1061 Tasting Notes
I’m not sure who I got this sample from (I don’t keep track). I was craving milk oolong or maybe an anxi hairy crab oolong. I settled on this to facilitate a second sipdown today.
I just got my new 25mL teacup in the mail today, so I decided to brew ~50-65 mL water per steep. I used 2 tsp leaf (my entire sample), so that’s why I got so much longevity out of the leaf. Also, I used so little water each steep that I would be disappointing if it didn’t last 10+ steeps.
Steep 1: 50mL hot water (183 deg F), 2 tsp leaves, 4 seconds steep
Slightly contaminated from the other scented teas it was pushed up against. I’ll have to rearrange my teas/re-bag them so they don’t transfer smells.
Steep 2: 10 second steep
A nice light oolong taste, slightly toasty, a bit creamy, this oolong is both floral and fruity, but less so on the floral side
Steep 3: 10 second steep
It could have been stored near a coconut scented tea, but I find this oolong really captures coconut well. The cream + tropical fruity + a bit toasty + a bit of sweetness. I really like how smooth milk oolongs are. The milk scent seems to round out any astringency or extreme in the leaf.
Steep 4 (25sec), steep 5 (25sec), steep 6 (25 sec),and steep 7 (50sec)
Creamy, base is getting fruitier and continues to lose the coconut flavour in favour of milk/cream and that classic Anxi oolong taste. The mouthfeel is getting a bit drying, but the flavours and aromas are still great.
Steep 8: I forgot about it for like…3 minutes. Don’t care, drinking it anyway.
But at least the leaves have unfurled completely! Quite drying/astringent, but not bitter. Base is notably fruity but no specific fruits. There is a lot of sweetness, too. The floral notes are gone now.
Steeps 9, 10, 11, and 12 (30 sec each)
I never noted how think this brews. It is a similar taste and consistency to adding skim milk to your tea. it is definitely thicker than water, but not fatty/whole milk/cream in flavour.
This could keep going for 5 more steeps, but I’m done with the flavour now. I highly recommend this for those who like milk oolongs!
The smell left in my cup after I drank the tea is strong honey, sweet, and cream. It is really, really distinctly honey scented. How odd. I taste no honey in the actual brew.
Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Milk, Sweet, Toasty
This is your standard jasmine dragon pearl tea.I used 8 of the small pearls in 700 mL hot (but not boiling) water, 3-4 minute steep. I think it would resteep well a few times.The green base wasn’t grassy or vegetal, I’d describe it similar to a white tea, but more flavourful and more prone to astringency if you oversteep it. Aromatic jasmine, tea base was not overly tannic or at all unpleasant, but there wasn’t anything remarkable about this tea either.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth, Tea
I had no idea what to expect for this one, but I assumed it was a black/caffeinated tea. I’m glad it was rooibos, though, because the rooibos makes it nice and sweet.
Strong fruity flavours, distinctly fresh mango juice and apricot. There might be some other stonefruits, but the mango is most notable. The base is sweet and there are not tart/sour notes in this at all. Lupicia did a fruity herbal blend well. M little pyramid bag was in for 6 minutes and did not oversteep, but was very flavourful. I will be ordering these when I order from Lupicia, as this is the best mango flavoured tea I’ve ever had.
Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Mango, Rooibos, Stonefruits, Sweet
Finished this off being I’m so tired today and need caffeine. Hopefully this contains a good dose of caffeine so I can survive the rest of the (very long) day. I spend 14 hours on campus today, on top of studying for a midterm tomorrow. No rest for the weary. :/
Strong bergamot flavour, nice rose floral taste. The rose is quite aromatic and the black base is a bit sweet. The liquor is thick and flavourful.
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Floral, Rose, Tannin