2007 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, 116. Can’t say I’m super sad to see these go. They were fairly unimpressive black dragon pearls, as these things go. No matter what I did to them I couldn’t get that much flavor out of them, or if I steeped them a long time it was just bitter. Ah well, I’m looking forward to restocking my stash with Teavivre’s pearls, which are amazing!
The third of the teas from Easy Tea Hard Choice that I ordered with the $20 credit they provided. I used my very conservative steep times/temps that I figured out from the other black teas. The liquor of this is relatively pale for a black tea but it already smells robust enough for me. Very fruity, but without that weird stomach-turning astringency that they get when over steeped.
This one is my favorite so far, definitely. It’s fruity but not overly fruity, and not particularly floral. There is a slight caramel note as well, which I love. Not astringent at all, smooth and slightly sweet. I still have to try the Red Rhythm again at better parameters but I definitely prefer this one to the Red Jade.
Had this one western style today. This definitely goes to show how much I prefer TGYs to Taiwanese high mountain oolongs. There is just a richness to TGYs; a bass note behind the florals that gives it more heft than the lightness of the high mountain varieties. When it comes to TGYs this one is a little more subdued and less sweet than my preference, although I do love the strong floral orchid notes that really come out in the aftertaste. This is quite a nice one, and I’m definitely enjoying my cup of it today.
Argh! Steepster is, for some reason, being blocked on my work network. It was on Friday and it still is today. Lame. Don’t they realize how much I need my Steepster fix?? I can still look at it on my phone over LTE, haha. So here are some backlogs from today.
I over leafed this one a bit this morning, but it just goes to show you how awesome and forgiving this tea is. There is a hint of astringency but overall it is still very smooth and delicious. I have no problem drinking the rest of my cup down. :)
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.