoon.
Pics of the session:
Oh lord this tea…. Wuyi rock oolong, you do rock!
Beautiful leaves, they render a warm golden amber brew.
It tastes like grilled honey peaches and almonds.
So sweet, juicy, nutty and toasty!!
A real treat tonight. I won’t be able to save this for special occasions, no I won’t.
I will have it again tomorrow.
Oolongs are just amazing!!
Pics of tonight’s session:
(Backlog from 2 days ago)
If you are Canadian like me, you know it’s no fun to shop for tea from our dear American neighbors at the moment. Our dollar is sinking and the exchange is terrible.
I have turned to Tao Tea Leaf recently, they are based in Ontario. My love has grown so much for this company. They offer exceptional quality and you can find many different superior oolongs.
This one is no exception. It’s exquisite and sophisticated.
Baozhong is very lightly oxidized. It tastes like a breathe of fresh air.
Very floral, think lilac.
It’s also as buttery and creamy as can be, with a sweet aftertaste.
I could drink this every day that’s how much I like it. And I might just do that :-)
Pics of the session:
It’s strong, it’s dark, it’s punchy.
It will wake you, shake you, smack you….and then…it will sooth you, comfort you, love you.
Yes, this tea is kind of abusive. “Stay away” you’re gonna say…but I can’t…I loooove it!!!
It’a Damn Fine Tea.
And it knows how to treat a fairy on a Sunday morning in her tea nook.