235 Tasting Notes
I haven’t been trying too many new teas lately. I think too much new teas and tasting overloaded my taste buds so for a couple of days, I’ve been having my old favourites except for this one.
I can’t remember much about this one. I do know I really liked it. It had a sweet orangy flavour that blended well with the rooibos. The orange was not overpowering like in some teas and the sweetness just make it go down pretty fast.
This sample came to me from Dexter3657. When I brewed it up , I could smell something I just couldn’t place. For taste I picked up the light white tea but just couldn’t detect the melon. I don’t know why. There are plenty of reviews here that say they can taste the melon. Then I read a review that said it tasted like liquid bread. Yes, that’s the taste I picked up – like a baker’s yeast.
Just not my cup of tea but thanks Dexter3657 for the sample. I’m glad I got to try it.
Had this tea this morning. Brews up a dark yellowish colour. It’s a very smooth green tea with no astringency. It does have buttery notes as well as sweetness but both are very subtle. This is a very unusual green tea and I think I am at a loss of words describing it.
I really did enjoy the tea though.
It is so rare to have chocolate paired with green tea that I was pretty excited to get this one from The TeaCupany. In the bag it smelled so wonderful: minty, chocolatey. Brewed up I didn’t get that same strong aroma from the tea but when I took a sip it was BAM! Minty, chocolate green tea heaven. First I tasted the cool mint mixed with the vegetal green tea , followed by the chocolate notes. A wonderful mix and this one I would consider ordering again when this runs out.
I just got my mail this morning. The postwoman dropped it off so late I didn’t even know there was anything there. Happened to check this morning and there was my monthly package from The TeaCupany! I had mixed feelings about this tea. It’s been years since I’ve had gunpowder tea. It wasn’t my favourite then but back then I never knew how to brew green tea properly either. On top of that when doing a search for basic gunpowder tea on Steepster, there were not very promising reviews from any tea company. I was curious though and wanted to give it a chance. Meant to brew this for 2 min at 185 but it extended to 3 min.
This is a very robust green tea reminding me a bit of black tea (which may have been why I didn’t like it too much then). It’s not grassy , mellow, or vegetal. It’s got a bit of a bite and the unexpected delight was the bit of buttery flavour that comes through. No doubt about it though, this tea is strong. 3 min was a bit too much. I would go for the 2 or even less for the next time I have this. This doesn’t fall into some of the really good green teas but it’s not really bad either.
I left that review before I finished my cup. At the end of the cup, the tea became so bitter I couldn’t drink it. Brewed up a 2nd infusion and steeped only 1 min 30 sec. After steeping I had something to do so left the tea for 5 min. Came back to it and it was bitter. Then I asked myself, why am I spending time with this tea? It just doesn’t agree with me. So I ditched the cup and moved on to something else.
I see on Teavivre’s website they have instructions on how to brew gunpowder tea so next time I will try that. The Teacupany did not put any brewing instructions on the package.
Had this tea yesterday. Wasn’t picking up the lemongrass as much as the coconut but it definitely does smell Thai like. The coconut flavour doesn’t come across as tasting too artificial either. It’s a great tasting tea. I think I was a bit distracted when drinking it so I don’t have a lot to say on it. Holding off rating until I have it again.
Had this tea yesterday from the sample I bought from Mandala. I brewed at near boiling and had a few infusions for the day (4 or 5). I didn’t detect any smokiness but it did have the rich pu-er flavour combined with the lightness of the white. A really enjoyable cup of tea and I got that calm energy rush too. Definitely a good sheng to have in the cupboard.
I had this tea yesterday. This was a sample from Dexter3657. So far every tea I’ve tried from Mandala has been outstanding. This was no exception. The taste just blew me away. I just brewed with boiling water (rinsed twice) then 10 sec. Did about 30 sec on the next few infusions. It’s hard to remember clearly from yesterday but I do remember it being juicy, full in the mouth. There was a delicious sweetness that would hang on the tongue after a sip. It was a bit buttery, smooth with just a bit of astringency (which I enjoy so much with green teas). I didn’t get much smoke flavour from this one- perhaps a tiny bit in the first infusion or so. The smoke flavour is the one thing that takes some getting used to. I was using the small Chinese cups and every time I would pour I would drink it down so fast.
It was also very distracting. I was doing my work from home on the computer and every time I would take a sip, it was so good ; it took my attention away from my work. I noticed on some of the comments here Garret said he could see colours better when drinking this tea. Well, what happened to me (other then the great calm energy rush) was I could see things in a new way (like through the eyes of a child). I felt like grabbing my camera and heading out for a creative pursuit outside. Alas, I had work to do. Have to pay those bills. I’ll keep this tea in mind on a day when I plan on doing some photography. It really gets those creative juices flowing and lets me see things more creatively.
Thank-you Dexter3657 for another fine sample!
Wow , is this tea ever different! This is a sample from Dexter3657. I didn’t really follow the brew times since it had boiling water for green tea. I infused it at 185F for 3 min.
Definitely an acquired taste for this one. Just brewed it just tasted a bit strange but not bad. As it cools down it becomes more salty and bitter. The bitterness at the end of the cup is really strong.
I have one more tsp left of this so I think I will try it with boiling water next time and the shorter infusion to see if there’s that much of a difference.
Thanks Dexter3657 for this sample. I’m glad I got a chance to try it.