New Tasting Notes
I realized today that I never got to the third Origins Tea sample which was sent to me a little ways back. Seemed like as good a time to brew it as ever. I hadn’t heard a lot of good things about this tea from the tea-drinkers I normally associate with. That said, I went into it with an open mind, and it turned out pretty well! I could smell the roast pretty heavily on these leaves, especially after a rinse, so that had me just a bit worried.
This tea had a bit of a nutty flavor, followed up by a finish/aftertaste which was definitely burnt tasting, but came across to me as a burnt sugar sort of taste. I can see why others might not have liked it, because it is really the most “burnt” tasting tea I’ve tried. Perhaps over-roasted. There was a little bit of fruitiness, though only really present in the later steeps once much of the roastiness had left the flavor. Around the middle of the session, the roast did get a little bit unpleasantly powerful, but not too terrible.
My verdict is that this is a decent tea, and one which I wouldn’t mind drinking every now and then, but I wouldn’t pay what Origins is selling it for. There are better Shui Xians available from other vendors for a lower price. For me the highlight of this tea was the burnt sugar finish in the early part of the session – it kind of reminded me of the crust on the top of a creme brulee.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet
The smell is there you really get your hopes up and I actually liked this for awhile until I began tasting other chai teas and this one really doesn’t compare. It also tastes really mild and I find you don’t taste the flavor until you added milk and sugar where with a really good chai you don’t need too.
Flavors: Cardamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla
My first tasting of the day is Yunnan sourcing Ye Zhu Tang raw pu’erh cake. THis was the second offering in the raw puerh tea of the month club. I started with using 110 ml of water in a my Yixing pot. I started with a quick rinse of the tea leaves to open them up, there was almost no dust, but the leaves were a little stubborn in opening up so I did a second wash. I did sip the second wash to see what I would be getting, and was surprised it had nice honey and sweet notes and the bitterness was really mild.
The first proper infusion I got a clear pale yellow liquor that was sweet, astringent, with floral, vegetal and bitter notes. It has a wonderful mouth feel and is a bit sweeter than might be expected for a young raw. I really liked this.
The second proper infusion the leaves started to open up proper now, again giving a clear yellow liquor with a bit more of the bitterness coming out now, but not overpowering it. And the honey flavor also became more pronounced, this was my favorite infusion.
The third infusion the bitterness creeped up on it a bit more. It was still sweet, but it had citrus notes at this point, sweet, astringent and bitter, it also lost some of the honey flavors. I have a feeling those will come back in the later infusions.
The fourth infusion was spectacular, the bitterness mostly vanished and the honey notes came back much stronger now. It also darkened slightly looking more apple juice color than before. I havent started increasing the time yet either, this is 1 , 2, 3, pour and let the yixing steep as it pours.
Im going to go steep out the rest of this wonderful tea. I have a feeling I will get 10 from this easy. A very nice young raw with a bit more sweetness.
PS First to post again, Im on a roll!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Honey, Vegetal
Love Love Love this!! Ooooh Anne you did it again! What an amazing blend. The first thing I tasted was cinnamon and then came in the peach and ginger and creamy cheesecake. Mmmmm! So delightful. I am not usually a fan of ginger having a strong presence so I was thankful that it was more of a complimentary hint, opposed to a dominant flavor. This was so delightful I do wish I had tried this in the fall!
Flavors: Cheesecake, Cinnamon, Creamy, Ginger, Peach
So I bought a tin of this because well I love coffee and thought that I would naturally like this… not so much. I don’t dislike this but there is so many competing flavors that the taste just feels off. Also not a fan of the oil slick that is part of this tea. I don’t think I will be repurchasing this one.
Flavors: Artificial, Burnt, Coffee
So, I had intended to buy one sample of this tea…accidentally bought two and due to some miscommunication, wasn’t able to amend that.
I am not quite sure how to feel about this one yet. Session started out normal enough. The leaves were green and very nicely twisted, so I only got about 5g into the gaiwan. Nice, sweet vegetal aroma and a very light yellow liquor.
The flavor started out more or less as I would expect of a greener oolong. A sweet, beany vegetal flavor without too much in the way of floral notes in this case. I enjoyed it will enough for the first few steeps and rhinkle was undecided until she hit one steep that she said tasted like foot odor. I brushed her comment off since she’s got a cold and kept drinking once our break was over.
And then…I got the same thing. Not in the body, but in the aftertaste of a single steep, the odor of sweaty feet filled my nostrils. It was very strange, as after that, the taste evolved into something pineappley, with a tropical fruit blend aftertaste, something I’ve tasted in another sample I tried recently.
Over continued steeps, a mouth coating viscosity developed, and I enjoyed that for a few steeps before the flavor overall started to die off. Going to have to play around with this one more soon to get the best out of it!
Flavors: Beany, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical
I tried this in the Valentine’s Day Sample package it smelled like french toast however when I brewed I was a little disappointed really it really smelled wonderful but kind of tasted bland unmemorable. Its not a bad tea but I don’t think I would buy it, I am glad that it was just a sample!
Flavors: Sugar, Sweet
While this has a nice day one could not drink it every day. This is more for when you think you are getting a cold or you are not feeling good then its the perfect tea. I have 50 grams of this and I have feeling this will last me a very long time.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spicy
Holy cow talk about LEMON! This one is strong for you lemon lovers you will definitely get your fix with this one. While I couldn’t drink this everyday because I think I would get sick of it fast, it is nice to switch up and get a lemony kick every now and then.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass
This tea is amazing! When ever I make this I just stand in front of the kettle sniffing the tin, its so good. Honestly its the best tea, you drink it so fast that you quickly find yourself brewing a second and a third cup! Oh and it brews a beautiful pink colour just perfect.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Sweet
So this tea comes from VariaTEA – it’s my first tea from this company! Turns out, like her, I made the mistake of thinking the flavour of this was inspired by the drink/cocktail instead of the actual location.
I was very surprised when I took my first sip and it was so strongly spearmint flavoured, with milder citrus undertones. I’ve only had a proper Long Island Iced Tea like twice, and to be honest I kind of hated it – but one thing it definitely did not taste like was mint. That said, this was delicious. I’d totally drink it again, but also I think it would be well suited as the base tea for a tea cocktail as well; maybe like a Mint Julep type thing?