528 Tasting Notes
This tea is excellent. If my tea cupboard wasn’t already overloaded I would order some of this tea. Thanks to Wooree Tea for the free sample.
I brewed this up the way I enjoy most green teas – in a cup with an infuser, 2 min, 80C. It’s got such a fresh spinach taste to it. That’s what I noticed at first but it’s very sweet, smooth & vegetal with a hazelnut note as well. Delicious!
Flavors: Hazelnut, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
Um is this tea a sheng or shu? Or neither? It seems to have qualities of both. It brews up a dark amber colour. I’ve seen shu’s that have a really dark brew and this doesn’t have that. It’s got a damp wood taste. On the package it says it also has a tobacco taste which to me is not appealing at all. However, it’s not strong and is kind of in the background. Overall, this tea is very smooth with a nice sweetness in each sip. Not quite a sheng and not quite a shu. I have no idea how to rate this tea. I would need to have it quite a few times. Definitely different!
This tastes more like a green than an oolong but I’m not complaining. It’s still delicious. It’s got a rich green asparagus taste to it and nutty sweetness. Nope, not much like an oolong but still an excellent tea. I brewed it in my mug at 190C , the temperature I always used for oolongs. Maybe I should have gone a lower temperature since it’s so close to green tea but it still came out great. I brewed for one minute and it’s perfect.
This tea is so good. I think my favourite from all the monthly teas so far. I’ve done quite a few infusions of it today. It has a nice creamy taste to it. There’s also a bit of fruitiness. Earlier steeps have a faint bitterness in it but it doesn’t detract from the tea at all. I am pretty impressed when such a young sheng has hardly any bitterness and that was only after one quick rinse. That faint bitterness disappears really quick and it’s just creamy and fruity forever. I don’t know what steep I am on now. I think I’ve had far too much tea but it still tastes soooo good.
Well, I am working from home today and it’s a good time to try and review some samples I have. I had mixed feelings about trying this tea. I’ve had sticky rice raw pu-erh and found it too strong so I didn’t know what to expect with this one.
I brewed in a cup 2 min at 90C. First sniff. Whoa! Intense! Sticky rice aroma and taste was so strong. I can see why some might love it as it did go along good with the oolong but I’m pretty sensitive to strong aromas or flavours. I tried to get through the cup but I started getting a headache from the super sweet aroma and taste of sticky rice. There’s still more in the sample so if I am brave and decide to give this a second try, I could discard the first infusion and start from the 2nd one which may not be as strong. I don’t want to give this tea a bad review because it is what it is: sticky rice oolong. For those who love a strong sticky rice flavour , you will love this tea.
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!