22 Tasting Notes
First brew of my first white tea. Very clearly overshot my aim for ~80°C. Brew is a deep gold. Smell recalls a black tea, though I haven’t been able to pinpoint which. It also tastes like a black tea to me, though I am only on my first sips.
The final specimen from that Raja sampler set. Gentle, light, and doesn’t seem to hold up too well for reinfusions. This is a fairly standard black tea; nothing too elegant.
NB: I made this note while sipping the first reinfusion (both at 4m, ~100°C).
EDIT: It does have a nice, mild sweetness that I hadn’t caught earlier.
This is currently my favorite chai (and, paradoxically, another one I forgot to leave a note for). It can power through three reinfusions at the least, but I can’t help but wonder why the black tea is so minced up — it’s like the consistency of black pepper.
Anyways, this is a rather forgiving chai that probably won’t knock the socks off too many.
Another one from the Raja sampler set. Slightly orangey at first sniff, then kind of composty. I think this tastes like a weaker, greener Xingyang Nuggets 2008 Shu (a pu’er from Verdant which I somehow forgot to leave a note for..). In short, it’s a like an overinfused sencha — but composty.
Starting to think Darjeeling simply isn’t for me. Either that or my taste buds are schizo — plenty left to find out!
Fruit: that’s what these leaves smell like. Another one from the Raja sampler set, and it is a touch more bitter than Yunnan Noir (even at 3m30s). As for taste, though, I am drawing a blank. I think it’s pretty standard for a straight black (this is me not knowing how to describe it) and it doesn’t really have any defects. This is so-so, but certainly better than Assam Melody (which doesn’t really have anything going for it).
Addendum: it doesn’t have any strange mouthfeel or aftertaste, so that’s nice.
Absolutely splendid! This is a gentle black tea: smooth & sweet, and it doesn’t seem to tend towards bitterness. Aftertaste started off with coffee vibes, but quickly moved into malty territory. Second specimen from my recent Adagio purchase that surprised me with its non-bitterness.
The leaves smell very interesting after an infusion.. but I can’t quite place it. If anyone could conjure up a cognate, I’d be grateful.