2221 Tasting Notes
Well, perhaps I overleafed, but in my opinion, there was simply too much jasmine in here. I have to say that the pu’erh is an interesting touch to pair with the jasmine, but I really can’t taste the pouchong at all, which is the flavour I was hoping would come out the most. I’ll try a bit less leaf next time to see if I can get a lighter, tastier cup.
The second infusion pretty much tasted just like a reasonable shu pu’erh, and since I wasn’t really in a pu’erh mood, I didn’t bother to resteep the leaves further, although they probably could have gone another couple infusions.
I was worried that this tea would be overly hibiscusy, so gave it a very cautious first infusion of only 2 minutes, which is crazy for a herbal. But I think I needn’t have been so careful – the hibiscus was not even noticeable, and I don’t think that it would have ruined the cup had I let the infusion go a bit longer. The tea tasted much like berry juice (how shocking!) – kind of like those 5 cent juicy berry candies that you can buy at a convenience store. It was actually pretty tasty! This might be one that I could sweeten and feed to the boy, if I decide to continue with my efforts to get him to drink tea.
I infused this a second time, and recall the liquor looking a lot more hibiscusy…. but I have no recollection of drinking the tea. I did leave a few teas on my nighttable over the week that I ended up dumping, and I suspect it was one of those. Oh well.
Apologies for all the tasting notes… it’s the week’s backlog that I’m only just getting to. Sigh.
Anyhow! This tea smells delicious, and tastes equally delicious. It’s possibly one of the most caramelly teas I’ve had to date, mixed with a hint of orange that’s more prominent on the initial sip than the swallow. I’m not picking up on the white tea specifically, but I believe that it’s adding some complexity here. It took me a while to figure it out, but this tea reminds me of Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog tea – which is certainly high praise! Definitely delicious. Also – it lasts for an additional infusion or two, which is great!
Delicious. I’m close to a sipdown with this particular baggie of tea… but have at least one or two more of various harvests. They’re all equally delicious, so no woes about finishing off the last of this one, since I’ll still have something similar :) I really have to start making more of an effort to brew multiple cups of this in quick succession so that I don’t waste the leaves… too often I brew it up for a travel mug and then let the leaves sit all day, and they just don’t taste as good when I manage to get back to them.
How on earth is my rating only 91? Bump!! I absolutely love this tea… I’m finding it to be one that I’m frequently craving, and have to restrict myself from drinking so that I don’t need to order more before the end of the summer. Such an amazing tea, and I always get three infusions from it :)
Sipdown! 841. Yeah… that number just isn’t decreasing. I haven’t had time to drink much tea lately, and when I do, I don’t want a sample. Sigh.
Anyhow, hot/cold-brewed this, and yuck. Hot, it is definitely reminiscent of Tropicalia, but cold, it gets quite tart, and isn’t sweet at all. Perhaps sweetened it would taste okay, but as a cold-brew, I only finished it because I was desperately thirsty for something cold right then. Dropping the rating – a herbal tea like this has gotta be good cold-brewed!
Thanks so much to Boxermama for parting with a bit of this one! This is one of the reserve offerings that I was most interested in trying, as I seem to have a taste for white pu’erhs.
I didn’t really follow any instructions for this… just kind of winged it. I used maybe about a tsp of leaf, and gave it a 10s rinse with boiling water before 1 min infusion. I have to say… it definitely needed more time. Maybe an extra minute. There’s flavour in there, and I’m pretty sure it’s flavour I like, but the cup has too much hot water flavour. And some random minerally flavour, that I’m hoping is from the water. Or something.
Anyhow, hopefully tomorrow or Sunday I’ll steep this one a bit more and see where it goes! Thanks Boxermama :)
Trying another cup of this… too lazy to do a side-by-side-by-side with the other relevant teas tonight, but I left a single cup’s worth of this one so that I can do so maybe on Sunday.
This certainly tastes different from both the Lime Chiffon & Orange & Cream I’ve been drinking lately – I can taste a distinct lemon note – but I still feel like for the most part to me, it’s pretty much just a combination of Lemon and Lime Chiffon. To be honest, even without a direct comparison I’m 99% sure that my favourite of the lemon-limes is Lime Chiffon, because although I adore lemons, I prefer the flavour of limes. That said, all three of these teas (plus Orange & Cream) are wonderfully delicious, and especially after the discovery of their amazing cold-brewing properties, at least one of the four variants is likely to be in my cupboard at all times (particularly during the summer).
Not making much progress on these sipdowns, am I? Sometimes life gets in the way… and my appetite for both tea and food has been minimal for the last few days. Ah well, still time.
Brewed up the last of this from Boxermama today as I was craving something light, and knew this was a sipdown. Goal achieved… light and tasty, a bit like leafhopper teas in its sweetness, and my stomach and tastebuds don’t seem to be rejecting it, which is good. My favourite part of this tea definitely has to be the lingering sweetness though. The aftertaste stays around forever and just seems to get sweeter. It’s really quite lovely.
ETA: Forgot to note that I brewed up a second cup almost immediately, using maybe 2oz. less water and a 3:30 infusion time. It’s pretty delicious as well – I had noted last time that I should brew the second infusion without delaying, and it definitely made a difference here. It seems that most light teas (whites and greens, and apparently this one) benefit greatly from being infused multiple times within a short duration of time instead of leaving them for hours on end before a second infusion, as I often do. I’ll have to try and work at doing 2-3 infusions of the same tea in one go more often.
Brewed some of this up today as I was craving chai, but for whatever reason (maybe I underleafed?), it didn’t work for me today. Also, I think I’ve grown accustomed to the flavour of maple syrup in my teas instead of honey; I used honey today since I picked some up for a marinade a couple weeks ago, and I just didn’t care for the flavour. Ah well. For the re-steep(s), I may just dump in the rest of my packet of this… there probably isn’t even enough left for another reasonable-sized cup, so I don’t know why I didn’t do that in the first place… (and then it will be a sipdown, woo.)
ETA: Now a sipdown. 839.