701 Tasting Notes
My Yezi Tea order arrived last week, very impressed with how fast it got here! I’ve been wanting to try the yeas but I’ve been busy and harried for new teas. Finally got something sent out at work today, so I feel free (er) tonight!
So onto the tea! The reviews intrigued me, fruity, but similar to laoshan black? Had to try it! My 1 oz bag had a nice little keep-fresh pouch in it, never have gotten one of those in tea before haha. The dry leaves smell slightly malty and roasty. I steeped my davidstea perfect spoonful (prob 1.5 tsps) for 3 minutes. The resulting liquor.. Wow, it smells soooo good! Like laoshan black but maltier, toastier, and a slightly smoky scent. Actually, it kind of reminds me of the smoky hint in yu lu yan cha! Huzzah, very interesting aroma!
As fit the flavor…. wow. Talk about complex. So many things going on that are good! First off, a rich toasty malty black tea, rich, deep. It leads into a slightly smoky hint, but more like a toast smoke, or roast, nothing like lapsang. Then, this soft, almost creamy sweet aftertaste. Mild, but there. I can’t identify it for the life of me lol. It’s definitely a fruitiness, it also is somewhat in the middle of the sip… So intriguing! And so good. Most similar to yu lu yan cha to me, but with a sweetness, some fruit, not as robust and harsh (in contrasting the two, I still really like my yu lu haha).
Overall, very good. So many notes and goodness. Interesting enough and likeable enough I might reorder a bunch… :D, I’ll have more cups before deciding haha.
ETA – I get an earthiness a bit like sweet potato, but different from other blends. Maybe just earthy? Gah. This one’s a tough one to describe.. I just suggest trying it lol.
This is in my cup this morning. My stomach is a bit iffy from eating fettuccine alfredo last night (lots of milk) so I made this with a bit of honey for my travel mug. I accidentely steeped it for about 7-8 minutes, so it’s a wonderful burning goodness with honey. So yum. Seems to be helping my stomach too. See previous notes!
Mmm this is so cozy tonight. I made it in my big chai mug, about 1.5 tsp with some milk and brown sugar. Perfect for a cold evening, although I am feeling the caffeine from so many black teas today lol. Onto herbals after this! Oh and I’m watching the hobbit in preparation for going to the next one on opening night this Thursday! #soexciting, anyways see previous notes on this tea :)
Another Sipdown of today. This cup had too many cocoa dust bits in it, it was just overwhelming and too much. Very murky haha. I poured out half the cup, but at least the rest of the bag was decent. Not a restock, as mom has a bunch at home when I got it free in Oct, but a tasty tea for when I was in the mood for it. See previous notes.
Last cup of this was had this morning. Le sigh. I need to restock this soon. A perfect minty creamy black tea. So good! Sorry for the short notes, super tired, went running/to the gym last night (Huzzah!) and long day today. See previous notes!
I don’t think I’ve written a note on this yet, but I really like this tea! I usually reserve this tea for miserable weather days, rainy, gross..today it is kind of sunny and windy and somewhat warm, but the clouds made it seem appropriate. A lovely EG with a bite of fresh grapefruit, that’s what this is like. Yum!
I dug out this tea today as I’m running low on mint teas and wanted something just in case my migraine resurfaced lol, it finally seems to be gone!! Hoping it stays away, now that the weather is kind of settling down. This is a crisp green tea with the mint cooling nicely. Tasty, I should have this tea more often! I also need to try it iced at some point. Oh and it doesn’t seem too fussy about water temperature, I am pretty sure the water was much warmer than it should have been for this tea but it still tastes fine. See previous notes!
A relaxing cup of this before bed. Had a busy day with some other teas thrown in but I’ve been slacking with notes this weekend haha, oh well. Should be an exciting week, I am planning on making some big lifestyle changes in the way of diet and exercise, hopefully I can follow through with them for once lol. Anyways, this tea.. Pure comfort. Chamomile and lavender, added a touch of honey, perfect for before bed. Night steepster! See previous notes on this tea :)
So an update about the frigid weather – our heat was fixed around 1 yesterday and we made the 4 hour drive to go to my work Christmas party tonight. Back home, the temps bottomed out at -30 with wind chill making it like -51. Where I am currently was a balmy – 36 lol. But it’s finally warming up, here as well lol, only – 26 currently. So I hopefully won’t freeze in my dress tonight!
So anyways, I did have a chai yesterday but didn’t write a note, just enjoyed it lol. But the darn cold weather and the fact it’s warming up now is wreaking havoc on my poor head again lol, so more mint tea today. Warm, creamy mint, I’m almost finished this bag and I’m pretty sure this will be a restock. Quite a good tea, especially for headaches! See previous notes :) oh and when I’m on the computer, I’ll up this rating to 88,as I just drink this tea so often.
Double Knit Blend for the second tea of the day! I’m at work now, so much warmer at least, but man oh man I don’t want to go outside today. Also driving 4 hours to go to the work Christmas party this afternoon…going to pack lots of blankets and tea for the ride in case something happens! Ah, I love this tea. I needed it yesterday, but I’m having it today. Rich, malty, a bit sweet, a bit smoky..perfect. One of my favorite straight black teas. See previous notes.