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It seems this tea has been discontinued, which is a pity as it is a surprisingly good tea. With a creamily floral aroma in the wet and dry leaves, and a light taste through 4 infusions, this was a nice surprise for me (especially as the best infusion is the last).
First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.
Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.
Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.
Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.
Another tea from this morning AND one of the teas that i’ve been trying to work through lately because i have a number of teas from both TTC and Norbu that i haven’t opened or started yet! i like the fresh and fruitiness of this one even if it’s not my FAAAVOURITE from TTC. it’s still damn good and i’m happy to have it in my cupboard to drink!
Thank you Sil!!! (173)
This was a tea that really caught my attention when I read everyone else’ reviews. It sounded so amazing and now I have a cup and I’m so excited. :D It smells wonderful.
And the taste is quite divine! Wow. Seriously, wow. I better not dump those leaves by mistake because I need to get a few resteeps out of this. It tastes really juicy and fruity and, like Sil said, just a little savoury too. It’s complex. Each sip is a little different but they are all SO juicy. OMG.
I nearly broke my finger trying to hit the rec button. (slight exaggeration)
ETA: The resteep was quite nice but the end of that cup felt a little salty almost. So careful on the resteeps!
Thanks to Sil for sending me more samples of TTC black teas! I still have never gotten around to ordering tea from them, so it’s nice to try some more. I’ve tried #147 before (also from Sil), so I decided to try this one and see how it compares.
I am out of practice brewing these long, spindly Taiwanese black teas. At one point I had a decent eye for dishing out leaves but apparently I’ve lost it. I decided to use the entire sample in my mug, but I probably should have split it up a bit. Actually a shorter steep by only a minute might have solved it. The tea was ever so slightly bitter and just overall very strong (I realize this may be how some people like their teas, haha), but I thinned it with a bit more hot water and it smoothed out most of the rough edges incurred by steeping that much leaf.
I found this tea to be overall quite tasty and a pleasant cup to drink. A bit fruity, a bit malty. I didn’t have the same reaction to this one as I did to #147, but to be fair my steeping may have something to do with it. This one has more of that character of most Taiwanese black teas that I don’t particularly care for; that je nais c’est qua, but not in a good way. It’s not enough to make me dislike the tea and I would happily drink another cup, but it’s not something I love. Glad to have tried this, though!
This tea offers a pleasant balance of steamed green beans and roasted flavours in the first infusion, leaning more towards the former. In subsequent brews, the latter takes over to the almost total exclusion of the former. A good start but a disappointing finish.
First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 75 deg., 1:30 min.
Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 3:00 min.
Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 7:00 min.
Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.
Starting the morning with this one, from a tea order Sil & I shared awhile back.
Such a wonderful sweet mouth thickening cup! I still haven’t tried this one gongfu.
I’m trying to get motivated, because one of my college students has her Senior Recital Hearing today at 12:30. She’ll play the recital for myself & 3 other faculty members. There are forms for their comments, & of course, they have to give the go ahead for the actual recital, which takes place next month. It’s mostly a formality, & I’m sure she’ll do great.
That’s the main thing on my agenda today :)
another tea from earlier this evening. I still haven’t decided how i feel about this one from TTC. it’s similar to the others that i’ve had but also different. there are some underlying notes to this that i haven’t quite wrapped my brain around. I may need to have a gong fu session to unlock my feelings on this one. still enjoying it..just….not settled in my opinion :)
Another cup from yesterday – I realised that in my effort to sipdown a number of my teas, there are a bunch that i haven’t had in a while. So the past couple of days i’ve been trying to pull out some of my other favourites as a reward for getting my cupboard down. I’ll have a few sipdowns in the next few days but mostly, i’m drinking what i want for the first week of april just to explore and try a few of the teas i haven’t had before. I have had this one before – it’s the reason i ordered another bag of it. This is a juicy, sweet taiwanese assam. It’s not bold of malty or in your face. Similar to stacy’s taiwanese assam but different – there is room for both in my cupboard. :)
I have a tendency to go overboard when I measure out tea, & today was one of those days. I over-tea-ed, & it was too potent. I divided it between 2 cups, adding more hot water to each, & then it was better, although I realized afterwords that I much prefer this tea brewed gongfu style. The leaves are gigantic, & I feel that the short potent steepings do it much more justice.
