250 Tasting Notes
Thank you Teavivre for the free sample!
160ml yixing pot filled about half way (80-90ml)
7g of leaves
4 infusions: 5s rinse, 5s rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s
It’s a rich, creamy shou. Earthy and a little chocolaty too. It starts off light and sweet and the more you brew it the richer it gets. I only did 4 infusions but it has a lot of life left in it that I’m using to raise the pot. Definitely a candidate for purchase. :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Wet Earth
Couldn’t find any gong fu instructions for this tea so I decided to wing it.
120ml (4oz) glass gaiwan
3 infusions: rinse, 10s, 15s, 15s
Websites that say to start at 30 or 40 seconds are crazy!
The last two infusions were a bit bitter. The flavor wasn’t anything to write home about. Next time I’d use 4g instead of 5.
Thanks Teavivre for this free sample!
I steeped this following the brewing guide on the website. The only difference was that I’m using a 4 oz vessel rather than 3 oz. The sample was only 7g so I couldn’t add more to correct the ratio.
I really wanted to like this tea but I couldn’t get it to work for me. The flavor was a bit underwhelming, not really for me. Vegetal, a hint of floral, a really tiny hint of roasted flavor. Next time I’ll increase the steeping times to make up for the discrepancy in water/leaf ratio.
Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Vegetal
Marco Lewis TTB
Thanks Lily at Verdant for the sample!
Dry leaf appearance: Tiny, crinkly, dark green
Dry scent: pistachio nut, grassy
175F, 120 ml, 4g
3 steepings: 8s, 15s, 15s
I wanted to try Verdant’s steeping perameters, I really did, but I can’t ever seem to get any flavor out of a 3 second steeping (plus I can hardly ever figure out how to hold the gaiwan right within that time. lol) Maybe I’ll play it by the book next time.
Silly me, swearing off green tea for like a year because it “tastes like grass in a cup.” And here I find that I actually enjoy the stuff. I’ve been missing out. Next week I’ll try to tackle blacks again since they’re still on my no-no list. I was a bit traumatized by a very strong Golden Monkey last week. Didn’t help much to be honest. Anyway on to the Laoshan Green!
I wish I was sophisticated enough to write pages and pages on how this tea tastes, but it was just good, sweet green tea. Actually yesterday I had to use a whole teaspoon of sugar to make my TGY taste good, not so with this tea. I used only half a teaspoon and with the first sip my eyes actually lit up when I found how sweet it was! I realized when I poured some more that some of the sweetness was actually due to the fact that I didn’t pre-heat my cup, because the next one was hotter and less sweet, but hey, that means it should make a pretty mean iced tea right? :)
Marco Lewis TTB
Thanks Persimmon Tree Tea for this sample!
This is my first jasmine green. I’ve been traumatized ever since having Adagio’s Jasmine Rooibos so I’m scared to try this, but here it goes.
2 steeps: rinse,40s,60s
Not too bad, the jasmine flavor was not overpowering like the other one I had. The only problem is it tastes as if the leaves have been artificially scented rather than being scented by real jasmine flowers. I don’t like artificially flavored teas so I don’t seem myself drinking this again.
This tea pretty much sucked last time I had it, so screw Adagio’s brewing recommendations. I’m going with Teavivre’s instructions.
1st & 2nd steeping: It tasted just as boring as last time, then I added another scoop of sugar. Much better tasting! The floral aspect was brought forward a bit more. The sweetness of the sugar went really well with the flavor of tea.
3rd – 5th steepings: It was pretty much downhill from there. The little bit of floral that was there is gone and nothing but sweetness is less.
Verdict: The way to make this tea enjoyable (for me) is to use lots of leaf and lots of sugar. Which basically makes me draw the conclusion that it’s not very good quality.
Thanks Teavivre for the sample!
This is a very smooth puerh. It starts off a lot more subtle than most I’ve had. It’s not terribly memorable, but at least it tastes good. :P Just a basic sweet ripe puerh taste.
You can tell that this tea is good quality because it keeps giving and giving! When I was done drinking I brewed it about 8 more times for my yixing pot to soak in.
Flavors: Brown Sugar
From my shou/yarn trade with sarsonator. Thanks! :)
Drank this at noon. Let’s see if I sleep tonight. lol.
It’s becoming more an more apparent to me that 160ml is just too damn big, especially for when i’m using mini tuos because that’s when I can’t adjust the amount of tea. Anyway, I can’t afford another yixing so I have to make due with the one I’ve got. for a few of the steepings I only filled 3/4 of the way and that seemed to help :)
rinse, rinse, pause, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 6m
1st steeping (in and out, ~5s): Chocolaty goodness. All of my ripe puerhs seem to be tasting like this now. lol. I think this one tasted closer to milk chocolate than dark chocolate though.
2nd steeping [3/4] (10s): This one was kind of weak because I had let the water cool down by accident. My bad. Surprisingly the color was still really dark though!
3rd steeping [3/4] (20s): Temperature back up, the flavor is more like the 1st steeping again, mmmm, just not quite as chocolaty, more plain puerh flavor.
4th steeping [3/4] (30s): Chocolate gone, just simple sweetness.
5th steeping (6m): So I’m basically done at this point, just wanted to see what a long steep would taste like. Answer: EXACTLY like steep #4
All in all, a pretty good mini tou. I liked it :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet