2463 Tasting Notes
This sample was provided by Butiki in my last order – thank you so much!
I brewed this according to the directions on the directions on the package – 3 minutes at around 180 F. I probably should have used a little less water for the sample…
I’ve never had a South Korean green but I like this one! It is a bit reminiscent of spinach but it’s also very sweet and light. Definitely has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with perhaps a bit of spice on the backend? Might be a tad astringent for yours truly however. Definitely worth checking out.
I still have more of my Tea from Taiwan samples!!!
I steeped this in an infuser mug with 195 F water for about 1.5 minutes. Based on my experience with oolongs this seemed to be a good place to start. After my first steep I noticed the leaves have an aroma of molasses – nice! This is very nutty and toasty. I think I get an aftertaste of honey & molasses too (it is not a flavored tea I believe) …
then I notice in the description that the honey flavor is left by secretions from cicadas! How interesting. Also I learned from a documentary on wuyi tea that the dong ding oolong came to Taiwan after the wuyi tea was planted there. So it does seem like it has elements of both for sure.
2nd steep: The leaves are starting to open up here and smell VERY molasses with a hint of anise. Also some peach aromas are emerging here. This is really quite delicious! I am getting mesmerized.
3rd steep: Some woody notes are starting to emerge here and the molasses aroma is giving way to something intensely floral… pretty neat!
Recommended to those of you who like darker style oolongs.
I think this may be my fallback tea to order whenever I find myself at a Peet’s.
Unfortunately everything gets steeped in boiling water so the subtleness was kinda lost here, but I was still able to pick up some notes of vanilla and flower. Pretty mild and smooth. I would have to make it myself at home to get a better assessment.
This also came as part of my Teavana Japanese green tea set I got over Christmas.
I really like gyokuro as well as genmaicha blends so I thought there was a pretty good chance I’d be into this. I was not disappointed for sure. The gyokuro is very sweet and vegetal while the rice adds a nutty/popcorn-y quality. This is very buttery and brothy as well. Definitely putting a smile upon my face this morning.
I steeped this for two minutes at around 170 F water. When I read the other tasting notes I think that might have been a bit too much. But it is still not bitter at all. For sure my favorite genmaicha to date! Very nice, Teavana!
When it comes to pu-erh teas I am pretty much open to trying anything especially when they are this cheap (11.00 for 1/4 lb). This is a loose leaf sheng which was evidently sun dried. Somehow I love drinking shengs at night whereas shus I like in the morning…
I was a bit nervous after reading the previous review that described it as bitter and bracing – does not sound like a good sign! I steeped about 1 tsp of the leaf in the gaiwan with boiling water for 60 seconds and then for a second steep at 30 seconds, this was plenty.
This is intense, it’s a very lemony almost sour tea with slight asparagus notes. Yes it is floral smelling but the flavor is not that flowery at all. I definitely get “bracing” here in addition to it being very zesty and great for the digestion. Wow, a surprising and nice adventure as well as uplifting! I think I will need to get some more at this price. Proceed with caution though, with oversteeping this would become a real bitter nightmare!!!