I’m trying some of this because I had to open the package anyway to send some to boychik. I really don’t know how TTC finds such incredible teas. There is an amazing combination of sweet spices in this. Their teas are unlike any I’ve had from other vendors. This is an incredible tea.
Another tea I drank yesterday. No real comments to make about it, but I’m realizing that I’m not as much of a fan of Taiwan blacks as I originally thought I was. I do love the Sun Moon Lake Assams, & the other ones aren’t bad, or anything like that, but I’d much rather drink a yunnan or Fujian instead. Just saying…
Now I have to go practice! For tomorrow’s wedding, the recessional is ‘One Love’, by Bob Marley! That will be fun!
I’m in the mood for some more Oolong, something to put my mind at ease for tomorrows doctors visit. I’m having my first cervical screening tomorrow, I’ve had scans of an intimate nature done before but those were to show my ovaries are in the wrong area and that I couldn’t have kids. My mum had cervical cancer as did my nan and my aunt so honestly I’m preparing myself for the worst, but since my husband had testicular cancer a few years ago I agreed to be on time for any intimate scan. Promises are promises but I’m sure you girls know how nervous it can be. And the guys are probably cringing lol.
Anyway focus on Oolong, my good old friend Oolong. Taiwan Tea Crafts still has this one in stock so I can read some information on it. “No other Lishan tea shines with the same purity and authenticity as this one.” Ooohhh that sounds promising :) “produced by Mr. Gao, a member of the Atayal Nation”.
The balls are a nice size with a rough average of 4mm. They are a mixture of two dark greens. They smell sweet and floral, like geranium perfume. Also getting a buttery scent.
Water : 3oz / 85ml 194℉ / 90℃
7 Grams Tea
8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
First Steep – 25 seconds
Mild, sweet, floral and mineral. Like mild geranium water spray.
Second Steep – 25 seconds
Toasted geranium and grass with a honeyed after taste.
Third Steep – 30 seconds
Very sweet and floral but more perfumed and dry. Yet still clean tasting.
Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Very perfumed and florally thick but also more grassy. Heavy perfume after taste.
Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Still perfumed and geranium like but remains pure and sweet.
Sixth Steep – 90 seconds
It’s still think and carrying on it’s flavour very well. It’s still thick yet with no astringency and the geranium is still fresh and sweet.
Seventh Steep – 120 seconds
Softer than the previous steeps but still very floral and clean.
Eighth Steep – 180 seconds
Very soft and back to the strength of the first steep. Buttery and sweet once more.
It tasted like spring water with flowers inside rather than a tea and it was very refreshing yet flavourful. I had high hopes and it raised the bar to be possibly the best Li Shan I have tried. It had little dryness despite being heavily perfumed and it left a beautiful after taste, I feel like I’ve breathed in spring!
I got this tea as part of an Oolong collection sold by Taiwan Tea Crafts but they don’t seem to have this tea any more or I at least can’t find it on their website. It would have been nice to know a little more information on this tea but never mind, it just means I’m blind taste testing.
The balls are a nice size measuring an average of 6mm and consist or dark green almost brown and medium brown colours. They have a sweet and creamy scent, also lightly toasty. Like honeycomb ice cream. :)
Water : 3oz / 85ml 212℉ / 100℃
7 Grams Tea
6 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
First Steep – 25 seconds
Subtle in flavour with strong cream tones and mild sweetness. Liners in the after taste.
Second Steep – 35 seconds
Toasted and almost wooden, the sweetness is present but now matches the cream. Also a little like straw.
