294 Tasting Notes
I’m going back to what I think is the second tea I reviewed on Steepster. It’s my late evening brew. Da Hong Pao. The first steeping yields a brew that brims with juicy peach flavors. It’s almost as if the peaches were caramelized ever so slightly. Retaining enough of the natural flavor of the fruit with a hint of burnt sugar. This is a very enjoyable tea.
This is my morning-noon tea. Firstly it is the spring version. In my humble opinion it is one of the best black teas I have had the pleasure to sip. I still have a decent amount left thankfully. The aroma is heavenly and the flavor is so sweet and complex. Truly a treat for any lover of fine black tea….
I am starting to crave Sheng. This is my fix today. I love that energy I get from these luscious teas. One cup and my mind is clear and focused. These are special teas. They seem to have an effect on harmony. And that is a good thing. I have a ton of samples to sip and ponder before I buy some cakes. I have to up the score on this one.
I was looking for a pick me up and I forgot how relaxing this tea made me last time. It has a nice mouthfeel and is numbing. I am sure it is numbing my senses as well. I am enjoying the heady aroma. I am almost finished the first cup and I feel that easy feeling coming on. I love the way that this Sheng makes me feel. So peaceful and at ease.
I cold brewed this for maybe 48 hours. The cucumber flavor is dominant. It is a very refreshing brew. The delicate yellow liquor is quite cooling and also truly reminds me of summer veggies that you would eat raw like cucumbers and green bell peppers. It is very enjoyable but I would suggest to myself to only brew it for 24 hours or less. It is very invigorating on this rainy day. On a day when I will probably drink a Shu or something along those lines this has provided a bit of sunshine.
It is getting to the point where I must have Sheng everyday now. They seem to provide some vital unseen energy. Brewed in the Yixing for maybe a minute or so. It is already satisfying my yearning for this mystical buzz. The flavor is presently strong and complex. My body is warming and I feel it’s time to ramble on. I can type no more….
This is another sample from Upton. I brewed it basket-style with a teaspoon of leaf for maybe 4 minutes maybe longer. It has a nice aroma and a light flavor. Unfortunately I have had some other China blacks recently that really impressed me. This is a nice tea at a good price. A fantastick “Empty Cup Aroma” of fresh evergreen which you know I love.