1960 Tasting Notes
I want to apologize to Wymm Tea for taking so long to taste this sample. I wanted to give it the attention it deserves and have not had time until tonight!
A few weeks ago I picked up an unknown puerh tuocha at a coffee shop nearby that was labeled “Black Tea Puerh”. I got it home and found it to be Sheng. It wasn’t bad, but hubby was not a fan and left me to finish it alone.
Fast forward to tonight. I got this out and informed him that he was going to taste tea with me and it was a type he had before and didn’t like, so he should brace himself. I wasn’t really trying to prejudice him against it, just give fair warning, because he is rather picky and I am not.
I rinsed the leaves for about fifteen seconds, then gave it a short 7 second steep. The tea was pale at this point. It had only the tiny sour bite of young sheng, nothing objectionable. The flavor was very light at this point also.
Second steep was a bit longer and each subsequent steep was increased by only a few seconds. Yet now it yields a golden brew, rather darker than I expected. On about the fourth steep as the cup was being passed to hubby, a strong aroma hit me and it was a really nice one. My first thought was bright citrus, so maybe that is what they call grapefruit, although it reminds me of the white rum flavoring in another that I own. It has a nice medium body. Not creamy, but not sour.
The big surprise is that hubby is constantly holding his little cup out and shaking it at me to hurry up the refills. He kept saying, “This is good!” So now I know it was just the one sheng he disliked, not the type in general.
We have made a full liter of tea thus far and I think I will heat another pot and see how much longer we can keep these leaves going. They don’t seem to be completely spent yet.
Thank you, Wymm Tea, for these lovely samples!
This is getting old so we are trying to polish off the tin. It still tastes great.
Too light for die hard Earl Grey fans who like a face full of bergamot, but very nicely flavored for those who want just a hint of it. This seems to be Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme, which has Ceylon Silver Needle in it, with some grapefruit added. And it works very well indeed.
This was the first tea served for tea party today, and was served with a fruit tart that a friend brought over. It went very nicely, with the black tea complementing the sweet fruity tastes and the flavorings taking a back seat and not overshadowing the dessert. I usually pair unflavored black or oolong teas with sweets, but sometimes lightly flavored teas go well and this one worked.
I know I must have reviewed this before. Where are my old tasting notes going? Perhaps with the missing socks.
This deserves a tasting note because it is one of the tastiest flavored green teas I have ever had. This was the third tea served at tea time and we remarked on how much we have liked all the Gurman’s blends we have tried.
I have no idea what rye leaves taste like. I do not know what they add to this blend or what makes it taste so good, but I can say the even the black tea lover was oo’ing and ah’ing over this tea. The flower petals are mentioned and then it just says “flavor.” What flavor? They don’t say.
It is very smooth and has really full body. I bought this on a whim in Dublin, and I think I even initially thought I was buying a black tea, and afterward looked at the description and saw that it was a green. As usual, no sugar no milk.
I’m just glad I bought it.
This was the second tea served at tea time today and oh my was it ever delicious! I really must not run out of this one. Thankfully, Gurman’s has been very accommodating about shipping to the US and also, I have a few people who seem to be flying to Ireland constantly so I could ask them to pick it up for me.
This is so smooth, and the apricot is just a nice, round flavor full in your face. I taste the raisin next, then a hint of mango. This is on the short list of teas I would want if I had to cull my stash down to ‘x’ number of teas.
I think this is also called Dietrich’s Blue Angel but I don’t see that on the website. Did I imagine it on my tin?
Anyway, the first time we had it, my daughter really liked it and I just thought it was okay. Then I read the instructions and saw that they recommend one TABLESPOON of tea per cup and I had only used one teaspoon. Next time I made it, it was really delicious. I served it to a friend and ordered some within a couple of days of drinking it.
I am looking forward to having it as the weather heats up here. Summer is made for citrus flavors! (And berry, and mint, and…)
I have been having this for breakfast in order to speed the sipdown of this rather elderly batch of tea. I don’t want to use it for iced tea with all that assam in it. But wowie, today it is so very fruity! This only has a tiny bit of edge to it and I can drink it without milk or sugar pretty easily. It is a good price and I don’t need anything stronger in the mornings.
