3034 Tasting Notes
I received a sample of this from Mercuryhime , thank you! I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to brew this one up – it’s such an appealing dark green, and I’m fairly certain that gyokuros have that intense vegetal, beany flavour that I adore (like Laoshan green!)
Sure enough, the aroma from this one brewed is absolutely delightful! Potent and like steamed green beans, I feel like I could almost chew the tea! The colour of the brew is also a fantastic bright green (although the colour fades as the tea sits). Mmmm, yup, this one is delicious. Beany yet grassy and strong. Unfortunately, I think I gave it 15 seconds too long, which has caused some bitterness :( but it’s still pretty good.
Thanks Mercuryhime! This one’s totally up my alley! :D
Giving this one a second shot! This time I decided to double the amount of tea, and keep the infusion time the same. So about 2 tsp of leaf (it’s so hard to measure though, it could have been more than that) in 8 oz. water.
This time, there’s a definite sweet green tea aroma, and plenty of flavour. Yum! It’s not an overtly vegetal flavour; kind of minerally and sweet, a bit like a field of sweet grass? I think I may have overleafed a bit, as there’s a bit of astringency, but it’s reasonably tasty. I prefer my greens to be vegetal and beany, like steamed veggies, instead of leafy/grassy, so this won’t rank in my favourites, but I have found a way to enjoy it!
ETA: So I guess the second infusion of this was pretty good – I drank it all in record time! Yum! And the leaves survived sitting for two days (uncommon for a green, in my previous experience)! Awesome! Trying for a third momentarily…
ETA again: Third infusion is pretty light, even steeped in half the water for 4 minutes. Still reasonable though (and I’m cold, and it’s a hot beverage!) Definitely like this tea much, much better when made stronger than recommended.
Uh…. am I the only one who thinks that this is pretty much the same as CTG’s sticky rice tuocha? Complete with being flavoured by that herb that imparts the sticky rice aroma/flavour? I read through the tasting notes quickly, and only really see one or two mentions of sticky rice, which I think is really odd. I can understand to some extent how it could be mistaken for corn, but I’m surprised that more people haven’t mentioned this…
Anyways, I gave this little guy a haphazard rinse in some 205C water before a 1.5 minute infusion. The tuocha hasn’t yet fully broken apart, so I’m sure I have a few more infusions ahead.
The aroma is light and sweet and smells like sticky rice; the flavour is light and sweet and also like sticky rice, haha. It’s really quite delicious, and absolutely perfect paired with my current guilty pleasure, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme drops. (I went shopping hungry…)
The one big difference IMO between this and the sticky rice tuocha I tried from CTG/lynne-tea (or maybe it was the one from Amy oh) is that this one is clearly less finicky and doesn’t get bitter as easily. I really will have to compare the two though, because at least in my mind, the similarities are quite high.
ETA: Whoops, second infusion of this got a touch strong. I meant to stick with 1:30 but it got 2:45 as I didn’t set a timer that beeped. Still good, but just a bit overpowering. I am still strongly reminded of sticky rice touchas, and there’s almost a hint of astringency here, but I’m positive that’s because it was left a bit too long.
This one is just not as tasty when steeped away from home, in a thermos. Just, not as tasty :(
ETA: However, I must note that this one is so much, infinitely better when cooled off. In fact, it tasted quite delicious when I finished it off hours later! So brewing it up in the office was apparently not really the problem, it was that I was trying to drink it too hot! :D
Hmm. This was tea #2 for the morning, in a thermos borrowed from my roommate. I quite generously leafed my cup of tea, but still, the flavour is very weak. There’s definitely a coconutty flavour, some chocolate, and a sweet amaretto-y/marzipan almond flavour, but the tea base is just so, so weak here. Perhaps it’s because I had three flavourfully-based blacks this morning (third infusion of Verdant’s Laoshan Black, second infusion of Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong Black, and 52 teas’ Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake) that I’m finding it extra noticeable, but I was kind of disappointed. Downgrading the rating a bit. I really want to love this tea, but I think it needs a bit more background for that to happen.
Apparently I overleafed today, as this was pretty astringent for me today (though lovely flavour beneath the astringency). Buuuut it was in my Timolino, and I had nothing else to eat/drink, so down it went. :D
I think, though, that I am going to not re-purchase this one. As good as it is, I have a ton of other flavoured blacks to take to work for the time being!
I should not have brewed this up tonight, I’m way too tired for a proper review. Basically, it’s absolutely delicious, and has the same honey notes as Butiki’s Mi Xian Black (does Mi mean honey or something?) There’s an amazing oolongy aftertaste, and I pretty much love this tea. At first I expected something more like the Laoshan Black (only because the aroma seemed to be kind of cocoa-y), but it’s much different. I’ll try more infusions tomorrow, and still have half my sample packet left to try later. Sleeeeeeeeeep.
ETA: Second infusion was pretty good; third was quite weak. This tea certainly doesn’t have the longevity of Laoshan Black. I will hopefully remember to compare the last of this to the last of my Mi Xian Black to figure out how similar they are/what my preference is!
So apparently I had already reviewed this as a hot beverage. Thought I had only cold-brewed it! Either way, pretty much the exact same opinion as last time, that it’s a very fruity tea with a hint of cooling from the bamboo, and as Azzrian pointed out, it does very much taste like the tea entitled “Mango ’N Friends”, available from various tea companies. I’m getting more tanginess this time than last, as well. Although this is a great “juice tea”, that’s all it is, and I seem to be moving away from straight fruity blends and more into blends that actually have tea in them with a discernible tea flavour. Good for what it is though!