New Tasting Notes
Twice now I’ve had the wonderful experience of tasting this Sheng puer, another sample sent from TeaVivre. Both times I’ve been very pleased with the result. This tea held a special interest for me since I’ve visited tea factories in Fengqing before, but never one that produced Puer. The city is known mainly for its Hong Cha (black tea).
The aroma of the orange infusions was deeper than I expected, bringing to mind oak more than the cedar scent that I often find with young and middle-aged Sheng (I consider any Sheng Puer less than 5 years old to be “young”, and more than 10 years to be “old”). This was the first sign that I was getting a tasty cup.
Starting with about a 10-second infusion, the flavor was very smooth and round with more of that oak character. It had a dryness to it that pervaded the mouth, but it was a pleasant dryness, akin to the feeling of a Bordeaux wine. The taste reminded me actually of another one of my favorite Sheng cakes, coincidentally from the same year: the 2006 Lao Shu Bing Cha from Dobra Tea (alas, no longer available in that year).
Check out my full review here: http://someteawith.me/2013/12/06/2006-fengqing-sheng-tuocha-puer/
The best time to buy tea at Teavana is when it’s on sale! It’s the only time I try out new ones. Like this one! Which I am quite happy with.
Many teas/“teas” with hibiscus are overpowered by it. But I feel they did a nice job with blending all the ingredients and keep it more on the mellow side. Good hot or cold but I think I am liking it slightly warm the best at the moment. (It’s in the single digits right now
Earthy but sweetly fresh and quenching. Wasn’t what I really wanted but not dissatisfying either.
I just got a huge order from Tealux and I’m kicking myself for not ordering enough of this tea. As soon as I opened the bag and smelled, it was so delicious. A milky sweetness. It was hard to believe an unflavoured tea has such a nice aroma. I was not dissappointed once I brewed it either. Although it smells sweet it wasn’t sweet for flavour but had that milky/buttery taste to it. Yum! Now it looks like I’ll have to order more of this from Tealux. I’m just wondering how it compares up to other milk oolong’s since this is my very first milk oolong.
Double Knit Blend for the second tea of the day! I’m at work now, so much warmer at least, but man oh man I don’t want to go outside today. Also driving 4 hours to go to the work Christmas party this afternoon…going to pack lots of blankets and tea for the ride in case something happens! Ah, I love this tea. I needed it yesterday, but I’m having it today. Rich, malty, a bit sweet, a bit smoky..perfect. One of my favorite straight black teas. See previous notes.
Good morning delicious cup of Goodness!
Day 6 of 24 Days of Tea
SUSHI TEA! I will fondly always refer to this as sushi tea, because that is where I was first exposed to Genmaicha. Back then I didn’t know the name of the tea, I just know I loved the toasted taste when I ordered my sushi. I would always ask the servers what kind of tea it was, but only to be answered “green tea.” Then it left me thinking “Well Duh!”
At first sniff: You smell toasted rice. Let’s not try to get deep here, it’s green tea leaves and toasted rice. I’ve always wanted to try Davids variation of it though. I usually buy this stuff at the Asian specialty stores for dirt cheap, but can never seem to brew it the same way I have it in sushi restaurants. I think I’m over thinking it. I think they just keep dumping in hot water (boiling water that is) and continue to serve it. I guess I like it more burnt?
At first steep: Wow, very delicate instructions. 75C at 2-3 mins. I was ballsy and did it for 3 mins. It’s very light/delicate and one thing I always like about green tea is you can usually start drinking it right away, no need to wait. The first sip makes me realize I need to clean out my tea maker this weekend. I can taste what I think is Stormy Night, unless I’m just dreaming and they put coconut in this one too?!?!? This is definitely a go to morning tea for me. It wakes me up without sugar or milk. I usually buy a box of tea bags from the Asian grocer. I notice that there is a lack of tea leaves in the blend, and a lot of rice. Are we extra poor Japanese folks at DavidsTea??
I don’t think I will be buying this from Davids when I’m out. Their price is expensive when I can go to a Japanese market and get it there for far less. None the less, this is my favourite type of green tea.
This is a light cup of tea. The toffee flavor is mild. Not getting as much as I would really like.
The base isnt overpowering, but I’m tasting more of it then I am of the toffee
Day 6 of the advent calendar.
Dry, the tea smells citrusy, like an Earl Grey. What is with all these DM teas having citrus in them?! The taste is silky smooth and doesn’t have that unbalanced bite that some teas with orange have. It is good, but not amazing. It is just a smooth black tea with orange.
I love the presentation of this company. I love the black tins, the design they use to frame the name of the teas and that they put out an advent calendar, but I’m still waiting to fall in love with the tea.
Day 6 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt advent calendar.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Yes, it’s good. But…I feel like it has changed since the last time I drank it. It’s fruity, a bit tart. Predominant taste I get is apple, and then “something else”. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’ve also never had goji berries on their own before so I don’t actually know what they taste like. It might actually be those. Who knows (well, someone probably does…).
