New Tasting Notes
I bought this based off the smell of the loose leaf, but wasn’t as impressed with it brewed. I like sweet/desserty teas, but this is way too sweet even for me.
It brews a dark brown and smells/tastes like rich chocolate liqueur. I can taste rooibos, cocoa, something creamy, and dark chocolate.
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet
Took a few to open up the ball.
first major steep & there is a nutty aroma, but the tea body makes it comes across like a really good black, without the malty taste. Something in the way it feels on the tongue & goes down your throat is 100% like that.
The nutty roasty aroma is really hard to place. Its different from everything else I have tried. Apart from LP’s Coffee & Oolong blend. its a bit like that. Nice.
Taste-wise, if I were to drink this blind I would swear its a black tea, whatever the combo of flavours/body/feel/aroma is, it seems to be in that area. Fruit is ever-so-slight orange or apricots, slightly woodsy but without a malty character. Perhaps a bit of chocolate, it does slightly taste of sheng puerh (of which the leaves are the kind usually used for that)
Its quite soft & rounded, but when pushed an interesting sour note comes out which is covered in a vale of lightly roastedness. It still tastes a bit like LP’s coffee beans & Oolong, but with a different base. Its a bit salty & peanutty.
An interesting tea, one of which my brain puts into the black/red tea zone rather than Puerh or Oolong.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Orange, Peanut, Salty, Stonefruits, Wood
This is a very clean tasting white tea with BEAUTIFUL silver needle leaves. I was so impressed while buying this as a gift for someone else, I bought some for myself as well. The leaves smell slightly vegetal, but not in a grassy Bai Mudan/White Peony kind of way, more like a classic fresh white tea kind of way.
Steep 1: (2 minutes, 80 degrees C water, 400mL) There is something sweet and something floral in the flavour of the brewed tea. It is really fresh tasting, and the tannins give it a complex flavour that isn’t overly strong, but isn’t weak either.
Steep 2: (1.5 minutes, 80 degrees C water, 400mL) I’m really impressed with how fragrant the brewed tea smells. It has that classic tea smell, but is also very sweet.
Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Tannin, Vegetal
This is one of those tisanes I have to stock up on every year. I bought 30g hoping I would grow tired of the flavour before I ran out, but that didn’t happen. I just bought 30g more, but I might not get through October without finishing that too. I love the honeybush base, it was absolutely perfect for this blend. The spices, creamy, rich, caramalized, and sweet flavours are all in perfect proportions. This is my go-to morning drink when I am craving a pastry for breakfast (which is every morning), it is extremely satisfying as a dessert tea as well.
It is also good with milk or in smoothies.Another good thing about it is that you can leave the tea bag in for hours and just add new water. I usually make three cups of it before discarding the teabag.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Custard, Milk, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, Pastries, Rooibos, Sweet, White Chocolate
The first I tried this tea was a bust due to bad water. But now I have good water and some time to enjoy it.
The dry leaf smells like black tea, and not to be too obvious, but old wood. Wood from an old tree holding books. That part is not so obvious-my imagination cooked that up.
So 2 min with 190 F water, and pure malt layered by a woodsiness and chocolate hints. It’s dry overall, but sweet and smooth enough towards the end of the taste. It’s also got some fruitiness bordering between something like berry or cherry. Or the common weird fruity aftertaste from iced black tea. The same goes for steep two at 3 min, and three at 5 min.
This is definitely an old tree because it has that dry wood profile consistent with the aged black teas I’ve had (not to be confused with Pu-Erh), and the complexity comes more from the gradation of tastes upon drinking each cup over the cups in unison. As in it tastes pretty much the same in each cup with some variation, but most of that taste variation comes from the liquor moving down your tongue and throat.
I’d say it’s a stellar example of a black tea, but it is a black tea. Easily drinkable by anyone’s standards, it might disappoint people looking for something to Gong Fu with fewer leaves-although that’s totally possible with high gramage. I might add my notes gong fu, but for now, the short western is what I have because it is simple and easy.
If you like almond extract and rooibos, this is the blend for you. The rooibos base isn’t as noticeable in their other ones, largely due to the strong almond extract note here. There is also supposed to be papaya in here but I’m not getting an inkling of that. There’s no way such a flavour could ever compete with such a strong almond note. Milk brings out a buttery undertone which accompanies the almond. Nice, but still too two-dimensional for my tastes, and this is coming from someone who loves almond.
I feel like I’ve had this several times before, probably because I’ve encountered numerous teas/tisanes with that knock-your-socks-off almond extract flavour. At least this has super cute snowflake sprinkles?
