439 Tasting Notes
This is one of many samples I received from Angel at Teavivre.
I love pretty much anything oolong…green, aged, roasted, you name it, so it will come as no surprise that I liked this tea.
It produces a bright yellow liquor.
Yum. A nice floral green oolong, with notes of peachy goodness. The aftertaste is buttery and slightly peppery, like a good quality olive oil.
The leaves are fully opened at second steep and that’s when this tea is the most flavourful to me.
It’s a beautiful day today, summer is in the air…this tea tastes like nature’s awakening…
I am so grateful I got to sample this wonderful tea, thank you Angel!
The amazing Dexter3657 sent me a large sample of this. Thank you! I was such in the mood for a good Darjeeling!
This one was not in the data base, so I’m the first to review here.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a hand rolled Darjeeling before. It is so well crafted, a beautiful tea.
As a blind taste, I would not have guessed it was a second flush, it’s missing some boldness. I think this is the Darjeeling that could convert the non Darjeeling lovers. (Dexter, you should have given it a shot before sending me so generously the full sample!)
It’s very close to a white tea, so delicate and it’s got that juicy feel quality to it. It’s very sweet and gently floral. It’s fruity but without the heavier muscatel normally found in SF. I don’t even find any of the usual brisk astringency, no bitterness factor whatsoever.
An unusual Darjeeling, but so spring like, refreshing and refined, like any good Darjeeling should be.
No wonder Darjeeling is referred to as “le Champagne des thés!”
I could totally have a cocktail of this mixed with champaign. I think I would call it a Champeling!
Thanks again Dexter3657!
Well, this might be the best lychee tea I’v had since Butiki’s Lychee Oolong.
In life generally, I am drawn to the unusual. I like when things don’t fit the mould. So I love that this came into the form of Dragon Pearls. I’ve never seen a lychee pearl tea before. Though lychee is a flavour I adore, I never found a black lychee tea I actually liked, always way too perfumy. Until this.
It’s sweet, refreshing, super juicy, just like a luscious and plump lychee. The novelty here, is the chocolaty taste of the pearls in the background. It gives a certain bite and a roundness to a familiar taste, making it totally different than all other lychee teas out there. It gives me a glimpse at what lychee flavoured dark chocolate would taste like.
Well based on this tea, I can tell you it would taste delicious!
I’ve been so busy drinking samples and exploring, I realize I have neglected my beloved Butiki teas. Stacy please forgive me, I miss reviewing them so here I am!
I have reviewed this one before, but it deserves more love.
Lazy oolong afternoon…Oh, this oolong…I’m so surprised it doesn’t get more ratings, only a few have written notes.
It’s a decadent oolong, yet so elegant. So sweet and rich, creamy and buttery, almost pudding like in the mouth, with a flowery aftertaste of lilac and orchid, followed by a minty fresh coating. Awwww! Just SPECTACULAR.
This tea is from the highest plantations in the world and it shows. When something tastes heavenly, we say in French “ça goûte le ciel!”…It taste like the sky.
I’m using my little glass Gongfu pot. Of all the pots I own (beleve me when I say I own a lot!!) this is becoming one of my favourite. Easier to use than a Gaiwan, and you still get to steep short infusions with the ability to admire the beautiful leaves unfurling.
This tea is heaven. Just buy it and try it for yourself.
My dessert tonight consists of this chai blend brewed in 2 full cups of sunflower seed milk, 2 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder, a cinnamon stick and a few drops of maple syrup.
Can you feel how good this is?
Out.of.this.world. Traditional chai with a twist.
This blend is good in itself, excellent balance between cardamom, clove and ginger. I like that the clove isn’t overwhelming.
But with the added ingredients slowly simmered on the stove top, it gets elevated to the 10th power!
Yum, yum, yum…
«This is my #1 favourite black tea» Dexter3657 wrote on this sample she so generously shared with me.
