243 Tasting Notes
This tea smells soooo good. I just want to stick my face in it.
Tea: 5 grams
Water: 150 ml/5 oz each steep (green gaiwan)
1: 25 seconds – light, lightly vegetal, more flowery towards the end of the cup
2: 35 seconds – quite vegetal, grassy even, floral tones as it lingers in the mouth, maybe a bit buttery, lightly bitter
3: 45 seconds – similar to the second steep, as the cup cooled it became more enjoyable
4: 55 seconds – same as third steeping still very strong
5: 65 seconds – floral notes, still strong flavor
6: 75 seconds – tasty
7: 160 seconds (oops) – delicious
While I enjoyed this, I think I like oolongs that lean more towards the darker oolongs. I like the base used for some of the flavored oolongs I have which has darker brown leaves and maybe look like some kind of Oriental Beauty type, more woody.
I wrote that previous bit earlier in the session, I like this more and more as I drank. I think I like the longer steep times, they taste less vegetal. I will have to try this again! I’m not the best at gong fu style brewing, but I’m getting better. If anyone has any steep time recommendations that’d be great.
How have I not done a review of this? I’ve had it at least 2 or 3 times. This was given to me in a swap by Michelle, so thanks again!
I really like this. I like that I can drink it in the afternoon without worrying about a whole lot of caffeine, just whatever the lapsang brings and based on the leaves there isn’t a whole lot. However, what little there is brings a lovely campfire smell to the tea with hints of cherry and a honey base. Yum. The tea looks light but has a solid feel. Cara picks these blends really well, all of the ones I’ve had of hers just have perfectly mingling flavors. They are hard to describe but it works wonderfully.
Tea: 2 heaping teaspoons
Water: 16 oz
Mmm cinnamon! Received this sample as part of the virtual tea tasting, which is such a cool idea. Very generous samples as well. I also love that there are instructions for a second steeping on the label.
There’s a good bit of cinnamon taste here, which is great (I love it!). The liquor is fairly light, a sandy brown in my cup. I don’t taste a lot of berry but I think it’s there under the cinnamon mingling with the green tea. The cinnamon still comes out on top. I’d maybe rename this one to something with cinnamon in it.
I think I’ll steal this bit from Nik. I like seeing how other people brew stuff because sometime’s I’m unsure of where to begin!
Tea: 1 heaping teaspoon
Water: 8 oz