Verdict: may buy again, may not.
Good morning steepster. So it is so bloody cold here this morning that the heater in our apartment died. So no hot water for a shower, no heat on. I wondered why it was so cold when I woke up. My phone said it was around – 29 C but felt like – 46 C with windchill this morning. Manning, AB is the coldest place on earth today it said on the news. A 6 hour drive north, but still. Brrrrrrrr. So since I got up early to shower and can’t, I have extra time, so I made a cup of this to warm up. My hands are sluggish typing currently lol. Thank goodness for tea. I am hoping my Jeep starts for work, really DO NOT want to take the bus there today. See previous notes on this tea!
The first of my Della Terra orders arrived yesterday. While most of the teas will be Christmas gifts I thought I’d open this one to share with my daughter since it’s one of her favorites.
Well, I have to say we were both disappointed. The tea has little to no flavor. The smell is there while it’s steeping, but there’s only a vague hint of spice and cookie in the infusion. If I had been drinking this by myself I would have chalked it up to being sick, but my daughter’s face fell after the second sip. She let the tea cool some, and it was no better. One of the main reasons she and I love Della Terra is that their flavored teas a full of flavor, so this was a bummer.
I’m hoping this was a fluke and that the rest of the bag will be the awesomeness we’ve come to love from Della Terra.
No floral. Anywhere. This is okay by me but I double checked the packaging just to be sure. It’s all caramel in the dry leaf. Reminds me alot of the DAVIDs salted caramel really, and I’m kind of meh on that one. Once steeped it does smell a touch more nutty. Chocolate/caramel and nutty.
No additives (this is amazing!) and the first taste gives me a cherry/fig note along with the dry/astringence of a nutty flavor. I’ve never had chestnuts that I know of but I guess that’s the flavor I’m getting? Makes me want to try them as a food. :) The nutty flavor it is most reminiscent of, to me, is almond.
This doesn’t actually seem like a tea to me, though. The black tea is very meek and hiding under the other flavors, so it’s almost like I’m drinking the essence of cherry&almond. It is smooth and stands very nicely on its own with no additives, but it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to try again. A fun novelty tea, though!
Yay, I’m catching up!
I don’t get fruit or spices at all—what I did get this round is way more earthy nuttiness and wildflower honey. The toastiness brought on a lot of childhood nostalgia of guo ba (the rice that gets stuck and toasted on the sides of the pan), and smells of it too. It took awhile for me to remember exactly what it reminded me of, I’m so happy now.
It sets itself apart from other roasted teas or genmaicha I’ve tried (lots of them make me nauseous after awhile with their HEY I’M ROASTED taste in my face). Love the undertones of filbert hazelnuts too. Delicious :D
Tea of the morning….
I bought some chamomile for my nephew on Black Friday and this was a free sample that Adagio tucked into my order for free. I was definitely pretty happy about it, because my Keemun phase did not coincide with my Adagio phase. (I am still essentially in the Keemun phase.) I loved the easy availability and huge offering of flavors from Adagio when I was new to tea. I only tried a few black teas when I was shopping there, and their Fujian Baroque is completely responsible for my obsession with all teas Fujian. Even though I rarely shop at Adagio, and it would mostly be for herbals and straight blacks at this point (something about their ceylon flavored tea base just doesn’t do anything for me), I so appreciate them for what they are. They were my gateway into the world of tea, and made it so that I did not have to rely on Teavana. Thank you, Adagio!
This reminds me mostly of the Keemun Mao Feng I currently have in my stash from Upton. It is a low smoke version of KMF. It does not have the complexity of Harney’s KMF, but there are definitely notes of cocoa, and malt. I can’t say I will be purchasing this as my stash of just Keemuns is a bit daunting, but I will definitely drink it all. I think it is a bit pricey for what it is. In the mid size, it is $4 per oz. and Harney’s KMF is $4.50.
Usual teapot method.
Delicious with a little bit of almond milk. That is all….haha
Thank you Stacy for this sample!
I definitely would not have picked this to try myself, but I need to try new things sometimes. For some reason, I just cannot get into straight greens. Which is weird because I love oolongs, even green ones. Anyway….
About this tea! This is a wonderful tea, smooth vegetal green peas with a tiny hint of some fruitiness. Really good green tea!
I am glad I got to try it.
My new box of this is slightly different than my previous experience. The old stuff leaned more toward butterscotch. Maybe it had just been sitting on the grocers shelf alone and unloved for too long before I brought it home? Anyway this new box has just a hint of citrus. Love the aroma. I use one bag in a 8oz cup and I add sweetener. I notice most everyone else double bags – does that mean you don’t sweeten? This is sugar cookie. Emphasis on sugar and cookie :) This tastes exactly like what I would expect. Just like the smiley face cookies I get at a local bakery – except this is better because its cheaper and guilt free. I can have as much as I want. I tend to just leave the bag in the cup. Good stuff. I hope I never out grow it.