459 Tasting Notes
Brewed this one up this morning western style.
I smelled the dry leaves from the bag and they smelled really good & fresh but for the life of me I can’t seem to put into words how it smelled. Maybe a deep mossy green?
It’s got a slight sweetness with a dry finish. There’s a slight astringency which I don’t mind. I mostly prefer the smooth greens with no astringency but once in awhile it’s nice to have something different. In spite of how it smelled dry I didn’t get much of the dark green mossy taste to it.
Overall , there was nothing about this tea that stood out as amazing but it was still a good green tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Sweet
This tea had disappeared in the back of my tea cupboard. I had noticed it on my excel report so found it and pulled it out. Yes, this tea is still as good as when I first reviewed it. The only white tea I get chocolate notes from. It had me checking out The Finest Brew website just to see if this tea is still there. Sadly , no. And double sad, it looks like they had a sale and sold out of almost everthing. I didn’t even know about the sale. I signed up for their newletter so I can keep up to date for my favourite teas.
This tea was from the monthly White2tea club that Christina and I are sharing. They put some fresh Dahongpao in to try before and after having this one. It was for learning purposes only so I am leaving my review of both with this one.
The fresh dahongpao was really sharp and strong of roast. I couldn’t pick out too much about the actual tea because the roast was just so strong. I can see why this tea is normally not sold so fresh. The wet leaves had a strong aroma of roast too.
The aged dahongpao has really mellowed. There’s the roast, still there but not in your face so much. it still has a good strong roast but it is smoother. I had a few infusions of this trying to figure out why some people love this. I just couldn’t pick up other notes even though the roast had mellowed. I don’t know how to rate this tea. It just isn’t my own personal preference; but I enjoyed trying it out, and comparing the fresh with the aged.
This tea is from the White2Tea club that I’m sharing with Christina. I think this is my favourite out the the package.
I brewed gong fu and could really smell the floral notes before tasting. There was a mild roast and a good strong floral note. There’s a bit of buttery flavor underneath the light roast.
I loved it from the first sip!
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Roasted
I’ve had this tea for awhile and have enjoyed it , but never left a review. Had it stored in the fridge and it seems to have kept it fresh.
It tastes great. A sweet grassy sencha. A little bit fruity. It’s a deep green colour like gyokuro but lighter than gyokuro. It’s also organic-grown without pesticides. A big plus in my book. If I order from Yunomi in the future I would put this one on the order.
I wasn’t looking forward to this tea. I haven’t had that much success with Dan Cong’s lately. Most times I just don’t get any notes and wonder what it’s all about. Tried a bit of the tricky brewing the past but never came up with anything like it’s supposed to be.
So I just brewed this Western Style – 2 min at 90C. I am loving it.
It’s so sweet with a bit of roast coming through. Finishes off with floral and fruity notes. Soooooo good!
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet
This tea is not smoky. It is very similar to Yunnan Sourcing’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong of Wu Yi Fujian Black tea. I think this one is the better of the two (at least comparing the 2015 from YS). It’s sweet and malty with chocolate notes.
When I was looking on Ebay for this type of tea it’s very confusing whether it’s this type of lapsang souchong or the smoky one. I like both but prefer this one. I just wonder why it’s called lapsang souchong when I thought the name “Lapsang Souchong” meant smoky?
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet