243 Tasting Notes
I got this tea for my birthday in February.
The leaf quality isn’t extremely high, but it’s still decent I would say.
I added 2 heaping ‘perfect teaspoon’fulls and used 160F water for 8 seconds.
A light and lovely brew results that reminds me of apple custard with vegetal notes to it oddly enough.
I am enjoying this for sure! Perhaps I will try a cold steep and see how that tastes. I have my beloved Silver Buds cold steeping right now.. can’t wait <3
I’m trying to get a grasp on this tea, but it’s not really doing anything really special for me.
Sure I can appreciate some zing and juiciness in it with a hint of cocoa and smoke, but it’s really not full bodied enough for me.
What am I missing?
I rinsed, then did a 5s steep using 5g leaves per 250 ml just under boiled water.
It’s good. Just not something I reach for or crave or want more of often.
I get some smoke, some honey, maybe some green oolongish flavours.. possibly slightly similar to a big red robe with a mineral note.
I’m underwhelmed. HMPH.
EDIT.. wait. I just found a mouthful of caramel on my 3rd steep (10s)… Delicious caramel. Not overtly sweet, but creamy. Super creamy cream caramel. Yummmmm.
Ok original rating: 79..
new one.. well, whatever it says.
I had this lastnight in order to not consume caffeine immediately before bed.
Definitely reminded me of sweet and sour pork.
Tangy, sweet, a touch bit spicy with an edge of bitter.
I didn’t think I’d like but but I kinda do…
Onto my second steep now. Again.. I kinda like it. I would definitely not have purchased this on my own as I like TEA tea.. but eh, I’m not upset I have it now. It’s interesting.
It’s been ages since I’ve had this tea and all I have been wanting to drink lately is black tea.
Possibly because of the weather? Usually oolongs are my favourite, but I am finding myself disinterested in green oolongs. Perhaps the summer will turn this around. I’m still stalking the Verdant tea website waiting for the Laoshan Black to come back in stock ;( Hmph.
Quick smell of the dry leaves gives a nice sweet malty note.
First steep I get sweetish caramel notes with smoke. Definite smoke. Delicious. A little bit of a harsh edge mid-sip, but it is very lovely still. The smell is delicious. The lingering taste is malty raisin.
I’m in Edmonton right now to meet my grad prof for my Masters… and I GOT IN!
It’s the lab of my dreams and I am so excited that all of my hard work paid off and I’m actually getting to do something I’ve wanted to do since grade 6!
Im staying with a dear friend of mine, and I shared this tea with him two nights ago. His expression was priceless:
“I feel like I should be chewing this. It’s that good. I just want to eat this. I can’t believe this is tea.”
There I was smiling ear to ear, so happy I found a tea he adores. It’s definitely one of my favourites and will forever be one of my favourites. So much love for this tea with its clove, pumpkin, cinnamon spice flavours and creaminess.. like drinking a pumpkin pie. <3
This is okay. It’s been a while since I’ve drank it… which was when I was just getting back into loose leaf tea.
This time around, it’s got an added element of dirt to the flavour profile.
Not sure where that came from. Maybe it’s because I left the leaves to sit out in their brew basket before using them to steep. (aka.. I put them in the basket, but fell asleep and didn’t brew it until 2 days later…)
oops. You win some, you lose some. I won’t change the rating simply because the flavour could be attributed to oxidation from being left out for a while. I would rate this steep a low 70s though.
It’s taking me a while to get to like this tea.. but I’m finding its growing on me slowly but surely. I’ve been steeping these nuggets for about a week now and they’ve only just broken apart today. Crazy business!
One rinse was done for these nuggets. First steeps brought a nice unsweetened angel food cake taste with vanilla and definite white starchy spongy cake taste (though again, unsweetened so it throws you off a bit)
Mid steeps introduce a nice maple syrup caramel aspect which is delightful and surprising… it accompanies the angel food cake. Definitely my favourite steepings.
Later steeps (current) bring about more of the angel food cake flavour, with the maple, and a nice silky mouthfeel.
I’ve probably done about 25+ steeps on these leaves and they’re still giving. Definitely was a delicious investment..
Boiling filtered water, short steeps initially (10s)… midsteeps were approximately 20-30s, late steeps 1-2 minutes