1851 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, 149. Thanks to Sil for a sample of this tea!
I was interested to try this one because I’ve only had one other Mi Xian, from Butiki. I like that one, although it’s not quite my style of black tea as it is very inherantly fruity.
This one is fruity to the MAX. It’s amazing that a tea can be so fruity naturally. Definitely getting similar notes from this as from the Butiki version, which I described there as “cooked, honey-covered peaches”. I think that description applies to this one as well. There is a bit of a zing to this one; not bitterness/astringency, but a slight tartness or tanginess, like the slightly sour skin of a plum against the sweet flesh. Really, objectively I can see that this is a really fine tea. I just don’t crave this kind of fruity black tea. I am, however, enjoying this cup and I’m glad I tried this one!
Sipdown, 150! Thanks to Sil for this tea! (There’s a phrase you will be seeing in 90% of my upcoming tasting notes, since she sent me a ton of new teas). I appreciate you sending me a bit of this tea from Tasty Brew, since she made me intrigued about Rizhao teas. Not sure if this is the same as the Yeah Stick Teas version, but the pack said Ali Express so I will post it here.
I can see where the comparisons to Laoshan Black come from , because the smell is totally taking me right there. Roasty-toasty chocolate, yum. When I first sipped it when it was still quite hot, it had a nice balance of flavors but didn’t really bowl me over. Then it cooled down a bit and holy crap, sweet!! It is amazing, like molasses and chocolate. YUM. It has that flavor of toasted grains that really complements the chocolate, and which I love in a tea. I’m also amazed by how complete these tea leaves are… I’m used to only seeing complete, untorn tea leaves in oolongs, but there a bunch in this tea. So pleased with this one, and I’m glad I got to try it!
This one comes to me thanks to Sil! I figured I would get started on this giant pile of tea that she sent me with this buckwheat tea.
I thought this would brew up darker, maybe because it’s called “black”, but the liquor was a pale yellow. It smells sweet and savory, bready and nutty. It tastes fantastic. I never thought I would be into a buckwheat tea, but it’s delicious! Ever so slightly sweet and salty, like natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter on dense bread. As it brews longer, it gets more and more pretzelly. The sweetness gets more on the aftertaste, but it’s still there. What a fantastic dessert tea! Thanks for sharing, Sil. I’ll be interested if anyone finds a source for something like this in the future!
Sipdown, 122. It’s been a loooong time since I’ve had an oriental beauty, so I am interested in seeing how this one plays on my newly dark-oolong-sympathetic palate.
The scent has a kind of fruity floral that I sometimes find in black teas, perhaps darjeelings, surprisingly enough. It’s not a fruity floral that I’m super fond of, but we’ll see how it plays out here. Fortunately for me, the scent doesn’t quite translate into the taste. This has a super smooth and creamy texture that is really awesome. It’s not really roasty or toasted, and it’s not particularly vegetal either. Honey for sure, and a breadiness like a yeasty, crusty loaf straight out of the oven. A hint of fruit as well, although it’s subtle for sure. Definitely enjoying this one, and glad to try it out again!
Sipdown, 123. This is an oolong that I haven’t yet tried from Teavivre, yay!
Wow, this one smells amazing! I guess I didn’t know quite what to expect, but yum. It smells like floral candy. Not just sugary, but like actual boiling sugar, with the slight hint of caramelization and everything. My mouth is watering!
It is less candied and more leafy in flavor, although there is certainly a lovely sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste. I do get a hint of a bite, although it is different from typical bitterness/astringency. It is a sharpess, almost spicy like arugala. I brewed it fairly strong, so the bite may be a factor of that as well. The beginning of the sip is buttery and slightly floral. I really like this one and find it more interesting than most Taiwanese high mountain oolongs that I have tried before. I may have to pick up more of this to play around with eventually. What can I say, I’m a sucker for sweet green oolongs with interesting layers of flavor.
Sipdown, 124. I actually meant to grab a different sample pouch this morning, but my brain is somewhat addled from poor sleep last night, so this one it is. Another of my winnings from Teavivre’s latest fall oolong giveaway.
Apparently the last time I had this tea (probably a different harvest) I found it to be not very toasted in flavor, but this one seems more roasty in the aroma at least. It is sweet and toasty, reminding me a bit of floral honey on toast (because there is also an awesome honeyed sweeteness in this one). Didn’t get that last time… I wonder if it was my leaf to water ratio? I am packing the leaf a bit more these days, which I think is making a difference when it comes to these oolongs. I am for sure enjoying these toasty oolongs more… maybe it’s my palate changing, maybe it’s that I figured out my optimal brewing for them, maybe it’s the fall weather that’s back! Nice and cool, perfect for curling up with a cup of tea.
Sipdown, 125. One more sipdown in, yes! Gongfu session.
To me, this is a pretty nice shu puerh, but it doesn’t stand out too much. It is a lot sweeter than a lot of other shus that I’ve tried. This one is woody, with a good bit of earthiness. It is one of those puerhs that really reminds me of a barn… The wood, the dirt, the leather, a bit of hay and sawdust. And sweet. An interesting tea, but not my style. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample!
Sipdown, 126. Gongfu session earlier today.
Call me a heathen, but I prefer this one western style. It was sweeter, and I liked the layers of flavor then instead of each layer individually. I was tasting each steep individually and then pouring the remainder into a larger cup to drink a bit later, and I have to say that enjoyed the cup more than the individual steeps. But, the point is that I did really enjoy this tea! Of all the teas I’ve experienced through the reserve club, wuyi oolongs are growing on me most.
Sipdown, 127. Made strong, with additions.
I am behind by one on sipdowns and we are going out today, so I am trying to squeeze them in. This one I decided I wasn’t super into plain, so I have been drinking it with milk and sugar at home. It is sweet (duh) and nutty, but not particularly caramelly. Ah well, it was a decent tea overall.
Sipdown, 128. Ah, yabao. I know when I drink it, I am going to be drinking a forest.
It is gross out today, hot and humid. I want my fall weather, dammit. I thought maybe drinking a piney forest would be cooling. First sip of the first steep is interesting! Not as piney as I was expecting. Actually very smooth, creamy, and a bit sweet. Notes of green leaves, but not entirely in a savory way. Like kale ice cream or something, although that sounds horrible. This is not, and I’m surprised that I am enjoying it as much as I am. This yabao reminds me more of the silver buds yabao than of the older yabao that came previously in the reserve club.
A few steeps in it loses the sweetness and becomes more leafy, but it’s never as earthy, woody, or piney as I expected. This was a really interesting and lovely tea, and one I’m really glad I got a chance to try.