Third Steep – 45 seconds
Again it’s increased in strength and it’s not focussing more on toasted straw than cream. It has a pure flavour, natural and beautiful. I’m also getting a fruit flavour, perhaps kumquat.
Fourth Steep – 55 seconds
Lightening in strength again which makes this another creamy steep. It’s soft and sweet but also now sort of perfumed and dry.
Fifth Steep – 65 seconds
Very similar to the second steep at this point. The cream is shining through again with minimal toastedness and just the right amount of sweetness.
Sixth Steep – 75 seconds
Yes and back to the first steep. Creamy and sweet and very gentle.
Overall this was a delightful milk Oolong that gained charm in the middle steeps. Milk Oolong is not a favourite of mine which could result from me being allergic to milk, but this particular Oolong was subtle and pure which I found pleasant. So while this doesn’t get top marks in terms of being an Oolong it does go towards the top marks for Milk Oolong.
Ohhh, all I can say is this is a nice, nice tea—so nice I’m too busy enjoying it to think. My gosh. I like how the brassy elements one might wish to have smoothed out in a typical Indian Assam are indeed gentled or just plain not there thanks to the (what’s often for me too subtle, mind) Taiwanese style, which in turn gets amplified when given the backbone of a substantial general tea type like Assam. Wow I didn’t write that well. Hrm. The second steep yields more chocolate, delicious.
I’ve been impressed with Taiwan Tea Crafts (and grateful as always to Steepster—ain’t no way I’d have learned of them otherwise)—I love that they offer fancier teas in reasonably small amounts that make them a possibility for me, and that they have promotions and fair shipping policies if you want to try before you commit. And even when one of their teas proves generally not something I’d reach for often given my own proclivities, I have yet to encounter any where the care and quality (indeed, the craft) in producing the leaves wasn’t readily apparent from dry leaf aroma to finished cup and unfurled leaves. And some have knocked me completely off my socks (that one Red Jade!) with qualities I’ve never tasted together in a single tea before. We’re so lucky to live in this age when incredible tea is being crafted so many places AND thanks to modern transport and the internet etc. someone in a place as un-hot-tea-focused as the US has ready access to some of said tea. AND can learn and trade notes with fellow fans to boot. Awesome.
Speaking of, the dry leaf aroma on this one is a splurge. It’s rich and grapey, deep without being cloying like so many sweet grape-smelling teas. And the appearance of the wet leaves! Big and gorgeous, with these ripples of brilliant brighter red streaks here and there. I am surprised sometimes how often big, beautiful leaves can sway me. Admiring them makes tea even more of a pleasure.
How did the day go by so fast?
Earlier I reported that I attempted a comparison between this lot & Lot 154.
That was hours ago, & although I can report that the dry leaf aroma of this one was even ‘jammier’ than the dry leaf of #154, in the cup they were very similar. Jam & chocolate! Admittedly, I was busy with taxes, & then busy with students, so I wasn’t as attentive as I could have been. I have enough of this one to enjoy 1 more time, thanks to the generosity of CharlotteZero! Thanks!
Sun Moon Lake Tea comparisons – Part 1
I made back to back cups of this one & the lot 269 version that CharlotteZero graciously sent to me, using the same amount of water & tea.
Both are fruity & wonderful, & although it was my intention to compare them, I was also working on my taxes, so although I enjoyed both cups, I can’t say that I really noticed a lot of difference, at least not in the first steepings.
In the bag, the 269 has a fuller aroma (although that may be because it is fresher?)
On to the 2nd round, which will be reported upon under the review for #269 later.
Taiwan Tea Crafts has some lovely & interesting teas, & this is another one of them.
If you’re looking for a knock your sox off bold tea, this is NOT it. But if you want something subtle & soothing, but still within the black tea genre, this might be the tea for you :)
There is a creamy quality, a honey & cream of wheat thing, a little pumpkin.
It kind of reminds me of Butiki’s wild mountain black, kind of.
Thanks to TastyBrew for including this in our latest BBBB!