512 Tasting Notes
Courtesty of boychik… :)
This certainly smells floral enough to knock your socks off. Steeped, it is still really floral. I don’t get any macaron but there is definitely rose and definitely raspberry. I get more rose than raspberry but it’s pretty good nonetheless. A nice girly kind of tea fit for a floral tea party.
I probably overleafed a bit, but I generally do. I took it easy on the steeping and it turned out well. However, I can see how this could easily get yuck at higher temp/longer steep.
As expected, this is a very good tea. Malty, woody, smooth and deep. I don’t quite remember the Lion well enough to compare in detail but except for a tiny bit of astringency in the Lion that is not present in the Paw, I think they are largely the same. Wonderfully tasty and with a lot of depth. I’d be quite happy keeping either in my cupboard.
Holy cats. Another just-a-sample courtesy of Stacy that is just wonderful.
Delicate lemon, pastry notes, cream… wow. I don’t get any malt or almond, but that doesn’t matter. This is superb!
I am not a lemon in tea person so this is another that I didn’t expect to like and now regret not ordering more of!
Okay, wow. I was almost reduced to doge-speak when I had this after breakfast this morning. Such wow.
This is fantastic. I can taste banana but it is a very natural banana flavor, not like Banana Laffy Taffy. It’s very mild and it blends oh so well with the coconut. It smells amazing. As the cup cools I get more caramely notes and cookie. Although my initial taste was at 3 minutes, I let this sit in my cup the whole time I was drinking and it didn’t get bitter, either. This is like banana bread with coconut. Much love!
Sadly, I just have a sample of this that Stacy recommended with my last order. I didn’t order more because I didn’t expect to like a banana tea. Now I wish I’d gotten more to share this weekend! Ah, well, there will be another order. I simply will not tell myself I can’t buy more tea with this waiting in the wings!
First, thanks for expanding my tea world, boychik. :)
As to the tea, it’s okay. I did multiple infusions for an increasing 15 seconds per. At about the 1 minute mark was where it was a tea in which I could taste distinct flavor. It seemed pretty mineral. And holy cow, after about 3 minutes it’s as dark as pitch!
I think maybe my palate just needs more expansion before I can properly appreciate pu-erh. This wouldn’t be anything I searched out.
Dry leaves have a nice, nonspecific floral scent. I get a bit of jasmine, I think, in the steep. I’m not sure I know what lotus tastes or smells like. What I have the impression of overall, though, is roses. And to me, the taste is best described as the scent of roses that have been shut in a hot car all day long. Nice at first, but then cloying and overripe. I am glad to have tried this, Ysaurella, and I think the tea base is decent, from what I can tell, but I don’t think it is one I’d go out of my way to purchase.