374 Tasting Notes
I had this tea yesterday and did quite a few infusions on it. It had some of that honey sweetness & apricot flavour I love in my shengs but there was this underlying bitterness that just wouldn’t go away. It was in every infusion. I was using high temperatures-near boiling. Some shengs are okay with that and others not so next time I will try the lower temperature. I won’t be rating this tea until I give it a try at the lower temperature.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey
Had this one today. Just western brewed with no fuss. It was really good. The base is a high mountain oolong. It was sweet, creamy & peachy. There was also vanilla notes. I can’t remember if there was floral notes on this. It went down pretty quick and I really enjoyed it but will try to take notes to leave a better review for next time.
Flavors: Peach, Sweet, Vanilla
Enjoying some of this tea this afternoon. Got a load of garden clean up done but still loads more. I am feeling that happy tired and a great amount of satisfaction when looking at my front yard all cleaned up (back is still not done). I’ve left a review on this already but today this tea is kind of reminding me a bit of moonlight pu-erh I’ve been having lately. That’s because it’s a white tea but there’s a little bit in it that similar to a black tea. Of course enjoying those chocolate notes. I brewed it just a little longer to bring them out a bit more. Yum.
This tea is lovely. I’ve had Oriental Beauty in the past and didn’t like it but this had a deep honey sweetness along with a honey floral aroma (almost like honeysuckle). There was a bit of roast flavour to the tea which added to the overall taste. Did 3 infusions on this tea and took a picture of my gaiwan set with the tea but couldn’t figure out how to get it from my PC onto instagram on the computer. It was turning into an hour long (or 2) job!!! I’ve finally given up. Too much trouble.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Roasted
I needed a sheng this morning. Bad insomnia last night and only got 4 hours of sleep. So I found this one that I hadn’t even tried yet. I started drinking on the 4th infusion. I’m not worried about wasting tea. I have so much of it and pu-erh always tastes better to me anyway after 4 or 5 infusions.
This tea doesn’t taste like any sheng I’ve had. Wow, is it ever different. It brews up almost a dark golden colour. How do I describe the taste? It doesn’t have the sweetness or apricot notes I love in some shengs. It does have a faint sweetness but also coupled by a bitter edge. Definitely pine notes. That is the most prominent thing about this tea. Strong pine notes. I’m also picking up hay in the background.
I can’t decide if I like this tea or not. I definitely don’t hate it, I may add more to this note as I have a few more infusions. It’s giving me a good energy lift this morning.
I’ve never left a review on this tea. Maybe because I thought I brewed it wrong or it needed another chance before I did a review. I brewed a cup this morning – 1 tsp, 185F, 1.5 min, 8oz. The tea seemed flat and lacking in flavour. I could pick up the fruity notes in the aroma but it didn’t seem to come through in the flavour. I wonder if I’m just stuffed up this morning?
So I threw that out and brewed a new cup- 8oz, 175F, 1tsp, 1min. It might have been a little better than the other cup but the first few tastes were not that good. Now that I am more than halfway finished I am picking up more fruity notes and some of the nutty/buttery taste . This tea sure is fininky but as I get near the end of the cup it keeps tasting better. It’s like a Jeckyl and Hyde tea. The aroma gives the impression it will taste so good and the taste tends to fade in and out a bit becoming better as it cools.
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty