1073 Tasting Notes
I will definitely have to order more of this, I am nearing the end of my first bag from Nov and it is my go-to herbal for before bed and allergies at the same time. Or just allergies! I really want to try blending my own of this with my big bag of nettles, so I might try that :) awesome tea! Upping rating – see previous notes :)
Happy Valentine’s Day! What better tea to have than a rose, long lasting shu puerh to celebrate the day of love? :) I’m not going to write a detailed review tonight as I’ve been drinking this tea western brewed all day, but it’s a nice shu, pretty smooth, dark, tasty. Unfortunately not much rose, but on the third steep (first two of 30s, 3rd of 45s) the tuocha is still not broken apart, so maybe it will come? I recall when I had this gongfu that the rose was more present though. Still delicious, easy on the stomach, and has awesome staying power. Perfect for today!
Today was such a good mail day! I received my new teaware, my coveted puerh cake I broke my hiatus for, as well as free samples with both! Here are some pics, the tea pet is a gift (that I picked out lol) from the boyfriend for my bday tomo :)
Anyways lol it was a good day! I am having this tea before bed, haven’t drank it yet because it’s too hot but it smells amazing and soothing as usual :) and I’m off to bed with the cup, hopefully I don’t fall asleep before drinking it! See previous notes :)
A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this free sample! I received them earlier this week and am diving into this one tonight. Yes it is a bit late for pu’erh, but it’s shu, which is warming, cozy and sometimes very relaxing for me. So we will give it a go this late! :D
The dry leaves smell oh so good, musty, damp wood, a log in the forest. I love that smell, and immediately said to my bf’s brother “I will like this tea, it smells like a damp, musty log!” LOL, you know you like tea too much when…anyways, I was a bit unsure of parameters for brewing this one, so I did 2 short 15s rinses and then a first steep of 30s. I am using about 1.25 tsp in approx 9-12oz water (not sure on the cup’s capacity, it’s one of my smaller mugs though). The steeped scent was heady and rich in the rinses, and has now given way to an actual sweet aroma! Sweet, with hints of must and chocolate. Interesting, haven’t had a noticeably sweet aroma in many shu puerhs yet!
As for the flavor, mmmm this is mellow, lightly earthy and a bit sweet in flavor. Yum, it is like my beloved Noble Mark, but with a bit less mushroom flavor and more sweetness. There is a noticeable sweet aftertaste. It is rich and full bodied, but not harsh and not overly strong either. Just yummy! I am feeling a tiny bit of cha-qi from this, a slight alertness, but hoping this fades into that pu’erh calm that I enjoy immensely.
Overall, this is a rich, satisfying brew. Notes of caramel, earth, mushrooms and a bit of chocolate prevail. Tasty, with a slight tea buzz coming on, but nothing crazy yet. Happy to have tried this, and as I taste this tea more, it might be a contender for my top shu. It has a lot of notes that I am enjoying! Thanks again to the lovely Angel for sending me this tea to try!
ETA – the energizing cha-qi did drop off and lead into a more relaxed feeling, I am very happy about that as I will be able to sleep good tonight! :D
Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Mushrooms, Wood
I got this a a tea-to-go at my local DAVIDsTEA today, as I decided back at the start of the year that I am not allowed to impulse-buy the new teas that come out there unless I try a to-go cup first and can see myself drinking more than 1 cup haha. I have had far too many 25g bags of teas I bought just because they were new, and had a cup and didn’t drink the rest of the bag haha. Not going to happen this year I hope!
So yes, I have been wanting to try this since FOREVER, I missed out last year as it sold out so quickly, so I picked a cup up today. Oh, and btw, I COULD NOT for the life of me find this tea in the database! It didn’t come up searching cherry blossom..not sure what’s up with that. I tried to add it to the database eventually and it finally said there is already a tea called that, and had a link to the page. Weird!
So this tea, I steeped it roughly 3 minutes, not sure what the water temp. was, but the tea was decent so it must have been low enough. The smell was nicely fruity and aromatic. As for the flavor, this is quite tasty! It has very strong fruit notes, some tart floral notes from the cherry and roses, and there is also a creaminess that I was not expecting. It is light and tasty. It also reminds me of strawberry rhubarb parfait by DT a bit, haha not sure as there is no overlap in ingredients, maybe the tart cherry flavor is reminding me of rhubarb?
Overall, this is quite a tasty tea, and it was exactly what I wanted today at the mall. Unrelated note, I found a beautiful dress that has cherry-blossom like flowers on it that I want to buy, but am having trouble justifying. It matched this tea well enough! Maybe I’ll pick up 25g of this tomorrow, with that dress :P it is tasty enough that I could see myself restocking a bit of this for a light, happy spring tea.
I haven’t reviewed this yet and I’ve had it since the summer haha. I recall having 1 cup and not being impressed so I’m trying one tonight to see if my tastes are different in the winter. The dry smell is weird… it reminds me of grandma-like perfume unfortunately. The spice and floral pear do not smell good to me, especially the cinnamon, as I’m not a fan of cinnamon in tea.
The flavor luckily is much milder. I honestly have not found my pear tea yet, and this isn’t it either. A bit too floral and perfumed as I’ve found another pear tea I tried ages ago to be. It’s not the worst, it is juicy, but I would love more ginger and a different pear flavor in here.
Overall, not a favorite, but it isn’t too bad. I am going to work through my bag and hopefully finish it off. It feels light on the caffeine which I’m pleased about. Not bad, but I had ridiculously high expectations for a ginger pear tea, and this fell a bit flat for me. But still very drinkable!
ETA – the juiciness is growing on me, and I am enjoying this tea more. Maybe I will grow to love it?! :)
Uh oh…I am at a sipdown for this one! I finally made it through my 2 oz bag and it was great while it lasted! I should pick up more of this at some point, as it is an excellent go-to tea for when sick, when allergies are bad, or just for darn good flavor. Today, allergies are acting up, so I steeped this up for the morning and added some honey..sadly, for some reason it tastes quite off today. Not sure if it’s my work mug is contaminated with a weird flavor/didn’t fully wash the soap out, or if the honey is adding a weird note, or if it is bottom-of-the-bag syndrome. Whatever it is, I am a bit disappointed with it today. Weird! Might just be the remaining bits steeped up weird. Ah well, at least I got an unexpected sipdown in today! See previous notes on this awesome tea :)
Ah another Super Ginger morning…my stomach has been quite upset the past few days, my body is probably still trying to prevent the flu from attacking me, as the bf and his brother were both extremely sick on Friday and I looked after both of them lol. And have somehow still not caught it…even though it appear to be trying hard. So out comes another stomach soothing tea (+lots of good things in ginger to keep my immunity at its finest). This tea is also a favorite of mine as most people on here know already lol. TG for Super Ginger! Oh and happy Monday! See previous notes on this tea :)