1116 Tasting Notes
Yes, this is a winter tea. Yes, I am drinking it Aug. 4. It is freezing as usual in my office and rainy outside, and I am super tired as it is the Tues after the long weekend. So cozy, warming caffeine was a requirement to make it through this morning. This one still has a ton of flavor and is sweet, comforting and cozy. I wish I was at home in bed lol. Tasty tea helps the day go by! See previous notes on this tea :)
Backlog – I had a few cups of this while watching the storm roll in last night – our first major storm of the season! Finally!! The lightning was gorgeous, the thunder loud, and this tea…perfect for the occasion. Warming and cozy like a warm blanket. Rich and slightly sweet. Slightly energizing too, yet also calming. Ah, I love storms and good puerh. See previous notes on this tea :)
I’ve been drinking this for the latter part of the day and haven’t made notes for an in-depth review, but it is pretty delicious. Started out pretty sweet with honey and apricot notes, and melding to a slightly bitter, green tasting flavor. Short steeps and 2 rinses for this one. Fresh and good! Will rate later as on my phone.
I am FINALLY getting a chance to make this well reviewed tea! I have been meaning to try it but have not had the time to sit down and properly brew it, but today is the day! Thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea for this sample that came with my teapot!
The appearance is so cute. I love that it’s a planet! A nice little sphere :) the dry smell is very faint as it is so well compacted but there is a touch of hay and honey. I am going to brew as per CLT’s gaiwan instructions on their website.
For rinses, I did the first rinse as a 30s steep and then let it rest for a few minutes, same thing for the second rinse. The rinses smell nice and light.
As for the first actual steep I am drinking (a 30s steep btw), this tea is, simply put, awesome!!! It’s smooth, definite honey flavor, a light vegetal body, and a hint of bitterness at the end. The honey flavor intensifies after the sip, lingering and making me want more.
I will continue to steep this all afternoon, in between errands and what not. Delicious start to the day!! Thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample!! I may have to place an order in the near future for a few teas, I have one more sample to try then I will see! :)
ETA – here is a link to my IG photo of this tea today :)
THIS TEA!! It’s been far too long since I’ve had this amazing tea. It is still pouring rain here today (hooray!!) so I broke out my chai this morning for working at 7 am. I brewed this up for 2 mins and added some milk and honey and put it in my travel mug. And OMG it is still freaking delicious. Best chai ever!! Spicy yet smooth, sweet, luscious chocolate and honey, ginger, and the lovely slightly smoky flavor of the Yu Lu Yan Cha base. I doubt this chai will ever be beat (in my opinion). Yummy and warming! See previous notes on this tea!
After days upon days of barely any rain (most farmers considering declaring emergencies due to drought) we are in for some rain!! Already had probably 5-10 mm last night, and a special weather advisory for rainfall amounts is in place today! Bring on the rain!! We need the water levels up!
Since it’s rainy today, my immediate thought for my tea in my travel mug was oolong (as puerh is just not the same in a travel mug, although it is my number 1 rainy day choice). This tea is ridiculously good for being in the travel mug!! It’s sweet and minerally and burnt sugar and cream…everything I want right now. The caffeine is doing weird things as usual (oolongs are the worst for my caffeine intolerance lol) but it’s worth it for this flavor. Some fruitiness in there too. I can’t believe how complex this brewed up considering it was a 2 min steep in my Brewt right into my travel mug! So good. Perfect for the day. Happy it’s raining, just hope we don’t flood now with the influx. See previous notes on this delicious tea!
Oh and in other news – my office is freaking Antarctica…so cold in here, yesterday I wore long sleeves and it was +25 outside…today, I am bundled up in 2 sweaters, a scarf, my autumn boots and socks. And I brought my coat, which I think I will need to put on in another hour or so. Everyone else also is freezing. Gotta love the HVAC system!
___ thank goodness for tea.
Ah, rain!!! I so wish I was at home today enjoying a tea session in my yixing or gaiwan with the cat, reading a good book, enjoying the overcast day wrapped in a blanket, but alas, I am at work. Hooray Monday!! (sigh) so I have this tea to keep me going through the morning. I wanted a caffeine pick me up but I thought I’d take a break since I had a shu session until quite late last night, so out comes my trusty decaf! With a bit of sugar today to tone down the lavender a bit, this is quite enjoyable. It’s helping me though the morning as it is supposed to at least. See previous notes on this tea :)
First of all, a huge thank you to Crimson Lotus Tea for the opportunity to try this tea as a free sample! I am so sorry that I am so late reviewing this tea, but I am finally getting to it now!! Very excited as I’m craving a shu today, even though it’s ridiculously hot outside again.
I am also doing this with my gaiwan, which I haven’t used in AGES!! So nice to have a gongfu session again! I used the large piece from the sample pack and still have a bit left, as my gaiwan only holds about 4 or 5 oz.
The dry smell is deep and rich, a bit fermented, some wet wood and earthy notes. I did two short rinses of about 5s each and then first steep was about 5s as well. The cake piece started breaking up on the second rinse, so the first steep is quite dark!
The steeped smell has a caramel note to me, along with damp wood in the rain. Rich and yummy smelling. Also heady, it could be the heat, but my head spun a bit from just smelling it :P
As for the taste, mmmmmm shou, it’s been far too long. The flavor is thick and rich and grounding. Not too much fermentation to me, just smooth, with some dark wood notes. The aftertaste is sweet, a brown sugar melding into burnt caramel flavor. It’s cozy and warming haha, not that I need that today, but it’s just the flavor I was craving, even on this hot day.
The second steep is even darker than the first, and also smells thick and luscious. Tastes very good as well, maybe a bit mellowed but still very deep and delicious.
Overall, this is a great shou, not too strong and not weak, just right for me! I will continue steeping this throughout the afternoon, I wanted to try a sheng but this one might go for too long for me to try that today :P thanks again to Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample! This is a great tea, and I definitely will consider it for purchase in the future, it’s just so mellow, rich, and delicious. Oh, and so far, a more calming chi than energizing. I like that :D
Backlog – I sipped this down last night when it was soo hot in my house lol, about 29.5 C according to the T-stat. Gahh it was much too hot for hot tea, but I had this anyways, mostly to help with my heartburn that randomly showed up last night. And it did help a bit :) and it was a tasty sipdown too! I will consider getting a bit more of this at some point, as it’s a nice not-too-floral tasting herbal, and it was a good choice for guests that come over and want a relaxing herbal that also looks nice. See previous notes on this tea!
I picked up a couple new teas on Canada Day and haven’t logged them on here yet, although I have had them both a few times haha. So I will log this one today, although I found it to be very hibiscus-y for me today unfortunately, I steeped it a bit too long I think. Sticking with about a 2-3 min steep worked best for me, and I do recall the first cup as tasting much more Shirley Temple like (well, grenadine like anyway, not sure if I’ve had a Shirley Temple lol). Today’s cup could have also failed due to the fact I only got 25g of this, so maybe a poor mixture of ingredients as it is a heavier blend with the large orange chunks. Ah well, maybe I’ll get some more once I run out and try it again, I do like cherry teas and herbals, so it is a win in theory, just have to perfect brewing it. Happy to have tried it! No rating for now as I feel like today’s cup would not do it justice lol.