192 Tasting Notes
Today is my official 1st day of sampling Lapsang Souchong. i picked it up at 2013 NYC Coffee and Tea Festival. Joseph Wesley stand was my first stop. I did my little homework and was dying to try these teas. I was always afraid to drink LS because people described it as ashy smoky bitter. Whatever.
Steeped according to directions: 1tsp 8oz 195F 2min2 1/2min etc
This tea completely changed my uneducated and inexperienced mind. Its smooth, sweet with touch of smokiness at the end but its well rounded. it has this rye bread taste,sweet and toasty. i got myself a piece of cheddar since its written it pairs well with cheese. it does, but i can drink it without it. I know what would be great : toasted bagel cream cheese. I’m sure some maple syrup would make it complete. I’m going to try it next time.
Flavors: Baked Bread
I picked it up along with two other tins yesterday at NYC Coffee and Tea Festival .
They didn’t offer this tea for sampling but how can you go wrong with Damn Fine Tea.
The dry leaves are soo perfect, same size black small like lashes. They almost look plasticky to me
Steeped according to direction : 1 tsp 6 oz 212F 5min
It is my first Keemun (except blends) so I have nothing to compare.
The brew is gorgeous sunny golden brown. Smells like toast. Tastes like dark chocolate. As it cools I find it kind of salty. Am I crazy? That’s it. It tastes like sea salt dark chocolate. I’m a big fan of sea salt chocolate. Resteeped for 7min. still strong. I’m so happy that I picked it up even without trying.
i picked this tea at NYC Coffee and Tea Festival yesterday. i did my little homework before i came and I was going to pick this tea. I have several Golden Monkey (Teavivre, H&S) and I wanted to compare.
Dry leaves: greenish with lots of gold silver and hairy. Teavivres are black and gold.
As usual gongfu treatment
1 heaping TBS 150ml gaiwan 195F( I did the same parameters as for Teavivre’s GM, but the company suggests 212F) Maybe I’ll try it next time
This tea is great. Rich and malty. Not as much chocolaty as Teavivre’s. No sweet potatoes detected. But has grape notes and some slight sourness which is delightful. Some bread notes in later steeps.
To conclude, this tea is amazing. its quite different from Teavivre. And its a good thing. i wouldn’t be happy to have identical teas in my overflowing cupboard. i picked only 1oz (surprisingly they had such small amount, other vendors were pushing a lot of tea on you). When I run out of it i will definitely pick some more.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Grapes, Malt
Looks like i didn’t do a proper review for this Golden Monkey. i enjoy it a lot. Since i picked another Golden Monkey by The Meaning of Tea i want to review this one first.
my usual gongfu method
1 heaping TBS 150ml gaiwan 195F
This is very rich and satisfying tea. Malt, dark chocolate, some hay. Later steepings introduced some roast notes which are slight and quite enjoyable.
My hubby who doesn’t really know anything about tea (in fact he resists and just makes fun of me, i don’t care really) and says that its just all hot water asked for couple cups and it says a lot. Sorry for run-on sentence, my writing skills are not great but I’m trying;)
Bumping the rating up by 2 points.
i think Steepster should add some flavor description
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Nuts
1TBS 150ml gaiwan 212F
rinse 5/5/10/10/15/20 to be cont
Another delicious offering from Mandala . I have Phatty Cake but didnt have it for a while so I need to refresh my memory.
This is what i like about shou -strong clean taste, smell of leather and prunes. Rich and thick.
Flavors: Leather, Stonefruits
Last night brew.
I really like Queen Catherine and I decided to mix it with Rose Scented( too strong for my taste). 2:1 3min 205F produced delicious chocolatey rosey cup of tea. Very soothing and comforting. 2nd steep was quite good, mellow but good. I’m going to have this way from time to time for variety.
Flavors: Cocoa, Flowers, Malt
This is a free sample with my recent order. Thank you Garret!
This time i decided to brew western style.
1tsp 8oz 205F 2 min
This tea is exceptional. Sweet, full of flavor. i didnt detect much earthiness. I had it plain but it tasted like i added some maple syrup. You dont need to sweeten this tea for sure. At the end of the sip its kind of spicy cool mint.
I still have some left to make it gong fu style (my beloved method). I may change my rating, I still believe western style doesn’t do a justice to this tea
Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes
i’m so glad I picked this tea with my recent order. I didnt have a sample but had a feeling I’m going to like it. I love this tea. Dark chocolate, dried stone fruits, rye bread w/caraway and coriander seeds. its naturally sweet with some slight sour notes. Long sweet aftertaste.
Dry leaves are long and twisty and its hard to measure by spoon( I need to get scale). As usual short steeped.
a little more than 1 TBS 150ml 208F
later steeps introduce some smoke notes
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Stonefruits