226 Tasting Notes
Off work today and trying to go through my tea cupboard. It’s a fun job! Then I saw this tea that I had put away from my last Mandala order and haven’t even tried yet!!!!!!! I was planning on doing a sip down on some of my older teas but I just had to try this and couldn’t wait for the afternoon.
This tea has such a wonderful floral aroma. Like a field of flowers. Yes, that could be honeysuckle and orchids. It’s a light oolong not the buttery type but it does have a light sweetness. It don’t pick up floral notes in the taste just the aroma.
Now I noticed I have a few more ripe pu’er teas AND a green I haven’t tried from Manadala. Glad it’s a long week-end.
Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Orchid
This was the morning tea with Hubby today. He’s liked all the pu’er tea I’ve been brewing up for him. I wish I could remember more on it but I know it went down easy. Kind of silky on the tongue. I’m not as good as picking up the differences in the ripe pu’er teas compared to the raw. I know I enjoyed this tea but just can’t remember why. lol Holding off a rating until next time.
I am having this tea this morning and got Hubby to share too. He’s been trying to get off coffee and I told him he would probably really like ripe puerh. I told him all the health benefits and how it doesn’t leave you jittery like coffee. He liked it! Yay! Now I can get him to help sip down some of my tea. lol
I gave it two quick 10 sec rinses and then brewed his cup , then mine at 30 sec each. I like my tea lighter so I kept the same time. He was very impressed when I told him that both teas were brewed from the same leaves and there was plenty more cups left in those leaves. I am on the 5th infusion now. I find this tea earthy and a bit mushrooming in the first infusion. On the 5th infusion it’s mellowing out more, very smooth with cocoa notes. It goes down petty easy. I wonder if this one has a good qi? I guess I will find out.
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Mushrooms, Smooth
Dry, this tea smells so mossy & nutty. Delicious! The dark mossy smell reminded me of Bi luo chun tea. Brewed it at 185 for 1.5 min. Nutty , buttery, sweet. This one is supposed to have hairy tips An excellent tea from Royal Tea Bay.
Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty
I bought 100 g of this tea for $8.75 Cdn, free shipping! Wow! I had some this morning. It looked and smelled like a Mao Jian Tea. Brewed at 190 for 2 min. It was a rich buttery flavour, just like Mao Jian. It had a slight bitter edge so I think I need to reduce the temp for next time. 190 is too high for a green anyway. Next time I will keep the temp lower and less steep time. Overall a great tea for the price!
I’ll update this review when I brew it at the lower temp with less steep time.
I love white tea but I rarely ever have it. Why? Because it must be brewed at such low temperatures. I like my tea hot and white tea always cools down too fast. No problem with this tea since it’s a pu’er white. I can brew it at high temperatures and it’s still delicate. This tea does not have any smoke or bitterness. It’s smooth , light, with a fruity apple taste. I’ve been considering what shengs I should order in cake form from Mandala. I had two picked out but this one is very good too. Hard choice!
I haven’t been having many shengs lately because there’s so many infusions with them and I’ve been trying to cut down on my caffeine. Then someone here mentioned that the first few infusions are usually not the best anyway; to take a few sips and throw it out. I tried that this morning with this tea. Although I felt terrible throwing away good tea because infusions 1-4 were still good, I tried that. At infususion 5 it really was better! So mellow, lighter, silky mouth feel, buttery. And the best part? My lungs were all congested this morning and it’s really cleared them out. I think I need to buy a cake of this and have it daily.My doctor is planning on giving me puffers once I get al the tests in but I hate those things. I was trying the Candida diet to help clear the lungs and it helped a bit but I fell off the diet. So back to square one and back into my life comes this tea, which I’ve had before and forgot all about. I think a tea purchase for this sheng is excused because it’s for my better health.
Also enjoying the calm energy from this tea.
Just getting around to trying out this black tea. I almost didn’t brew it this morning. Wanted to go for my ol’ familiar greens. So glad I brewed it up. It’s delicious. This the 2nd black tea from Green Terrace Teas I’ve loved and I don’t normally like black teas!!! It has an aroma like fresh baked bread. Plum sweet taste. Like sweet potatoes too. Very smooth and a bit light for a black tea (another reason I love it). With black teas like this I could very well become a black tea lover.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Plums, Sweet Potatoes
Has this one early this morning. It’s a tasty tea to have with breakfast. I found it had a very nice roasted rice flavour with a very light green tea base. There was a hint of sweetness in the green tea. Sometimes I find some genmaicha’s too strong caffeine wise but this one was mild. Perhaps because there seemed to be more rice to tea. The green tea was a very dark leaf which looked like sencha. I brewed only for 1 min at 185 for two infusions. Another great tea from Tealux!
Flavors: Cut grass, Rice, Roasted