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Sipdown, 117. Cold brew. Um, this one is AH-mazing cold brewed. I cold brewed it on a whim because I often like roast oolongs cold brewed, although I often only have that in the context of a flavored tea. Well apparently I need to cold brew unflavored roasty oolongs more often because this was so good. The roastiness is quite low in the cold brew, almost to the point of the taste of roasted vegetables instead of a true toastiness. It is way more floral when cold brewed, which is a plus to me (although not to some people haha). Delish, all around.
This is a quick note as I drank this while taking care of a lot of things… going out of town for a conference tomorrow! So again a halt on sipdowns, sigh.
Anyway, this was really nice. I am really enjoying these roasty green oolongs more and more, especially when they are nice and bready like this one. A touch sweet, especially when cool/cold. I should try cold brewing this because I think I would really like it iced.
A timely and tasty afternoon tea. People have been bringing in so much candy at work. It’s the season for fattening up! I needed something light and clean to wash away the sugary coating in my mouth. This tea is perfect for the job. The peach is so refreshing and the natural tannins in green tea are great for that clean feeling. The jasmine is light. Juicy peach is the predominant flavor here, but I’m not complaining. Tasty tea. Good quality leaves. I oversteeped like whoa, but the resulting brew is barely astringent. I love teas that can stand up to my neglect. :)
There’s also that typical savory flavor I get from most Chinese greens. It’s odd next to the sweet peach but an enjoyable contrast.
In other news, I’m beside myself with excitement for BBC’s 3rd season of Sherlock. January can’t come soon enough. I haven’t fangirled so hard since I was a teen.
This tea has a sweet vegetal aroma. It is light in flavor with a hint of saltiness. I taste the vegetal green tea flavor and I also get some floral notes, too. There is a lot going on flavor wise: it has a little salty soup broth taste mixed with a floral/vegetal green tea and it still has a lightness to it.
The first steep of this tea has subtle sweet fruit flavor that manages to shine above the malty flavors of the tea. Towards the end of each sip there is a nice toasted note that I expect will get stronger in later steeps. What I found interesting is that this particular Golden Monkey is missing is the subtle cocoa notes that I have seen present in many others and I find that I really miss them.
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More nuggets of oolongy goodness from Teavivre. Thank you for the free sample.
My first thought on opening this was that it had a really thick heady floral aroma, like a tropical garden heavy with scent. The wet leaf was not as strong, but the liquor carried this aroma through big time. It’s a thick brew too, sweet and light but strongly floral. There are notes of peach in there, trying to make themselves felt, and the sweetness of the whole tea lasts well on the tongue. The oolong is also there in the background, but I felt it was drowned too much by the osmanthus. I can certainly see why people would like this tea, but it is not really to my taste. I could imagine drinking it when the mood was on me, but not on a regular basis. That does not mean this is a bad tea. Far from it. As usual, you can taste the quality from Teavivre, but alas my palate prefers the unflavoured oolongs.
Sipdown! Sort of. I’m going to re-steep this like crazy today.
All I want out of tea right now is this. It’s malty today, with a light dose of sweet smoke. There’s some citric pungency in the finish.
I still want to get that variable temperature kettle for school. I think this tea was steeped from anywhere between 195F-210F, probably accounting for the drier taste right now.
I put off opening my two sample packets of this because Lapsang Souchong is a mood tea for me, and I wanted to be in the best state of mind to appreciate it. I shouldn’t have worried.
I poured boiling water over the leaves before I realized the label says 195F, so I steeped for only 30 seconds instead of 1-2 minutes. It came out gently sweet and smokey, and whispering of pines.
I’m looking forward to drinking the rest up this week. It’s funny, out of all the teas in my black tea sample pack I didn’t think this would be the one I would want to reorder. This and the organic silver needle so far! :)
Rating: 90’s, 90’s for everyone!!!!
My first steep brewed up with a subtle chocolate flavor that was surprisingly sweet and lacked any astringency. The chocolatey flavor really helped satisfy the chocolate cravings that I’ve been having all day. Towards the end of each sip I started to pick up hints of malt and rose. I was a bit disappointed that the rose wasn’t more distinctive in the first steep, because by my second I could hardly taste it. The more malty flavors of the Dian Hong obscured the rose as they began to develop more. There is still a slight sweetness to the second steep, but it doesn’t stand out nearly as much as it did previously.
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