I won’t let this influence my note, but it’s always nice to know you’re drinking someone’s favourite tea :-)
Oh…it’s a nom-nom-nom tea. Sweet and malty, it’s what I call a comfortable tea. I’m sure it’s the type that does’t require much care in the brewing method and always comes out delish, no matter how bad you’ve treated it. I’m having it in the glass Gongfu pot. I forgot how long my first brew was, and it did not affect the taste. No astringency whatsoever.
It’s a Fujian and it wears that beautiful golden robe.
Yes, it’s fruity and nutty, with hints of baked potatoes. But it also has a saltiness and spiciness to it, almost brothy and savoury.
I like it cause it’s different and brings a different dimension to some other similar teas I have tried.
Thank you so much Dexter3657 for sharing one of your favourite with me :-)
Non tea related content:
It’s bird season, and as you know, I’m a fan, I feed them all over the yard. Since this morning, I have identified 17 different spicies. In a few weeks, I’ll have over 40 different species coming and going in the many feeders I fill with love every week…
I thought I’d mention them cause they are beautiful and really gave me joy today.
As I’m writing this, I’m watching a male Rose Breasted Grosbeak, just stunning!
There is no information available on the origine of this tea…at least I didn’t find any.
Is it a Taiwanese black? I’m a big fan of Oriental Beauty oolongs, and this somehow reminds me a lot of that. Maybe that’s the reason it’s called Black Beauty? The strong honeysuckle sweetness makes me wonder if it’s a leaf hopper bitten tea, just like Oriental Beauty. Garret, if you read this, please enlighten me, I’m the curious type :-)
Regardless of where it’s from, it’s mighty delicious. It’s got dark chocolate notes, and it’s a little boozy and bready. There’s that common note I find in Oriental Beauty that I always have a hard time putting my finger on, like citrusy and spicy at the same time. Once, Terri Harplady commented on one of my OB review that the note I was referring to tasted like coriander to her. I don’t think I would have been able to identify that myself, but because she has mentioned it, I’d say I agree with her, it’s close enough.
This is a tea worth having in the cupboard, thank you so much Dexter3657 for this opportunity, it’s right up my alley. I might be sipping down the last of your sample, but I’m so glad I made it part of my last Mandala order!
Try to say melon-oolong more than once. Melong-noolon, menon-oonong, nelon-moonong …hope you can do better than this. But really, how many times can you get it right???
Despite the fact that this tea makes me sound like I’m speech impaired, I have nothing but love for it.
Think about that smell when you cut through a ripe juicy cantaloup or honeydew melon. The smell is so sweet and sunny.
I always say melon is a summer trap, and cutting it open is like setting summer free.
The nice creamy slightly floral oolong base is the perfect companion to this “hard to get right” flavour. Cucumber notes cut through the sweetness of this tea. If you are not a fan of melon things, stay away. If like me, you think things are never “melony” enough, than indulge in this juicy marvel of a tea.
Can’t wait to try it cold brewed!
This is part on my first Lupicia order, and so far, I am impressed. And believe me, it takes a lot to impress me with flavoured teas.
(Too bad shipping to Canada is so expensive!!!)
It’s a beautiful sunny Easter Sunday in my neck of the woods… Not as warm as it should be, but at this point, we’ll take anything mother nature is willing to give.
I’m admiring the birds chanting their melody of happiness in the feeders. My cats are also watching, but in a very different way. Their watering mouths slightly open , they wish they could feast on one of them…sorry kitties, not going to happen!
I’ve decided to cold brew some spent leaves of this tea last night cause I had only a few Gongfu sessions and they still had a lot more to give. So today, I can drink it iced for the first time.
I am so impressed with this tea. It is stunning to look at, and it tastes like no other tea I own. I mentioned in my previous notes that its natural sweetness reminds me of maple water, still does. Cold steeped, the conifer piney note emerges more than when it’s hot, but it’s still just a hint.
In fact, every note in this tea is subtle, but as a whole, it’s bursting with flavour. I could buy this by the pound, that’s how good it is…I’m almost out, but still have a serving or two left, thankfully :-)
(See previous notes)