2802 Tasting Notes
This one came as a sample from LiberTeas – so thank you very much for letting me try it!
Ovation Teas has not even been on my radar until now so I just went to their website to check them out, they have a lot of interesting looking stuff.
I’m not really sure about this tea though. I thought the black tea base was fine for me personally (others remarked on the bitterness). I think it’s more the flavoring here that did not strike a chord with me. I do like figs, and brown sugar of course. I’m not even sure what this tastes like to me, a slightly sweet raisin-esque kind of concoction? I didn’t hate it but something was missing. I liked the flavor a bit better after adding soymilk but I don’t think I would purchase this. A little sad because I was hoping it would be fantastic…
I’ve become a little obsessed with pu-erh lately and spend way too much time looking at pictures of beengs and bricks on the internet. I need to drink more of what I have before getting more :)
In any case I discovered the best steeping time for this brick is 195 F for around 60 seconds. see my previous notes… still love it
I really just got these for everyday drinking at the office and whatnot. These are small raw green (sheng) touochas. I did a quick rinse and did my first steep at 60 seconds and the second at 2 minutes, both with around 180 F water.
These are nice and inexpensive – I got a whole bag for $6.50 which has 20 or so pieces in it (I did not count). The flavor is mellow, earthy and malty. With the shorter steep I was picking up some apple flavors but with the longer steep I got some slightly bitter flavors. They claim these are aged but I don’t know for how long, they still seem kinda young. They are of good quality as you can see the long leaves unfurl with only a bit of broken leaves. Amazing how they were able to compress all that in a little cake.
I liked this, good for every day, not as astringent and sour as some sheng tou chas I’ve had but certainly nothing as complex as their loose leaf sheng pu-erhs.
Thanks so much to Jillian for this one who answered my swap request for some more green darjeelings to try! I’m sorry abut the now defunct Simple Leaf because I never got to order anything from them but at least I get to try this one.
This reminds me a lot of a Chinese green tea and I don’t think there’s terribly much about it which would cause me to suspect it’s from darjeeling. It is nutty and slightly vegetal, very mild in flavor with some astringency in the finish. I think I am picking up a few delicate spicy notes – or is that just wishful thinking? In any case I was just sitting here reading JacquelineM ‘s note thinking I might try cold brewing some of this as well. I generally prefer my green teas to be slightly more flavorful but this wasn’t bad at all.
This was a recent purchase for me at Red Blossom, it almost felt like they were trying to talk me out of purchasing this one, after reading the description I am a little scared… lol. Regardless the only other gunpowder I’ve had was Numi’s and I liked that version.
I steeped this gong fu style for only about 30 seconds, I think that was probably enough for me, I’m not sure it would need to be much stronger. The smell is smoky and very nutty and the flavor is definitely assertive, must be the strongest bodied green tea I now currently own. I’m not normally a huge fan of smoky teas (or of pungent ones)! I am getting walnuts, smoke and some hearty green vegetal notes, roasted artichoke or even brussels sprouts. It also has a nice richness which I can only liken to olive oil. If green teas were like musical instruments this might be the tuba… lol. I think without the slightly sweet richness playing a part this would almost be unbearable but it works.
I did get a second steep put of this and I’d imagine I could even one more perhaps.
Anyway since I’ve been drinking so much sheng lately I’ve gotten used to some of these flavors. The BF who normally doesn’t have much of a reaction to green teas thought this one was good. I cannot see drinking this first thing in the morning or with a stomach ache, but it would be good in the afternoon, or perhaps with a meal. Definitely recommended for adventurous types & is much stronger than the Numi teabags. :)
Here’s yet another sample from my Le Palais de Thes gift set.
I decided to try this with my boyfriend this morning since he likes Earl Grey much more than I do. I think we both agree that this doesn’t smell and taste very bergamot-y so I actually liked it for this reason. It’s fairly subtle and allows the flavor of the yunnan black to come through. This is one smooth and delicious tea that I can just sit and drink plain which is unusual for me and a black tea. Pretty good, but I think I would just skip the bergamot altogether and go for the grand yunnan. :)
I think if you were expecting something like a typical strong Earl Grey you’d be a bit disappointed in this one. If you like lighter bergamot type teas (like Paris from Harney and Sons) you might enjoy it.
I think this came as a bonus in my swap with TheDJBooth, so thank you for letting me try it!
I’ve read that rooibos is good for coughs and chest troubles so I was curious to try this one, given the way I’m feeling tonight and I’m low on other rooibos blends besides. I steeped this for 5 minutes at 212F. When I first smelled the leaf steeping it was like cough syrup for sure. But then after I let it sit for a while and cool off, it isn’t too bad. I usually add soymilk to my rooibos blends which helps me like them a bit more. I really don’t think this tastes anything like cabernet, it has the familiar smell of wet socks or something but the flavor isn’t terrible. Mildly grape with flowers. Sorry I’m kinda picky about my rooibos blends but I always appreciate a free gift. :)