937 Tasting Notes
DANG THIS PU’ER IS THA BOMB!
Over 13 infusions I got No smokeyness, no dryness. Great flavor notes of earthy enoki mushroom, rock sugar, creamy, apricot, green bean, buttery corn, mineral, and copper. It had a few moments that I thought I was drinking a white tea and another time a green, however with the complexity of a pu’er.
For $15 for a 250 gram cake, this pu’er is a steal, especially with the amount of resteeps I got.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/20/2012-qui-yun-wild-arbor-raw-puer-from-yunnan-sourcing-tea-review/
Oh man, this is good!
I snagged this tea out of the Here’s Hoping Teabox. This pu’er is really mellow with a sweet cedar taste end of sip. There is a lingering aftertaste of earthy that is really good. No fermentation taste, not mushroomy or smokey. I could be convinced to buy a cake of this, crap, and I just did a Mandala order too. Oh well, next order then.
My husband (he doesn’t like tea) said this one tastes like overly strong chinese restaurant tea. LOL
This tea is just weird! And I can’t stop sipping it!
Another Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox tea – it’s a yunnan black with tomato, sage and peach. I really dont’ taste the peach, but there’s plenty of tomato and sage.
First sip I thought “Tastes like Turkey Dinner.” The tomato is actually pretty addictively good and the base is not bad. Sage is a little over the top is the only thing holding it back until I remember there’s supposed to be peach in there, which is not present.
I might have to jack this tea.. it’s so weird!
This tea is outta the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox!
Wow tart! I immediately thought after one sip I need to ice this, so I dumped it into my tumbler and steeped up a little more. With some honey, tasted not too bad. A little fruity cherry syrup, but mostly hibiscusy floral. I’m getting a bit of grassy flat flavor. I swear there’s bamboo leaves in this – looks like it but not listed as an ingredient.
Ehhh, I prefer Steep City’s Blushing Geisha for a green hibiscus tea. Better floral, less flat of a tea and less muddled sugar flavor, but I’m happy to of tried more Teavana stuff.
This tea came from the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox!
Opening the bag, WOW Smells fantastic! Like candy, caramel, sweet almond, halva, yummmm!!! Can I eat the bag?
Steeped, kind of a disappointment. I mostly taste the black tea base, which is decent. Not bitter or anything. End of sip I get a bit of sweet almond flavor that reminds me of an almond biscotti. Meh. I wanted RAGING CANDY ALMOND flavor. Teeth rotting! Yeah!
Adding honey helped perk up the tea. If I had more, I’d do a latte. Maybe since this is bottom of the bag I lost on all the goodies.
I’m keeping the bag to smell, btw. I will try to not eat it.
Ha, found 2 of these in the travelling teabox! Drinking one of them right now!
Very blueberry with candy fluffness to it. I can almost feel my teeth aching eating that spun candy. This tea would be fantastic iced! Maybe if it pops up for sale I’ll get some more to explore further.
Darn it, reminds me of a funny picture I took at the Night Market a few years ago. They had a booth were you can get your own cotton candy. I took a picture of an ambitious couple that made one the size of their torso! The gal holding it looked like a walking ball of cotton candy. I can’t find the picture, booo, I have too many pictures on my HD.
Cold steeped! Leftover leaves from yesterday’s yixing run!
Oh gawd, I wrote that first line of the tea log then a huge moth ran across my desk so I had to run around screaming and throwing stuff at it. I think it’s dead, but i had to use a knitting pattern book to do it. Cry. Darn husband, wish he could work from home so he deal with this kinda stuff. I can’t handle bugs.
Anyways, time to tea! This came out sweet! It’s like cedary woody sweet. Like a fancy honey with woody notes. Maybe not honey, but not maple or agave. Very interesting and very good! I need to cold steep more of my shu pu’er.
Oh gawd, it’s twitching.. /sob
Working on this pu’er than was in the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox – I squeaked out a serving of this pu’er so there’s one more round for the next person.
Not a serious review, I’m moreso sitting back with ma tea turtle and yixing pot have a nice tea session, post angry kitchen cleanup. I hate cleaning the slowcooker!
Very crisp with zero fermentationy flavor. Tastes like the skin of a pecan with lots of woodyness. Later infusions I’m getting some creamy lip feels.
Hey! I don’t need lipbalm – just drink creamy teas, yeah!
There’s an echo of coffee notes end of sip that gives this pu’er some pep. About 5 steepings in, the pu’er is still woody and developing more sweetness like sap.
photo evidence: http://oolongowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IMG_5028.jpg
sadly, I don’t have time to enjoy more steepings today, so I put the leaves in the refrigerator to cold steep.
Ooooh a wuyi oolong flavored with plum!
Gosh, it was hard to do my usual thang and review a tea from my collection. The travelling tea box is in my possession and I want to explore it more drinking random teas.
Anyways, Plum Oolong was a bit of a surprise – I was expecting something tart and hibiscusy, similar to other plum teas I’ve tried. The wuyi base works quite well adding some complexities of nutty and roast plus creamyness in the resteep. The plum hits as an aftertaste with a slight floraly note.
The plum flavor is okay. It seems on the flat/artificial side, but I still enjoyed it.
Iced, plum oolong is a different animal – more plummy with honey notes!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/14/plum-oolong-from-new-mexico-tea-company-tea-review/
This tea is from the “here’s hoping” teabox.
Peppermint3root seems a tea I wouldn’t order, but upon smelling, ehh smells good, why not try? The peppermint smells nice and there’s kinda a marshmallow root smell going on too.
Taste? Wahhh! It’s minty, slightly tart mix of hibiscus and berries, with an unusual medicinal dirt earthy flavor – finishing off slightly sweet. I can drink medicinal like flavors, but that rooty dirt flavor mixed with fruity isn’t for me. Back in the teabox it goes! But either way, happy to of tried it.