426 Tasting Notes
(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 :-)
So how do you even describe what the sky tastes like?
Well if I had to, I’d say it tastes just like Autumn Jade Tieguanyin… New tea from WP!!!
Yes, this tea is heavenly good.
The greenest of the greens, it wears its name really well.
The taste is pure and ethereal…
Feels like a light fluffy cloud in the mouth.
Sweet and delicate with a buttery mouthfeel.
It’s floral, lilac lovers you will love this!
The smell is intoxicating…
Imagine being in one of China’s most luxuriant garden in the springtime. Never been to China, but that’s how I imagine it would smell like.
I get a hint of spice that translates as nutmeg for me. I often get that from good quality green high mountain oolongs. There’s a minty fresh finish to the sip that just makes my mouth feels so clean.
This tea will give you angel breath!
I highly recommend it to all green oolong lovers…
I’m still floating on my oolong cloud after 6 excellent steeps. Get this. It has all the noms you need.
Here’s some pics:
(Backlog from last night)
This week, an Instagram tea friend gifted me with one of the nicest care package I have ever received. Teas, teawares, gemstones, silk pouches….I was overwhelmed.
This person is a wonderful being…
Most of his teas are pu’erh, unique and very special cause you can’t just go and purchase them…they are for the most part private reserves.
Among all those puerh teas, there was a pouch that just caught my attention. Flowers!! Chrysanthemum buds that he blends himself with rose petals.
Not only is this blend the prettiest thing I have ever seen, but it also tastes like heaven. IF you like florals of course.
I am a notorious insomniac. He told me this might help me relax at night. I was skeptical, cause really, no infusion ever helped me before.
Well guess what…it did help! After quite a few steeps, my eyes became heavy and a soothing wave of relaxation started to flow inside of me.
I brewed it in a small glass gaiwan, and it steeped forever… I had to stop and go to bed.
This is such a nice discovery…Tea people are just the best peeps I know!
Well hello good Steepster people!
So I needed warmth…what better tea than this beautiful golden Dian Hong?
First, the look. I mean, have you had a close look at those buds? PURE GOLD!!
So soft and fury, I want to pet them ( ok, I admit…I did pet them…I am a first class TeaGeekette after all, why hide in shame?)
The brew is all glitters and gold, a beautiful sunny light in the glass pitcher.
I forget how good this is…I rarely have it cause, well, I just have so many teas!!
It qualifies for my “pudding-like” tea list, cause of how sweet and thick it feels in my mouth. Unlike any other Yunnan I have had.
The sweetness reminds me of barley sugar candies. I also get cocoa and sweet potato notes.
It’s very fragrant, I find a certain floral quality to it.
Not as damp and earthy as one might expect, but a little “mossy” and yeasty.
Full of beautiful nuances and complexity, this tea screams for gongfu brewing. And it’s so forgiving, you can’t mess it up, it never gets astringent or bitter.
I had a lovely session earlier…another wonderful tea from Whispering Pines :-)
Here are some pics: