3132 Tasting Notes
So! I am thrilled to have discovered today that this dragon well takes to the travel mug much better than expected! I brewed it up, poured it in, topped it off with some cold water, and drank it about 45 minutes later at my morning meeting, and it was delicious. So, I think that as long as I a) use an uncontaminated mug and b) drink the tea fairly soon after brewing, I can successfully take green teas to work as well. Exciting!
And of course, this tea was tasty as usual, although it’s getting on in age. I still prefer Verdant’s Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green to most dragonwells, just because the sweet, caramely notes are more pronounced, but this is a pretty tasty example of a proper dragonwell. It was nice to have something a bit out of the ordinary in one of my mugs this morning!
Yuuuum. I think I prefer this tea lukewarm-ish… aka after it has sat in my travel mug all day. I just finished it up about an hour ago, after brewing it shortly before 8am (so it was in there for about 16 hours). Just deliciously chocolate, spiced goodness. No regrets at all buying a 2oz. bag!
This is definitely up there in terms of tasty pear teas, but I really wish the flavouring was paired with a nice green base like Butiki’s Huangshan Mao Feng, instead of a rooibos. Or at least honeybush. I just don’t like that I can taste the rooibos here, so it decreases my enjoyment of the tea. Although this definitely tastes like bosc pears (not d’anjou, which are my favourites), I also wish that there was a bit more caramel going on here. I should give it a shot with a ½ tsp of a crème caramel rooibos or something.
Thanks again to Azzrian for this one!
blink So this package was already open… but I have no tasting note?? Weird. I wonder if I opened it and thought better of brewing it one day. Or maybe Steepster ate my tasting note. Anyways, thanks to Teavivre for this generous sample!
I need to look up whether monkey-picked oolong is somewhat aged, or what, because this tasted strangely reminiscent of the aged Anxi TGY from Verdant that I drank last night. Same sort of aged vegetal quality, and the leaves, although greener, were certainly not as green as, say, Verdant’s Tieguanyins, and the flavor was considerably different. Or perhaps it’s a consequence of taking too long to drink this…? Either way, it’s not bad, but not a favourite either. It worked nicely in the travel mug though, so I suspect I will finish it off that way. Second infusion, with the same parameters but in half the water, was equally tasty.
Arrrrrgh, Steepster. Sorry for the backlog, which I may not even be able to post….
Yum. Another tea I was silly to have given away much of before trying my own bag, as the sample I first had seemed to lose much of its flavor in transit (and then I purchased a sampler pack containing an ounce of this, which I stupidly wasn’t thrilled about!) I did use 1.5 tsp instead of the recommended 1 tsp… I prefer a cup with more flavor, and except in the case of very broken-leafed teas, I find 1.5tsp is much more reliably tasty for me for most teas regardless of recommendations.
Anyhow, it’s really hard to say whether this is actually pistachio-tasting or not; I’m personally getting more of a creamy, cardamom(?)-spiced tea, with plenty of background tea flavor. Pistachios to me are very savoury-nutty, which is perhaps not entirely captured here, but that’s not really an issue for me. In my opinion, this tea is much like Creamy Eggnog, in that there are light, creamy, tasty flavourings paired wonderfully with a chewy, vegetal green tea, a combination that not nearly enough blenders attempt. I think this is why although I’m generally not fond of flavoured greens, I do really like those by both Butiki and Verdant, as they use fresh, quality green teas instead of sticking to basic, lower-quality senchas (and if I’m not mistaken, Chinese senchas, not Japanese, which I prefer).
Second infusion, with the same parameters, had a bit of bitterness/astringency and wasn’t as tasty, but worthwhile.
Well, I feel a bit triumphant now, because tonight this one has flavour. I gave it a full minute infusion, with two overfilled tsp in 8oz.
It almost tastes like a cross between a leafhopper tea and a green oolong, but muted… (but the Mi Lan Dancong may still be in my tastebuds…) …Nope, still getting those honey notes. It’s light and sweet, and there’s the oolong vegetal flavour, though it tastes… old/stale. But good old/stale… hah that’s a terrible way to describe it. Haters of vegetal teas would tolerate this better, though.
Ok, sorry for the sucky note, but I clearly have lost my vocabulary, so it’s sleep time.
ETA: Second infusion (1 min/boiling water) was very much like the first infusion, but lighter in flavor, although unlike last time I definitely got flavor! Mostly that aged vegetal flavor, which is actually quite pleasant. Lingering oolong aftertaste which I enjoyed.
Yum. Used about 4 tsp (the best tsp one can make with such wiry, long leaves) for about 8oz., and I think this is a good ratio for this tea. It tastes much like Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong, though perhaps sweeter and less “dark”, however, I also infuse the Gui Fei for considerably longer – this cup got 45s, while I infused Gui Fei for 8 minutes.
Either way, this is yummy and sweet and I do wish I had time for more infusions tonight, but if I can manage to pass out soon, I think that would be the best thing to do (well, I have two more teas to try first).
ETA: Second infusion (1 min/boiling/half the water) was sweet-ish, with the leafhopper notes and a bit more woodiness. Still tasty. The next infusion will definitely need 2 minutes, I’m thinking.
In retrospect, I shouldn’t have brewed anything new up tonight, because I am not at all in a mood for writing tasting notes. But I did, and it’s expensive stuff, so I shall write something.
Trying this again as I wasn’t fond of it the first time, but since then my black tea preferences have evolved. The aroma from the bag was quite sweet – I think I may have noted this before, though. I’m primarily tasting what I think might be raw sweet potato. I’m not really getting much chocolate, and there’s a bit of astringency/sourness on the sip as well, although to be fair I did give this one a full minute.
Either way, it’s alright, but I’m definitely way more into the chocolatey blacks.
ETA: Second infusion, same parameters (but half the water): still tasty enough, but I’m just missing those chocolate notes. :(