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A lovely Mao Feng – grassy, yes, a little, but, while it once was off-putting for me, I find it quite nice now. This is sweet and delicious, with a lovely nutty tone in the background, and a hint of fruit flavor in the foreground.
Very pleasant. Very enjoyable.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this one my way.
Smooth, is the first word that came to my mind. The leaves were a silverish grey, with a little bit of a lustre. This tea was unusual in that I can give it a mouthfeel; a creamy texture, likely a derivative of the smooth taste. If I didn’t brew the tea myself, i’d have sworn that someone had put some milk into the tea. This is a tea I will return to again and again.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is an excellent Yunnan Gold. It has a lovely complexity to it. It has a sweet tone that is quite honey-like, as well as some very intriguing smoky and spice notes, and an interesting cocoa note that weaves its way through the sip. It finishes with a somewhat strong, dry astringency and there is very little aftertaste. A very nice cuppa, indeed.
Mao Fengs are a love-it/hate-it steep affair, but I mostly find them “okay”. They were the quintessential green tea that I use as a barometer for others – smack dab in the middle. This is a middle-of-the-road green tea. It has a good smell and taste, but it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. Slightly vegetal, partially creamy, and all around “eh, it’s there.”
This was more unusual than the typical Ceylons I’ve tried. The character of it was robust, malty…but in contrast to that also had a smooth, floral delivery. I attribute the oddities to the fact that it’s a low-grown, whole leaf varietal. If the initial aroma doesn’t grab you, nothing will – like chocolate-covered cherries dipped in brandy.
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!!
This is semi-smokey yet fairly rich and malty. It smells more like honey than that other Yunnan’s I have tried thus far. It’s a pretty strong one, too! The smokey and peppery notes are wonderful. As it cools I can pick up on a a chewier and sweeter taste than before while drinking the hotter version. This is a goodie!
Today I steeped it for just 3 minutes and it’s perfect. Rich, smooth and delicious. One of the maltiest Assam teas that I’ve encountered! Delightful!
There is a delightful caramel undertone to this that is crave-worthy, and a really toothsome character as well. Lovely! Yummmmmmmm!
I’m off to write a full-length review for the SororiTea Sisters blog!
PS: increasing my numeric rating too, now that I’ve found the right parameters!
What a lovely Assam! It has a rich, delicious taste with a nice malty character. I steeped it according to package directions, which suggested a 4 – 5 minute steep time, and next time I think I am going to reduce that to 3 minutes. While this is good, I do detect a bit of bitterness to it that may be reduced when steeped for less time.
After adding some milk to the cup, the bitterness goes away, and I have a delicious, creamy cuppa! YUM YUM YUM!