847 Tasting Notes
I was planning to do a blog review of this tea, but decided against it.
First off, my tea was very twiggy. The tea starts off delicate, sweet and smooth. Mid sip is floral and a really flat wine taste, ending with a bit of grape flavor and quite of bit of dryness. Also, I thought this tea would be much sweeter like icewine. I added sweetener which perked up the icewineness and reduced the flatness.
Ehh, maybe my sample was old? I dunno. Alas, rest of the sample goes to the swap box.
Droool, Blushing Geisha always makes a solid iced tea – fruity, sweet and floral! YUM! Sad thing is I can see the bottom of the bag now, I might need to order more when I get around to another Steep City order. I’m fearing that order – it will be huge.
TY to Misty Peak Teas for the sample!
Whoa, 2013? That’s pretty new! Lots of interesting complexities with this sheng – smooth, creamy, earthy, pear, apricot, persimmon, floral, savory, copper mineral, clean and woodsy.
I wasn’t a fan of the astringency that got stronger in later infusions, but I figure with some aging time it’ll even out. With that said, the astringency was very different, a textured dry sensation.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/2013-yiwu-spring-sheng-puer-from-misty-peak-teas-tea-review/
I cold steeped this overnight and forgot about it. Now, having kotobuki for dinner with Manhattan clam chowder I made tonight. Ehhh, cold steeps have less caffeine.. maybe?
The long cold steep turned out very well with this tea – the base is grassy and creamy, with lots of floral. There is an aftertaste of sweet, slightly plummy.
Say whhhhaaat? White + green tea, blended with corn, pineapple, papaya and jasmine? That sounds pretty crazy!
The result? Ehhhhh. Lots of white tea taste, savory cream corn, pineapple, peachy jasmine floral and mystery fruit flavors.
Wonders of Kashmir a very unique and weird blend – an adventure! However, this blend tastes a little too weird for me, I think it’s either the jasmine or the corn that makes this blend become too freaky. Overall, if you want something really different, do a try me sampling, or pass and try Della Terra’s A Rabbit’s Garden instead.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/wonders-of-kashmir-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/
I decided to steep this at 175F due to the kettle being done faster, lol! It also bothered me how the steeping instructions are with boiling water with Momoko being a green. I left the bag in while I ate a pancake, so I’m not sure how long of a steeping I did. Overall, not that great. No peachy, just a touch of creamy and loads of grassy green with a little dryness.
Well, back to steeping this with boiling water.
Tragic evening. I skipped brazilian jiujitsu because I was feeling icky.. and Ronda Rousey was in class today. WHYYYYY!??!!! cry
/sips cold steeped Rabbits Garden to feel better
100! UH OH!
This tea is amazing! Steeped in a glass gaiwan, it was beautiful to watch the cake chunk turn from dark leaf into fall colours.
Great, complex notes that change every infusion: smokey, hickory, creamy, apricot, persimmon, apple, and grassy sweet hay. I love the persimmon notes, but the smokeyness was very enjoyable too!
No bitterness or crazy pu’er funk! I got a slight astringency in later infusions, but that was cool. Very tempted to try this tea iced, but I treasure this cake.. maybe when I buy another one!
Wild Monk was a memorable experience for me, more inspiring of a tea session than crazy pu’er party time, which I get from ripe pu’er. I’m more of a green/white tea drinker so this raw cake just danced perfectly with me!
Full review and pictures of me butchering my first pu’er cake at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/mandala-wild-monk-raw-puer-2012-tea-review-and-experience/
Tea lesson: Buy a pu’er knife or things get really messy.
Uggg, it was sooo hot here last night! I barely slept! It looks like it is going to be another really hot day today too!
You know what is really weird? I’ve lived in Long Beach for just over a year. Before moving here, I visited a couple times a year. During all this time, I have not been to a beach here. Blows my family/friends’ minds! I’m more of a museum and farmers market person. Feels like a good beach day today though!
So, I was hoping this tea would be refreshingly cool and ease some tummy funkyness. I steeped up some of this Ginger Zinger, to hopefully help out. Mmmm, very refreshing peachy orange with ginger for pep! Nice and cooling too, as I finished my lukewarm cup. Yum!
So, I went downstairs to make this tea, iced, as it’s freaking hot here, and my roommate intercepted asking for some tea.
Problem: He asks for the tea “You know, that really good one you have a lot of.” When you have just under 200 teas, that only really narrows out the samples/almost sipdowns.
Anyways, I did find it, but I didn’t have some with him as I need noncaffeine for this late of evening. Mmmm, peachy orange! I steeped this a little extra because I was lazy, so I really taste the green rooibos base. I prefer this tea at 4 minutes.