2196 Tasting Notes
Another new tea! One I’ve been wanting to try for a while. A Japanese oolong… intriguing!
So I really had no idea what to expect with this tea. Some sort of oolongy flavour, obviously, but that’s about it. However, this tea is absolutely delicious. The aroma is light and sweet, and so is the flavour. Lightly caramelly, a bit oolongy… enough that I would probably describe it as an oolong in a blind taste test, anyway. No astringency whatsoever, just very smooth. It’s also not particularly floral.
What’s bugging me the most about this tea is that it seems quite familiar, but I have no idea what it’s reminding me of. My best guess, based honestly entirely on memory, is that it’s like Butiki’s Sparrow Tongue Oolong. I suppose the best way to test out that theory would be to make Sil try a cup of it :D Anyways, this is pretty freaking tasty, and I’m very happy to have at least a few more cups left in this sample packet. Indigobloom – I think you picked some of this up too, and I’m kind of glad we didn’t split a packet! More for me!
Additional infusions to come :)
ETA: Second infusion, with the same parameters, is pretty good, but doesn’t beat the first. A bit more tea flavour, perhaps, but some of the delicious sweetness is gone.
Sipdown! I’ve mucked about with my numbers and such, and I’m sad to say that I’m back at 800. And I’m not even entirely sure how accurate that number is. (Probably accurate within 50… :/) Oh well. The Butiki order added ~10 teas (including samples), plus I didn’t have any of Lynne-tea’s box recorded.
Anyways, this is a sipdown, and I continue on with my tea-buying hiatus which, aside from the few samples I ordered with Sil yesterday/today, and the Pom Tango sample I picked up in the airport, is going very well. I think I may be at nearly a month? Of course, I also had about 2 weeks of not even drinking tea in there. I’m sure I will break said hiatus soon to pick up the DT summer collection + a couple others I’ve missed, but that’s kind of a given, so it doesn’t count… right?
I digress… so this tea. I’ve only tried one other Bilochun that I recall, and that would be the Laoshan version, which was pretty good. This tea seems to be reasonably comparable to it, although I definitely oversteeped a touch, so the flavour is a bit stronger than I’d like, and a little bit astringent. The predominant aroma and flavour is very green and beany, much like Laoshan green. There’s a hint of caramelly sweetness, that I suspect would be more apparent if I knocked the accidental extra 30s off my infusion time. I was hoping that there would be some sort of characteristic “ancient” flavour to this, but if there’s something in there, I’m not picking up on it. Either way, this is certainly an enjoyable tea that I’d be happy to drink again… but must remember to watch the infusion time!
Sipdown! Thanks to Stacy for a sample of this one, so I can expand my very limited darjeeling knowledge.
This tea smells lovely and sweet. A bit grapey, as I’ve gathered is characteristic. The sweetness also reminds me of that caused by leafhoppers, e.g. in Gui Fei Oolong, etc. Flavourwise, I’d be hard-pressed to identify this as a black tea. It’s much more like… a non-oxidized Gui Fei, or something like that? It’s sweet, just the teensiest touch astringent, and kind of has a hay-y sort of flavour. Quite pleasant, but I’m not sure that it quite falls into the realm of tea I would want to drink often. It’s not bad, and certainly interesting to have tried, but there’s something about that leafhopper flavour that, instead of growing on me, is doing the opposite: I’m starting to find it unpleasant. Which is unfortunate as I have no shortage of such teas. Oh well! I definitely preferred the Glenburn Darjeeling Moonlight; I’ll have to dig out the last of my sample from Boxermama and finish it off to remind me how it tasted.
Sipdown! This was the rogue sample from momo that found its way into my box of samples from Lynne-tea. Therefore, I finished it.
I was going to say that sadly, I didn’t really taste too much with this one… but it looks like I felt the same the first time I tried it as well. Ah well. Perhaps it’s a case of flavour lost during transport, or something. It does sound like a delicious flavour combo otherwise…
Sipdown! Thanks Lynne-tea!
This mostly tasted like a light, pleasant jasmine to me last night. Sometimes, I do quite like jasmine, and it really worked for me yesterday. I wish I could taste a bit more of… anything, though. Couldn’t really taste the oolong, and although there was definitely at least one goji berry in there, I couldn’t taste it either. Oh well! One more tea down, over 800 to go…
Thanks to Lynne-tea for a sample of this one, which I think I’ve had previously, though not brewed myself.
This is a lovely example of an earl grey cream. Light on the bergamot, heavy on the creaminess and vanilla; I would swear that someone put cream in my tea. No bitterness at all with a 3-minute infusion. This is pretty darn delicious – delicious enough that I may very well pick this one up as my go-to EGC once I drink down what I have (which consists mostly of small samples from various places, including Upton).
Very tasty. Thanks again for the sample, Lynne-tea! Much appreciated :D
Ha, I thought I had tried this one before! But since I’ve been craaavvviiing milk oolong for a while, and this was from my swap with Lynne-tea… I totally felt justified in drinking some. Still have enough left for another cup, too!
Anyhow, this is a yummy milk oolong, as I said previously. It has likely lost some flavour, but I’m still quite enjoying it. A big bonus here is a complete lack of that “flavoured” taste that comes through with some milky oolongs. Not to say that this one isn’t flavoured, but it doesn’t have that accompanying chemical taste, which is perfect.