2185 Tasting Notes
This sample came to me from MissB, thanks! This tea reminded me a lot of Fauchon’s Chocolate Eclair, but on a black base instead of a dark oolong. A little more robustness to the base, but still a lot of thick milk chocolate flavor and sweetness, presumably from actual chocolate in the blend as well as the cacao nibs I see. This one left some substantial sludge in the bottom of my cup. Nonetheless, still quite tasty. Thanks for sending it along!
Equusfell brought this one and it was quite delicious. I honestly was not expecting much, not because I have experience with these type of teas, but because most green teas are just ok to me. This had a lot going on though. The early steeps were sweet and had an almost vanilla-like creamy note to them. The later steeps were more floral and also buttery, almost like a nice TGY, but with different florals. Quite tasty overall; I’m curious how this would perform as a western steep as well.
I provided some of this one to gongfu, which I had not done with this tea before. I wondered how the blends club blends would hold up to a gongfu type environment, but given that their steeping instructions were all nearly gongfu-ish, I thought it was worth a shot. I used the steeping instructions as a starting point, which was almost semi-gongfu because there was less leaf than I would normally use in a gaiwan.
This one held up well, giving lots of cinnamon sugar cookie flavor in all steeps. The last steep we had, which was 3 minutes long, was nicely bready. I definitely enjoy this tea a lot, although it is more of a fall/winter blend than summer.
Going to be better about logging all the teas that Equusfell brings to our gongfu sessions; last time I didn’t log any of the teas we drank.
This was the first tea we had. I really like Teavivre’s Nonpareil Huang Shan Mao Feng, so I was interested to try this one. I definitely got the chestnutty notes from this one, but less strongly, and it was a tad bit astringent at first. I think I might prefer this tea in a western-style steep more than the gongfu; all of the steeps seemed kind of flat and boring, but I bet they would be good layered on top of each other.
Equusfell brought a jasmine mini tuocha that seems like it’s this one; the “tea company” in this case is kind of irrelevant as the puerh factory is Lao Cang.
This was pretty good; I enjoyed this one more than most puerhs. It wasn’t very puerh-y, which is probably why. Nice jasmine flavor, and sweet in the first steep. The jasmine faded after a while and then it was mostly greenish, but with some minerally puerh notes. Overall fairly good although not something I would drink regularly. The combined steep (the “leftovers” from all steeps thrown together in one cup) was maybe better than the individual steeps, and anyway had a lot more jasmine flavor.
This tea comes to me from MissB, thanks! I snuck some samples into Equusfell’s mystery box, and she sent me quite the package. I shouldn’t be surprised. :)
Anyway, I really wanted to try some Laduree blends because hello, I love French teas, and I somehow have never tried their teas. Also I believe someone (Ysaurella?) told me that DF blends Laduree’s blends, and I am of course a huge DF fan.
This was nice. I don’t know that I would need to restock this one, but I definitely enjoyed it quite a bit. It actually reminded me a bit of MF’s Pleine Lune (hopefully there wasn’t any cross contamination). It had spice notes like a hint of cinnamon, a bit of almond, and some nice creaminess. I didn’t get much in the way of citrus or florals. Would definitely drink this one again.
I drank this tea down (and the Lychee) recently as cold brews. Rose Scented has a partial left, but it’s almost gone as well. Not that I didn’t like them as hot brews, but I just didn’t crave them, and they didn’t hold my interest as much; single flavor teas rarely do these days. They are older, and I figured it would be good to use them up. At first I didn’t think I would ever hit the bottom of the tins, but there they were! This has also reinforced to me that I do really prefer cold brew green teas at this point, although I am going to be drinking a lot more cold brew black teas in an effort to drink up older teas in my cupboard.
Speaking of my cupboard, I was celebrating a little that it was currently below 100 (97 in fact), but then Equusfell just delivered a big pouch full of samples from MissB, so now it shall skyrocket again.
I am exhausted because I couldn’t fall asleep last night (I think because of stress?), so this morning I needed a nice EG to perk me up. To me, EG will always be a “WAKE UP” tea, there’s something brisk and invigorating about it, I think. I’m still tired, but I am enjoying this cup. At first I was let down by this tea because I was expecting Shortbread to be very prominent. But it is indeed quite subtle, probably because the bergamot is super strong. Which I like. So anyway, I enjoy this one quite a bit now, since I have adjusted my expectations.
Our third and final gongfu of the afternoon. It definitely reminded me of a more delicate Taiwanese black tea. It started out with some honey-ish grain and malt notes, and by the second steep that weird fruity-floral note in Taiwanese blacks that I can never properly describe showed up. That note isn’t my favorite, so in the end this wasn’t really the tea for me. The note ebbed and flowed a bit in the steeps, being stronger in some than others, but overall it was just too similar to Taiwanese black teas.
Equusfell had a free sample of this one from a recent Verdant order and I was happy to share it with her. This tea had blown me out of the water when I got a sample last year, and I am happy to report a similarly amazing experience. Homemade marshmallows, and almond-pistachio torrone (nougat). Definitely delicious, and making me consider an order for some before it’s out of stock.