200 Tasting Notes
I haven’t been having many shengs lately because there’s so many infusions with them and I’ve been trying to cut down on my caffeine. Then someone here mentioned that the first few infusions are usually not the best anyway; to take a few sips and throw it out. I tried that this morning with this tea. Although I felt terrible throwing away good tea because infusions 1-4 were still good, I tried that. At infususion 5 it really was better! So mellow, lighter, silky mouth feel, buttery. And the best part? My lungs were all congested this morning and it’s really cleared them out. I think I need to buy a cake of this and have it daily.My doctor is planning on giving me puffers once I get al the tests in but I hate those things. I was trying the Candida diet to help clear the lungs and it helped a bit but I fell off the diet. So back to square one and back into my life comes this tea, which I’ve had before and forgot all about. I think a tea purchase for this sheng is excused because it’s for my better health.
Also enjoying the calm energy from this tea.
Just getting around to trying out this black tea. I almost didn’t brew it this morning. Wanted to go for my ol’ familiar greens. So glad I brewed it up. It’s delicious. This the 2nd black tea from Green Terrace Teas I’ve loved and I don’t normally like black teas!!! It has an aroma like fresh baked bread. Plum sweet taste. Like sweet potatoes too. Very smooth and a bit light for a black tea (another reason I love it). With black teas like this I could very well become a black tea lover.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Plums, Sweet Potatoes
Has this one early this morning. It’s a tasty tea to have with breakfast. I found it had a very nice roasted rice flavour with a very light green tea base. There was a hint of sweetness in the green tea. Sometimes I find some genmaicha’s too strong caffeine wise but this one was mild. Perhaps because there seemed to be more rice to tea. The green tea was a very dark leaf which looked like sencha. I brewed only for 1 min at 185 for two infusions. Another great tea from Tealux!
Flavors: Cut grass, Rice, Roasted
I had this tea before and reordered. It’s an excellent sencha but their instructions are to brew it for 2-3 min. I did 1 1/2 and it was a tad too long. It was sweet but with a slight bitter edge. The brewing time needs to be under 1 min. Very grassy, buttery. Love this sencha! I only got 25g on my re-order but this is a sencha to stock up on.
Flavors: Butter, Grass, Sweet
I had this tea this afternoon from a tea sample I got in my Teavivre order. I wanted to brew it in something that was clear but the only clear glass teapot I have is too big. Then I got the bright idea to use my Mason jam jar. It’s the perfect size. About 3.5 or 4 oz and I could watch the leaves in the water. Brewed at 175 for 1 min. Screwed the lid on too to keep it warm! Pouring it was kind of tricky. I think I need to puncture some holes in the lid.
It was a lovely light buttery green tea. Vegetal, smooth. I did two infusions and both were very tasty. Now I blew my tea quota for the day since I had a delicious Bi Luo Chun for breakfast.
Flavors: Butter, Smooth, Vegetal
It’s been ages since I had a Temple Road oolong. I thought I had left a review for this one but I think it was the other two oolongs I had left reviews for. I already had a tea this morning so this is my second cup. That’s already taking it too far on this diet (especially since it’s the 2nd steep which means 3 cups) but considering the circumstances, it can’t be helped.
I got the news yesterday, my cat has gone totally blind so I feel like I could use a little comfort tea right now. He’s getting around better than I thought but it’s just so sad.
This tea is a light oolong but has a real full bodied taste. Very smooth , sweet & buttery. A nice floral aroma and floral notes too. Honeysuckle come to mind yet I’ve never eaten or tasted honeysuckle. I could drink this tea all day. It’s amazing.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Honeysuckle, Sweet
I had this tea today but I was chatting with someone so I can’t remember everything about it. First it’s very similar to Bi Luo Chun. The dry leaves are very fluffy like white with many variations of green. This is a first flush Mao Feng. Brewed for 2 min – 1 tsp. It’s delicious like Bi Luo Chun but a lighter version. Buttery, nutty, slightly mossy.
The price is excellent too. This is from 2014 spring crop and it was only 4.00 for 25g. With the sale 20% , I got it even cheaper and my order at the time was large enough so I got free shipping. I would definitely order this one again. Love it.
Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty
This is a wonderful light oolong. Floral with fruity notes (melon). Only slightly astringent. 3 infusions brewed at 30s, 45s, & 60s. I like the first two infusions better. I think 60s was a bit too much as it give it too much punch. I like my oolongs very light. I think I will try a little more of this later in the day. In my tiny yixing teapot, the leaves were still uncurling with the 2nd and 3rd infusion so there’s lots of flavour left there.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity
Finally broke down on this crazy restrictive diet and said I’m having a tea or else I’ll blow the whole diet and have something else. So a tea it was. Brewed this in my teeny tiny yixing teapot. At least with the pot being so tiny, it reduces the amount of caffeine I’ll be getting. I remember getting this teapot and thinking “You’ve got to be kidding!”. Now I think I prefer super tiny pots!
I brewed for 30 sec on the first steeping. Noticed the wonderful floral notes. My breathing is getting a bit better from the diet so I’m smelling and tasting more. Although I smelled floral notes, nothing came through floral in the taste. This oolong is very clean, clear tasting oolong. That may sound contradictory since it also has a buttery, milky flavour. It’s a bit lighter than other milk oolongs I’ve had. I noticed from other reviews that most prefer a heavier milky taste & aroma with milk oolongs but I think this one has it’s place depending on what you prefer or feel like.
2nd & 3rd infusions were still good at 45 sec each. The milky , buttery flavour seemed lighter.
I think next time I have this tea, I might play around a bit with the steep times to see what different tastes come out.
What a piece of heaven in my day. Since it’s been awhile since I’ve had a cup of anything but peppermint or rooibos, it tastes like heaven to me. I think this tea has make me calmer instead of feeling a rush of caffeine.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Milk