599 Tasting Notes
I had admired this shiboridashi for awhile but it was pricey and I wondered if it would really work like I wanted it to? Then I read TeaNecromancer’s review and thought “I HAVE to buy this!” but it was still pricey so I thought I would wait for sale. The next day I got an email from Yunomi that they were having a 35% off sale when you purchased $50.00 and over. So I bought it right then.
Now I’ve bought a Japanese teapot in the past and it didn’t meet all my requirements for what is a perfect vessel to brew my Japanese tea in.
1) It needs lots of room to allow the leaves to expand so an infusier that pulls out is not a good option.
2) It needs to have a capacity for one person only. I rarely have Japanese teas with someone else.
3) It has to pour quickly and allow the water through easily when the leaves expand. Every second it pours slowly bitterness creeps in.
4) It must be easy to clean.
5) When the tea pours, it must pour out clean without any leaf. Most of the others I used, I had to pour with an extra filter.
6) It must be pleasing to eye.
Well this shiboridashi meets all those requirements and more. Especially in the last one (6). It is cute, easy to handle when pouring. Love the little red knob . Love the crackels. And here’s an extra bonus: When I poured the water in to do the first infusion, I noticed part of it turned a blush pink inside. I also noticed a bit pink on the lid when I was brewing the tea. I wonder if that is only the ones with a red knob on them?
I never had any problems cleaning this up like TeaNecromancer but I was brewing a sencha which has bigger leaves. I haven’t tried this yet with some of the finer leaf teas but it performed beautifully with my sencha. I can see this will easily become my favourite teapot for brewing Japanese greens.
This tea smells wonderful from the bag. Fresh jasmine flowers and the fresh green bi luo chun’s green mossy scent.
When brewed up however, the jasmine tends to dominate. I love jasmine so I can still enjoy this tea. I am a bit disappointed I can’t taste the sweet green mossy of the bi luo chun. I think it’s there but so faint. Perhaps I need to adjust the brew times on this tea. Or try this on the 2nd infusion (I rarely have more than one infusion on green tea).
I am picking up a bit of nutty flavour from the tea under the jasmine.
Still enjoying this tea and it’s a good buy. Can’t beat YS prices. This tea would be so much better if they’d used less jasmine flowers and had more notes from the tea come through.
Flavors: Floral, Nutty
Been sick this week with a cold and was taking the gel pills for congestion but decided to try this tea. At first I didn’t think it was working but one evening after work I had this tea two hours before bedtime and I noticed I didn’t need any meds before bed. It really helped settle down the lungs and stop some of the congestion. I’ve been taking it now all through my cold and it’s best in the evening. When I first drink it I don’t notice any difference. I seem to notice a difference 1 or 2 hours later.
So this tea is very effective when you have congestion in the lungs. There’s licorice root in it so there’s definitely a bit of sweet licorice flavour mingled with a bit of medicine herbs. Not unpleasant tasting at all. My rating is based on how it works and not the taste since that’s what this tea is for.
Flavors: Licorice, Medicinal
The dry green leaves are very long and spindly and take up lots of space like a white tea. They smell so good from the bag – a rich green bean/chestnut smell.
This tea is very delicate and light. A light sweetness followed by a nutty chestnut flavour and green beans. Everything is very light and subtle about this tea.
Flavors: Chestnut, Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet
I’ve had this tea sitting for two months unopened. So finally got around to trying it out today.
This tea is AMAZING!!!
When I opened the bag the fragrance of the tea was sooo good. Kind of a bit like a black tea, a bit like a green, fruity and fresh. I couldn’t stop sniffing it.
I brewed this at 80C for 2 min. I usually brew my whites at 90. Some use 70C. I figured I would change things up and go inbetween.
First infusion was intoxicating. Sweet and creamy (like in the Jin Xuan oolongs), with a fruity flavour (a bit like grape) and slightly malty. The sweetness was not overly strong but it had caramel notes. There was a little fruity tang to it too. I also got nutty notes like in green tea.
2nd infusion was more caramel and fruit. Less creamy/nutty.
There were elements of this tea that was like black, then white, and then green. What a unique tea! Glad I bought this one!
Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Fruity, Malt, Nutty, Sweet
I’ve had this tea a few times and haven’t left a review yet. I love the way Taiwan Tea Crafts seal up their tea leaving no air. The teas are always very fresh as was this one. It was very sweet and nutty with a bit of green bean in the first infusion. No astringency at all. Second infusion was less sweet and hardly much green bean flavour but still good. Overall a great green tea.
Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet
I am really happy with all the teas I’ve ordered from Taiwan Tea Crafts. Unfortunately , I haven’t gotten around to leaving reviews on all them.
Having this one today and I finished the cup before I could get the review in. It’s that good. This tea is not artificially scented. Only scented with natural flowers. So the jasmine comes through but blends so good with the buttery, sweet, milky flavour of the Jin Xuan oolong
So good I am going for another infusion.