450 Tasting Notes
today was very stressful day. I went with my older DD to finally remove her braces. She was very nervous about the whole thing. She made up her mind that everything will be a disaster and painful experience. i made this tea in my timolino before we left the house. once we got to the office she was even more nervous and asked me if she can try my tea. She gulped the whole thing and said it was very good. i had few seeps and liked it as well. the tea calmed her down .
When we got back i resteep it. I rarely resteep Indian tea (A&D told me at NYC Coffee and tea Festival its a blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon) it was a very good flavorful resteep. Gorgeous brown burgundy color. this tea is very nice and Im happy that i bought the tin.
i had several sessions for 2 days. this tea is incredibly smooth sweet. Wet leaves have strong smell of prunes. Tastes like leather(not strong) and prunes. Absolutely no earthiness. In fact its very creamy and thick. brew is dark maroon color.
5g 150ml gaiwan 212F
rinse 5/10/10/15/15/20/30/45 etc.
rinse 5/10/15/20/30 etc
I really like this tea. Dark bittersweet chocolate and cream of wheat. No earthiness. all leaves are whole golden brown. The brew is clear copper-red color. I haven’t noticed rice notes. If you like Special Dark by Mandala you will enjoy this one. they seem related.
Flavors: Cream, Dark Bittersweet
I’m on vacation so I got some mini tuo cha with me. So convenient. This is a free sample I got fr Angelina’s tea. I’m not into jasmine teas but decided to try. On a wrapper it’s written 2002, so I assume it was pressed in 2002. Pls correct me if I’m wrong. The tuo doesn’t look green, more brown and it doesn’t have strong floral green smell. Jasmine is very soft, just a hint of it. And it’s soo sweet, no bite, no bitterness. I like this tea a lot. It aged nicely. Sadly I went on their site and didn’t find any.
It’s a sample from my recent order fr Angelina’s Tea. This company has top service. They were out of stock of some tea so they refunded the money and gave me lotsa free samples.
This mini tuo is so cute . Doesn’t have a strong smell of rosé which is a plus for me. Very strong floral teas make me sick. It is there on a background complements nicely strong prune and leather notes. I really like Haiwan recipe. Recently I read on tea chat that mini tuo are all gross. The best thing you can do is to flush it down the drain. Politely disagree. Some are very nice and super convenient on the go
Flavors: Leather, Stonefruits
Last night i got a very thoughtful gift – scale. Now I’m not going to guess how much tea should I put. it will make my tea journey a little easier. ( i want to be a tea nerd, haha)
This tea i had several times and i dont know why i never logged it.
5g 150ml 185F
rinse 10/15/30/30/45/1min etc
this tea is so complex. every steep doesnt look like previous one.
Started with faint fresh peach or apricot, some nuts. the following steeps were more intense introducing muscatel flavors. yes at some point it was like Darjeeling. By fifth steep some citrus notes emerged maybe like lemon myrtle(?)
During my session i never noticed any bitterness, i think its because of short steeps (my fave method of brewing Chinese and Taiwanese teas)
This is not an everyday tea , its a special treat.
Flavors: Grapes, Nuts, Peach