334 Tasting Notes
I’m craving this again. It is my favorite from the new Zodiac series. For me it has the right balance of green/white tea + the faint taste of apples and mint. I truly enjoy this.
I’ve decided not to rate teas anymore. When I drink tea I like to go with the flow; just experiencing the taste and smell without devising some “objective” grading system: I’m just not very good at that anyway.
I’m more and more drinking Shu Pu’er. This one is particularly sweet, rich and musty with notes of cinnamon. I also like that the tea looks like some pieces of ancient tree bark.I have to admit that in the past I have been somewhat apprehensive about buying Pu’er from unknown vendors. I always admire how people buy Pu’er on eBay. I don’t know .. it just makes me uncomfortable. I’m not an expert so I need some guidance, I need a vendor I can trust and so far Verdant tea has been excellent.
Just received my order from Verdant tea and brewed this right away. So good. “… aroma of antique lacquered furniture that has absorbed decades of incense.” describes it really very well. Sometimes I like this overbrewed so that the tea gets very dark and intense.
David, thanks for the Wuyi sample. Wuyi is one of my favorite teas so I’m super happy to try this one.
I’m having this with a chunk of a dark chocolate filled with coffee flavored chocolate mousse from La Maison du Chocolat. It is over the top intense, rich and dark and creamy. It melts upon touch.
It’s kind of odd to drink tea with coffee flavored chocolate but it works very well. The extreme richness of the chocolate is balanced nicely with the slightly peppery taste of Yunnan. The tea is dark, with cocoa and pepper notes. It’s perhaps not as complex as some other Yunnan teas but still very enjoyable and a very good value too.
Why did I buy this tea? Not really sure. For some reason it sounded like a fun blend and I do not regret buying it. It does smell like blueberries and word “purple” seems very appropriate. If colors would have taste assigned to them then this is how purple would smell/taste. It’s light and slightly tart without harshness that sometimes lemony/citrus/berries blends have. Overall very pleasant.