257 Tasting Notes
I’ve been sipping this all day as I do chores and make tea packages for my prof and for a very good friend who is new to tea… or.. well.. new to good loose leaf tea (I’m proud to say he drinks bagged green tea at least!)
I’m in my third steep now, initial flavours tasted like currant and raspberry with a hint of milk oolong. There is a subtle tartness to this tea I find, this steep more so than others. Also a little bit of vanilla shows up.
I like it, but I need more time with it. I’m holding off my rating until that time.
PS.. It doesn’t snow much here really. Maybe 1-2 days per year. Now that it’s the first day of spring- it’s snowing. Or trying hard to. YAYYY! (I do love snow, but what random timing!)
PS.. It doesn’t snow much here really. Maybe 1-2 days per year. Now that it’s the first day of spring- it’s snowing. Or trying hard to. YAYYY! (I do love snow, but what random timing!)Edit: Interesting.. steep 5 has a creamy maple ice cream flavour. Ohhh yummy. Yummy yummy yummy! Its custard like too. Holy hannah this is delightful.
I’ve been steeping this over two days and haven’t made up my mind.
Tonights steep (number three..).. tastes like olives. I looooove olives… but these are bitter gross olives. How can any olive be gross?! I don’t know, I’ve been asking this tea.
What happened? Whats up taste buddies? I just want some chocolate. I havent gotten an inkling of chocolate for any of my steeps. sigh
So I tried steeping this in my yixing too, and again I had no flavour! What the heck is going on? The only one that’s tasted good in it has been Davids Tea organic TGY…. HMMM
Anyways, I poured a bunch in a pitcher and put it in the fridge. OH. MY.
Oh My Oh My… it tastes like sunshine. Almost like a milk oolong that’s been steeped at higher temps so the floral flavours come out, but still has the milk/butter aspect.
I always want to steep this that way now. I keep taking a glass and refilling the pitcher and sticking it back in the fridge. It’s like an endless supply of sunshine for this STUPID rainy season. Thank heavens I have TGY.
Thank you Teavivre for this sample.
OK.. so I’ve been cold steeping these leaves at least 3-4 times and they keep giving and giving and giving. This batch is just as flavourful as the first! I love it. I now have two more teas in the fridge to cold steep. Perfect timing as it was a beautiful, crisp sunny spring day, and now it’s snowing…. =)
Alright so I’ve given this tea a shot in my yixing the other day, and I was underwhelmed.
I could hardly taste anything! I didn’t understand what was happening…
I really can’t rate it simply because the ‘tea’ tasted like water basically, though it was colored. Ah well.. I am going to try again soon.
Holding off rating for now
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
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.