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So I guess when you deprive yourself of tea long enough, it tastes utterly amazing when you get back to it! First cup of milk oolong in a long while, and it was absolutely heavenly. This packet resides at the boyfriend’s house for the time being, which was a great thing to have remembered last night :D
Last sample from a swap with Sil. I figured I should get through all of the stuff she sent me in our last swap before we do our next.
This milk oolong smells very pleasant. Like a creamy oolong, I wanted to say there was a jasmine smell to it, but that must be the orchid.
The tea tastes creamy, milky, lightly oxidized oolong. There is a flowery taste to the tea which I would assume to be the orchid, but it tastes similar to jasmine, in my opinion.
The tea nuggets unfurled nicely during the steep, but looks like there could dbe many more steeps out of it.
I was reaching for the Laoshan Black, but then I thought to myself, “Quit copying Sil”. So I looked around to see what I hadn’t drank for awhile, & this Ceylon was it.
I’m not a huge ceylon fan, I admit it. It tastes like tea. Just plain old tea. Like the kind we all drank when we were kids, like lipton, or something. I want to dye eggs or white fabric in it. It doesn’t have all the malty, chocolatey nuances I tend to reach for. It’s a light & refined tea, & I’m into bold & deep. Ceylon is royalty, I’m a pirate.
BUT regardless of that, this is a high quality tea with a bit of a citrus-ness & maybe a little allspice. I overleafed a bit, & I think I’ll do so from now as, as that added a little thickness to the brew.
Thanks to queenoftarts for this tea! I got this tea since I love good jasmine tea, and it is my mother’s favorite tea. When I tried it, it feels just like jasmine. Small pearls of rolled jasmine leaves looked pretty. Nice, mild floral scent you can find in jasmine was definitely there with mild, refreshing and clean taste. I liked it! I brewed in just my usual pot but I think I wanna try using gaiwan next time and see how it goes :)
First tea I am trying from the returned traveling tea box!!!
It just felt like a Ceylon day, and I love me an estate Ceylon.
This one is a lot more subtle than others I’ve had, there is absolutely nothing brisk about it. It actually tastes more like a Darjeeling, minus any astringency. It’s very citrusy, definitely orange, with just a slight hint of flowers.
Very, very clean on the palate. Super smooth, too.
Wow, Sil, you have one heck of a memory! I had no recollection of requesting to try this, but seeing your post, I suspect I did :D Thanks!
Basically, I have to say that this is a decent milk oolong, but I have had better. In part that’s because this is tasting kind of weak to me (it’s possible that I intentionally overleaf when I usually brew milk oolong, and did not here, but I don’t think so). Flavourwise it is milky and oolong-y like most others, though!
We have been so busy moving for the past month that I haven’t put up any new tasting notes. That does not mean however, that I have not been drinking tea! :) I had some of this today and it was a great choice for my mood. Bold and warming and smoky.
I again don’t have time for a long tasting note but I felt I should make an appearance! Lol!
A Japanese tea to go with my Japanese film marathon (I’m currently watching Tokyo Gore Police).
The tea looks like dark green crisp and dry leaves that have been cut into small, thin pieces. It smells a little vegetal, like broccoli.
Once brewed the loose tea smells much stronger and very much like broccoli or cabbage. Yum Yum.
The tea colour is light yellow and it has a very subtle yet sweet smell of fresh vegetable soup. It tastes as it smells, very vegetal with sweetness and a little floralness. There is an edge of not bitterness but green harshness to it. It’s very nice :)
Perfect, now I feel like I’m in Japan watching the films. :)
1.25 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.
The brewed tea has an enchanting milky-floral aroma. These scents transfer to the flavour. I’m getting a heavy cream mouth-feel with floral notes in the background. Sweetness throughout. Hint of tangy-ness.
Second infusion at 4 minutes. Hint of banana flavour.
Third infusion at 5.3 minutes. Detecting the tangy grapefruit taste that I have found to associate with other milk oolongs in the past.
Thank you to Indigobloom and Sil for sharing this with me!
Thank you Nicole!
