I found this cake stored away in the back of a closet recently. With longer steep times it has a slightly stronger scent with a hint of smoke, decidedly amber color, but the flavor is still mild and there is little mouth feel. It’s not bad, just bland and I can’t see bothering to brew it again.
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Very nice malty floral aroma. It’s like a cross between a mild Assam and a little Golden Monkey with a touch more fruit and very little bitterness.
Slightly fruity with a hint of cut grass and pleasant, fresh but mild taste. Very easy to drink but not really a lot of character. A couple China greens I’ve tried are really enjoyable, but some I find difficult to distinguish when tasting.
This produced a cup that was lightly vegetal with this hint of floral honeyed sweetness that escapes the moment you try to focus on it. A mild but pleasing tea that requires a clean palette and some quiet to get to know.
I found this tea lightly nutty, and mildly vegetal and sweet with some slight bitterness. It’s could be mistaken for a white tea if it weren’t for some green astringency. Very nice.
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I’ve had really good Golden Monkey from other vendors, but this one seems unusually plain. It’s malty, mildly bitter, and the chocolaty slightly floral aroma that makes Golden Monkey so pleasurable comes off somewhat bland. Possibly the better qualities of this tea are overshadowed by the lingering bitterness.
An interesting tea that has the scent of a floral Oolong, but also has a mild woody green character on the tongue. It’s not really distinctive or robust, but it’s good if you’re not expecting it to give a stronger Oolong style experience.
This is an undated second flush Darjeeling from a sample collection. It brews up a tasty medium amber cup that is malty with a touch of citrus and a faint bitterness. Overall it’s very well balanced, reliable and good.
I thought I was out of this tea, but found a sample bag of it. Steeped 4 min (usually I do 3) It came out smelling very chocolaty, with a nice robust flavor.
Brewed it a bit lighter today. Still has that distinctive keemun aroma but also a hint of citrus.
This came in a sampler I’ve been working my way through, and is probably not from this years harvest. I managed to over steep this cup, so I’ll put off sharing my opinion on it.
Drinking it from a tea thermos again. I just top it up once in a while, and I have continuous tea for a couple hours.
I’ve grown to really enjoy using this in my tea thermos.
Summer fun is ending, so it’s back to sipping and making notes about it. This tastes of citrus with some woodiness to it. The little bit I have left is older than is ideal, but still good.
I’m steeping this a little longer than normal, but it’s still tasty without being astringent. Good stuff.
I brewed a cup of this and some Special Grade that Justin (http://jushag.steepster.com) let me have, just to compare. The Imperial had a denser aroma and possibly a slightly richer flavor, but one could hardly tell. Justin said he couldn’t detect any difference, but he’s usually full of pu’.
After trying a variety of young green puerh, I thought I might not like this first one I tried as much as I once did. I’ve found that I still enjoy it’s lemony, vegetal and somewhat astringent taste.
The most overused description I pull out when describing a tea is ‘pleasant’, but pleasant is way better than a punch in the face. My sense of taste is muted today so I don’t have much to say about this tea. That’s disappointing, but still way better than a punch in the face.
The taste of this was malty, had no bitterness and only a little sweetness. The smokiness was reminiscent of Hojicha. A nice cup for someone who prefers their puerh mild.
An interesting cup. There are some bright flavors in there under the earth and wood, but you have to search for them. It may be a bit bland but it’s not bad.
This is really good.