240 Tasting Notes
Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for the sample.
Rinse x 2. Approx. 4g/3oz x 15 sec/steeps.
Wet leaf has the slightest hint of compost type scent initially but this disappears and switches to fruity apricot after the third cup.
First cup after the rinses tastes tart and cooling, but after that the taste becomes sweet and fruity with apricot and grape-like notes. Very pleasant hints of bitterness sort of like the taste of chewing on the seeds from grapes.
Light and refreshing, but also seems to have a peppery warming sensation awhile after drinking. Soft and lovely, with still more steeping to do.
Gorgeous leaf with sweet aroma of melon and hay.
Tastes of fresh cucumber, melon and a bit of grain/hay – very refreshing without any bitterness, and is delicious when cool as well.
This is a very lovely tea and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Thank you to Angel at teavivre for this sample, especially nice since I haven’t had a lot of white teas.
I haven’t had this in awhile and it was top of my list when I placed a recent teavivre order, and the first cup I made when my order arrived.
This is even better than I remembered! Very fragrant like clover and honey, and so flavorful with delicate, sweet pastry-like notes. Perfect and delicious!
This is one of my favorite teas and I’m happy to have it in my cupboard again.
This was a sample sent with my whispering pines order.
I knew this was a blend of two teas but couldn’t recall which ones when I made it. Right after the first sip, I knew there was the Ailaoshan black, but then also could detect keemun. Ah, delicious!
I might even prefer this blend to the straight ailaoshan – it has more grain and chocolate malt notes which meld with the fruitiness so beautifully.
A fancy and gentle breakfast tea, which would also be good anytime of day.
Quick rinse in boiling water and steeped 7 minutes in an 8 ounce mug.
Brewed color is coffee-like, and smells earthy with the light scent of cooked rice – very fragrant.
Tastes rich and earthy with a hint of sweetness that again would be similar to boiled rice.
Very nice, and I drank it with milk added which increased the sweet taste and added an extra smooth creaminess.
I think this would be an excellent and convenient option to take with you when not at home and craving a nice cup of pu-erh without any fuss.
Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for sending this sample!
This is a tasty blend and probably the best new thing I’ve tried from davidstea recently, although I really haven’t had a lot from them lately.
Smells custardy and sweet and tastes the same with the addition of apple. It is reminiscent of davidstea forever nuts in a way, but with creamy custard. I’m happy to have tried it and enjoyed the sample I had, even more so when I added it to half a cup of brewed black tea I was also drinking, as that just seemed to soften out the flavours and make it even more to my liking.
A tasty and sweet herbal blend, and am glad I picked up this sample to try.
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. :)