1296 Tasting Notes
The picture looks lighter and greener than this did in my spoon. Maybe I should add more light. OK, so my first unflavored bao zhong. I never know how I am going to respond to an oolong. There is no pattern to my likes and dislikes that I can figure out. This one I really liked. Sweet, floral (but not in your face floral) like lilac or light rose, and unexpected melon notes. It becomes more creamy as it cools . Something I didn’t note on my blog, as I just caught it while typing this – there is a darker earthy flavor that pop up as it cools even further, it is like a hint of roasted flavor. This is a really nice cup of yum.
158 F is a little tough to do for me, so I am pretty sure I just used the lowest setting on my kettle previously (175 F). Today I stood by the kettle and watched as the temperature gauge started to rise. Just before it read 158 I turned it off and poured. I really did not think it would make much difference as I really liked this before. It definitely did make a difference. The wet leaf has the typical steamed spinach aroma at first then suddenly blossoms with a very green vine like scent. I inhaled twice. It is an instantly recognizable smell but one I can’t place. Whatever it is it translate wonderfully into the cup. Really enjoying this one on a snowy day.
We had yet another winter storm warning for last night and this morning. Yawn. I am so over winter. Ended up only getting a couple inches of snow/sleet/ice mix. Makes me very happy I no longer have to force myself out the door in the morning. It is officially a house pants day. Saw Gmathis started her day with Ahmad English Breakfast. This is as close as I have to that one. It is bagged and still very satisfying. I did have to fix a multi-grain bagel with it as it gave me just a little stomach burn. Very nice combo. Now I am off to rescue Kerbals. This time I trapped then on planet Duna without enough fuel to return. I am on my fifth attempt to design an unkerbaled craft capable of a return flight. The landing site is starting to look like a used spacecraft lot. Low mileage. Only flown once. :)
Started this one yesterday and just continued on into this morning. I am used to shou being very dark. This one was clear and the color of sun tea – light orange. The wet leaf is very dark and musty/earthy smelling but the brew is extreme mellow horse tack. Very, very easy to drink. I started with a 30s steep and the last I let steep about 4 minutes to see if it would turn inky. The answer is nope. A very nice poo-air.
I had plans to drink all kinds of tea today. I have only had two cups today. I also had plans to eat lunch but here it is 4:00 and all I have had today is a bagel. Funny thing about plans. Strangely – because it never happens – I woke up craving chai. This one has a white tea base. The spices are pleasant and not all Grrr in your face. It is a little peppery, cinnamon and cardamom. Very nice on the extremely rare occasion when I crave chai. I have enjoyed all the Simple Loose Leaf teas I have tried.
My first note in the new format. I like it but I would move the company description above the community comments – but that is a little thing.
This one is archived on Verdant’s site . So this is like reviewing an extinct species. This did not evoke images of dragonwell tea other than the flat leaf appearance. It was slightly bitter but very easy to sip. It reminded me more of Tai Ping Hou Kui. Beyond that comparison, I also thought it was a bit bean like and nutty.
I also noticed it disappeared really fast. There must be a hole in my cup. lol
Well this was a surprise. I don’t drink many teas from India. They are often bitter, harsh, and burn in my stomach like crazy. This one though… the wet leaf smells incredible. The orange-red brew is very smooth, and not in the least bitter. Yes it is somewhat drying but not harsh. I steeped it for 3 1/2 minutes – I imagine had I gone 2-2 1/2 a lot of that dryness could be reduced. I found myself really enjoying this bold malty cup and a single cup did not cause stomach burn.
I have never seen braided tea before. This is cool even if just for the weirdness factor. The fact that it tastes very nice is also a huge bonus. I used 3 braids for 10 oz. Very clean and crisp. To me there is a light metallic (but pleasant) taste. The other reviewers saw this as citrus. Maybe that is because they used a gaiwan. Slightly creamy. Slightly slick. My favorite part is how it rumbles in my belly. Possibly the best rumbler I have had. Probably because it is attacking the bologna sandwich I had a while ago.
This is very drinkable. It has no bitterness, no barnyard, and no fishiness. This is currently listed for $8.99/50g or $10.99/100g with free shipping. If you even sort of like sheng, this is worth a try even if just for the weirdness factor.
One year ago today I walked out of the workplace for the last time with tools in hand after being downsized. 3 friends also were laid off. One decided to just retire. The other two now have better jobs in the industry working for other companies. I have only occasional residual anger and hurt. As it turns out they did me a huge favor. This year I had to face though my mind is still fairly sharp, physically I can no longer keep up with an 8 hour or longer day. Being disabled is not fun and you often face judgment from healthy people who don’t understand. I’ll gladly go to work in any one’s place on Monday if they trade me bodies for the day. They just think they are glad to see 4:00 now. Anyway thank you Steepsterites for allowing me to vent on occasion so my wife doesn’t have to listen to it.
As noted by Terri this version does not look like the picture. It is flat rolled into long dark brittle twists. This tea does some funky stuff. First off, I don’t know why one steeps still boggle my mind but they do. Starts out crisp with a bite and a tingle to the cheeks and sides of the tongue. It is creamy and salty but not buttery when hot. It reminds me of pea pods in taste. As it cools and I continue to steep this becomes incredibly sweet. It also begins to feel like melted butter with out the greasy feel. It really is incredibly good. Thanks Terri.