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Clear and colorless, this tea has a dusty aroma. There is a lot of flavor for such a colorless tea, particularly in the finish. The taste is light and floral, with a viscous feel in the mouth. It is unlike any other tea I have drunk.
I’ve begun what may be an annual event: I’m trying to have one cup of every tea that I own. I do this in part to avoid spending money on tea, but also to remind myself of some teas that I’ve lost track of in one of my tea boxes. This is such a tea; it is unique, and I am really enjoying it, but haven’t had any for months.
- Gaiwan used *
I was fortunate to receive a Gaiwan for Christmas; a brewing device I have been after for for some time, after hearing good things about them. The cafetiere and tea strainer will now take a rest while I review the rest of my Yunnan Sourcing order. I’m slowly getting used to the Gaiwan and finding it very handy for brewing small amounts of leaf, something which is useful when the tea is expensive!
Summary: Yes this tea has the concentrated herbyness I associate with Menghai, but it’s a bit on the mild side. I much preferred the Menghai Dayi 2007 “V4” from Berylleb on ebay.
4g used. I could only find 24gs of my 25g order…
Dry leaf: Complex: concentrated herbyness and peppery smoke.
Wet leaf: Complex: Concentrated herbyness, bright fruits, peppery smokiness and dark plums.
5s – Mild greenness and smoky.
15s – Still a bit mild. Smoky, mild herbyness; The flavour is in the background and not very strong.
20s – Subdued concentrated herbyness and smoke. Lingering peppery smoke.
25s – Stronger. More pronounced concentrated herbyness and peppery smoke.
Flavors: Herbs, Pepper, Plums, Smoke
This was my black tea of the day yesterday for my annual family New Years brunch, which started around noon & continued into the evening. Steeped, then resteeped, it is bold & beautiful, with rich malty breadiness, & chocolate undertones. I started with a pot of it in bed to relax, then had a cup while I was setting up the food, then made a pot to share with breakfast (although most everyone drank coffee), then another pot to share over a hilarious game of cards against humanity.
I enjoyed this pu’erh but can’t remember the details of it as it was a couple days ago. I find with most pu’erh teas they just keep getting better and better on the later infusions. I brewed this one in my yixing pot but it imparted a bit of clay taste to it so I had to do some more soaking of my pot. I do remember this one being silky on the tongue with a decent apricot flavour.
You can definitely taste a slightly more wetter storage to this tea, however it is good. Brews a golden liquor and has no strong amount astringency or bitterness. Overall, a nice cup to grab during the colder months, as it does help warm the body.
Flavors: Wet wood
I’ve had this tea twice and it’s very good. It has a mild smokiness, a touch of bitterness, and plenty of sweet fruitiness. The leaves are beautiful. Very good sheng, overall. Here are some pics of my latest session:
I really appreciated cookies giving me a sample of this tea!
I have been very curious to try Camellia flowers. Mostly this tastes like white tea to me. Hay-like and a little sweet. The liquor has a very strange texture though, super thick and syrupy. Definitely interesting, but not something I’d buy in the future.
Loose compression; the appearance reminds me of White2Tea New Amerykah 2.
Nothing exciting. Ok if you want something mellow and simple.
The dry leaf has a light aroma with some concentrated herbyness.
The wet leaf aroma is subdued concentrated herbyness beneath a plum/cinder toffee sweetness. No smoke. It is a mild aroma with some complexity,
5s – It is fruity, thick and syrupy. No concentrated herbyness here; just sweet, almost cough medicine with some smoke, a little bitterness and some astringency.
10s – Some spiciness. Plummy, sweet; it makes the mouth water.
15s – It is pleasant but nothing spectacular, at the moment.
20s – It is refreshing and juicy.
Flavors: Plums, Toffee
Okay I definitely oversteeped this one. It’s wayyy too strong 0_0 I think if I steeped this right it would have tasted sweet and bready. But I ruined it…on the first try. xD Oy. Well done. xD
Steeped it again, this time for like a minute. Now it’s too light. A little bready. A little Sweet. I really need to figure this tea out. Need to get it in the middle of these two steeps >>
no tasting notes yet and this one won’t be much better because i’m on proper tasting notes strike…or at least it feels that way haha. Trying to work through some of my newer teas to figure out if there’s anything i need to reorder early in the year before the dollar goes completely down the tubes. On the plus side, it’ll give me more incentive next year to try out a few more canadian companies that i’ve been meaning too (though it’s going to mean large orders because shipping is still the suck in canada).
i enjoyed this one :)
Method: Gongfucha with 7 grams of leaf to 120 ml of water with a quick rinse
(The pot I’m using is my porcelain oolong pot with a pour of around 10 seconds, so subtract 10 seconds from the steep time to get the tea’s “idling” time.)
The dried leaves are predominantly a nice deep green, with a fair amount of lighter shades thrown in there. The smell of the leaf is roasted, It’s not smokey, but it smells like its been through the heat, which is what you’d want to look for in a light roast TieGuanYin.
