2367 Tasting Notes
I think I may have underleafed a bit here as I couldn’t really taste much of anything, unfortunately! I think it just tasted like a basic oxidized oolong, nothing special. I have a bunch left from Amy oh so will have to see if I can improve my brewing methods! Looks like last time I didn’t do so well either… whoops!
Thanks to TerriHarpLady for letting me sample some of this popular pu’erh! I’m not always a huge fan of shu pu’erh, but was curious enough to want to give this one a shot.
I gave it a 10s rinse before steeping… unfortunately I have no idea how long I steeped it for. Either 1 or 2 min, I think. Just no longer remember! Anyhow, the result was probably the best shu pu’erh I’ve had. Sweet, earthy, absolutely no fishiness. It was exactly what I was craving right then. I’m pretty impressed! Glad I have enough for at least one more go :D
Had a fairly mediocre cup of this a while back – the nutmeg was prominent and I don’t recall caring for the cup a great deal. Might be an age thing, or perhaps I didn’t brew it properly, as it was kind of astringent as well. Still have some left, so it will get another shot eventually!
I have a ridiculous amount of teas to backlog, so apologies. I suspect I’ll miss some too, as I can’t even remember them all at this point!
Anyhow, thanks to Mercuryhime for sending me a sample of this delicious oolong! I really should have done a side-by-side comparison, but for some reason, I’m inclined to think that I enjoyed this oolong better than the Ali Shan from H&S. I couldn’t really tell you the differences, but I think this one was perhaps creamier. Either way, this was delicious, and I’ll probably be finishing it off soon.
I still wanted bold, black tea this “morning”, so brewed up some of this, as it was the only black tea I could locate in the Butiki box that I have down here (I wonder where I put the others???) Anyhow, it’s ok, but nowhere near as good as the regular PTA. I had earmarked this one as a “travel mug tea” but haven’t been making up mugs at all lately, since I haven’t been leaving the house (ahahaha). Oh well. It fit the bill for me today!
Scrolled through 11 pages of notes on this tea to find that I haven’t tried this before? Odd, I’d swear I had, although there’s no note, and my tea swaps sheet says I haven’t tried it either (although it’s often unreliable in that respect).
Anyhow, having some Marco Polo courtesy of momo! My recollection, which apparently may have nothing to do with this tea, is that I couldn’t get the flavours out of it that other people were…. which seems to be true. It’s another case of tea that I can tell is flavoured, and find enjoyable, but I can’t really pick out specific flavours, and therefore, am not overly thrilled. Perhaps it’s an age thing, so maybe I’ll try some fresher stuff sometime, but I’m underwhelmed. No astringency with a 2-minute infusion though, so a good cup of tea regardless! (I just had high expectations due to rave reviews!)
Thanks to momo for sending me a few bags of this tea! I don’t have some love affair with red velvet cake like it seems many other people do, but I think DT’s version came out around the same time as I was swapping, and so I was curious as to how they compared. I definitely prefer DT’s version, perhaps partially because this one is rooibos, which I didn’t realize until after I brewed it. Anyhow, this version isn’t too bad – sweet and chocolatey, with minimal rooibos flavour marring the chocolate. I used two teabags for a ~10-12 ounce cup, which probably worked out well. It’s strong, the way I prefer it, though I’d probably opt out of drinking this tea again given a choice.
Looks like I haven’t tried this one before. I was in the mood for a sheng last night too, though, so randomly picked one out of my Verdant box to try out.
The first infusion was exactly what I wanted – classic “sheng” flavour, and light enough not to be biting or astringent. Second infusion is perhaps a bit oversteeped, as it’s a bit sharp, but still drinkable.
As for flavour profiles? I have no idea. It tastes like a sheng. Nuances are so lost on me, and I don’t feel like trying to figure them out today :) So apologies for the useless review! I did enjoy the tea, though!