599 Tasting Notes
Another sample from Christina.
I found this one pleasant enough but sometimes I am in the mood for osmanthus and other times not. When I had this yesterday, I don’t think I was in the mood for it. The osmanthus seemed a little too cloying sweet. I think the green base was a basic green tea but I don’t remember any chestnut or buttery notes from it. It was more on the vegetal or grassy side.
Thanks Christina for the sample!
This was a sample from Christina. Thanks Christina!
I enjoyed this tea at work yesterday. I reminded me of Honesuckle which I love too. It has that honey sweetness to it. After reading Christina’s review on this tea , now I will be on a hunt to find this one in whole leaf form. I ran across some on Mountain Rose Herbs.
I wonder why this tea has the name early spring in it but it’s an autumn tea? Hmmm
Anyway this was in the monthly pkg for November. Brewed some up today (just in my mug and infuser – no gong fu). This is sooo good. I haven’t had a decent bi luo chun for all of 2015. I don’t know why. I had amazing ones in 2014 but 2015 there was nothing that I really loved. I wouldn’t say this one is the best compared to 2014 but it’s the best I’ve tried for 2015!
It has a warm chestnut flavour with a little bit of the mossy notes. It’s the aroma that I love more than anything. Slightly floral & chestnutty.
Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Floral, Moss
I am so far behind in my sample tasting. This tea was with the Yunomi group buy and just getting around to trying it now. I brewed it gong fu with the first infusion pretty short (15sec) but am really enjoying it. It doesn’t have that heavy bold taste that some black teas do (that could be in part because of how I brewed it). It’s a bit sweet with a nice malty flavour and a fruity note. It’s weird, but I had a feeling this tea was going to be fruity before I brewed it up or even smelled it. This was my first black Japanese tea too.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Sweet
The dry leaves of this smelled so good from the bag – a bouquet of fruitiness hit my nose. When I brewed it up, I was in for a surprise. It just didn’t taste the same way it smelled. It has a roasted? flavour. I don’t think yellow tea is roasted so not sure what I was picking up. I didn’t like it very much at all. It didn’t seem to have any of that grassy , buttery flavour I get from greens.I’d like to give this tea another try. I had it first thing in the morning and maybe my palate wasn’t quite awake at that time.
I had the one sample of this tea and brewed it later in the afternoon (after my caffeine intake was already near max). This impacted how I felt about the tea since I was not willing to do many infusions to give this tea a real try. I know many others have loved it but I’ve never loved roasted oolongs a lot. There are a few I do like so not all are excluded.
So when brewing this up it was just okay for me. It didn’t have an over roasted flavour. It was pleasant enough with some fruity notes. I just didn’t love it though so tried a 2nd infusion. It was pretty much the same as the first infusion and I gave up after that.