424 Tasting Notes
When I first opened this cake two months ago, it was literally sweating oils, the wrapper was full of specks:
It just looked so luscious, I was really hoping to love it. I did.
It’s my favorite sheng of the moment.
It offers such a bright taste, with a minimum of astringency.
Fruity, (white grapes mostly) and a bit spicy, oaky with just a hint of smoke in the early steeps…that smoke disappears completely in the later steeps.
Very strong qi, it provides that warming feeling I like so much, without making my heart race. It’s just so soothing…
Now I’m just hoping there’s still some cakes left…cause I need a few cakes as backup.
I need more…and I’m very surprised there’s only one review here, it deserves more attention…
Pics of the session:
First to review this, really? Well let’s try to do a good job at it then, it’s worth it!
I was quite intrigued with this tea as soon as I saw how unusual it looked like and read its description….I knew I had to buy some. Anything that has maple in its description gets my attention. (My grandpa had a sugar shack, I grew up literally “in” maple!)
Interesting fact, this tea was compressed and aged in bamboo baskets.
Its dry appearance is light and flaky. It looks like giant flakes of roasted maté, and pretty similar in terms of color.
Its smells a little like damp moss and seaweeds.
I rinsed once as recommended.
The first steep was a beautiful golden yellow.
It feels round in the mouth, almost oily, very nice.
The taste is super sweet, with a light earthiness to it. Maple water, yes please…the description did not lie.
I get a nice fresh camphor finish just like some puerh do.
It’s so tasty, some sweet spiciness emerges in the background, reminds me of anise.
Bonus: it provides a very relaxing and warming qi. I feel giddy :-)
This is a superb tea and I’m now adding Liu Bao to the list of favorite tea! It will be interesting to also try their 1996.
I take this opportunity to give some love to the wonderful teahouse that Camellia Sinensis is. When I used to live in the beautiful city of Montréal, I was a frequent customer of theirs. Superior product and impeccable service.
Americans, take advantage of our low Canadian dollar and encourage them! They even offer free shipping to the USA for all orders over $50. (Did I mention they have exquisite teaware? Cause they do!!)
Pics of this amazing tea:
We already know he’s a tea prodigy and does things like no one else does.
He decided that dried mushrooms should be incorporated to tea…and that’s exactly what he did, as if it should have been done all along. Cause this is what you’ll think of when you taste this little marvel for the first time: where have you been all my life oh mushroom tea!!
Don’t think this resemble Mirkwood, his other mushie tea, cause it doesn’t…not even one bit.
Mirkwood is more brothy and savory. This is desserty!
Candy Cap Mushrooms, who knew??? They smell like maple candies! My whole kitchen smelled like candy after I opened the pouch, to the point that it got me worried, I sure don’t want my tea to taste that sweet.
But just like all the blends he creates, this tea offers the perfect balance. Dried fruits plus woodsy and cocoa notes. The star here though: natural maple goodness. And no worries, this ain’t Aunt Jamaima type of fake sweetness. This is gloriously tasty, with only two ingredients: Premium Chinese black tea and mushies.
Having said that, I don’t taste mushroom so please mushroom haters, don’t deprive yourself from this little gem. This variety brings sweetness, woodsy notes and layers of complexity. No damp or earthy funk.
Brenden sure is Michigan’s National “Teasure” , he likes to think outside the box and it pays off. Bravo!!
This came as a sample in my last Yunnan Sourcing order. As usual, YS does not disappoint with the quality and the size of their samples.
Though Jin Jun Mei are usually not my favorite black teas, this one I must say hits the mark.
The scent is beautiful, and so is the color of the brew, stunning.
It has a nice body, feels thick in the mouth.
Sweet and somewhat savory, slightly salty, the main note I can detect is definitely yam or sweet potato.
It has a bit of smoke, but very subtle.
If I had one Jin Jun Mei to keep in stock, this would be the one for sure. I might purchase this.
I needed peace and focus tonight, and this tea gave me just that.
Relaxing session by the candlelight…
This tea is still my favorite jasmine tea. I know that Jasmine Dragon Pearls are more popular, but this one wins by a small margin for me.
It’s so sweet, with just the right amount of jasmine. It has none of the soapy perfume taste often found in this type of floral tea.
The green tea never turns bitter and is good for multiple steeps.
After looking at some of Boychik’s pics on Instagram, I’ve decided to start using my fancy antique bone china more often. What is it good for if you don’t use it right?
