2623 Tasting Notes
I am almost out of this. :(
So I wonder why Rare Tea Republic does not have any first flush teas yet like the rest of the world. You’d think if they were owned by Republic of Tea they’d be on it. According to their blog they will have some Goomtee teas in by the end of the month.
Maybe I will get some more of this excellent white tea if and when the 2012 selection comes around.
I really think I have been feeling UNDER caffeinated today, not enough tea obviously so I set out to remedy that this afternoon.
Here’s another first flush sampler from Upton. When spring arrives my thoughts turn to first flush darjeeling and shincha, evidently. :)
I steeped this up in a new glass teapot (wonder how long it will take to break this, ha!). Upton claims you can steep this at 212F but I was skeptical so I went for around 205.
The tea liquor is a beautiful dark yellow and right away I am flooded with a ton of flowery aromas in the nose. I’m not so good at picking out the scents of flowers. Is it magnolia, is it gardenia? Who knows. Whatever it is, it’s freaking awesome.
I’m also reminded a bit of pineapples here. Pineapples and honey. A sweet nectar-like infusion with a mild astringency. Definitely intoxicating! I might try to steep the rest of this sample at a slightly lower temp next time to see if I can kick out a bit of the astringency. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful and delicious tea.
I read recently that darjeelings have more in common with oolongs because unlike regular black tea, they are not fully oxidized. I concur. This tea is nothing like a black tea but there’s nowhere else to put it. Perhaps Steepster should add a new category for darjeelings.
I got this today on my way to the dentist this morning. I did like it at first, seemed smooth and rich with a slightly floral and piney flavor. As the cup cooled off, all the bitter and tobacco type notes came out… then it was definitely less enjoyable. At one point I accidentally choked on it and spit it out all over my raincoat. I’ll need to try this again someday.
The afternoon cuppa. Post presentation and time to relax!
I like rose scented and flavored things so I was excited to check out this sample. It is very strongly scented when you open the bag and you can see some rose petals mixed in with the tea.
It’s a blend of ceylon and keemun and brews up to be a very dark orange. woooow, this is so relaxing and nice! I love the way it smells and the tea itself is very smooth and rich. I don’t sense a lot of bitterness or astringency in here. I usually drink a lot of black teas with soymilk but it seemed such a shame to add anything to this. It is very nice to just sip on plain.
Rose is supposed to be an anti-depressant. Regardless, I think this tea is wonderful if you’re into rose. I think I liked it better than the Upton rose congou.
Sad that I did not get a whole tin of this but perhaps I will when I am ordering some other things from them. I feel like I just got back from a trip to the spa!
It’s been a while since I had this but darjeelings have been on my brain lately. So, this tea is from Nepal and not India but they are so close to each other. I’m amazed at how sweet and delicious this is. See previous notes for more info…
I’ll be checking Rare Tea Republic’s website for their new first flush arrivals & would definitely get another one from Nepal if it was offered.
It seems like I go through lots of phases in my tea drinking journey. For whatever reason I have not been drinking too many oolongs lately but I’m having this one this morning.
It definitely seems typical of a wuyi type of tea, nice mineral quality with sweet roasted plum type of aftertaste. I really do like this a lot and wonder how it would be as a cold brewed tea. The wet leaves smell of burnt toast and jam.
see my previous notes for more info…
I don’t recall that I’ve had too many Mao Fengs before so I thought I’d give this one a whirl.
Steeped with a regular infuser mug method, very slender and long attractive leaves which are nice. Wet leaves are quite vegetal smelling.
My cup yielded a very light olive colored tea with a slightly vegetal aroma. This tea is most likely a bit too mild for my tastes. I find myself wondering (like I do with dragonwell tea) where is the flavor?
This is light bodied, with a bit of sweetness and some fruitiness. A bit of apple, a bit of nuttiness. Slightly vegetal in taste. Eh, I don’t know what more to say about it. It is certainly drinkable and a quality tea, but does not thrill me. Someone who likes lighter Chinese teas should check into it. :)