2809 Tasting Notes
Thanks again to Tommy the Toad for sending me this sample which is the ripe version of the one I tried earlier today.
This one also smells very good, like toasted rice or buttered popcorn. Yummy!
I think we both agree that the green ones are better but this is very dark and smooth with a nice chocolate-y flavor. I did a quick rinse and then steeped it in an infuser mug for around 2 minutes at 190 F.
With the second steep, the rice flavor seems to have dissipated but it’s still very tasty.
Thanks so much to Tommy so sending a sample of these my way!
I’ve never had a rice scented pu-erh before, I really liked this! It smells terrific, much the same as when I have brown rice cooking in the kitchen. I could not resist putting the whole tuo cha in my gaiwan although breaking off 1/2 would have probably been sufficient.
I steeped the first round at around 60 seconds and then did two short ones after that at around 20 seconds each. It doesn’t need a lot of time since the sheng is lemony, a bit astringent and sour but the toasted rice is mellow so the combination is sort of like a genmaicha. It is very flavorful and brothy. I am going to order some of these for sure!
I’ve been neglecting my pu-erh a bit lately but I had a big meal in Chinatown and a nice shu just seems like the perfect thing to have afterwards. This is the last of this sample, sadly. Earthy and smoky, see my previous tasting notes. I hope this one does not keep me awake too long tonight. I may have to stop after 2 or 3 steeps.
I wanted something mild after lunch that I could drink, this is light and smooth with a slight nutty richness. I was hoping for a bit more flavor but I don’t know if this is a typical yellow tea or if they vary a lot in their flavor profile. This is my first and only yellow tea to date. See my previous tasting notes.
Another tea in my Shang sampler, I did not really know what to expect from a Pao Blossom but am open to new things. :)
I felt the leaf, when dry, smelled very much like a grapefruit or some kind of citrus fruits but that seemed to be where the comparison ended. I do understand why folks may think this is like a jasmine tea since it has a very floral element but it seems less strong than a jasmine in my opinion. I am, however wishing for a tad less flowers…
I steeped my little 3g sample in the gaiwan and have enjoyed drinking this very much. I tried to keep the temperature of my water very low as well, around 170 – 180 F. This seems to be so much a very relaxing and meditative tea and has a very delicate flavor. I really just want to get more so I can keep experimenting with it, so that fact alone will give it a fairly high rating in my book… It resteeps very well without any loss of flavor but it is a very delicate creature and I’m trying to treat it as such.
I do miss drinking coffee sometimes but not the acid reflux that always seemed to come with it. It doesn’t really taste like coffee but it’s dark and satisfying with a nice barley hazelnut and date flavor. I did add some soymilk and it’s a nice afternoon drink, I had some for dessert last night too. I liked it and will probably get more and try the other flavors. Although I guess it isn’t really a tea! ;-)