2623 Tasting Notes
Happy holiday weekend all (to those of you who have a holiday). I plan to get lots of relaxation in as well as some tea drinking. :)
Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending some of this my way. I never even knew that Stash had loose leaf tea, I guess I’ve never been to their website.
These leaves are very fun to look at, they’re curly and fluffy which shows a bit of love on the part of the maker. I ended up steeping mine at around 205 for 3.5 minutes. It’s a very smooth black tea, with some caramel/honey type flavors similar to what you would find in a golden monkey. I think next time around I will try steeping this for a bit longer because I doubt it will turn bitter very easily and I think my brew needed to be stronger in order to fully get the flavors. There are some definite chocolate notes as well. This was good plain but I also liked it with some soymilk. I’m just now waking up at 10:30 am but this is wonderful cup to start my day. thanks again Scott!
I don’t know a lot about ceylons so I decided to pick a bit of this up at Whole Foods since they have it in the bulk bin section. I doubt this is a first class example of what a ceylon can be but I wanted to try some. :)
I steeped this for 3 minutes at around 205 F. It is very pleasant, somewhat brisk, a bit fruity with some astringency. I don’t think this is an orange pekoe but it does share some similarities with that style. I was able to drink it plain just fine but I liked it better with a touch of organic soymilk added to it. It seems good but I don’t have much to compare it to. In any case I am not totally loving it. I might try steeping again at 2 minutes next time.
Thanks again to Tommy the Toad for sending me this sample which is the ripe version of the one I tried earlier today.
This one also smells very good, like toasted rice or buttered popcorn. Yummy!
I think we both agree that the green ones are better but this is very dark and smooth with a nice chocolate-y flavor. I did a quick rinse and then steeped it in an infuser mug for around 2 minutes at 190 F.
With the second steep, the rice flavor seems to have dissipated but it’s still very tasty.
Thanks so much to Tommy so sending a sample of these my way!
I’ve never had a rice scented pu-erh before, I really liked this! It smells terrific, much the same as when I have brown rice cooking in the kitchen. I could not resist putting the whole tuo cha in my gaiwan although breaking off 1/2 would have probably been sufficient.
I steeped the first round at around 60 seconds and then did two short ones after that at around 20 seconds each. It doesn’t need a lot of time since the sheng is lemony, a bit astringent and sour but the toasted rice is mellow so the combination is sort of like a genmaicha. It is very flavorful and brothy. I am going to order some of these for sure!
I’ve been neglecting my pu-erh a bit lately but I had a big meal in Chinatown and a nice shu just seems like the perfect thing to have afterwards. This is the last of this sample, sadly. Earthy and smoky, see my previous tasting notes. I hope this one does not keep me awake too long tonight. I may have to stop after 2 or 3 steeps.
I wanted something mild after lunch that I could drink, this is light and smooth with a slight nutty richness. I was hoping for a bit more flavor but I don’t know if this is a typical yellow tea or if they vary a lot in their flavor profile. This is my first and only yellow tea to date. See my previous tasting notes.