I think I know better now. I bought a ton of this when I fell in love with it, not realizing that I was doing that with every tea I loved, and you really can’t drink 200 teas before they get stale when you buy seven or eight ounces of each.
Still, as old as this is, it is delicious and I love it. It is labeled green, but it HAS to be a milk oolong. I realize it is also probably a scented one, but I love it anyway. It smells like sweet butter, like popcorn, like nomnomnom.
I served it to a student today (what is it with all these kids being willing to try new things? I wouldn’t have at their age! My first student is 9 and has fallen in love with white tea at my house. I invited her to come over to try my new white tangerine when it gets here.) She agreed that it is smooth and buttery.
Very nice that it resteeps well, too. When I run out of this one, I think I will replace it with a Teavivre Ali Shan.
I had this tonight with hubby. My bad – I oversteeped the first pot, mainly because I accidentally overleafed and therefore should have cut the time. Subsequent steeps were much more in line with my drinking preferences.
First, the tea is beautiful. The rose petals are the most gorgeous shade of deep rose pink. This would be a lovely “me time” tea or date tea. The appearance of the tea is an important part of the presentation when you are drinking gong fu style!
Once I had my steep times right, this was really lovely. The rose is very, very light. If someone else had prepared the tea and I didn’t know what it was, I don’t know if I would have detected rose. Instead, I felt that the rose petals added a nice sweetness to the tea, and it reminded me a little of candy rather than sugar or honey. We made at least five steeps and possibly six and the leaves really were not fully played out.
In getting my order ready, I have decided I will probably cave and buy one of the teapots. Have you seen them? They look almost identical to the Curve ForLife teapots and are so reasonably priced that even hubby said, “Why not get two?” when I asked him which color to get. He likes Storm, a light grey, and I love their signature blue color.
I will review the pot if I do get one, but I wanted to point out to anyone considering them some advantages of this pot. It has the silicone gasket that helps seal in the aroma and flavor and helps keep the lid from tumbling off when you pour the very last of the tea. The infuser has a nice handle and lip so you don’t burn yourself as easily when you remove it. The infuser has a flat bottom, so it will sit upright on the counter or a plate if you need to set it down while filling it or when you remove it from the pot.
These facts are not true, alas, of the Beehouse teapots i bought several of years ago when I started drinking tea. The round bottom of the Beehouse baskets is inconvenient and the lids pop off sometimes when you are pouring. There is no lip or handle to the infuser so you burn yourself pretty much every time you make tea. Daughter is smart and uses a spoon to lift the basket out but I am too impatient to stop and get a spoon!
I think that Sky pot is going to be mine soon!
I got to try this tea thanks to the generosity of Equusfell. We traded our remaining teaspoon of a couple of our free samples. I wanted to try as many as possible before placing my first order so that I can choose my very favorites.
This TKY falls in the middle of the roastiness scale when compared to others I have had – not too dark or heavy but not green. It does have a mellow flavor and is not a heavy body, but the roasted flavor adds a deeper layer to the tea.
What I liked most about this tea was the longlasting lingering sweetness and fresh aftertaste. It was like having the memory of a sweet kiss with you. When you have a really good mint, you probably find yourself inhaling with your mouth forming an “o” shape to continue to enjoy the coolness of the mint. I did that with this tea, enjoying the honey + roasty sweetness each time I inhaled. I do love a good oolong.
Of all the Tea Ave offerings I have tried, I think I would put this right under my favorite, Magnolia Oolong. The aroma cup carried a very similar sweet floral scent that stayed through many steepings of the tea, even though I only filled it at the first steep.
I am very sure this is what I had at P. F. Chang’s tonight. There was one tea bag that looked pretty large to me in a little tetsubin that was so cute my daughter wanted to slip it in her purse. (Not the sort of thing any of us would actually do, by the way.)
It was pretty golden yellow for a white tea, but tasted really good with our food and had a fresh, lively tangerine flavor. I would buy this if I saw it in the grocery and knew it wasn’t artificial. I will have to look into their flavorings.