No notes yet. Add one?
Flavors: Dill, Sweet
Chinese premium organic spike kuding ku ding bitter large leaf herbal green tea by goartea. Review.
This is the worst tasting tea I have ever tried. Extremely bitter! Bleh! Nasty! Unless you love bitter teas I suggest you stay away from this tea!
I must not waste. So I will give to a friend. I do have to give it credit for smelling like yummy pepperonies when dry so I rate a 2.
I hate this tea! This is the first time I’ve ever hated a tea :(
271 – golden oolong by Ito en. Review.
Ru Yao dragon teapot, gongfucha.
Dry leaf: fruity, floral.
Wet leaf: fruity, floral, peachy, green grapes.
1x short rinse
Light steep: I taste/smell; light
-> cream, peaches, apricots, floral, smoke, green grapes.
Medium steep: I taste/smell; the same as light steep. (Weird)
Heavy steep: I taste/smell; strong smoke.
strong to almost overpowering
-> bitterness, green grapes, peaches, apricots, floral, cream. Very strong mouth drying effect.
All in all, a wonderful tea! Nice aroma, tastes, and cha qi. However the dry mouth effect is creepy. I rate a 99.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Cream, Floral, Grapes, Peach, Smoke
If you’re looking for a mocha blend, right off the bat, I’m going to make this clear. You won’t find that here. This is more like a caramel rooibos than anything else. There’s supposed to be hazelnut in here and I’m not picking up on any nuttiness either. Granted, it could be because the base is ultra strong. I’m tasting mostly rooibos with a hint of caramel. It’s nice with milk but nothing extraordinary.
Whoa, I sound bitter. It’s actually ok, really. My brain’s just fried from spending the last hour filling out those surveys from various receipts (and of course I never win!). This did keep tantalizing me with its wafting caramel aroma as I was clicking buttons and what not, but each sip left me a little disappointed.
Ok weird, quick edit. My last sip had a shot of coffee in it, where you get all of that sediment at the bottom. That’s about it. Ok, I’m truly done this time.
I was bored & ordered some Jasmine tea to try out, I haven’t had any for years, it never used to be my thing & I was dubious how i’d get along with it.
Turns out this one is nice, the jasmine isn’t too heavy & by the 3rd gongfu steep the leaf had opened & the taste & aroma reminds me of a banana flavouring they use for sweets. A bit like banana milkshake. This was the main flavour, stronger than the base still, but I think it was nicely paired up, nothing tasted wrong or off.
By later steeps the aroma faded as well as the base & was left drinking fragrant water.
I think gongfu really is a good way to drink this as you can control the amount of jasmine fragrance a lot easier, compared to a more heavy handed western approach.
Flavors: banana, Flowers, Jasmine
I had admired this shiboridashi for awhile but it was pricey and I wondered if it would really work like I wanted it to? Then I read TeaNecromancer’s review and thought “I HAVE to buy this!” but it was still pricey so I thought I would wait for sale. The next day I got an email from Yunomi that they were having a 35% off sale when you purchased $50.00 and over. So I bought it right then.
Now I’ve bought a Japanese teapot in the past and it didn’t meet all my requirements for what is a perfect vessel to brew my Japanese tea in.
1) It needs lots of room to allow the leaves to expand so an infusier that pulls out is not a good option.
2) It needs to have a capacity for one person only. I rarely have Japanese teas with someone else.
3) It has to pour quickly and allow the water through easily when the leaves expand. Every second it pours slowly bitterness creeps in.
4) It must be easy to clean.
5) When the tea pours, it must pour out clean without any leaf. Most of the others I used, I had to pour with an extra filter.
6) It must be pleasing to eye.
Well this shiboridashi meets all those requirements and more. Especially in the last one (6). It is cute, easy to handle when pouring. Love the little red knob . Love the crackels. And here’s an extra bonus: When I poured the water in to do the first infusion, I noticed part of it turned a blush pink inside. I also noticed a bit pink on the lid when I was brewing the tea. I wonder if that is only the ones with a red knob on them?
I never had any problems cleaning this up like TeaNecromancer but I was brewing a sencha which has bigger leaves. I haven’t tried this yet with some of the finer leaf teas but it performed beautifully with my sencha. I can see this will easily become my favourite teapot for brewing Japanese greens.
Pulled this one out from nicole this morning. I received a surprise care package from Tigress_Al in the mail the other day so my numbers are up a little. Need to try and get a few more sipdowns in so that i can keep up the good work. :) Still enjoying this one even if it’s a little oolongy this round.