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Recent Tasting Notes
Buoyed by Dexter’s glowing review of this tea, I finally drank this tea last night.
It has quite a lovely rich, warm flavour. The first steep tasted a little like Chinese grocery store oolong in the orange tin if perhaps a little less nutty but subsequent steeps were much rounder, and richer in flavour with good roasted charred notes, balanced with caramel, cinnamon, stewed black cherries and apricots, cocoa, fall leaves, vanilla cream, and mineral notes. The first steep does have that odd mauvish colour that Dexter noted. Pretty tasty if you like dark roast teas.
The dry leaf is like the picture appearing very dark brown to black. They are heavily charred. The tea was well packaged as the nuggets remain solid and tightly wrapped in shape as I think the level of roasting may make them prone to crumbling.I steeped the tea 9 times at @95°C after a rinse (40, 35,40,50,70,90,150s, 4min, 6 min), 1.5 TSP in 170ml Taiwan.
The broth was a eddish grey tinged brown for first steep, more red tinged golden brown for others.
40s. Scent Charcoal tinged roasted grain note, caramel, sweet dried apricot mixed with cherry and plum, hint of fall leaves spice note
Taste Toasted grains up front opening to brown sugar caramel note, hints of fruit and leaves layered in bbetween, bitter cocoa mixes with sweet sugar in the aftertaste. black cherry like fruit note becomes stronger as it cools and charcoal moves to the background.
35s scent roasted note, caramel over cherry with cinnamon, cocoa, fall leaves.
Taste Roasted note blended with much stronger cocoa note and fall leaves, over caramel, stewed black cherry and cinnamon.
40s scent. fruit, spice and caramel, moving to the front combined with the cocoa, roasted note moving into background
Taste Caramel, cocoa, with roasted notes over stewed cherries and cinnamon, leaf note gone.
50s. Taste Roasted note caramel cocoa, fruit heading more to dried apricot.
70s taste . Roasted grain, cocoa, caramel, joint of warm fruit with cinnamon. Black liquorice tone in aftertaste.
90s. Taste same as above with a little vanilla cream and the caramel notes are mellowing, but the tea is quite sweet, with a hint of roasted ash note, less fruit, and more cream, cocoa and mineral notes
150 taste sweet notes fading, roasted grain notes, cream, and mineral notes, with fading caramel and cocoa.
5min taste cream, cocoa,roasted,notes,vanilla, caramel., mineral note.
6min taste continuing to fade but still flavourful.
The spent leaves are charred in such away that even though they have unwound the blades remain mostly wound and are curly not flat leaves are dark chocolate brown.
A really nice warm tasting tea!
I’m really in love with this tea. If you weren’t told it was an oolong, you would never guess. It kind of reminds me of a Yunnan Gold/Red.
If you brew hotter and longer, you get more spice. But I brewed about 185 in gaiwan, short steeps. Then I slowly increased time and temp with every 4 or 5 steeps.
The liquor is just gorgeous, especially once the leaves open up. The scent of the wet leaves is just intoxicating. Get a lot of prune, malt, honey, and hint of spice, like a cinnamon.
Flavor is great, really rich and luxurious. There’s a sweetness to it, but little kick of spice as well. It peaked for me about steep 4 or 5 in 100ml gaiwan. But I still got about 12 solid steeps from it. After the 5th or so, it becomes more one note, sometimes more honey, sometimes more spice.
Just a great tea. Real high quality leaves. Very happy, and great price. I’ve paid a lot more for much less.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt
Tea #35 from Considering a new TTB
Dark oolongs aren’t normally among my favorites, but this tea caught me by surprise. Instead of being deep and roasted, it was rather lightly flavored and reminded me somewhat of apples and honey, with only a subtle roasted flavor noticeable in the background. It’s such an interesting tea, I’m glad I decided to be a bit of a glutton and make a whole pot of it. What I don’t finish off tonight, I’ll be able to drink iced tomorrow. This seems like it would make an excellent iced tea.
This tea will not be continuing on, I finished off the last of it.
Upped the gram to water 7g/12oz and time (4 mins) which finally resulted in the taste and energy(weirdly enough because it seems to have zero bitterness) I was looking for. More of the flavor came through and I finally tasted the herbaceous brininess I smelled in the dry leaves. The more I drink this tea the more I like it.
