220 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Although I probably shouldn’t count it as I picked up more… a lot more in Tealux/Tealyra’s Halloween sale. But It’s not here yet so I’m marking it down.
This tea is honestly so damn good. Brown sugary sweet with notes of sweet potato, strawberry, apricot and malt. It really shines gongfu, but western brewed it does just fine too. If you haven’t tried this one yet, I definitely recommend picking up a bit to try. It’s one of the best teas I’ve had.
Flavors: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet Potatoes
This one is so yummy! I don’t gravitate toward Darjeelings, and to be honest I don’t even remember why I picked up a sample in the first place (on sale probably), but as soon as I had my first cup I was already plotting my next What-Cha order and soon after came away with a full 50g, as well as a few more Darjeeling samples. I think what I’m finding is that I greatly prefer the 2nd flush Darjeelings.
This one is just lovely. Medium bodied with that spicy note I find in a lot of Darjeelings, a lovely malty flavor and some sweet dried fruits. Fantastic. Glad I tried it.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Malt, Spices
I finally finished off my 2oz of this one. Took me ages, but it was a satisfying sip-down. I have to say I didn’t find this as interesting as others did. It was a pretty middle-of-the-road shou. General earthy flavors, but with a nice thick mouthfeel. No noticeable qi. I relegated this one to helping with occasional after-dinner bloat, rather than drinking it for pleasure.
Overall, not a bad shou. Nothing particularly offensive about it, just a bit dull.
Flavors: Earth, Wet wood
I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one as I don’t tend to love floral scented teas (as much as I love floral notes in my teas) and this one was baked as well. But I’ve never seen pomelo flowers added to tea (or anything!) so I went conservative and picked up 25g just to try. I have to admit, I’m regretting not picking up a bit more!
It’s so delightful! Light, refreshing, more complex than I assumed. Very floral, of course. Close to magnolia or jasmine but much less perfumed. A good bit of tangerine comes out in both scent and taste.
I steeped this gong-fu first and fell in love! Absolutely perfect in every way, especially the latter steeps where the citrus flower scent is lessened and you can taste the other notes in the tea. Later I continuous steeped this one and loved it as well. Less complex, but so yummy.
I just have to say how impressed I am with Taiwan Tea Crafts. Every single thing I’ve had from them has been incredible. And the free samples they give come with handwritten personalized notes, which is a lovely touch. Shipping is quite quick as well, only 2 days from Taiwan to SF customs and 4 days to my home from there. I’m desperately trying to put myself on a tea buying hiatus, but I may need to make just one more TTC order…
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
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Flavors: Brown Sugar, Sweet Potatoes
I thought I enjoyed the last harvest I tried, but this Spring 2015 is amazing! Honestly one of the best teas I’ve ever tried. It tastes so strongly of pastries it almost tastes flavored. Holds up well even in a travel mug. I just picked up another 100g but am considering updating my order to get 250 instead. I don’t think it can get much better than this
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Molasses, Pastries