826 Tasting Notes
Man oh man I have some backlogging to do. Truthfully, I’m impressed with myself that I have time to make more interesting teas now than before. Who knew a six month old could keep you so busy!!
This definitely smells better than it tastes. It isn’t a bad cup, but the dry leaves smell amazing. You could just set them out and you’d be a happy camper (if you like coconut). The tea tastes more strongly of green tea, which is still very good. I was hoping for something similar (in terms of coconut strength) to Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong, though.
I’ve been thinking of this tea ever since the unveiling of the 4oz pot steeping method. Finally I got some and it’s really good. I wanted to do a few cups normally before the intense steeping method, so that’s what I’ve been doing this morning. Just over a teaspoon to 4 oz, resteeped several times. I have to agree with Ricky: if you weren’t paying attention it’d be a good white tea. Really paying attention turns this into a really good cup.
I have been waiting for this tea for some time but I didn’t even realize it.
But first: I had an experience that wasn’t as great as I’d hoped with a Samovar order. I emailed about it and they were totally awesome! I love the company even more now and plan to order a lot more tea from them. Well done, Samovar.
Back to the tea: it’s great! I’ve done a few infusions and it went from being a fairly standard oolong to being nearly sweet. I need to do a more focused study of it, with much more attention to temperature, time, and number of steeps, but even without that I can say with confidence that this is my favorite oolong.
That, and the leaves are crazy! They’re not curled up the way many oolongs are and they’re HUGE!