404 Tasting Notes
Selected for its fresh orange scent , this blend is also very appealing because of the dry leaf with these generous pieces of orange peel and the red filaments appearance mid flower mid saffron.
I follow the recommendations of The Merry Monk and infuse it 5 minutes at 90 ° c .
The wet leaves have a certain visual elegance.
The attack is fairly neutral , it is an extremely sweet tea without roughness, its texture is not particularly mellow but smooth.
The liquor is of a very dark amber .
The body of this tea is medium, but there is still a certain amount of malt. This base clearly makes a great place to flavours, present without being stuffy. Obviously orange is the star here and it is beautifully enhanced by some vanilla and a touch of spice . The aftertaste is dominated by vanilla , a very sweet vanilla , discrete .
Spice Imperial is a Christmas Tea but it is not one of those teas that exaggerates the flavoring by putting too heavily spices to gatch the spirit of Christmas. We are far from the mastery of Esprit de Noël of Mariage Frères tea but it makes particular tribute to the central figure of Christmas for decades : Orange. As such it is successful . A very discrete Christmas tea and very sympatic.
Pics are available here, the blend is really lovely : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/spice-imperial-lindfield/
It’s a foggy day and I had to go to the balcony to take pictures of this tea for my blog to achieve sufficient light. So tasting it now is what I really desserve because it ’s chilly this morning.
This is an Oolong , result of a swap with Jillian. The Tao of Tea is another company I did not know before.
The smell is slightly roasted but nothing truly exceptional.
The tea is steeping for 5 minutes and the leaves unfold a little but not that much. The liquor is of a beautiful amber .
The taste is rather disappointing , slightly roasted , slightly woody but nothing transcendent. Correct.
This is so a sympathic Oolong but I do not really want to redo a second teapot now .
It’s a tea I ‘ll take to the office on Monday , it will be perfect there, I’ll drink it without too much attention.
Pics are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/black-dragon-oolong-the-tao-of-tea/
Here I am to enjoy a big red Robe. Its leaves are long and have an incredible volume .
The smell is forested, mostly wooded . This type of tea is very famous and is even extremely famous but I read anything and everything about it ( picked by monkeys wearing red dresses in honor of the emperor, tea trees dressed with a red dress honoured by the emperor to thank this tea to have healed the mother of the Emperor … ) I cannot tell why this tea is called like that but it grows well on Mount Wuyi and that’s the point.
A translucent orange liquor is obtained.
A the first sip , my olfactory impression is confirmed , I have the impression of riding into a forest : moss, mushrooms , bark, wet earth , nuts … that’s what this tea reminds me immediately.
Mushroom is for me the most prominent flavour followed by wood. This tea also has a mineral note , some rock-y taste , which must be explained by its origin.
Some cocoa notes are also present . The texture is very light, very refreshing , and while cooling I begin to detect a little fruity note .
This tea is complex. I imagine it must be very suitable for Gong Fu Cha session and reveals incredible flavors in short, multiple infusions. But … it is already very good Western style .
You can see pics of my session with this roasted Oolong here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/fujian-da-hong-pao-big-red-robe-wuyi-rock-oolong-tea-teavivre/
Ah a good Dan Cong, this is really a great pleasure in the morning too.
This one has lovely long dry leaves and some of them are even incredibly long and folden. This tea looks really like a black tea but from my experience some excellent Taiwanese Oolongs are looking like that.
This is a really strange tea, quite difficult to understand. The dry leaf’s smell is quite malted, woody with touches of fruit. Despite an infusion of 5 minutes into a boiling water, the leaves are still folden.
The colour of the liquor is very pale vs the darkness of the dry leaf, it’s a pale golden brown.
The body is light. This is a very reffined tea, more subtle than most of the Dan Cong I tasted until now.
The dominant notes are fruit, peach mainly but not only as raisin reveals its presence in a supportive role. A little woody taste is there as well. And a touch, but just a touch of honey.
Surprising tea. A little too light bodied regarding my expectations but the taste is there. I’m going to play around a little because it is an extremely complex tea and it doesn’t reveal the same aromas , depending of the infusion and the temperature of the liquor.
You can see pics of my sesion with this beautiful tea here in a new blue glass cup purchased at Mariage Frères : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/guang-dong-phoenix-dan-cong-oolong-tea-teavivre/
Another tea arriving from Canada thanks to Jillian .
