538 Tasting Notes
This tea smells so wonderful when it’s dry and when it’s brewed – I really get that zap of mango. For some reason, I like mango in teas, but I really have to be in the mood for it.
The amazing thing is that I barely get a hint of bergamot with this. If I hadn’t known it was a variant of EG, I would never have guessed.
The taste is a bit weaker, less fruity, and more malty, with a slight yeasty overtone that I’m surprised but not put off by. I might restock this? Maybe?
Thanks to Ost for this sample!
When I checked out the brewing instructions on Teavivre’s website, I was really surprised: 2 tablespoons for 2 cups of liquid? That’s about 3 times as much as I normally use when brewing that amount of tea.
I used up all of Ost’s sample when brewing it, and even after 1.5 minutes in hot water, this tea was DARK. It was rich, strong, smelled of malt and sweet potato and bread, and a pretty decent cup. I got at least 3 steeps out of that single batch of leaf, and the 3rd steep in particular smelled citrusy. However, I really do wonder if the western-style steeping instructions on the site are correct.
Backlog from the recent past:
I’ve had this tea a few times since I won it as part of RiverTea’s Facebook contest. When I won, I asked them what teas I’d be getting, and they said it would be a surprise unless I requested a specific tea.
You know, I kinda wish I had asked RiverTea to send me more of their Golden Yunnan, because that stuff is so good.
This is decent, but I’m not a big Darjeeling person. However, I do like it more than the summer flushes I’ve tried – it’s mild, undemanding, and somewhat savoury. I normally brew it at 85°C since Darjeelings work best at lower temperatures than other black teas.
Backlog from I don’t know when:
Hi guys! I’m sorry I haven’t been on that much. Rest assured that I’m still drinking tea.
I was looking forward to trying this as I know it’s the base green for JO’s Just Marvelous Mint Green. I’ve found the mint/green blend to taste kind of odd, and I always assumed that it was because of the steeping time involved in the mint.
However, having tasted the base green, I can attest that the weird, chemically, funky flavour I’m noticing is definitely due to the green tea they use, and not the mint.
This is disappointing.
I only have about a spoonful of this left, but I’m going to sip it down soon. Now I just have to steel myself to finish off the mint/green blend.
I tried some this morning and managed to get 3 solid 1-cup steeps out of about 1-1.5 tsp of leaf.
This stuff is beautiful when it unfurls, and the liquor is a delicate pale yellow.
However, it’s got some of that same smoky, bitter – almost chemical – quality I noticed in Teasenz’s Yunnan Bi Luo Chun. I bet this would be quite interesting as a black tea, as I find smoky goes better with black than it does with green.
Kind of undecided on this one.
Backlog from a few days ago.
I could have sworn that I wrote a note about this tea before, but I guess not. In any event, this is a sipdown!
I used more western steeping measurements and even slightly underleafed and oversteeped the brew. Despite this, the cup was surprisingly pleasant! I generally steel myself for the bitterness of gyokuros, but this was gentle and nutty. Not sure if I’ll get more, but this was a nice sendoff.