1st Steep (15 seconds): The Color of the liquor is a very pale green, but the Smell coming off of it is divine! It’s roasty and has a vegetal sweetness on it. The Taste is quite light, but it is vegetal with some roast in the finish. The Aftertaste is a clean, simple, and lightly lingering toasty flavor.
2nd Steep (20 seconds): The Color has gotten obviously deeper, with just a touch of yellow added to it. The Smell has also gotten a fair bit stronger; it’s now similar to how Genmaicha smells, a little like roasted popcorn with some vegetal green-ness underneath. The Taste is sweet; the roast, even if it is just a light one, is at the forefront, with just a light and refreshing mouthfeel as it’s backdrop. The Aftertaste is definitely roasty, mostly on the sides of the tongue, like popcorn that’s almost been roasted too long.
3rd Steep (20 seconds): The Color’s slightly greener than the last steep, but the Smell shows no hints of letting up on it’s roast (keep in mind that it’s not overbearing, simply strong and present) anytime soon. The Taste has taken on a slightly fruity not, not too much though, like fruit that’s been roasted and dried. The Aftertaste is slightly astringent, I can feel it pulling on the inside of my lips, but it’s not at all unpleasant and has that nice roasty flavor.
4th Steep (30 seconds): I’m not really sure, but the Color seems like it’s gotten richer, although it might have just gotten a bit more yellow, not too sure on that count :). The Smell, though, is still that sweet roast, strong, but not overpowering, yet somehow delicate. The Taste is roast, roast, roast. I don’t think I’d like anything much more roasted than this. This, however, is nice. There’s some astringency in there, more than in the last steep, but it’s not too bad at all. I like having that light pull in the mouth. It’s not bitter, just corn-roasty. The Aftertaste has more corn than the taste, and the roast flavor has migrated to the back of the cheeks.
5th Steep (35 seconds): The Color on this is holding up incredibly well, not a single drop in shade or tone. The Smell is still roasty, but it’s starting to lessen a bit, so that the smell of the leaves themselves can begin to come through. The Taste is vegetal on the front, but in the finish it hits you with a roast that’s just as strong as the others, with no signs of letting up. The Aftertaste is still quite roasty, and the taste has come back to the sides of the tongue.
Summary: This is a good tea. And for the price ($9 USD per 50 grams) it’s a fantastic introduction to roasted oolongs. I’m not the biggest fan of roasted teas, I’ve had a few and only really liked one. This, however, has a light enough roast that it’s almost endearing. I could see how this would be comforting as a daily drinker, it’s got a welcoming roast scent and taste. Beginners unfamiliar with roasted teas would find this to be a nice tea to start wit, since it’s not overpowering. Roast-lovers probably already have some stashed away. Again, a great tea at an affordable price with just the right amount of roast on it.
So, for the last two days since having to do this horrible Ph Study thingy, I’ve been having to take pain killers 24/7 since I’m in so much pain. Which isn’t what I’m used to surprisingly. I’m using tremadol instead of vicodin today for a number of good reasons, but one of the bad things is that this pain killer is ultra sensitive to caffeine, and is easily counteracted. So I can’t drink anything with caffeine unless the pain killers don’t help anyway and it doesn’t really matter. xD
But today when I woke up I took it right away and for some reason half the time when I take it in the morning it doesn’t work. So it didn’t really work this morning and I ended up being able to drink two cups of this!
All that to say, I’m super duper happy I got to drink this finally! I have been wanting to drink this for like the past week but there hasn’t been a good moment to. But todayyy I finally could!! It was delicious as always. I can imagine this tea being a staple in my collection. Though kinda hard for it to be a staple when I’m sure the harvests change every time… Or at least have a good chance of changing. Like my “beloved” Golden Fleece from Verdant. D:
Sorry about the rant. xD When you’re feeling as horrible as I am every day you end up getting excited for all the little things, that probably just sound stupid to other people haha! :P Anyway, that just made me happy. And I wanted to write about it.
Guess having the pain killers not work in the morning wasn’t a total loss. :P
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
So got my first YS yesterday…I hear so much about their teas, And finally I decided to give in from their CM sale a few weeks ago. This is the first one I tried from my order!!
The dry leaf smell was insanely powerful when I opened the bag-very sweet, like honey. While it steeped, the overwhelming sweet aroma mellowed out a bit.
But the taste was similar to the smell-incredibly sweet. Reminded me most of honey and sweet potatoes. It has that creamy and thick texture in every sip.
Ladies and gents, we have a winner here!! :D :D Perfect tea to start the day out with! Can’t wait to try the others too! :D
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Thick
Two things I noted about this tea: 1) it’s wicked tasty, and 2) it’s remarkably consistent. I put 5 gm into a gaiwan and used boiling water. I started at 15s and added 15s each time for 7 steeps. It was nearly the same flavor every single time: mostly honey, with some tones of something lighter, not floral, maybe melon? Hard to tell. Anyway, good stuff and I’ll look forward to more steady steeps.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Melon