214 Tasting Notes
Autumn 2014 version
Upon opening the bag, this batch didn’t have quite the same intense initial chocolaty scent as my last batch seemed to (still noticeable but not quite as much).
Brewed taste is pretty similar though, but I would say more toasted cereal notes and less cherry than the last. Still chocolate and sweet malt, and so enjoyable.
Always a delicious favorite!
First cup was much lighter in color than the second; maybe because the leaf rested in between.
Tastes smooth, sweet and like slightly leathery/earthy caramel, with aroma to match. There is a very gentle tart-like juiciness that lingers after drinking. Mellow and lovely.
Will save the leaves to steep again later.
I say this every time, but think this is my favorite ripe mandala pu’er sample so far – so gentle. :)
I picked up a bit of this to try when passing by the store the other day, as noticed that it was from India and I have not had a green tea from there before.
Dry scent is mild and a bit grassy.
Brews a clear strong yellow color.
Brewed scent is unusually floral and wine-like.
Taste is also floral and fruity like some sort of white wine without the alcohol. Very different from other green teas I have had, and there is not much in the way of vegetal or savory notes that I can detect. This somehow seems like it should be a black tea in a way, or a cross between black and green.
It is interesting and different, and definitely unlike anything I have had before, but also not a tea I would prefer… Chinese greens are my preference.
So, I had a teaspoon or so left in my tin and decided to have it tonight as my pre-order of the new batch should be arriving the end of the week I hope…it seems to be taking awhile.
I got distracted and left the cup brewing probably over 20 minutes. (This tea is great for those times as it never seems to get bitter when over-brewed). Anyway, I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to heat up and added a good dash of milk. And it tastes amazing!! Just like black forest cake with cherries and chocolate and whipped cream – so sweet and good!!
Now, I hope my order gets here quickly so I can have more. :)