2157 Tasting Notes
As happens with all my ginger lemon teas, I’ve started to associate this one (#69) with digestive issues and feeling unwell. Which is acutally fine right now because I ate some intensely spicy drunken noodles for lunch and I think my gut could use some calming. This is more lemony and less gingery, but overall tasty and soothing. I accidentally made it with boiling water instead of 195°F, and it doesn’t seem to have suffered. (I have done a lot of steeping of green oolongs at boiling lately, they seem to be rather more robust than most people think).
At some point the description for this tea got update to something that I’m not sure where it came from (cause it’s not the DF website). It confused me at first, because it listed all tropical fruits and such. Because while it does have pineapple in it, it isn’t a tropical tea.
This one (#71) is very floral but with definite creamy-cookie notes from the chocolate, “cereals,” and coconut milk. It’s a wacky blend, honestly. I’m not sure it works quite as well as some of their other floral-fruit-biscuit blends, maybe because of the really odd florals (i.e., tomato flower). But it is tasty, nonetheless.
I would be lying if I said I wan’t excited to get to this part of my cupboard. Almost a full page of French teas, ahh. These come from a trip to Paris I made two summers ago. They could go in almost any order but I will drink them in roughly the order I added them to my cupboard.
This tea (#72) is a long-time favorite. I love the mix of florals and fruity, and the strong figginess of it. There are seven flavors here, but I would say the dominant are rose and fig. Ok, and maybe the citrus. But on the whole the blend is amazing and always has new flavors to peek out in each sip.
I don’t really know why my pouch of this tea (#73) was totally unopened. I think I ordered more of this when I could since it was a Reserve tea, and I guess I finished off my reserve package (?). Or it’s hiding somewhere. Anyway, this tea! I think it is possibly creamier and sweeter than the other Master Zhang Gande TGY I just drank, with fewer floral and fruity notes. (I know I didn’t mention fruity notes in the review I just posted for the other one, but in hindsight, and in comparison to this one, there were hints of apricot, perhaps. This one is definitely less vegetal. It almost reminds me of ATR’s Milk Oolong now that I think about it (although I do get fruity peachiness from that one), which is a high-elevation TGY so I guess that makes sense. Anyway, this tea is freaking amazing. No wonder it was a reserve tea.
I drank this tea (#74) a few times in the last week. I had a gongfu session with it over the weekend, drank a western brew a couple of days ago, and finished it off this morning in another western brew. Every session was very enjoyable. Sweet and floral and buttery, with bit of a vegetal grounding note. Still delicious, but I’m glad I finished it up as I have a pouch of the 2014 picking too!
Ahhh, tea. I’ve been on one of those weird streaks of non-tea-drinking for whatever reason, and it’s nice to get back to it. And with this tea (#76)! It’s been too long since I’ve had LB in any form. Sweet and creamy and chocolatey with a bit of honey and molasses. Yum.
So, this falls outside of my taste-through-the-cupboard, but I wanted to have a gongfu today (it’s been forever since I’ve done one), and I have the samples I just got from Tea Ave to try. Plus I was going to play with the aroma cup, so it made sense.
Anyway, this is a bit roastier than I usually prefer my TGYs. I found their gaiwan instructions kind of confusing because besides the volume, the steeping instructions seem to be the same as the western style. So I did about 6g in a 6oz gaiwan, steeping a few seconds to start and going up from there.
The aroma cup was fun. I really got the florals in that, moreso than in the tea itself. They had a rich, orchid note, especially in the early steeps. Also a hint of charcoal and leafiness.
The tea itself is roasted to the point of edging toward bitter; not bitter as in the tea steeped too long, but bitter in a burned charcoal-y way. I got it in all the steeps, really. The flavor is nutty with a bit of vegetal notes.
This seems to be a pretty nice roasted oolong with some charcoal notes, which is not my favorite type of oolong, but I still had a nice session with it today.
I did a little switching around of teas here because I am pretty sure I bought this one (#78) at the same time that I bought the Melon Oolong.
This is one I SHOULD be drinking since it is so wintery, but I always forget about it. Also for some reason I think it is going to be smoky, but I know it isn’t smoky, so I’m not sure what my problem is. I enjoy the tea, but I never crave it.