97 Tasting Notes
4.25 grams in 4.5 oz of water.
First infusion (15s) is mellow and sweet with notes of . . . I don’t know how to describe it. It’s not quite floral and not quite fruit. It’s like Spring earth, waking up after Winter and sending forth new growth.
Second infusion (15s) is slightly bitter with a bit of acorn-nuttyness in the flavor.
Third infusion (15s) has less bitterness, a bit of nuttyness, and an astringent mouth-feel.
I’m not really into raw pu’erhs. Perhaps if I set this in the back of the cabinet for a couple years and leave it alone it will be more to my liking.
This is my first experience with a first flush Darjeeling. I do love the soft citrus, almost-floral, sweet smell of the dry leaves. I’m not so sure about the broth flavor though. A little citrus and a lot of green grape, now I think I understand what “muscatel” means. There’s also a touch of bitterness so perhaps 200F was a bit too hot?
Second infusion is quite floral and yes, I definitely need to use cooler water for this.
Third infusion is even more strongly florally-citrus but I still have that bitterness even though I lowered the temp to 185F. Mayhaps it only needs 15 seconds instead of the 30 second infusions I’ve been doing.
Fourth infusion. I just can’t win. I have come to the conclusion that there is too much leaf in this (even though it’s my usual amount for this gaiwan) and I should just stick to using a teapot for 1st flush Darjeelings.
Not rating this because it just wouldn’t be fair to what is probably a perfectly lovely tea when steeped correctly.
I love the distinctive pu’erh flavors of loam and sun-warmed wood and this tea certainly delivers. The flavor is a bit more delicate than I would have expected though that is not necessarily a bad thing. A good mid-morning or afternoon tea.
Flavors: Loam, Wood
I ordered this as one of my three free samples and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. I love the rich loamy, malty flavor of this. It has good body to it as well and a deep amber color to the broth that I absolutely adore. I will definitely be ordering a full size of this!
I did not notice any peach or smoke flavors to this as in the description. The first infusion reminded me of green beans and autumn leaves, the second was loam and malt, the third was loam and honey. Perhaps the fourth infusion will have peach?
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Green Beans, Honey, Loam, Malt
The first infusion of this is sweet with orchid and honey notes. The second infusion, also 30 seconds, has a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. The third infusion at 30 seconds has a lighter orchid and honey flavor and the bitterness is gone. I should be able to get one more infusion of 30 seconds then I’ll start lengthening the steeping times.
Flavors: Honey, Orchids
How strange that my last tasting note two years ago was for this tea and, not even realizing it, I reached for it this morning! This is still one of my favorite teas though I do not reach for it as often now due to the time constraints of dealing with two children.
This morning I used a bit more than a teaspoon of this in my 12oz tetsubin and did an initial infusion of 1 1/2 minutes. The second infusion I’m drinking now was steeped for 3 minutes and is darker than the first. I probably could have gotten away with a 2 minute steeping time. I’ll likely do a third infusion at 4 1/2 minutes and might even get a fourth. I’ll have to update this if I do.
On the third infusion of this and loving every moment. I’m so glad I took advantage of Chi of Tea’s samples offer and if the other two teas are as good as this I will definitely be ordering from this company.
The first two infusions (2 and 4 1/4 minutes respectively) had identical color and flavor: a deep red liquor with an earthy-sweet and slightly floral orange flavor. The third infusion (7 1/2 minutes) has a slightly lighter, deep peachy-red color with a slightly lighter flavor.