Well, it actually made my tea taste even better :-)
Pics of this afternoon’s session:
This cute little pu square was sent to me by Sarsonator, thank you sweetie.
Quick rinse and first steep is like a pale version of what it should be…i didn’t let it steep long enough, its super compact.
Second steep and…whoa! This doesn’t taste like shou…it tastes like roasted coffee beans!
Very dark and rich, slightly bitter just like a strong black coffee.
Now, I don’t drink a lot of coffee but I enjoy a cup once in a while. And I drink mine black, so this is very reminiscent.
I would say it resemble Special Dark a tad. Certainly as rich and full bodied.
Third steep and it’s still not completely loose, this will render many steeps.
And it provides a pretty intense qi, made my heart beat a little faster and gave me tons of good energy. Really, i see this as a potential regular morning cuppa. I think it would do as good brewed western style cause it doesn’t have a very complex flavor profile. The steeps tasted almost all the same.
I agree with Sarsonator’, a must try to all the coffee lovers out there!
Here’s a look:
These little nuggets are so creamy and sweet.
I so wish I had hoarded them. But they are sold out now sadly :-(
Simple tea, but so comforting and soothing.The taste is rich and deep, vanilla and raisins mostly.
Sweet caramel undertones, but I also get a nice fresh mouthfeel at the end of the sip.
For those who like me are very sad to see it gone, here’s what I think could replace it, though I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems to be the 2013 version.
Also, pics of tonight’s session :-)
Ok, ok, I know, I know…I just reviewed this tea a few days ago…but fuck! It’s so good!!!! (Oops, can we say fuck on Steepster? Cause well…um…I just did…sorry :-/ )
Yes…that’s all I have to say. See previous review. Get this. It’s yum.
And yo! I’m having it with the Teaplets this morning, weehee!!!
(Backlog from last night…could not post…steepster was acting out… again…sigh)
This is tea of the night…
I took advantage of Tao Tea Leaf’s 50% off x-mas sale.
I had already tried some of their rock oolongs (their Da Hong Pao is excellent) but had passed on this one.
Boychik reminded me to buy some this time around, so based on her exquisite tastes, I have ordered 100g.
First tasting tonight…
Whoa! This is shockingly good.
Sweet, creamy, nutty, deliciously roasted but not sharp or bitter at all.
It renders a nice mineral mouthfeel as all Wuyi do.
It’s a bit floral, and a little fruity, stone fruits. But mostly, I get big notes of roasted almonds.
Now, I can’t silence the fact that the dry leaves smell like…um….cannabis. You were right about that dear Boychik. Not that I have ever smoked any of course (wink, wink)
Toa Tea Leaf doesn’t disappoint…high quality stuff. This bag will not last very long.
I brewed gongfu and I got several delicious steeps.
So yeah, Mirkwood… I just watched The Hobbit movie for the first time so why not review this tea now.
When I think Mirkwood and Hobbits, I think of course adventures, deep dark forests, and… mushrooms!
But maybe that’s just me… see, I have a thing for mushrooms. I love them…I observe them, I photograph them, I eat them, and with this tea I now drink them more than ever (!!!)
Cause people, mushrooms will you find in this tea. Not any kind of mushies… Da Best!!
Attention, attention: Morel alert!!! YES!!! If you are a bit of a foodie like I am, you know what morels taste like. They are so scrumptious and fancy. They make me drool.
But who could think of adding them to puerh?
Who? Well, a Tea Hobbit of course.
Attention, attention: Puerh alert!!!! YES!!! Ontario 1357 is the base tea!
Brace yourself and prepare for an effective and very warming qi. (Just read some of the Ontario 1357 reviews if you want proof)
But enough bells and whistles…how does it taste, right?
Think creamy and buttery mouthfeel, with woody notes.
This mushroom soup renders a light saltiness. Yes, it’s a little briny, as if a few drops of soy sauce were added to the cup. I know, I know, it sounds weird, but it works! Makes the tea somewhat savory, and combined with the natural sweetness found in 1357, you get full on umami taste! If you’ve had a good asian broth, you know what I mean.
This is very different, fresh, innovative.
I love being taken out of my comfort zone without being too shocked. Cause as surprising as it is, it’s still very comforting. The only shock you will get is how good it is. Yes, it’s shockingly delicious!
P.S. So you’re not a mushroom fan? No worries…morels don’t taste damp and very earthy like most mushrooms do. I promise, there are no residual taste of Hobbit feet in this tea.
Pics of the session:
http://instagram.com/p/xX1kDNQh_F/ (Big chunks of morels!!)