1805 Tasting Notes
Despite the time of night, dinner was heavier than I usually eat, and I was craving some pu’erh upon my return home. Of all the pu’erh currently sitting on my countertop (inventory and organization time!), this one jumped out at me, since the description sounded a bit dessert-like.
This will not be a full review, just a record of happy stomach, happy Spencer, and happy tea.
Jonesing so hard for a nice cup of shou, realizing I had none in my desk at work, remembering that a new Chinese tea shop had opened down the street, walking there, finding that they were not open, then returning to work.
Such was the saga that lead to me drinking this at my desk at work. It is a fair imitation of a decent pu’erh, and it is highly inexpensive.
After having started the day, late (unfortunately unavoidable), with a triple lungo on the way to work, followed by three hours of documentation, code, and translating developer-speak into laymans terms for customers…tea was needed, desperately.
In all fairness to this tea, I did not treat it right. It got a rinse, but then it was brewed in a twelve ounce mug, when it was deserving of a gaiwan. Still delicious, all the same. The jasmine is really soothing, calming one’s busy mind.
“…the pale yellow liquor contains some grassy flavors, which remind me of a pleasant green tea mixed with a sheng.”
“In my third cup, which resulted from another thirty-second steep, I note that the sheng flavors have come forward. Those green, aromatic, almost-pungent (in a good way) tones that so often fill sheng pu’erh have reared their heads and now lurk in the body and aftertaste. Steep number four (another thirty seconds) reveals those flavors to an even greater degree. The dark vegetation aroma is warm and soft, yet seems full of vigor. Much as I am also enjoying them, these cups are being consumed quickly.”
“…with this tea, I could see it becoming a regular in my cup. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 95/100.”
Read the full review on Built from Ink and Tea, here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/04/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-wymm-teas.html
“The body of the tea is strong and creamy, not overly bold and in-your-face, but maintaining strong, consistent flavors throughout. The slight fruity sweetness softens any edges, and there is little to no astringency of which to speak. In the center of the body of the tea lies a bit of smokiness, which pleasantly lingers on the tongue.”