630 Tasting Notes
Backlog from last night
Sil sent me this in a swap a loooong time ago. Don’t know why I’ve been hoarding the Lupicia teas so much. I have about half the sample left now.
I remember trying Harney & Son’s chocolate blend “Florence” a few weeks ago and enjoying that. This one was kind of similar, but the chocolate flavour was far more prominent in the scent here rather than the taste. Florence had more true-to-life chocolate flavour, and I liked the note of hazelnut there.
If I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Florence over this.
This tea makes me so happy, because I’ve finally found a yunnan gold tea with the same hints of sweetness, smoke, and leather that are in RiverTea’s Golden Yunnan! I’ve been so sad about the demise of RiverTea because it meant I couldn’t get any more of GY, and I’ve been trying lots of Yunnan teas since then to find something that compares.
So far – up until today’s tea! – I’ve been disappointed. I keep getting sweet-potato-ish Yunnans instead of the smoky, leathery goodness like this.
I am beyond the moon with happiness now that I’ve found a replacement! (By the way, KS, you should try this too!)
I also like the fact that this comes in the cone shapes. It’s perfect for a cup, and 2 cones would be perfect for a teapot. I’m seriously considering buying 100g of this – 50 cones in total.
Many, many many thanks to Dexter for sending me this in a swap. Hooray!
Flavors: Leather, Smoke, Sweet
Had this tea last night. Thanks to Dex for sending this in a swap!
The dry leaf smelled like rich dark chocolate with a hint of something deeper behind it. Almost like chocolate mousse. The liquor was also very chocolaty, but as it cooled, the hazelnut note came to the fore.
I was hoping for more of a rich nutella flavour from this, but I think I was a bit shy on the steep. I steeped it for 3.5 minutes in freshly boiled water, but I think I should have gone for 4 minutes. Luckily, I have more than enough left to try again.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Nuts
I have two little samples of this – one from a swap from Sil last summer and one from a swap from VariaTEA late last year/early this year. So I finally dug in – I had this both yesterday and today, using up the little packet from Sil.
This really does smell like a chocolaty, oatmeal-y, raisin-y, sugary cookie. Yesterday I steeped it for too long and didn’t add any sugar, and it was weirdly burnt tasting and overly sweet. Tonight though, I steeped it only for about 4 minutes and remembered to add some agave nectar. The extra sugar really brings some body to the tea and rounds out the sweet taste.
I really wonder what’s in this stuff! There’s an incredible caramelized sweetness to this that honest to god does taste like baked goods. This is definitely a tea to save for special occasions.
Backlog from yesterday.
Another tea from Dex! I wasn’t too sure about the steeping parameters, so I used 1 tsp per cup with 100C water for about 5 minutes. However, since the leaf was very fluffy, it’s possible I underleafed.
Speaking of that, the dry leaf here is lovely – consistently golden, curly little buds with a some down on top.
I was expecting the usual sweet potato profile for a yunnan on this, but what I got surprised me.
It tasted like pepper! Like freshly ground black pepper!
This wasn’t unpleasant once I got used to it, but it certainly threw me for a loop at first! The liquor itself was a nice medium gold colour, and there was no astringency that I could sense….but…pepper! I’ve never gotten such a taste sensation from a tea before that didn’t have chai spices in it.
Backlog from last night!
I just got this tea as part of a huge swap/care package from Dexter. Thanks so much, Dex! I asked her if she could recommend some smoky/leathery black teas to replace my much-beloved (and now unavailable) Golden Yunnan from RiverTea. She sent me at least half a dozen different teas to try!
This is the only tea I’ve tried from the swap package so far. However, I didn’t get a lot of smoke. I sensed a teensy bit of smoke/leather at the back, but the biggest notes I remember were sweet potato, menthol, cocoa, and a bit of fruit. Definitely sweet potato, at least.
So much tea! I’ll never be able to finish it all!