459 Tasting Notes
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
This was a sample Yang-chu sent me. I tried it today and was using short steeping methods at first. 20s, 30s. On the 3rd steep I forgot it and it brewed longer. Not sure how long but over a minute for sure. It was the 3rd steep that tasted the best. More flavourful with deep honey sweet nectar flavour and hay notes. Even though the other steeps were lighter the honey nectar flavour kept drawing me in for more. Not sure how to rate this tea. I definitely liked it but haven’t decided if I love it so no rating.
Flavors: Hay, Honey, Nectar
Got this sample from Allan and have finally got to try this tea. It’s been out of stock for ages it seems.
I’ve been lazy lately when it comes to brewing my tea so no gongfu brewing. I just brewed up Western style. When I smelled this from the bag I could smell the cedar. It smelled so good!
It was really delicious brewed up. The floral from the oolong and the vanilla notes seemed to blend together to become a floral vanilla. Heavenly. Then there’s the buttery flavour of the oolong underneath followed by the very light cedar notes. Yep , I love it. Still out of stock I see on the website. I’ll just have to snap some up when it becomes available.
Flavors: Butter, Cedar, Floral, Vanilla
It’s been awhile since I’ve had this tea. When I pulled the bad out of the tea tin, I noticed I had written a note to keep brewing time shorter than two minutes. That’s my standard time for most greens. I had remembered this being quite strong.
So I pulled it out this morning and brewed it up keeping it to one minute brew time. From my last review I said this wasn’t the best bi luo chun I’ve ever had but I enjoyed it. Yes, I have to say the same but this is still a great cup! Nutty, sweet & vegetal. Probably even better than when I had it the first time because I kept the brew time short and it’s not too strong. I enjoyed it so much I’ve brewed a second cup this afternoon. I have so many teas, I rarely go for the same type of tea twice in one day.
I looked forward to trying this oolong from TeaAve. It really is a wonderful oolong.
The rose in this tea becomes a part of the oolong. Each mouthful is rose & butter. I also love picked up the rose aroma from the cup. The rose is so subtle in this tea but definitely not shy either. I know this review is short but I am just not in the mood for long reviews today. This tea is still amazing!
Flavors: Butter, Rose