90 Tasting Notes
A little sample of this was kindly included in my recent order from Thunderbolt Tea, thanks guys! The leaves are large, twisty and range in colour from copper to black and after infusing they are coppery with hints of green. In taste and smell (dry or brewed) this reminds me more of a Keemun than a Darjeeling, it is smooth and chocolatey with none of the fruity or brisk notes that I normally expect. Very enjoyable.
Super toasty and nutty flavoured. You mainly get the ricey taste and not so much of the green tea. This is a great one to go with food and for the colder weather and you can easily get quite a lot of infusions out of it (the instructions on the bag recommend 20 sec steep times). On the other hand because it is SO toasty, it’s not something I can stand the taste of every day…
This is powerful stuff. As best I could I brewed it as per the directions – I don’t know any Japanese but from looking at the little pictograms and comparing them with pictograms on other packets that also had some English text, I deduced that I should be brewing about a tablespoon of leaf in 50ml of water at 60C, for about 2 minutes. I don’t have any teapots that small… An excuse to buy one perhaps..? … Anyway, so I brewed 2 tbls in 100ml water in a small drinking glass, figuring that it would be okay at the low temperature specified.
Result was about 75ml of the most radioactive looking tea you ever saw… Godzilla drinks this stuff, I’m positive. It’s a cloudy, lurid green. As for the taste, it’s strong and bitter at first, really quite a slap in the face; swallow and you’re rewarded with the most astonishing sweetness in the aftertaste. Quite addictive. Don’t drink it on an empty stomach though; it’s much too strong without something to buffer it.
Pulled out my little yixing for a quiet and restorative series of infusions of this after an insanely busy morning of baking and baby disruption (slightly more of the former than the latter fortunately). Cinnamon, honey and peach notes were, well, noted. Only had the time for 3 infusions so far but will see if I can get a couple more out of it later.