Smells like pasta sauce…. the herbs in a red sauce that is and literally every time I smelll it I crave pasta and starch. Back to to the tea though it’s a very light flavor (never goes bitter boiling water for 20+ mins still smooth) it travels well since it can not be over brewed and seems to possess very little caffeine (not bitter at all nor does it give me an energizing “buzz”). So depending on what you are looking for in a green tea not bad.
Overall all it was an impulse buy, it being cheap and I have never tried taiwanese green tea before but I wasn’t that blown away I will try gongfu since it is actually a green heart cultivar so maybe I can get some body out of it if I use boiling water and high leaf to water ratio but until I get anything striking it will just be my buffer tea to drink in between stronger teas.
I am sick but I smelled a very strong food aroma that was familiar. It reminded me of the mixed herbs in a pasta sauce with a slight hint of briny seafood broth at the end.
Reminder I have a cold
Very light green similar to sencha color but lighter with a touch of yellow.
Taste was very light as well but 0 astringency (even after throwing boiling water on it) very refreshing tasted similar to a cold brewed sencha but even lighter more floral and more briny.
Will come back to this one when I am not sick and have taste buds.
Flavors: Asparagus, Fish Broth, Seaweed
Tea #31 from Considering a new TTB
This is another company that I’ve been meaning to place an order with, Dr Jim introduced me to them in another TTB I was a part of last year and I fell in love with several of their teas. This is one I haven’t had a chance to try yet and ended up being exactly what I was looking for this morning. I’ve been craving something sweet and this has a sweetness to it that tastes almost like peaches. I may consider ordering some of this in the future, I really enjoyed it.
This is a real “cover-all-the-bases” black/dark oolong, being slightly fruity, malty, sweet, floral, as well as roasted. A great choice for those who like a bit of everything, but not for those who look for prominent flavours.
First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.
Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 3:00 min.
Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.
Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.
This was the first oolong I bought online. I got it because it was on sale for $7. i was surprised about the quality of this light and refreshing oolong. It smells like sweet corn and has crisp feeling that reminds me of that feeling when I bite into a fresh white peach.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Flowers, Honeydew, Peach, Tannin
This was my first roasted oolong. The dry leaves smell like hay and are wrapped very tightly. The first 2 – 3 steeps are very fragrant with notes of barley, raw almonds, and raw honey. The following steeps reveal more of the roasted notes and complex flavors, which gradually decreases with each steep, yet still leaving a sweet aftertaste. i use a yixing teapot, but I imagine it tasting different with a gaiwan. This was so reasonably priced that I’m considering to buy another pack.
Flavors: Chestnut, Cinnamon, Honey, Hops, Roasted Barley, Tannin
I’ve been drinking this on and off at work for about a week now. This is FANTASTIC.
It’s dark and roasty, with out being in your face smoky. I don’t what else to say about it. It’s good, really good – up there with the best of the best oolongs I’ve tried. This is probably my 2nd favorite dark oolong. (Not quite sure why, but the liquid is a bit purple – a hint of mauve – very unusual, pretty cool)
Thank you so much yyz for sending me this sample.
A sweet tea that has the buttery characteristics of gaoshan. Smells of butter and maple syrup. Very full mouthfeel. Be careful when brewing as it can become quite astringent if over steeped.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Honey, Mineral
A very nice crisp citrusy and sweet cup. There is a nice balance of contrasting astringency and honey, citrus sweetness – kumquats come to mind while I sip away. I’m currently discovering a numbing sensation to the roof of my mouth and sides of the tongue. There are some faint floral notes after you get past steeping 4. I’ll need to try this one at a lower temp later on and try to pull more perspective from it total capabilities. Pretty great start for a Saturday morning (now afternoon:)!
I’m writing this review though it will most likely be short thanks to this bitch of a migraine that has been with me all day. I’ve only just began to think properly and the pain is minimal, still I am trying my best to write this review effectively.
The loose Oolong balls are small in size and have a dry, floral and light mineral scent.
My first steep is delicate with a sweet yet dry floral flavour pretty much matching it’s raw scent. There are also essences of mineral, butter, honeysuckle and grass.
Personally it’s a little too delicate for my usual Oolong mood, I will have to try it again when my mind is clearer but so far I am not impressed with this tea. Rating as top end of average for now.