2307 Tasting Notes
No matter how hard I try I cannot get myself that interested in plain white tea (but yes, I keep trying)
The first time I brewed this I let it steep too long which was definitely a mistake. Steeping in cooled water for around 60 seconds seemed to yield the best results. It is sweet, and delicate and light but I think perhaps the subtle nature of white tea is kind of lost on me. This was a pleasant cup but I really prefer flavored white tea if I am going to drink it…. sorry purists!
I don’t normally drink a lot of bagged tea but I picked this up to take on a trip I am going on soon and teabags are just so much more convenient than carrying around your brewing stuff.
I don’t believe I have ever had a gunpowder green before and this is very intriguing. Vegetal, but also very earthy and with a taste of smoke in the finish like a lapsang souchong (hence, the gunpowder green name, I guess). This definitely seems like a nice afternoon tea but not something I’d want to drink first thing in the morning.
Organic, free trade, biodegradable teabags – all a plus! Nice, I’m glad I tried it.
Thanks to Jenn for a sample of this… it’s okay but a little heavy on the grapefruit for me and I’m also not a big fan of bergamot. It’s a little on the tart side. Not sure I am dying to have more but will certainly finish the cup. If you like a citrusy sort of earl grey this might be good for you…
Another flavored oolong from my Naivetea sampler.
I did not know exactly what a yuzu was (aside from it being a type of fruit). Upon smelling it I was expecting something very tart like a pink grapefruit tea. There is a citrus note here, however I am finding it exceedingly subtle. I believe the base of this tea is an ali shan.
There is a lingering sweetness here in the finish that is difficult to describe, Sweet and vegetal, perhaps I am reminded of corn.
Overall I do not think I like this quite as well as Naivetea’s passionfruit oolong but I still like it quite a lot. The yuzu flavor is very delicate and allows the base notes of the oolong to come through. Does not taste artificial or cloying at all. Another job very well done by Naivetea. Check this out if you are looking for a gentle flavored oolong.
Kusmi Tea sampler 5/5
Bouquet of Flowers – I was leery of this from the get go due to the name and the fact that flowery teas do not tend to be my favorite. The aroma is definitely that of shower gel or soap but the flavor of this tea is not terribly unpleasant once you actually brew it up. Flowery with a touch of earl grey. Eh, it isn’t awful but I do not think I will need to buy it again.