A not so very black leaf escapes from the lovely tiny gold package, it is curly , fragrant and it really suggests the very best.
I respect strictly Aura Teas statements in terms of temperature, but I choose to brew this tea Western way for 5 minutes.
The leaf really reveals its darkness when wet . It unfolds quite well but the second infusion will be necessary to fully unfold it apparently.
The infusion is of a beautiful brown amber . A strong smell of honey and fruit comes from the infusion . I’m in heaven . I can already see the best in terms of taste .
This tea is absolutely delicious ,a lot of honey , strong fruit : apricots, peaches , almost candied fruit. The texture is light bodied, it slightly envelops the palate, it’s fresh.
He has also a long finish . This tea is eminently done for me, totally my type. Jillian thank you , you could not make me happier than this type of tea .
You can see pics of my session of this tea in my new red ceramic teapot here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/formosa-natural-wuhe-honey-black-tea-aura-teas/
This is a joyful flavoured tea . It has a black tea base , basic but correct, which welcomes and accommodate burlat cherry, black scrumptious .
Normally the dry leaf is mixed with pretty pink flowers but for today they decided to remain in the bottom of my box.
Just by opening the tea box , waoooh what an heady scent of beautiful ripe and sweet cherry … .I want to prepare a full teapot , let’s go.
The cut sheet swells a bit , not so much.
The liquor is of a black / dark red, deep .
For once the cherry keeps its promises in a tea : a real cherry, natural , fleshy, voluptuous , generous . A cherry “forbidden fruit” , not a cherry blossom with just a little cherry fruit.
And for once it is a black tea base and not a green one… Frankly thank you Betjeman & Barton. And congrats.
You can see pics of my session with this tea here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/cerise-noire-betjeman-barton/
Another tea I have the chance to taste thanks to cteresa , obrigada Teresa .
It is an Oolong and an highly oxidized variety .
I decided to brew at 100 ° c as Teresa wrote no indication and because I am a phenomenal lazy people and don’t want to go to check on MF’s website (which by the way often gives wacky brewing indications on this site)
The liquor is quite dark for an Oolong , meaning we are drinking an highly roasted variety.
The taste is strong too. The flavours that emerge in the first place are earth, malt, wood.
The aftertaste reveals some cocoa notes and a fairly pronounced fruity note . I am unable to identify the fruit, stone fruit but which one?
It is not a great roasted Oolong but it is more than respectable .
Ultimately the site Mariage gives no recommendations for infusion , incredible isn’t it?
Pics of the session are available here :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/se-chung-mariage-freres/
I love this tea. Betjeman says it is supposed to remind English Pudding.Thanks God , no ! I hate English Pudding but love this cinnamon, apple, almond and ginger tea !
Pics are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/il-etait-une-fois-noel-betjeman-barton/
I found this little sample in my sample box. I never had it, stupid me.
So first and last time with this tea.
It is an organic green tea Huangshan Mao Feng embellished with pieces of apples cut in thin slices and potato cubes.
Let’s say it is extremely subtile . nice, buttered – subtle but very mellow , it is rather focused on the apple. The potato gives a little body to the overall architecture of this tea. The base is very noticeable.
I liked it. I prefered the first steep.
Thank you Stacy & Butiki Teas for her creativity and the sample.
Pics of my session with Potato Pancakes & Applesauce are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/potato-pancakes-applesauce-butiki-teas/
Morning tea and God knows I prefer black teas or super oxidized Oolongs in the morning … but for one time I decided to try this sample offered by Angel Teavivre .
This tea has a beautiful pale green tea colour, translucent. The infusion lasts 5 minutes but it can be up to 10 minutes according to the information provided by Teavivre .
The coloring process is very slow .
The leaves are whole leaves of course and look pretty “dry” after the infusion . They do not seem to hold water. Funny.
The taste of this tieguanyin is floral, light and extremely refreshing but in my opinion it contains a type of flower I particularly like : the rose.
It also has a creamy texture , slightly buttery . The finish is clear , light , “clean” . An afternoon tea for my tastes and an exceptional tea.
Strangely it is not my favourite from all my Oolong samples kindly sent by Teavivre but I like it.
Pics of this lovely tea are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/nonpareil-anxi-qing-xiang-tieguanyin-oolong-tea-teavivre/