395 Tasting Notes
I had to try out this tea after Allan left his review and got a sample (100g) size from StreetShop88. Usually I throw out a few infusions before I start drinking. I can’t go loads of infusions with my teas so that doesn’t bother me. I will always try a sip to see if I like it and if not I will move onto the next infusion.
With this tea it definitely looks like a ripe pu-erh! After getting it in the mail, I am just now getting around to trying it because I was thinking, it’s definitely a shu. I’m not always in the mood for a shu and so left it pretty long.
I used boiling water for the quick rinses. The leaves were packed so tightly and didn’t really come loose with those two rinses. I could see the brew was light like a sheng and that delighted me. So strange to see those dark dark leaves turn green and brew a light tea. On the first infusion I did 10 sec at boiling and tried it . I was sweet and no bitterness. Very light too. I think my favourite infusions were the first two when the leaves were just breaking up. The tea was light and sweet. After that bitterness really got into it so I threw out that infusion and reduced the temperature to 185. Some of the bitterness was still there but honey sweetness was definitely going. It was okay but not like the first couple of infusions. The brew became very dark too. A dark amber.
Next time I plan on starting off with low temperatures almost right away and see what happens with this tea. I’ll just write myself a post-it note and slap it on the tea package for next time. Does anyone else do that? I have post it notes on a lot of my tea packages and tins. I can’t always remember what the perfect brewing time is or what it was like last time. Most of the time I can’t even remember having it if a month or so has gone by since I last had it! Checking my reviews on Steepster takes time and most times I just like to get right into the brewing so the post-it notes serve me well.
Just made one more infusion and since there are sooo many leaves cramming my little gaiwan I decided instead of increasing the infusion to go backwards back to 10 sec. Yep, that worked for me. I think I used about 5 g for my tiny gaiwan and now I see that’s just too much. Next time I will go a lower amount.
I had this tea yesterday and did quite a few infusions on it. It had some of that honey sweetness & apricot flavour I love in my shengs but there was this underlying bitterness that just wouldn’t go away. It was in every infusion. I was using high temperatures-near boiling. Some shengs are okay with that and others not so next time I will try the lower temperature. I won’t be rating this tea until I give it a try at the lower temperature.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey
Had this one today. Just western brewed with no fuss. It was really good. The base is a high mountain oolong. It was sweet, creamy & peachy. There was also vanilla notes. I can’t remember if there was floral notes on this. It went down pretty quick and I really enjoyed it but will try to take notes to leave a better review for next time.
Flavors: Peach, Sweet, Vanilla
Enjoying some of this tea this afternoon. Got a load of garden clean up done but still loads more. I am feeling that happy tired and a great amount of satisfaction when looking at my front yard all cleaned up (back is still not done). I’ve left a review on this already but today this tea is kind of reminding me a bit of moonlight pu-erh I’ve been having lately. That’s because it’s a white tea but there’s a little bit in it that similar to a black tea. Of course enjoying those chocolate notes. I brewed it just a little longer to bring them out a bit more. Yum.
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.