233 Tasting Notes
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. :)