2802 Tasting Notes
Late night at the office tonight…. needed something to keep me going
This is a great little sencha even though it’s in a teabag. Mellow, sweet, flavorful, brothy…. oh my brain is fried right now. I just placed an order with Den’s and I should have included some of these – alas!
Thanks to LiberTeas for sending me a sample of this…
I decided to steep this for 3 minutes instead of the recommended five because I just don’t steep white teas for that length of time. I might need to give it a bit of a longer run next time.
I am finding this to be nice and fruity but I’m not sure I’m digging the tequila flavoring some how, it seems to be obfuscating my experience of this blend… This is pretty decent but I appreciated the mango papaya bai mu dan a bit more yesterday. Then again, it’s been ages since I had a margarita and tequila was never my favorite booze. I might need to cold steep the rest of this to see what happens!
I appreciate Frank’s creativity and can hardly wait to see what he comes up with every week!
These are not exactly a favorite of mine in the world of tuo chas… After brewing this was impossible to unfurl and once it did it was full of tiny particles which makes me suspicious that this was something sweeped up off the shop floor and glued together. These are pretty unremarkable aside from the level of camphor and the odor of a murky pond, I even am getting a trace of bitterness this afternoon. I still have about 12 of these so I’m trying to finish them off, albeit slowly. They may accidentally find their way into the compost bin someday…. just sayin’… I didn’t love them when I first got them and it seems as though I am liking them less and less over time. I want my Menghai – bluh.
Thanks to ScottTeaMan for the remainder of this sample!
Okay, I am a little sencha shy, I’ve had the experience of a few that got kind of astringent and made my stomach hurt so I have the tendency to avoid them.
I wanted to be gentle with this so I only steeped it for around 45 seconds at 175 F. I got a very nice golden-yellow color, a bit thick, vegetal, brothy and clean tasting with a nice sweet aftertaste.
I did a second steep at around 160 F and that was also quite good! I like the fact that it is super flavorful but also mild in the finish. Not bitter at all – yay!
I enjoyed this one but since I’ve never seen a sencha quite this color before, if perhaps this tea is a little past its prime? How can you tell? Sorry, I know I should have tried it sooner!
I’m still trying to work my way through these Bana Tea samples I got in early January!
This is excellent – for a 2007 sheng it is very mellow. I steeped this in a small infuser mug this morning. It’s woodsy & slighty earthy, very mild with a sweeter aftertaste than a lot I have tried. I am guessing it is the wild arbor because I seem to be having good luck with those lately. I have no idea what this would taste like aged but I can only imagine it would be even sweeter and more delicious?
I let the second steep go for a bit longer than I would with a tea of this type. The color got to be quite a dark orange and I was a bit nervous. The flavor got a bit more intensified but is still very nice with a woody, almost plummy aftertaste. They say this is a good cake for beginners and I would agree with that assessment. I just checked the price and it is $45 for the cake which is more than I want to spend but it is seriously tempting….
I recommend checking this out… not astringent, bitter or sour, just seriously nice and relaxing.
I am having a stressful afternoon so when this arrived in the mail I immediately wanted to try it (and oh yeah, I’m a tea junkie, but anyway…)
This tea has a very nice fruity smell in the bag and I love mangos and papayas so I was thinking I’d really like this blend and I do. The white tea gives it a light and subtle sweetness and the mango and papaya flavors are present, but a bit gentle. Most importantly, the flavor does not seem overly fake or cloying to me which is a definite plus. I’m really glad this isn’t too sweet (although you could add your own sweetener). This will make a great iced tea too, I am sure….
Quite relaxing and refreshing for my afternoon cuppa, really enjoyed this one.
Note: Also resteeps well but the second cup is a bit lighter in fruit flavor & more prominent in white tea flavor, both are good.