484 Tasting Notes
I was kind of doubting this would make a good cup, because the leaves had gotten a little crushed. Amazingly it holds up just fine despite being nearly dust. The vanilla is slightly artificial but sweet and candylike, and the strawberry is more subtle. There’s a hint of vegetal green before a sweet aftertaste and more of that vanilla rounding out the cup—this isn’t my favorite, but I’d definitely drink it again.
Sipdown! This is good, but I’m starting to think I need a little something extra in my chocolate teas or I’ll find them boring. This is one of those times—I made a pot and by the end of it I almost didn’t want to finish it. The vanilla is a nice touch and keeps everything creamy, but I’m finding myself hoping for some spice, some fruit, something. Ah, well, plenty of good chocolate teas in my cabinet.
I think I can easily say this is the best jasmine tea I’ve ever had. The floral flavor is light, not too sweet or perfume-y but just right. The base has hay and honey notes that blend beautifully with the jasmine and enhance it—I’ve described a local restaurant’s chrysanthemum jasmine tea before, and this actually tastes something like that. I’ve never had a white tea with jasmine before, but now I’m convinced it’s the best combination for it!
Flavors: Hay, Honey, Jasmine, Sweet
Sipdown! I’m not quite as keen on this the second time around as I was the first—something about the cacao nibs, probably, because they’re not quite bitter but they’re approaching it. I still think the marshmallow/cream flavor is perfect here and it’s a good approximation of tiramisu in a mug. Mom loved this, but unfortunately it’s gone. Maybe if 52 Teas reblends it before the holidays I’ll surprise her with it—this was a rare rave review from her!
Made this to go along with my lunch today—unfortunately the lunch was disappointing, but the tea more than makes up for it. This is probably the butteriest Dragonwell I’ve had, very vegetal at the start and then intensely sweet in the aftertaste. It’s refreshing and calming, and I’m enjoying sitting here and making my way through a pot of it.
This type of oolong is becoming one of my absolute favorites. It’s so rich and interesting. This one in particular starts out like cooked stone fruits and moves more toward fresh fruit in the aftertaste. There’s also some floral honey notes that make it feel a little lighter than other Dan Congs I’ve had, but this is definitely a tea with substance—there’s a woody, earthy flavor throughout that keeps it grounded. I’m already falling in love with this one!
This is a beautiful Yunnan, and a great way to start my morning. There are some hay, malt, and sweet potato notes to start, and there’s a hint of dried fruit in the aftertaste that reminds me of dates—I don’t think I’ve ever tasted that in a tea before, but it’s wonderful. As the tea cools the malt and hay come out more, and I’m finding I like it both cool and hot.
This is an interesting alternative to regular sencha, but I’m not sure whether I like it better. It’s intensely vegetal, like steamed green beans. It has a brothy mouthfeel and lingers a long time, and I think I prefer it with food than without. It’s assertive enough to cut through strong flavors but not overwhelm them.
What an incredible jasmine tea! If I haven’t made it clear by now, jasmines are one of my favorite kinds of teas. I love floral flavors to begin with, but there’s something about the taste and smell of jasmine that I just love. This one is absolutely wonderful; light, just on the edge between floral and sweet, and not bitter at all. I was actually concerned that I had oversteeped this or brewed it too hot (it’s so hard to tell with jasmines), but this is so smooth! I would love to have it in my collection.