This might be the first darjeeling that I’ve tried, though I have a couple in my cupboard. :) This isn’t a deep robust black and there’s a hint of astringency. Again, i should try this with a bit of milk to see how that pulls the tea together. There’s an almost fruity taste to this as well that is interesting. I’ll be happy to try more of this later :)
Another stomach cramp :( I’m starting to think I may be coming down with something. A little tidying up is all it took for me to crave another cup of tea. On the bright side my husband fixed the net curtains that fell down months ago when my kittens realised they can climb.
I opened my cupboard and remembered my notes stating this tea tastes like mulled wine so it’s perfect for the holiday season. Brewed a cup for my husband too and he said it smells like it has whisky in it….it sort of does. Very alcohol and mulled and spicy in a marvellous hot tea way.
I had to phone in sick today at work as I have had virtually no sleep over the entire weekend and I feel like a zombie (not the fun BRAINS!!! type of zombie which would have been awesome). I wonder if I would still drink tea if I was an undead zombie? But anyway I digress, since I have had some time today now my schedule is wide open I decided to gaiwan my sample of this tea. Thank you to Pekko for including this as a gift with my order. :)
Gaiwan Instructions Tea:12g Water Temp: Boiling
9 steeps: rinse twice,20s,30s,40s,50s,1m10s,1m30s,2m,2m30s,3m30s
First Steep – 20 seconds – Strong and slightly astringent with robust earthiness.
Second Steep – 30 seconds – Smoothing slightly with strength and astringency. Also picking up a slight muskness yet sweetness.
Third Steep – 40 seconds – Slightly bitter but still musky. Very dark, very earthy.
Fourth Steep – 50 seconds – More mellow and musky but sweet, almost fruity or floral.
Fifth Steep – 1m10seconds – Much more palatable, not harsh or as strong and remains earthy and sweet with a hint of dryness.
Pictures and more details on my blog. http://kittylovestea.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/young-pu-erh-pekko-teas-gaiwan-style/
Steepster! It’s been far too long! I seem to have come across a great deal of bad luck recently. First my favorite glass kettle broke, then a stomach virus, then some common cold. Needless to say, tea has been a bit out of reach for me recently. :( But I’m back! And with a new Utilitea kettle to boot! I have a lot of catching up to do, and this sample was the first I tried when I well enough to taste “real” tea.
I thank Pekko Teas for this sample, and I must say I’m impressed. This is a tea with an awesome name and a taste to match. The jasmine flavoring is just that: it isn’t overbearing and allows the tea leaves to exert their influence wonderfully. I’m constantly sickened by jasmine “scented” teas that give me a headache and make me feel like I’m drinking perfume. This certainly isn’t one of those.
I use about 18-20 pearls in a 100mL gaiwan with very short steeps at ~175 degrees F. (5", 5", 4", 5", 5", 6", 8", 10", 14", 22", ~35") —> That’s usually the pattern I use, sometimes performing a bit longer steep for the first one to allow the leaves to unroll further.
The liquor has a medium body and a smooth and buttery mouthfeel. Prominent tastes include vegetal, steamed greens (a rotation of asparagus, green beans, and spinach throughout steeps), and honey in addition to a humble jasmine tone. In further steeps, a parsley spiciness and cool minty effect come into play. Only the fifth steep has ever been bitter to me, and it’s hardly noticeable. Throughout the ten steeps I can usually get out of these pearls, the flavor never reaches that astringent and earthy taste that I’ve noticed some jasmine greens revert to midsteep. Instead, an deep earthiness climbs out of the aromas. But with the sweet, waxy floral scents, the lid of my gaiwan smelled like planting flowers after removing them fresh from the pot. Smells of sweet, moist earth and intense florals.
The aroma of the wet leaves is top notch. It has that brilliant mixture of deep vegetal greens, sweet honey, and penetrating florals. It’s a particular scent that is essential for jasmine teas to have for me to love it. The leaves themselves are somewhat questionable to me, however. They appear a bit faded and drab, like the color was leeched out of them. The are, however, very clean: very few particles and broken leaves or stems.
Overall, a tea that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!