257 Tasting Notes
I might have botched the brewing on the infusions a few times but this tea is still very good.
The first infusion, I followed their directions but think I cooled the water just a tad too much and had a bit too much water. It was still very grassy and sweet. Nice and rich and perfectly balanced for a deeply flavoured sencha.
2nd infusion was supposed to be 10-20 sec but I botched and it went a minute. I was glad because it was still a flavourful cup.
3rd infusion. Used their instruction and did 30 sec but this brew was way too weak.
4th – Went back to longer infusion of 1 min but it was already becoming a weaker version of the tea.
I had this tea early this morning and a few days ago. I’ve been brewing with boiling water, 8oz water , for 2 min. It’s been good with caramel notes but I think the higher temperatures are just not doing this tea any justice so I’m not rating it yet. The smell of the tea in the bag is heavenly , very similar to green Bi Luo Chun. However, when I brew it, it’s just not living up to the way it smells dry. I plan on trying this with lower temperatures but was wondering how others out there have brewed this tea successfully? BTW, love the colour of the dry leaves! So pretty!
Having this one this morning. Brewed accorking to Yunomi. First brewing : 1 tsp, , 1/3 cup water at 110F, 2 minutes. It was rich and sweet like heavy seaweed. No astringency at all. Second brewing: 1/3 cup , 185F, 20sec. This one had a stronger astringency due to the higher temperature but the sweetness was still coming through. Good but very different than the first brewing. My little teapot was not filtering out all the tiny leaves so with both the first and second brewing, I was getting those tiny leaves at the bottom of my cup. That’s what was giving it a strong strong seaweed taste at the bottom of the cup. So far, very delicious and very different. Will update further with more steepings! I would classify this tea as a very special occasion tea or special treat. The special steepings are a little tricky to follow and the tea is amazing. Definitely worth keeping in small quantities for that special treat.
Flavors: Seaweed, Sweet
It’s strange but Yunnan Sourcing has this tea up as Autumn 2014 but in the detailed description it has Spring 2014 at the top. My package has Spring 2014 on it so I’m assuming it’s spring but couldn’t find the spring one on their website so using the picture and details for Autumn 2014.
This is a lovely mild sweet green tea with nutty notes. I pick up a very mild roasted taste in it too which I really like.
I am enjoying this buckwheat tea. It’s roasty toasty buckwheat that’s got a nice sweetness too. A wonderful cup of non-caffeinated tea for late afternoon. It does kind of give you that warm cosy feeling on a cool day.
Flavors: Roasted, Toasty
Dry the little black needles smell almost like a green tea (They don’t look quite like the picture. They are very tiny and very black.). I’d say a Bi Luo Chun but with a hint of molasses scent to it. I brewed Gong Fu. 195F -15 sec and added 15 sec to the second. For the third I kept it at 30 sec because the 2nd cup seemed a bit strong to me.
This is a yummy malty tea. I’m picking up molasses sweet taste in it and also cocoa notes (which was more pronounced in the first two infusions). There’s something about this black tea that reminds me of a green- again I think of Bi Luo Chun. Perhaps it’s something in the aroma of it brewed. It works for me anyway since I love greens. This black tea is an excellent tea!
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Molasses
OMG this tea is so good. Chocolate & sweet. Smooth not bitter or astringent. Yum! Been brewing this gongfu this morning and on my 3rd tiny cup. I would put this on my list to reorder but I have plenty for now. What more can I say? Big slurp Mmmmmmm
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet
I had the herbal tea Spicy Pear ages ago. I left a review on here commenting that I really liked the fruity mixture but it was missing something, and thought a white tea would be good. Tealux must have been listening because when I went to order last time this tea was there. I’m just now getting around to trying it and I have to give it the thumbs up. It’s still more of a herbal tea since there’s not much white tea in there but the white tea give it a body that was missing before. There’s popcorn in this too. There was a big piece of popcorn when I put in in my infusier. I am getting that white tea base along with the apple/pear juicy flavour. Just a hint of cinnamon. Not sure if the popcorn adds anything to it but it certainly is good. Light on caffeine too.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pear
I’m having Tealux – Imperial Gyokuro Genmaicha this morning. I’ve left a review on it already and it’s very good tea. I haven’t been having too many new teas lately. Just already tried teas from my cupboard.
Yesterday I had:
Imperial Dark – Mandala Tea – a good morning cup
White Sands Tea -Royal Tea Bay – A pleasant green
Mandarin Silk Oolong -Tealux – I’ve moved away from a lot of flavoured teas. I still love this though. I haven’t had it in a long time and it was so nice having a cup. Mmmmm
China Moon Palace
TeaFrog This one fell short for the day. I can’t remember my initial review on it and I don’t have much left of it (1 tsp); but it wasn’t the best. I shared this one with Hubby but it was a bit of a let down after some of the amazing greens I’m used to.
Well, considering, should I check out the Coffee/Tea show today? A great chance to try some more teas but I’m definitely gonna have to post on here with teas I want to swap. I know I’ve got some David’s Tea -Coconut Oolong I can’t have anymore because the artificial flavour give me a headache and breathing problems. It smells delicious though.