2126 Tasting Notes
I feel bad that I’ve had this sample for a long time now and I’ve never reviewed it. I don’t know why, I have no excuse, but that’s just how it is. It has been sealed in an airtight bag this entire time, so I’m hoping it won’t have suffered.
So, interestingly, I assumed that these were jasmine and was shocked that there was no jasmine scent or flavor in the tea. Good thing I glanced at some reviews before posting because I learned that no, these were not jasmine pearls at all, but rather just pearled green tea.
Well, in that case, my review is different. I’m still not going to rate this because it is pretty old and I don’t know how the flavor may have change over time. This is an interesting tea, but I’m not a huge fan of the flavor. Green tea, but with almost a sour note. Not really one I will reach for again, so it will go up for sale if someone wants it.
So I am cheating a little bit because the next teas in my stash are a bunch of matchas, but I drink almost all of my tea at work except for matcha, so tasting through them is going to have to wait for the weekend or something. For now I am skipping over them.
I have given samples of this tea to a lot of people, but I rarely drink it myself. It’s not a bad tea, but like it’s name it’s a little generic, and there are other congou (gongfu) black teas from Fujian that I prefer. That said, I brewed it a little rougher today, and it’s got a lot more character. More grains, more molasses, more overall tastiness. I don’t have a ton of this left but I will have to remember to brew it this way with what I have left.
Oh Laoshan Black, you are so delicious and sweet. You make me feel like I am drinking something way more indulgent than a cup of tea. This tea makes me suspicious that you have been hanging out with bergamot and rose because I can still smell their faint perfume on your clothes. You rapscallion! I guess that’s what I get for drinking a tea that is so alluring to everyone.
Mmmm, it’s so nice when a tea ages well. This one is one of those! Still lovely jasmine, with a nice substantial white base. I brewed it a little hotter today just to see how it behaved and I think I like it this way best. I love a white tea brewed at 190°F–195°F, where it has more body and flavor. This cup was sweeter, and even slightly creamy in texture. I slurped this one down super fast!
Ok, back to my chronological cupboard tasting. Next we have a Verdant order, apparently, as the next teas are all Verdant. :)
This is still probably my favorite Yunnan golden buds-style tea. I was going to say Yunnan tea in general, but I remembered that the Fengqing Black Dragon Pearls are Yunnan, and those are up there for me too. I hoard this, but new harvests do come around with some regularity (there is a new one up for preorder now) so I probably should drink it more often. A lovely honeyed, sweet potato-y Yunnan black tea.
This has been a fairly bad tea weekend, just in that I haven’t drank hardly any at all, and I forgot the bag of teas that I was planning on bringing home to continue my chronological cupboard tasting. I did have some genmaicha yesterday at a Korean restaurant, and this morning I decided to just have this tea.
Good decision, as this tea is delicious and comforting. Even after it has gone stone cold (distracted by vacuuming… see what I mean about bad tea weekend?) it is quite tasty. Hazelnut and vanilla is a wonderous combination!
Flavors: Nuts, Vanilla
This one is out of place in my cupboard (a page later than it should be), but it was obtained at the same time as the previous two teas, so I’m having it now.
This particular cup is made from half a pouch (the tea was doled into vacuum sealed ~5g pouches at purchase) that has been open for a while, so it may be a little lackluster. It does seem a bit off for some reason… steep time or temp? There are more vegetal notes, and they are swamping some of the floral fruitiness. Still, a delicious cup of TGY.
From the same tea vendor as the tan yan. This is the most jasmine-y tea that I’ve ever tried that isn’t a pearl. I like how the leaves are slightly curled. Fortunately, this tea is still really floral and lovely even though it is 2 years old. I guess it helps that the tea was super duper fresh when I got it!
By now in the journey we have reached March-April of 2012, my trip to China, which is when this tea (and the next) was acquired.
This is still my favorite tan yang, although I have been casually looking for a close replacement. There is something special about this one, though; it’s sweeter, more caramelly, more delicious somehow. What a lucky score from Maliandao in Beijing.
Wow I have been bad about logging teas lately. I blame my recent knitting obsession. I drank this one yesterday afternoon.
Another old favorite, and thankfully one that is still full of flavor and body. I remember how much I love this tea. It seems like it’s a lovely unflavored black tea with natural chocolate notes, but it’s actually a lovely (high quality) black tea, possibly with some natural chocolate notes, but with added chocolate as well. Still my favorite flavored chocolate tea!