3069 Tasting Notes
In my limited pu’erh experience, I seem to prefer sheng to shu pu’erh. Perhaps it’s just the ones I’ve tried (as they’re pretty limited anyways), but I decided to start trying a few more to figure out which I like! Also, I just bought samples of 4 more from Verdant… so it would be best if I started drinking them!
I probably didn’t brew this one completely properly – I rinsed it with a continuous stream of close-to-boiling water for 15 seconds, then infused for two minutes. The water was from a kettle, so likely dropped more in temperature had I microwaved the water as usual (yeah yeah, I know…)
Ok… this is a bit too strong for me. I probably overleafed, so likely my fault. It is, however, much more pleasant than many pue’rhs I’ve had. No fishiness, and more of a creamy flavour. Astringent though, however (but that’s my fault I suspect). I thought I had measured out about 1.5 tsp of leaf, but it was a bit difficult to be accurate, so I was probably a bit off.
Not my favourite… I’ll try it again a bit more carefully, but although it’s definitely drinkable, it’s probably not something I’d reach for. I may be offloading the majority of my pu’erhs on my mom at Christmas, as she does seem to enjoy them.
This tea was probably not the best choice for last night, given that I burned part of supper but had to eat it anyways… and of course, this smells wicked burnt when infusing. Luckily, the flavour isn’t quite the same, so it was palatable. This time, I think I may have used a bit more tea (2 rounded tsp for 8 oz.), and got a tasty, dark, woody/burny, sweet-ish mug of yum. It tasted particularly good the next day, after it had sat cold next to my bed all through the night!
The second infusion is pretty good too, almost making me think chocolatey, like a very, very dark chocolate, perhaps with roasted cocoa nibs. What’s a bit strange is that it’s reminding me a fair bit of Malted ChocoMate, or more specifically, the taste of roasted mate. Though the two are totally unrelated, and there’s no flavouring here. Interesting!
Still working my way through my packet of this lovely tea. This one, I brewed properly. It’s all rock sugary yet vegetal and absolutely delicious. Pretty flavourful, even above my little attempt at supper. I really need to get through these teas though… so much left to drink, and I feel like I’ll never get through everything (it’s true…)
I have tons of tasting notes to post… but for now, what I’m currently drinking! I’ve been craving a tasty green for a while, so brewed up two from Verdant this evening. Annoyingly, I think I chose the wrong green to eat with sprouted mung beans with lemon/cumin. It’s just too subtle! Alternately, I messed up brewing parameters. So I’ve thrown the leaves back in to hopefully coax out a bit more flavour. Totally my bad :(
Sincere apologies for this bombing of everyone with tasting notes. I’m typing things up as quickly as I can before I forget!
Anyhow, this is by FAR the best marshmallowy/s’mores tea I have had. It tastes like a s’more melted in a cup. The marshmallow is quite obvious, and even before remembering what the tea was, I clearly tasted chocolate. Didn’t really get graham cracker, but I don’t really care for them, so that doesn’t matter! I was much more concerned with the chocolatey marshmallow flavours.
Anyhow, for anyone disappointed in DavidsTea’s Toasted Marshmallow, or Teaopia’s Fireside S’mores, try this!! Definitely another big hit from Della Terra! (Oh, also I set the timer for 4 minutes and definitely went over by 1-2 minutes. Good thing these teas aren’t finicky!)
Brewed this up this morning to try and get through as many Della Terra teas as possible quickly! I have… 17, so it will take a while…
Anyways, this one smells delicious! I brewed it up (and it’s been steeping for hours, I used my Timolino infuser basket) and it also tastes delicious! A very good flavoured rooibos. Nothing medicinal, only pure sweetness and creaminess. I will admit that it does not quite taste like eggnog to me :( however, it’s caramelly sweet (akin to DavidsTea’s Creme Caramel rooibos), with some creaminess, and then a hint of spice. It’s really quite delicious. An absolutely perfect caffeine-free dessert tea, even for those who aren’t too keen on rooibos! I’m getting a little worried that by the end of my Della Terra tasting spree, I will want to purchase bags of everything … the only teas I haven’t been super keen on so far are Saveur de Paris (just not unique enough), and Chocolate Almond Coconut, which was ok in flavour but quite weak (and besides, I have some of that one left).
Enjoyed one of these with Raritea today!! I got to meet another Steepster, which was awesome. Sil and Indigobloom – we were hatching plans for the four of us to meet up for an awesome tea day perhaps in January!
Anyways, this was pretty good, although a touch chalky today in my opinion. And perhaps overly sweet. Ah well, I didn’t have to make it myself :D
Grabbed some hot-ish water running out the door to the soccer game last night (along with a mug and an infuser full of this tea), and steeped the tea at the game. Such a loser! It wasn’t as flavourful as usual because the water was DEFINITELY not hot enough (I’m tempted to say it was between 60-70C or perhaps lower, but good enough! And I kept the leaves, so I can re-steep and not feel bad about wasting tea :D