2536 Tasting Notes
Some where out there a pu-erh snob has fainted. That’s right, I am drinking pu-erh out of a teabag. $6 for a box and you can get it even cheaper on Uncle Lee’s website.
I bought this just to check it out for experimentation. I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. It has the nice brownish-red color of a pu-erh. For a teabag this has some tremendous flavor. It’s very woodsy, and roasty/toasty with a hint of smoke puffs. The aroma reminds me of the redwood forest groves in Northern California. This is reminiscent of the wild tree pu-erhs I like a lot. It’s actually quite pleasant and it’s organic.
Don’t tell the tea snobs but I actually think this is more flavorful and interesting than both the tuo chas I had earlier today. It will just be our little secret… ;-)
Thank you to Teavivre for providing this sample for me to try.
This is a very mild and mellow pu-erh so it is perfect for beginners. It doesn’t have much of a noticeable smell. Perhaps I am weird but this seems a little bit too sanitary for me. The wet leaves smell a bit like wet dirt. The predominant flavor I’m picking up here with the tea is chocolate. I steeped it for 3 minutes with boiling water. It is certainly pleasant enough and very low in acids/tannins which is just what I needed today. I am not dying to have more but I have enjoyed it.
My stomach still hurts this morning so I’m having a pu-erh which is supposedly known for its’ stomach soothing properties. This is one my boyfriend picked up in London. Rest assured it looks like most other mini touchas you have seen and it appears to be a shu.
I steeped this for around 3 minutes in the western style this morning. It is very dark, earthy and brothy now. I might try to do this one day with shorter infusions. It has a lot of camphor in it which makes me wonder. I hear often times it is put there artifically with shus. It does obscure the taste of the tea a bit for me. I am not a huge fan of the camphor.
Backlogging – This sounds like the exact same tea I got from Sereni tea so I am logging it here. Maybe they are using a common supplier?
In any event I agree this is a strange tea. It is kind of buttery but due to the cumin, corinader and pepper it actually comes off like an indian dessert. I did like the pistachio element here. I think I liked it a bit more than the other reviewers. It was okay but I’m not sure I’ll be craving anymore in the future. It was good with soy milk.
Thank you very much, Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this to try!
Tibetan flowers… the smell of this tea is quite beautiful! It’s a very smooth, rich black tea with a very red fruit taste. I think it is quite elegant and lovely and different. Definitely seems like something a French company would make. =) I think this is very good but I’ve been shying away a lot from floral teas in general as of late so my rating is a bit biased perhaps.
Picked some of this up on the way into work, nice to see Yunnan is available in a tea bag and it’s organic. I only had one little teabag for 16 oz of water but there was still a nice flavor here, smooth, rich and malty. I was able to sip on plain on the way to work without any added soymilk. More experiments are required. I might get some of this to take with me on my next airplane trip.
I like most oolongs very much but this was a definite treat I discovered at Sereni tea, the cutest little tea store in Mount Shasta which was very well stocked with goodies!
The smell of the leaf in the bag is faintly of cocoa and raisins. I brewed this today in a glass mug with around 180 F water for 3 minutes. The color is a deep rich purply brown. Thankfully I am not getting musk here as I’m not sure how much I would like a musky tea. It is toasty, woody, amber… yes, cinnamon, yes. But there is a fruity element here as well like dark plums or raisins. A bit of lingering sweetness in the finish. A bit toasty. This is the closest tea has ever gotten for me to the experience of having a glass of wine. Very complex and rich with different layers of flavor. This tea is not as smoky as some aged & dark oolongs which would make it more appealing to a wide variety of people. I would recommend it without hesitation. I also think the people who own this little shop were very nice. :)) I do want more, of course! This transcends a mere cup of tea into something glorious.