51 Tasting Notes
Not sure what all the fuss is about. One time I tried to melt unsweetened chocolate on the stove. This tastes like that did. It’s got a very strong taste and aroma of burnt chocolate, with some nutty/grainy hints. I didn’t really enjoy it. I’ll try again, though.
Not updating the rating since the first cup was really good enough to keep that 90. The second and third steepings were a bit ghostly, and didn’t have the same impact as the first. Perhaps they needed more time. Regardless, I’ll be buying more, and experimenting with it.
Finally drank the last cup. I think I was too critical before, this is just a really really finicky tea. You’ve got to do it just right. Apparently 3 minutes at 175 with 1 tbsp and an extra pinch for a mug is the right recipe. Not only was the jasmine just right, but the tea itself was extremely pleasant, with a subtle but sweet taste and that wonderful, almost minty aftertaste I wish every cup had. Only rated so low because of how picky the tea is about how it’s treated.
Just what I’ve been searching for. I’m only on the first steeping, but I haven’t found any hint of the bitterness mentioned in the description. The flavor actually seems to improve as the cup cools, with each sip more quickly revealing the perfect mouthfeel and aftertaste. The aroma is very savory, with a slightly earthy and mineral undertone. It tastes a lot like it smells, but giving each sip time to develop on your tongue really cements this as an excellent tea. Only the second Yezi I’ve tried, but I think I’m fast becoming a fan. Will probably add another tasting note once I’ve resteeped.
I’m disappointed with this tea. It’s impossible to pull out much flavor without it getting too bitter, and the jasmine fragrance is a bit too understated for what I feel a jasmine should be like. I’ll try Adagio’s Yin Hao, maybe I’ll get better results.
So disappointed. It’s definitely not bad tea, but I like Adagio and was hoping they’d be my decaf earl grey source. Unfortunately, this tea pales in comparison to other offerings I’ve tasted, barely registering any difference from Twining’s bagged dust decaf earl grey.
Slightly hotter water, slightly shorter steep. Just about the same results as the first time. Slightly bitter first brew, tame second brew is incredible aftertaste, and several subsequent brews clinging to corporeality. Definitely stocking this.
First time trying a honeybush. The aroma is almost nauseating. Smells… mulchy? Not sure what that is, but it’s unpleasant. The taste, however, is sweet, woody, and has a slight hint of… banana peel? This is a very unusual experience. There’s a bit of a cooling effect shortly after swallowing. This might make a good base for a fruity blend, but that’s not really my thing. I’ve got some more left in the sample, I’ll have another go. The aftertaste almost makes the smell worth bearing.
Subsequent infusions did fade a bit, but still have the creamy flavor profile of the earlier infusions really holding on. Reeeally wish I had more of this. I feel like there’s more to explore with this tea. I think I’ll buy some.