325 Tasting Notes
I had a couple cups of this tea this morning. I love mao jian tea and I love jasmine but wasn’t sure the combo would work. I thought the jasmine might overpower mao jian which is perfect on it’s own. I needn’t have worried. The jasmine was so light. A barely there jasmine giving it a jasmine scent but not overpowering in taste. A very nice cup.
It went well with the heavy rains this morning and my book I’ve been reading “The Dalai Lama’s Cat.” What a fun book and there’s lots of wisdom in it too.
Flavors: Butter, Jasmine, Nutty, Sweet
Brewed this in my Yixing teapot this afternoon and it seems a bit disappointing. Perhaps I didn’t get the brew temperature right. I used 195F but I think this tea might need a lighter temperature or less leaf. It seemed to be missing a good floral bouquet and there was a tiny bitter edge to it. It wasn’t a bad oolong but it wasn’t a good one either. I’ll give this another try again with slightly lower temperature at another time.
Had this tea last night. I thought I might enjoy this herbal tea since I do like woodsy herbal teas. It was quite pleasant. Brenden really is a master blender. Everything seemed to be so perfectly balanced.
Spearmint – gives the tea that feel of clean clear outdoors.
Roasted Cedar – Wasn’t sure if this would be too strong for the tea but it added such a wonderful dimension. It took me back to the days when I was a kid and my aunts used to cut cedar in the woods to form bundles. I remember helping them a few times and the cedar smell was wonderful.
Cinnamon – I like cinnamon but am not a cinnamon lover like my husband. I think it has it’s place and I don’t like it overdone. It was done just right in this tea adding a nice warm spicy feel to the tea.
Ginger – Another spice I don’t like overdone. In fact I usually avoid ginger in teas because it’s too strong. The ginger in this tea was only slight. It’s there just to add that extra spiciness but nothing more.
Elderberries – Well, I have no idea what elderberries taste like or even if I was picking it up in this tea. I really enjoyed the tea overall though!
Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spearmint
I have to admit. I got this tea awhile ago and have had it a few times, but never left a review. It was just one of those teas that had so many good reviews. I didn’t really get it ,and so wanted to try steeping it many different ways before doing my review. I originally tried this with short steeps. I remember it was good but didn’t get any chocolate. This morning I did a long steep – 5 min. The first 5 min going to Hubby since he’s enjoying it now too. After having some amazing black teas from WP that have a chocolate flavour, it made me appreciate this tea and how it is different. No , not like the chocolate from the black tea but definitely chocolate notes—dark cocoa more like. This tea has an earthy flavour like other ripe puerhs, but not anywhere near as pronounced. I didn’t get any mushroomy flavour from it either. Very smooth. This is the kind of tea that slowly works it way into being one of your favourite cups. It didn’t knock me over right away when I first had it; but I enjoyed the many times drinking it ,and working through the tastes in my head.
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth
Okay, I got a problem. I had this tea yesterday and didn’t leave a review because I had mixed feelings about it. It started off okay. I could smell the vanilla and pick up the vanilla notes. Yes, very good but after having Cocoa Amore, all I could think of was I liked that base better. Very bad of me to have Cocoa Amore first. Then as the cup cooled down it became more chocolate vanilla fudge. Sweet too! So I held off rating until I had a second cup which I am having this morning. My problem? I only have enough leaves left after this cup for one more cup!!! :-(
This morning, I could smell the chocolate right away. Heavenly. All through the cup I was thinking it was like having a cup of chocolate fudge in the morning. Soooo good but actually better. No milk (I hate milk) and no sugar. Yes, I get the vanilla and I get the chocolate. Amazing tea! I can’t imagine having this everyday because it’s too decadent but for those week-end mornings when I have time to relax. Mmmmmm. I’ve been sitting here sipping this thinking what a great Christmas gift it would make even for non-tea drinkers. Actually for anyone who loves chocolate. Would it be improper to put a note with the gift saying “If you don’t like this tea, please give it back and I will find a good home for it.” (like YEAH MY HOME) ? LOL
I will have to give the Cocoa Amore another try this week-end. Thanks to Brenden for such a fine tea and to all those who left reviews. I’m not a black tea drinker – CORRECTION – I wasn’t a black tea drinker until I was converted by these teas (plus a couple more I’ve tried in the last few months). I wouldn’t have bought these otherwise. Another thing amazing about this and CA is that I don’t get jittery. I find so many black teas are very high in caffeine but these don’t seem to be.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Vanilla
Finally I got to try this tea after hearing loads of amazing reviews. I wasn’t sure if I would love it since I’ve only started liking some black teas recently (very few) but from the description it seemed I would. I only got a sample size. In the bag it smelled so good: chocolate & vanilla. Mmmmmm. Brewed it according to Brenden’s directions. It was so chocolatey! It’s hard to believe that comes from the tea only. I could smell it and taste it. Yum! It also had notes that were similar to a Li-Shan black tea I’ve had before: bready, sweet , malty. couldn’t pick up any cherry notes but that may be because of my untrained palate. However, I also didn’t get much or any vanilla notes. I tried to shake the sample up a bit to distribute the vanilla pieces but maybe I just didn’t get any in the spoon. I could definitely smell vanilla in the bag but it didn’t come through in the taste. The tea was excellent but holding off rating until I have this again. It may just be a fluke that I didn’t get any vanilla notes.
This was my morning tea today. I’ve reviewed this tea before but today shared with Hubby. He liked and picked up on the smokey flavour. He didn’t mind the smokey flavour but I have to admit, the smokey flavour is not my favourite. I like it after that goes and all the other flavours that come out. I can’t count how many cups I had this morning. I lost track because this tea calls to me like a siren. I keep thinking I’ve had enough and before you know it , I’m pouring another cup. I can’t place exactly what it is about the tea that makes me love it but I just keep going back for more. Even when I finally put it aside and said “Enough, I want to try some WP teas today”, I could still smell and taste this tea in my mind. Soooo went back for one final cup after that. lol
Had this tea this afternoon. It was my very first WP tea. I really enjoyed this tea. It is so delicate and light but full of flavour. Sweet & nutty with just a very light jasmine note. The pine note was even lighter. Sometimes I would pick one up and sometimes the other; then sometimes together. Enjoyed it enough to go for a 2nd infusion but it wasn’t as flavourful as the first.
Flavors: Jasmine, Nuts, Pine, Sweet
I’ve had this tea in my cabinet for about 8 or 9 months now. On my first review of it I gave it a pretty low rating. Then I tried to swap it. Nobody wanted it. So it sat in my cabinet. So I’ve been thinking of just throwing it out but thought I’d give it another try. I’ve been using multiple pre-steeps on my pu-erh teas that has been working out quite nicely. Usually 10, 10, 15, 20 & 25 sec before I even drink a cup. With this I did 10,10 & 15 and threw it away. I figured too many steeps beforehand would wash away the bordeax flavour. So I brewed the 4th steep at 20s. It is actually quite good. The grape/red wine taste is very subtle , a light earthiness, sweet fig notes. Okay, back in the cupboard it goes. Lesson learned. You don’t like a tea- Try ALL different brewing methods before throwing away.
I can’t believe I didn’t even taste the red wine flavour in my other review! This cup is delicious!
Flavors: Earth, Fig, Red Wine