185 Tasting Notes
I think the flavor on this tea could depend on what ingredients land on the spoon when steeping.
I brought this to work the past two days and the first day it was watery chocolate and not so great, but yesterday it turned out so much better – delicious chocolate and mint, and more like the first time I had it. I don’t think the difference was due to the measurement or steep time but it’s possible – and I did drink the watery tasting cup regardless.
I had thought I wouldn’t have this again after the watery chocolate experience but after having a good cup (and it re-steeped well also), I would have it on occasion for something different and easy to have at work.
Dry leaf smells of fresh sweet hay – so comforting somehow.
Brewed, the first sip is a bit brisk but smooths as the cup cools. Flavour is bright with earthy sweet potato, and then a lingering orange citrus aftertaste which develops more as the tea cools.
Second and third steeps do not have the astringency of the initial cup and tastes even more of orange and sweet potato.
That bit of briskness is leaving a dryness in my mouth and throat- although it could just be due to how I feel today.
This is a very good, flavourful and tasty tea, and I will try it again another day when the bright citrus note won’t bother me so much.
Brewed this again last evening. Very fragrant and delicious – tastes mildly malty with bread and honey. This is naturally sweet and seems to get even sweeter with each re-steep; the fragrance is pure dark honey. So good with a bit of milk as well.
And, my husband who always says he doesn’t really like tea, had a cup, said it was pretty good and even had a second cup when I offered. Nice!
Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample.
My second sample to try from Angel at Teavivre.
Dry leaf smells of dried cherries or raisins.
It seemed to brew up darker in color than the Bailin Gongfu sample from yesterday with same amount of leaf and brew time even though this one recommends more leaf, but maybe I am not remembering correctly.
Once brewed there is the aroma of yeasty bread but the taste is light. There is a sweet potato flavor with a touch of lemon. Sweet malt lingering aftertaste.
Re-steeped for two minutes for an even better cup – smooth, mellow and balanced. Having this cup with cream – delicious!!
My generous box of samples from Angel at Teavivre arrived today – so exciting!
This is the first one I chose to try, and upon opening, the freshness of tea in the packet was incredible and lovely.
The dry leaf scent was of fresh sweet hay and barley, and once brewed, had the aroma of rye bread and honey with some fruity floral notes – so fragrant!
Taste is bright, malty and grainy with a bit of smoky pepper. I’m not sure if I get caramel or chocolate but there is something like a dry cocoa lingering aftertaste, but not dark – more of a brighter fruity cocoa if that makes sense.
This is a delicious and very fragrant tea. I did two steeps and will probably try for one more.
I’m so pleased to finally try this and am looking forward to the many more samples. Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre!
Beautiful creamy fragrance with a buttery, soft vanilla bean taste on the first steep. The vanilla fades and the floral orchid emerges more on the second and third steeps, but there is still a wee bit of a buttery feel. (I’m sure the leaves could be re-steeped more but that is all I did for now).
The oolong is well suited with the vanilla in this tea and I like it quite a lot.
A lovely pale golden cup of soft deliciousness.