1250 Tasting Notes
I was hoping for the Rice Chex and honey that gmathis got from this one. Alas I did not. I got mineral with a nice bite. The aftertaste is really sweet and lingers. For fun halfway through the cup I added sweetener and it became way overly too sweet. It did bring out more vegetal substance with fruity floral notes. While there is not a lot of depth, for the price, this would make a solid everyday green tea. I bet it is nice chilled.
Confession one: I noted this once before but after having the Jin Jun Mei which is very good but not overly strong flavored, I can still smell it on me hours later. Ode Fujian cologne? Mmmmm.
Confession two: If someone hands me a candy cane I always say thanks and then stick it in my coat pocket to be found weeks, months, or more later. Sad but true. If you hand me a cup of candy cane lane it will be gone it a few minutes. Of course it probably doesn’t hurt that sticking it in my pocket would make a horrible mess. :)
TastyBrews random steepings note inspired me to dig out this one. It is said to be of the lapsang souchong family. Today I have a little more experience than a year ago when I first got this. To me this is very similar to Fujian Congou. It is not a heavily smoky tea, in fact the smoke is more background and hard to detect. This is cocoa, malt, and grain. This is the last of the pouch but it will steep the rest of the day. Great start on the day. Thanks Tastybrew for the inspiration.
I am still working on a full review but basically at first I thought this is a light solid everyday Chinese green. That said, I was playing guitar and let half the cup set. Once it reached room temperature the flavors really came alive. It took on an almost oolong floral quality. I know it wasn’t tainted from earlier teas as I washed my cup and press before I started. I really want to try this iced. I think it will be great. $8/3oz is pretty cheap for any tea that can taste this good.
I agree with the other reviews – this is good.
What I really want to mention is this is the best example of why I love to use a clear glass vessel when I steep. The leaf is so interesting. It looks like a pile of knotted thread until you spread it out. Then it looks like fine green wood shavings. In the bottom of the press with a mug of 175F water the leaf comes alive and puts on an amazing display. It wiggles, like the blades of grass I watched as a kid when a bug crawled through. Then it intensified until the bottom was shaking and twisting like butterflies trying to free themselves from their cocoons. What a show – and then I get to drink it too! Thank you Teavivre.
I found this one to be thick like broth. It is buttery, vegetal, sweet, lightly floral. The aftertaste of the first mug is what I call geranium. Some call it latex. It is that quickly recognizable oolong taste. The second mug was similar with added mineral notes and lose the geranium. This is more of a contemplative cup than something to get you moving in the morning. I seldom want jolted awake so it suits me.
Having tried several oolongs in the last week or so, I think it is a toss up between this one and the Taiwan High Mountain oolong as my personal favorites. However, they were all excellent and all distinctly different.