2397 Tasting Notes
I was definitely not sure what to expect from this one because descriptions I have heard of Lao Cha Tou just sound so weird… since these nuggets are formed at the bottom of the pu-erh fermentation pile (while making shu puerh).
I did decide to follow the recommended instructions and I rinsed the nuggets three times. After that I infused my first batch in the gaiwan for about 60 seconds. I have to admit this does smell a little bit like a barnyard but I’m not one of those squeamish types. I got a very dark red liquor that is clear in color, slightly sweet and very earthy.
My second steep was only for around 30 seconds because the color already started getting so dark. I’m picking some some mushroom-y type flavors as well as the sweeter ones mentioned above.
Third steep seems like it starting to mellow out a bit and get slightly more grounded. Imagine shiitake mushrooms cooked with a handful of twigs and a touch of merlot and that’s starting to get close… lol. This is some pretty interesting stuff I must admit. I’m not sure if I would buy anymore but it’s pretty fun to try.
Still raining in San Francisco so I had to make some of my own Morning sun!
I liked the shape of these rolled leaves and have had good luck in the past with these spiral sort of shapes from China. The aroma of the wet leaves is very robust and almost smoke like and it’s amazing to watch them unfurl!
I decided to steep mine for 3 minutes basket style although this tea will need to have some gong fu experiments from me soon. :)
I am definitely getting the sweet flavor, kind of honey like with a bit of roasted sweet potato or carrot like starchy/thickness… it is reminiscent of a golden monkey to me, except bolder and more assertive. I’m getting a touch of smokiness, tobacco flavor here in the flavor as well. I tried this plain but then I ended up liking it with soymilk because the creaminess blends nicely with the other flavors. I liked this although a bit on the assertive and bold side for me so I think a shorter steeping time will be worth pursuing. I just gave my sweetie a sip and he says it smells very smoky and tastes like miso… I like miso actually. :)
I recently received this as a gift from my boyfriend who had a co-worker pick it up for him in Taiwan. I wonder if I got different tea than Charles did because mine does not seem roasted at all.
This is a very light brew with the small of gardenias and a touch of freshly shucked corn. It has one of the sweetest finishes I’ve ever experienced in an Alishan. I am preparing this gong fu style and I accidentally spilled my first infusion but the second is very nice.
After the third infusion the tea started to open up a bit more and give forth some slightly buttery flavors, but this is very light and delicate. The flavor is so subtle it is a bit like a white tea. Definitely going on my list of things to cold brew!
I found this to be a very soothing and relaxing afternoon tea.
The afternoon cuppa. We are getting rained on all weekend and I wanted something warm without caffeine.
I am not thrilled with this blend but since I have almost an entire can, well… you know how it goes! I did add a sugar cube to it, that turned out to be a mistake, too sweet, bluh. I will try cold brewing this one if/when the weather gets warmer
I thought this would be nice for a boost this morning, I am not thrilled with it. I also think perhaps when you steep a tea at 140 F it’s difficult for me to drink it because it’s like lukewarm water. :)
Anyway this is ok, mildly sweet but it seems to be lacking a bit in flavor. Would not purchase again (see previous notes). Second steep at 160 F for 90 seconds is slightly better.
My apologies for uploading this low res picture but I cannot seem to grab anything better from their website. If anyone figures out how to do this and wants to update the photo please, feel free!
So I thought this was a delicious herbal blend. The lighter green rooibos makes a delicious accompaniment to the fruit infused flavors here, peaches, strawberries and citrus. I tend to like fruity things and it is quite a bit on the peach side but I can still taste a bit of strawberry and orange. You could easily add a touch of sugar to this if you wanted it to be a bit sweeter. I thought it was great plain and this would also make a nice caffeine free iced tea. Delicious and refreshing and thankfully, NO HIBISCUS! Yay! I’m a Happy Camper. :)
If you liked Green and Fruity from David’s Tea I would recommend this as well…
I keep trying to find a tulsi tea that I really love so I keep buying up stuff from Organic India. They have a few blends with hibiscus but I think I can skip those…
I used two tea bags for a rather jumbo mug of tea. I’ve had a few rooibos chais I liked but this is a bit weak on flavor, imo plus the herby-minty flavor of the tulsi is coming right through. I was hoping the spices would disguise it a bit. I guess I don’t really love the taste of tulsi. I am not sure what this needs, perhaps some sweetener would help? I will also try using a smaller cup with two teabags.
Definitely did not love the flavor of this but tulsi always makes me feel good. :)
Perhaps I need to skip the tulsi tea and go straight for some herbal supplements…
I got my shoe inserts today from the podiatrist so I am hoping my foot pain is a thing of the past…
Wanted to treat myself to something nice so I stopped into the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and got a cup of this. I don’t normally go for minty things but I wanted to try this anyway.
This stuff is awesome – you definitely pick up the nutty, slightly smoky flavor of the gunpowder and the mint is not meek either. It is a very delicious blend which I think would also be really good iced. Loved it! I went back to the store to buy a tin of this (loose leaf tea bags), it was a bit pricey but I am worth it. :)