419 Tasting Notes
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!!)
If you think there’s no need to try North Winds cause you’ve already tried Golden Orchid and have it all figured out, well think again!
Yes North Winds is Golden Orchid’s base…but…they are two completely different teas.
And this is the new NW version…Yes, new and improved!
Smooth, rich and malty with no astringency.
When Yunnan meets Fujian, creating the perfect fusion. Pure symbiosis!
This is the tea I want in my cup on a lazy and cozy Sunday afternoon, in front of the fireplace.
Dark chocolate, dried fruits and toasty notes. It’s so warming!
It deserves a lot of love, it is after all Whispering Pines House black tea!
A real “maltfull” of happiness :-)
Pics of the session:
I’ve tried many different Wuyi oolongs, Da Hong Pao for the most part, but never had Qi Lan.
Thanks to my generous friend boychik, I got to experience it for the first time today.
I was expecting a very similar taste profile…and yes thats what I got to some degree.
Nice mineral mouthfeel, roasty and nutty…I’m a fan!
But…the big difference lies in the extreme sweetness I get from this tea, feels like a sweet nectar!!
A lot sweeter than any rock oolong I have ever had.
But this type of tea must be prepared gongfu in order to fully appreciate all its characteristics and nuances. (Only in my humble opinion of course)
It’s easier to control this way…rock oolongs tend to turn bitter very easily. But when done properly, they are amazing and so rewarding!
This tea is nothing short of greatness.
I am impressed so far by Joseph Wesley…Integrity always wins at getting my business ;-)
Thank you boychik for introducing me to them, I see an order in my near future!
As usual, pics of the session:
Breaking a puerh cake is always exciting…breaking one from the first series of cakes in the history of Whispering Pines is beyond exciting!!!
Yes, Huron Gold is the first cake pressed under the Great Lakes Label, awesome concept from WP.
First, those little 100g goodies were filled with love and it shows. Brenden the owner made sure we would notice. They come in those very practical and cute rustic envelopes, made of 100% recycled brown paper, perfect for storage, allowing proper breathability. How cool is that? Very innovative.
The cake’s artwork is beautiful…a map of the five Great Lakes.
Love the golden color of the dry leaf. Smells almost like sweet caramel. The pressing is pretty loose, making it very easy to break into.
The taste is remarkably smooth and silky. No sign of heavy earthiness or leather here.
Think light moss with rich cocoa notes.
There’s a faint sweetness to it, reminiscent of ripe figs. It feels syrupy and round in the mouth.
It’s very accessible and mellow. It provides a nice warming feeling, it’s such a cozy tea.
Another excellent product from WP. No wonder I’m such a fan, they never disappoint me!
And I’m so happy I got two of those babies :-)