2537 Tasting Notes
Thank you Boychik for sending me some of this wonderful sheng. I must admit I have a difficult time rating these, since I’m not a connoisseur I don’t know exactly what I am looking for. ;)
I did some short steeps this morning in my yixing teapot. For a sheng of this age it doesn’t contain a whole lot of bitterness, but has a lot of pleasant flavors that I associate with a good sheng. It is woodsy, with a bit of smoke and some lemony citrus flavor. I also get a nice, nutty flavor from this and the tea is very aromatic, filling up my kitchen with a pleasing aroma. It does seem somewhat astringent, although not overwhelmingly so. Sometimes shengs are a little rough on my stomach which is why I don’t drink them more often, I think.
This is one reason why I favor shus ever so slightly, they make such a nice after dinner drink although it seems like I am more or less alone in that opinion. If I had some more aged shengs I might feel differently, of course…
This seems to have a good qi and is enlivening… tempted to get some =)
I got this tea after being at the Aroma Tea Shop on Friday with my Living Social deal… I tried some in the store. It is really delicious!
This is the black tea that lapsang is made with, before it’s been smoked. So, this tea isn’t really smoky in any way… but it is beautiful. I love the fine, black wiry leaves. The flavor of this tea is wonderful and unlike any I currently have. It’s silky and almost creamy, with strong notes of chocolate and some malt. It isn’t strong and overpowering though, the overall effect is very relaxing and on the light side. This is a very easy one to drink plain since it’s devoid of astringency or any bitter notes. I could easily see it becoming one of my favorites.
This stuff is like a dessert tea without even trying to be. Sweet and natural — yum yum!
Tea of the morning; I’ve had this sample forever and am just finishing it off now. I don’t tend to drink a lot of white teas, but I do enjoy them when I have them. I’m busy this morning with my job search and a few others things, so I’ll have to make this a short note.
I’ve had another Sandakphu white tea in the past, I think it was from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. This has a delightful floral aroma in the cup. I am getting notes of almond, peach and roses. If you like white teas but are looking for something deeper and more flavorful than a standard silver needle or bai mudan, this is one worth checking out.
Good Morning Steepster. I found this ancient sample in my tea stash when I was signed up for the Steepster Select box a few months ago. I like a drink a lot of yunnan teas so I’m not sure what made me wait so long to drink this one (aside from simply forgetting about it).
Have to say I am not overly impressed with this one. I think it’s a matter of personal preference as tobacco isn’t really a flavor I enjoy a lot in tea. Aside from that it seems very thin and light in body even though I used the whole sample to produce my tea, I don’t think I underleafed. There is a bit of sweetness that balances out the tobacco and also pepper.
I can see why this would really appeal to some palettes but it’s just o.k. in my book… also is leaving a very strong aftertaste in my mouth…
I never tried this when it was released before so I wanted to get some after realizing it was reblended. I really liked the lemon lime meringue kukicha when 52 T had it a few years ago.
This smells very citrusy in the package, and I’d have to say the lime is the strongest element of this particular brew. I find that I like lime in tea when it is done well (as I also like DT Lime Gelato). The honeybush is slightly sweet and I get a vague sense of creaminess but I decided to enhance that with some soymilk for a better cheesecake type of experience. This is both good and refreshing to me as I also like the zing of lemon myrtle. I am betting this would be really nice iced as well. Not exactly a cheesecake in my mind, but pretty tasty nonetheless.
Now that 52 T has their smaller packages I am really tempted to sign up for tea of the month but should probably wait until I have a job. I am pretty sure I’d spend my last dollar on a cup of tea. ;)
Evening tea. I was at a workshop today on How to Start Your Own Consulting Business and I am exhausted. I have noticed that I can be very high strung and then I get tired easily. Tulsi is one herb I have found that really seems to help me cope with stress. I decided to try mixing it with this rooibos/lemongrass blend and it isn’t a bad combination, perhaps not something I would repeat however. I have a big tin of tulsi and I should make it a goal to have at least one tea with tulsi every day….
Tea of the afternoon, I was looking for another rooibos option and figured I would try this. Of course it would be nice to have a tea that tasted liked cookies but I’m not sure this really fits the bill.
I wonder if I added too much leaf to this but for now, this seems VERY high on the cinnamon, has lots of sweetness and fruity from the apple. I liked this a bit better when soymilk was added but I can’t figure out why this is so sweet — is it the brittle? Kind of overwhelming in the flavor department and reminds me more of cinnamon gummy bears than a snickerdoodle. For now this gets a “meh”, I wish I liked David’s Tea more but so many blends seem to fall into the “meh” category… I will try this with black tea or maybe some plain rooibos to see if it can be toned down.
Tea for after lunch, I haven’t had this in a while and thought a flavored puerh might be nice. Personally I don’t love this, it doesn’t really taste like toffee at all, a little bit of caramel but kind of disappointing. This was better with a bit of soy creamer added but overall it just has a weird artificial taste that seems to compete with the pu instead of complimenting it.