1943 Tasting Notes
Continuing the oolong theme…
This one surprised me. As I was steeping the first few steeps, and then tasting them, my first thought was, “are you sure this isn’t a sheng?” It had a woody, slightly earthy, slightly mineral scent and flavor, and just a sheng-yness. Must be the aging. As the steeps progressed its TGY character started coming out, with a hint of florals.
This is interesting but not my favorite because of that aging… I’m just not going to love anything that really reminds me of puerh. I’ll have to try this a couple of different ways to see how it plays out in different ways.
Sipdown, 117. Cold brew. Um, this one is AH-mazing cold brewed. I cold brewed it on a whim because I often like roast oolongs cold brewed, although I often only have that in the context of a flavored tea. Well apparently I need to cold brew unflavored roasty oolongs more often because this was so good. The roastiness is quite low in the cold brew, almost to the point of the taste of roasted vegetables instead of a true toastiness. It is way more floral when cold brewed, which is a plus to me (although not to some people haha). Delish, all around.
I always feel guilty whenever I have one of my reserve teas western-style. But the fact is that I always prefer my black teas to be western steeped. There is something about combining all of those flavors into one cup that I love. So I brewed up some of this western style this morning, no regrets.
This was quite delicious, no surprise. Malt, grain, a bit of brown sugar. Smooth smooth smooth, with a nice substantial texture. There is almost a bit of earthy hay to this, which is a flavor I typically associate with Yunnan teas. Jin jun meis are not my favorite Fujian tea (a superb tan yang is more likely to blow my mind), but I do enjoy this one quite a bit.
Sipdown, 119. This is most definitely a reorder, even though I know it’s probably going to mean an order from ali express. So delicious! It’s tough to find tisanes for the evening that I actually love and would want to drink any time, and this is definitely one of those teas. So glad Sil sent this one along!
Sipdown, 120. Sil posted earlier about making a matcha milkshake and I couldn’t get it off my mind. So I used the rest of this matcha and made a strong matcha milkshake. It was perhaps too strong… The almond flavor in this is already excessive (the highest level), and I put a lot in (it didn’t look green enough, haha!). So there’s just a hint of almost alcoholic flavoring compound to this that doesn’t usually show up when a reasonable amount of matcha is used. Still, I slurped it down quickly. Mmmm.
I read through my previous note for this one and I really think I don’t have much else to say about it. That was a very thorough note, haha. I will say that I am going to rate this one now because it is really quite lovely. Tons of marshmallowy sweetness. If there is still some of this around when I make my end-of-November order, I will likely include some.
A while ago I cold steeped this but then declared that I preferred it hot to cold, so I never tried to cold brew it again. Howeer, I was curious so I decided to go for it, and as it turns out, it is quite good cold. Perhaps it was just a better batch this time. And the cold brew has officially brought this one down into the sipdownable category, so yay.
Sipdown, 121. I cold brewed the rest of this tea… I didn’t quite have enough of it for my usual cold brew amount so I combined it with some rhubarb vanilla tea from IKEA that I am trying to drink up via cold brew. Perfect, rhubarb and rhubarb!
This was super delicious. Although it was only one small part with the combined blend, the strawberry really came through in the tea and was very juicy and sweet. The rhubarb provided a nice tartness and the vanilla rounded things out. Yum!
I was wondering if I would be able to tell much difference between the two reserve dancongs from the last box, being that I am not usually keen on dancongs. However, I can definitely tell a difference here.
True to name, the Mi Xian was fruitier and more honeyed in flavor. This one is somewhat “crisper” feeling to me, and more floral. Learning that it’s name translates to orange blossom make sense… There is a somewhat bright citrusy note here. This one is more vegetal, and becomes more minerally and a touch stony in later steepings. I definitely enjoyed this one although when it comes to dancongs, I think I liked the Mi Xian more. Glad to have tried this!