357 Tasting Notes
I started this tea with preconceived ideas of the last moonlight tea I had and that got me wondering how often I do that with any tea I’ve had. Probably the only proper way to do a review would be blindfolded without knowing what the tea is. So, yes, I’ve compared this to the last moonlight tea I’ve had but it’s come out a winner in some areas and less so in others.
I did 2 10 sec rinses on this tea but I wonder if I really need to on these moonlight teas? They are not quite the same as the other pu’erh. The first infusion was malty like a black tea but light. It was just a bit too light for me (and I don’t like strong teas) but I could still pick up the hay notes and it was sweet. No bitterness in this tea. I couldn’t pick up any fruit notes like I’ve had in another moonlight tea but it was still good.
2nd infusion was about the same. I brewed it stronger hoping for some of those fruit notes but still didn’t get any but still remained sweet & malty with hay notes.
This tea seems to have a good energy. I have been really sensitive to caffeine lately and I didn’t get that caffeine jolt at all. Instead I just felt energized. I started out feeling really crappy ,queasy & sluggish this morning but once I had a few cups of this tea I was full of energy and doing loads of things for the day. This tea also was good through a few infusions.
I wonder what Yang-chu thinks of this tea? He sent me this tea but I couldn’t find a review on line. Thanks for the sample Yang-chu!
Flavors: Hay, Malt, Sweet
I had this tea last night and was really hoping to love this tea. I love the name and was thinking there might be some cedar or tree stuff in here like Whispering Pines does with their herbal brews.
Alas, when I brewed it up the hibiscus was front row and centre for me. I could taste hibiscus, rooibos & fruit in that order. Strange that when I look at the dry leaf, I don’t see hibiscus but it’s definitely there. I love the natural sweetness & woody flavour of rooibos but it was barely there beneath the hibiscus. This tea is not for me but thanks Allan for the sample.
Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos
This tea is listed as white but it appears from the YS description to really be a green. I was curious how a white bi luo chun is compared to a green bi luo chun. Well, there’s really not much difference which is another reason why I believe this is just really a green tea. The description at YS website says it’s a cross between the classic Jiangsu Bi Luo Chun and the Yunnan large leaf varietal yielding a delicate Bi Luo Chun that can grow in cooler altitude conditions.
I brewed this tea Western style this morning. Nothing fancy and it’s delicious. It has a chestnut sweetness along with mossy flavour . There’s also a bit of fruit I’m tasting. It is quite delicate, not a strong green tea but still lots of flavour. This is a very good tea. I am now tempted to order the 2015 Spring version of this.
Thanks Allan for the sample.
Flavors: Chestnut, Fruity, Moss, Sweet
I had left a sticky note on the tin of this tea to remind myself to slow down and enjoy this tea. :-) So that is what I am doing.
I can see why I slurped it so fast last time. It’s so darn good. It’s vegetal with a creamy feel to it. Nutty and sweet. I can even smell the slight nutty aroma. The creamy feel of it would make it an excellent afternoon tea but it’s still great for the morning.
Changed my rating. This is such a good tea.
Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
I got this sample in the mail last week from Lulu. Thanks Lulu. I filled out the online questionnaire at surveymonkey.
According to the info card on this tea, it’s from a farm on Yu Shan Mountain , the tallest mountain in East Asia with a height of 13,000 ft. This tea is considered among the top grades of oolong tea and the production is very limited.
This a medium roast oolong. It brews up a dark golden colour. A wonderful floral aroma to this tea with a smokey roasted flavour. It’s smooth with a hint of buttery flavour underneath the roast. My 2nd cup has a little bit of bitterness in it but that’s only because I oversteeped the 2nd infusion just a bit. There were plenty of leaves in the gaiwan that were just uncurling in the first infusion and on the 2nd I should have kept the time short.
On to the 3rd infusion. Kept this one really short: 1 min and it’s excellent. The roasted flavour is toned down a bit. No bitterness at all. Still a wonderful floral aroma. I could probably keep going on this tea. There’s plenty of flavour in those leaves.
I’ve never had osmanthus anything so I was surprised when looking for this tea on Steepster how many Osmanthus oolongs there are!!
I brewed this gong fu using water temp at 200F. They recommended boiling which seems way too high for me. I usually do oolongs at 190 and I think when I brew this next time I will stick with my 190.
The brew was a bit on the clear gold side. I could definitely pick up the creamy milkiness of the oolong. From the aroma cup I could pick a floral scent. The osmanthus came through as a peachy flavour—very delicate and as all TeaAve scented oolongs, it combined well with the flavours and scents of the oolong instead of overpowering. I would have liked the osmanthus to be a little bit stronger as I really liked it. I was also getting a roasted flavour from this oolong which is strange since it’s a jin xuan oolong….
By the third infusion I wasn’t getting much osmanthus at all but it was still a good oolong. I think I need to try something different with my brewing method as others have have loved this.
Flavors: Milk, Peach
I didn’t follow the typical brewing methods from Yunomi for this tea this morning. I just wanted it simple using a cup and infuser. I used 185F , 1 tsp and brewed for 50 min.
It’s quite delicious. Very good umami. Very grassy & sweet with only a hint of bitterness. There’s also a bit of nutty flavour that comes through too. This might have been even better if I brewed at 175 which I will try next time but was still good at the 185F. Their recommendation is 158F. My tea just cools down too quick at that temperature.
I would buy this sencha again from Yunomi.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Umami
Dry the leaves were very dark and spindly. I brewed this western style this afternoon.
What I noticed first about this tea was how bready/malty it was. It had a pretty good caffeine kick too but I’m a bit sensitive to caffeine so I would feel it more than some. There were stone fruit notes right away. I think I accidentally got the temperature a little higher than I meant to (I was brewing this at work) but it still was very good. As it cooled the chocolate notes came out along with raisins. I didn’t get any of the smoke taste others got but that was fine with me as I don’t like smoke in my tea. It was very full bodied and flavourful.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Stonefruits
I think this is my favourite of the 4 green teas I’ve tried from Nannuoshan.
When I smelled the dry leaves it was a wonderful nutty smell.
I honestly can’t remember what the colour of the brew was and now it’s all gone but I’m pretty sure it was a yellow. This teas just fills the mouth with nutty & buttery taste. Mmmmmm! Just love it. There’s also a green grassy or green pea sweetness to the taste too. I don’t think my description is doing it justice. This one really is an amazing Anji Bai Cha. There much more flavour with this one than the other Anji Bai Cha’s I have in my cupboard. At least that’s what I’m thinking. I have enough left of this one to do a taste test against them.
Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nutty
I had this one yesterday and went to leave a review. Had it almost all done and switched into a different screen to do something else for only a minute. When I went back it was gone! I didn’t have time to redo so I’m getting it in today.
This was a really fluffy white tea. That little bag was really packed full to get it all in!
This tea made me think of a spring day. It was light and refreshing with a light floral aroma. There was the typical hay notes I often find in whites along with cucumber notes (which is what made it so refreshing). Even though this tea was light , it still had lots of body. The colour of the brew was amber.
A very enjoyable cup of spring. I just want to say too, that I’ve never before brewed whites at these higher temperatures. The results have been great and I want to see now how some of my other whites in my cupboard brews at that temperature.
Almost through all the samples now. Thanks Nannuoshan for some great teas!
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Hay