2743 Tasting Notes
I have been enjoying this tea a lot in the past two days. Somehow I never “got into” dan cong oolongs like some other people have. The good ones are really wonderful though. The leaf itself smells very roasted and flowery. True to the name, the tea liquor is sweet like honey with a flowery aroma. I am breaking in a new yixing just for dan cong oolongs so I will post some pics soon.
This is nice when the steeps are kept fairly short. Some dan congs will turn bitter very quickly. So I recommend doing some experimentation as to your optimal steeping time. This is nice around 30 – 60 seconds of steeping. It works well for me as an afternoon tea.
So far I am quite pleased with all of my Yunnan Sourcing selections from Dark Tea of the Month. I have only one other dan cong oolong, so I was happy to add it to my hoard… err… collection
Flavors: Honey, Orchids
Didn’t sleep too well last night for some reason, but I am up getting my caffeine injection for the day.
This is another of Yunnan Sourcing tea of the month club, I have the Autumn 2014 version. Beautiful, dark slender leaves that are stick like in shape. I haven’t been a huge fan of all dian hong black teas I’ve tried in the past, but I like this one. It smells like a cup of spicy hot chocolate and tastes malty & sweet. there are some interesting notes in here for sure. Something roasty and something kinds spicy like cinnamon.
A very smooth tea with no astringency or bitterness. I am sipping on it plain but it would also be ok with a splash of milk. Something tells me I will need a LOT of tea to get through this day!
This came as a selection in the last Yunnan Sourcing dark tea order. I’m surprised that I’m the first one to review it.
What a wonderful shu, I love it. I did a quick rinse but from the first steep it is really mellow with chocolate notes. I wonder if there is something about the mushroom name of the tea that lends itself to a mushroom flavor? Because this tastes a lot like Shiitake mushroom to me. It has a sweet flavor with a really creamy aftertaste. I am so glad I got to have this in my selection of the month. I would definitely recommend trying it! Summer yummy.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mushrooms
Here’s a sheng I picked up with my latest Dragon Tea House order.
When I first sipped it, I thought it was a very light tea without a lot of bitterness but I was wrong! The bitterness definitely sneaks up on you so that by the time you’re finished with one cup it’s really strong. Very sour, makes your mouth pucker!
It doesn’t have many sweet, honey like notes to counteract the bitterness. I would say it has some lighter haylike flavors in the first couple of steeps. I am not detecting any smoke in this tea.
3/4 steeps – the tea is still so strong that I had to add some hot water to dilute it. When it’s diluted it’s a lot less strong and I am detecting some sweeter notes coming forth. This is a very potent tea however. Always the risk with young shengs.
5/6 steeps – I am getting the same result. The tea needs to be diluted to make it drinkable. Maybe by around 20 steeps this will start to mellow out more. It’s definitely a potent tea… needs to be aged for about 10 years probably. Not sure how to rate this one for now.
This morning I am drinking a sample here I got from a friend… the 2nd time I’ve had it in the last couple of weeks.
It’s interesting the different type of flavors you get from sheng. Compared to a smoky, sour tea like a Xiaguan, this is much more mellow and more of an every day drinking tea for most people. I’m getting the sweetish/brown sugary notes, with a definite bittersweet flavor in the finish. I’ve tended to like the “Yiwu” shengs I’ve had in the past. I like the more relaxing energy I am getting from this. Not sure how to rate this one right now.
Seriously tempted to buy some but why is TeaUrchin shipping so expensive? $20 flat rate for China Post airmail? Seems like a lot if you are ordering something small.
I am done with this blend for now, it’s been a busy weekend and I might have overdone it on the Super Bowl Snacks! Rooibos is nice and soothing for the tummy. I wouldn’t say there is anything special about this blend as it only contains rooibos and lemongrass. I added some of my own dried ginger to the mix which was a nice compliment. I’m not too sad to it go however…
This tea is definitely not a winner…. dry leaf smells so promising but the tea itself has no real chocolate flavor to speak of, too much rose and a weird artificial after taste. This was improved somewhat by the addition of soymilk but I might throw away my remaining samples unless any of my followers want them.
All I have to say is YUM! this tea is super delicious. And thank goodness because I got 50g of it with my Dragon Tea House order.
I’ve had some yellow teas that seem bitter and fussy, but not this one. It is sweet and delicious, with notes of chestnuts and sweet corn. I would have to say it reminds me a bit of a long jing green tea but also has some of the same sweetness as a nice green oolong. The tea has a very mellow and soothing energy with a thickish mouthfeel that lingers. Heavenly! This is the only yellow tea I currently own and it’s definitely a good one.
Steeped in my big Lupicia cooler because I just wanted a lot of afternoon tea :D
Part of a beeng sample I got from Dragon tea house…
I happen to be quite fond of Xiaguan teas for raw puerh, though I don’t think they are for everyone. They can be quite smoky and bitter, but this tea is from 2006 so I was hoping it would not be too rough.
This has a wonderful exhilarating aroma that just reminds me of walking through a forest of pine trees. The tea liquor itself has a honey like sweetness with a definite bitter finish and lingering smoke flavor. I wonder what this would be like with another 15 years of aging! It is starting to mellow out nicely, but still kind of aggressive with a big energy kick. I do like these traditional shengs a lot but sometimes a more mellow tea is nice too, especially if bitter and smoky is not really your thing ;)
This rates pretty high on my personal enjoyment scale but after about the 6th steep i got sick of it.
At least I don’t have to worry about breaking the cake: http://instagram.com/p/yfTiEgoLWe
wow, I haven’t had this tea in a while. I couldn’t get it out of the bamboo tube and ended up pounding it on the counter, which was actually quite therapeutic.
I have decided I hate my local post office. I made an inquiry with the USPS 1-800 number about my lost package from Yunnan Sourcing. The post office claimed they called me and they closed the case but I never got a call! Even worse they don’t answer the phone. I can see I will need to find some kind of a mail service if I want to have any tea packages delivered in the future. It’s just so stressful and annoying to have to deal with this.
Anyway about the tea… my first notes on this were that I thought it was mellow and earthy but today it seems more assertive, smoky and bitter than I remember. It should be mellowing out more over time, I would think? Of course it could be I have just used more tea in my pot than the last time I tried it. I did break off a pretty big hunk and am keeping my steeps very short.
I must say this is a very energizing sheng, it’s uplifting and perking me right up!