1561 Tasting Notes
Got through a bunch of infusions yesterday. What a journey!
The first was lovely, all candied nut, but with a soft malty edge.
Second and third infusions were a bit meh. Malty… which was nice, but rather one dimensional. I noticed a super mild fruity aspect, hanging out in the background. Plum?
Fourth infusion was much better; milk chocolate with a hint of caramel. Maybe plum.
Fifth was more of the same with a heavy note of cotton and dry mouth.
Sixth and seventh were a blend of everything, nothing too noticeable, though it was super smooth! I wish I’d had time for more infusions.
Yum. Glad I picked up a sample! I have way too many teas in my cupboard or else I’d definitely restock.
A traditional Chinese green tea. Mild, buttery, and sweet.
The moment where liquor first touches my lips reminds me of mountain spring water, full of minerals and freshness. An interesting contrast to the rest.
I kinda get where the plum reference comes from, but I would say the real plum notes come out in the aftertaste along with a honeysuckle sweetness. It also leaves my mouth super dry.
Ok so now I’ve had this a few times, I’m glad I got some before it disappeared. It fills a gap I didn’t know I had! Not expected but I’m ok with that.
This is a very mild blend. Great alone, and easy sipping with milk. Not so good iced, with milk sadly. I need to try it cold brewed and with no milk as well.
Will definitely have to find something to fill the hole when I eventually sip this down :)
One day I’ll post a review with actual flavour notes haha
I bought this as a sample at the tea festival, and I’m quite glad I did!
Very nice. Smooth, pungent, and a great balance. The roasted flavour adds a nice contrast to the mild seaweed vegetal notes. I wouldn’t go for this if you’re looking for a “fresh” tasting sencha, as the roastedness made it less so, but not in a lovely muted sort of way that reminds me of a gentle sea breeze. I’d buy it again, no question
This was… interesting. Certainly not what I expected. Likely because the last time I bought tea from this guy, it was an aged oolong as well. This one was much sweeter, in a more maple way, and a bit thinner… and less oolongish. Not much complexity. Surprisingly little astringency, which intrigues me. I’d buy more just to experiment!
Overall, a pleasant cuppa. I won’t rate it because it’s been awhile since I purchased my sample and I don’t have a scale, so couldn’t measure out the 5 grams.
Also… this is my first CTC oolong. I wish I had more
I was making a cuppa this, when Mum stepped into the room and looked alarmed. “do you smell smoke? something is burning!”
She was standing next to my tea. I told her to take a sniff. She looked a little sheepish :P
Anyhow. I find this tea far too plain and astringent. Adding milk and chai sugar helps perk things up! One of those teas I’ll go through quickly as I can experiment with it. This should be fun
I made poor man’s long island iced tea: this tea, lemon juice, tequila and a bit of sugar. Not bad! Me likey.
Hot, it is quite mediciney. But cooled down… oh man that was good!! The ginger and peach is a lovely complement to the alchohol part. Not overly strong. The lemon brings out some tartness that I enjoy as well. I’ll probably add a squeeze or two when I’m having the virgin version as well.
Great balance of flavours and it goes down easy. A girl could get tipsy on this. Hehe.
Aw yeah! second steep of this was so smooth.
I’ve tried it before, and it was a little meh. But the first cup was nicer than usual and I figured it’d be worth a shot, despite my sample being bought eons ago (at the boyfriend’s, totally forgot it was here).
The latest batch I have at home isn’t nearly as balanced. Ah well. C’est la vie