266 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Nina’s Paris for sending this free sample. I warmed up my tiny teapot and added the tea into the hot pot to take a wiff before adding the water. I could smell the delicate peach scent and just a bit of roasty oolong. Brewed at 195F for 1.5 min. A tasty peach and a mild roasty flavour from the oolong. A very nice tea but like Terri Harplady I also got a tingling on the tongue. I finished most of mine though only because it does taste good and I’ve had worse reactions (most from David’s Tea Blends).
Flavors: Peach, Roasted
I just got my Bi Luo Chun from Royal Tea Bay yesterday. It doesn’t look like the picture on this one. It looks like Teavirve’s Bi Luo Chun. In comparison, it is excellent! Buttery , nutty, sweet grass. It has that same wonderful sweet mossy grassy smell. Love it. I’m giving this the same rating as Teavirve’s.
Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nutty
This was a free sample from Nina’s Paris. I brewed it at work so I don’t know if I got the temperature exact. The base seemed to be a basic green: astringent with only light buttery notes. It picked up the citrus flavouring but not any strawberry. There seemed to be a slight bitter edge to it but that might have been me getting the temperature off. Overall, it was a decent cup but nothing stood out.
Backlog. Had this tea a few days ago. This one is definitely better than their Pi Lo Chun but not the best quality dragonwell I’ve had. As far a I remember it had a clean astringent taste but lacked the freshness. Again this is last year’s crop. I am a bit annoyed that they are selling last year’s teas when all of the new spring ones should be in. I am also a bit disappointed in Tea Emporium. None of their teas have been very good so far.
Backlog. Okay, stupid me. I love the Bi Lo Chun sample from Teavirve. I figured I would try out a local one and see if it’s okay because I didn’t want to pay for shipping. I got about 25g of this tea. I thought it would at least be somewhere close to the tea I loved from Teavirve. This tea is like a very very faint muted flavour. There is not the same freshness or buttery flavour. In some ways it’s not even like the same tea. How sad. Overall , not a bad tea but nothing like Teavirve’s.
This tea will get demoted to the early morning cup when I’m too sleepy for my taste buds to wake up. As well, I think I will just order the tea I love from Teavirve.
Had this tea early this morning. Gave it a quick rinse and then brewed for 10 sec. Dry it has a hay smell to it. I had about 3 small cups of this early this morning and can’t think of much to say about it. It’s not smokey or mushroomy. It does have the light pu-erh taste to it (maybe it would have been stronger if I brewed it longer.) . There was a honey sweetness that was light too and would hang on the tongue. I never noticed a good energy rush with this one. I didn’t pick up any fruity or floral notes either but I plan on having some more later.
How strange. The TeaCupany sent me this one with my monthly tea membership but i can’t find it on their website. I wonder if it’s too new or discontinued…
I already had one cup of this tea so far but nothing stood out for me. It was a pleasant cup . I brewed at 185 for 2 min. I figured i would do a 2nd infusion at the same temperature for 3 min. There is slight raspberry flavour that comes through and I’m picking up even more slight the rose from rose petals. Again , it’s okay. Perhaps I’m expecting too much? It’s a just fine raspberry green. The flavour doesn’t come across as artificial and the green base is med astringent green. Maybe I am trying too many teas and looking for those ones that’s going to blow me away. There’s nothing wrong with this tea. I will finish this cup and put it away for another day. Sometimes it’s the ones that don’t impress too much in the beginning that end up being favourites down the road.
Flavors: Raspberry, Rose