1611 Tasting Notes
I bumped up the rating for this. I steeped it in my gaiwan again for a shorter time and higher temperature. The flavor was subtle but strong. It wasn’t bitter at all this time. It reminds me of autumn and of the first time I tried formosa oolong. Good tea! There is snow all around, and this roasty, toasty tea is what I needed.
I felt like finishing a lot of samples that I have in my banana leaf box. I pulled this on out. First, I loved the packaging. I could feel the rough, pebble like leaves in there – that is how vacuum sealed the sample packet was. It was also a beautiful orange/red package. Second, I am really surprised I found this tea on steepster because it has such a LONG name.
I believe Tie Guan Yin was the first oolong tea that I purchased a very long time ago. I remember steeping it so long that it was so strong in taste, but I loved it anyway.
When I opened the package and poured it into my little gaiwan, I saw the beautiful bright to dark green curled up leaves. They are tightly curled up. It smelled mildly of florals and greens.
Upon steeping the tea, the scent became similar to Andrew & Dunham’s Damn Fine Tea – Mermaid Kiss. There was a hint of milkiness to it and florals for sure. The leaves smelled like broccoli and florals. Delicious!! The liquor was a medium yellow color. It tasted very good! Again, the slight milky flavor mixed with sweet florals and light greens. It was not bitter at all and went down smoothly. It felt so smooth in my mouth.
This withstood several steeps. The leaves unfurled into huge leaves. Great tea overall!
I made a large batch of this last night. I was up really late but I was craving chai tea so badly. I whipped this one over the stove! My husband and I shared it, and I put the rest in the fridge. Now, I’m drinking it cold. It is absolutely delicious! It isn’t as spicy as other chai teas that I’ve had, but I think it is because I put it in a tea bag instead of letting the loose spices float in the water. Still, it definitely filled my craving.
Also, it is weird… every time that I click on “notices”, I get an error. Is this happening to anyone else????