New Tasting Notes
I don’t usually drink tea at this time, but I wanted something to drink while doing homework and straightening up a bit tonight. I’ve had this one for quite a while and haven’t tried it yet, so no time like the present, right?!
Put 7g into a 100ml gaiwan and did a very quick steep to start, no wash. Pretty deep colored liquor in steep one, and it smells quite robust. Definitely getting wood and roasty notes in the beginning. Not so much nutty as grainy, and a sweet finish that has a hint of cream and a mineral aftertase and building tropical notes. I can tell my tastes are evolving, because I don’t think I would have liked this a few months ago.
A few more steeps in I get a cooling sensation that lasts for a couple of steeps before the tea settles out into a fairly consistent, light blend of rocky, tropical sweetness. I find that it doesn’t really affect my energy levels much at all, which is perfect for this time of night. I’m able to stay focused on my homework and don’t feel overly alert, so I should still be able to sleep without an issue.
Flavors: Grain, Mineral, Roasted, Sweet, Tropical, Wood
Super disappointed in this tea. i wanted to like it… the ginger and earthiness just overpowered the pineapple and carrot which made me sad. I would have liked them to keep ginger out of the equation and just flavored the turmeric with pineapple and carrot. that would have been way better. The smell of the dry leaf was somewhat fruity like citrus. The smell of the tea steeped was more earth- probably the turmeric- and a hint of ginger. The taste was earthy and then the aftertaste was spiced ginger. not my “cup of tea”.
Flavors: Earth, Ginger
This is a tea from the GCTTB #6
Drank this a few weeks back, so I don’t remember my steeping parameters.
What I really like about this blend is how sweet the spearmint is. Very fresh and very minty.
I found the citrus a bit on the light side, but that’s fine. The green base was not astringent at all, but also wasn’t very present due to the strength of the spearmint. Overall, very tasty.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Mint, Spearmint, Sweet
Finally posting all those queued tasting notes from the GCTTB #6
a) I steeped this for 5 minutes (2-5 minutes recommended on the package) but used water that was fairly cool (80 *C). It was extremely bitter and overpowering, I should have gone for 2 minutes.
b) It tastes like stale turmeric and cardboard. I really wanted to like this, because it is such a unique tea, but I could only get in two sips. The two friends I was with (big tea drinkers) thought it was disgusting also. I may actually have found the worst tea of all time. Worse than grocery store bagged green tea mixed with stevia and hibiscus even. Worse than fish flavoured pu’erh. It was really bad. I can’t say I’d recommend even trying it.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cardboard, Tannic
Another show stopper. For those who don’t like the full on pu-erh experience but would like to like pu-erh, I would recommend this one.
The nose is forrest floor, humic, sea shore, salty, mushrooms.
The palate is light, slight honey, seashore, savory and very lightly salty, umami, little bit cinnamon, and raisins, with a lingering sweetness.
The dry leaves smell wonderful ( but I didn’t write the note down and I won’t try to go from memory ), I usually don’t pay too much attention to the dry leaves as to aroma…so…
Nose, intensely floral, osmanthus, bright, crisp sweet apple. Palate, sugar sweet at the tip of the tongue, creme brule, round, somewhat woody, lilac, osmanthus. really nice.
I seemed to be able to do better brewing this one. It is light and delicate, but the flavors are definitely there and it is a fuller less thin tea than the other dancongs that i have tried. Nose and palate are very similar with sweet orange, celery, osmanthus, rose, roasted barley, and delightful peach on the finish. Backward ( the flavor seems to be stronger on the back of the palate ).
I have some trouble with dancong teas, they just seem to brew very light and delicate for me compared to other wulongs. If any one has any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong, please let me know. That said, this one is very light, jasmine, rose, roasted barley, pineapple and slightly vegetal.
I dumped the rest of this into a small jar with water and left it in the fridge for a few days. Poured a little into a cup, added a shot of Treaty Oak rum and some agave and I have myself an almost perfect drink. There is a little bite in there that I don’t care for which is likely due to overleafing, but there is a ton of tasty watermelon flavor in there! Vodka would have had a cleaner taste that went better with the watermelon, but the white rum isn’t bad either. Could probably use an ice cube to dilute it a little. Eh.
Another fine tea from Verdant. I swear I do not own stock in that company, they just seem to fine some of the best tea around.
Nose, lychee and peach ( for those who like the Harney Fenghuang Shuixian I would really recommend you try this one ), apricot, sandalwood, jasmine, on the palate much like the nose with more sour citrus notes like yuzu, also light rose and spice. Rather dry but not really astringent, slightly short finish.
Today is a rough day and the start of a rough new reality. I steeped a cup of this tea, took a sip, was intrigued and then got side tracked with some manual labor in my yard that included hauling bags of cement. Now I’m all sweat, gross and dusty while trying to focus on experiencing this cup instead of turning to my liquor cupboard. Yay me! LOL!
I absent mindedly chugged some of this before reheating. I’m noticing more coconut when it is warm and more of the tea flavors coming out when it is cool. I think I can pick up a bit of the butteriness from the cashew and maybe a hint of carrot. Adding cream isn’t doing much. The creaminess is heightened, but I’m not tasting any other flavor changes. Maybe a little more carrot at the end of the sip? I’ll have to revisit this tea when I’m in a better headspace.
OK, so I have only had a few different white teas. This one differs significantly form the others I have tried. Since I am partial to wulong and red tea, for me, this is all to the good.
On the nose I get sea shore, new mown hay, oranges. The palate is very round and full, with light mandarin, clover, kumquat, seaweed, bergamot, all very delicate and nicely balanced. Held up for 8 steepings.
When this first came out back in the fall of 2015, I wasn’t really crazy about this blend, but since it’s came back I gave it another try. I actually really like it now! (Sadly I hear its leaving again) I’m not a big fan of nuts in tea but I’m not hesitant to try them, and more than that, I’m really just enjoying the apricot flavours in this tea. That’s definitely what does it for me. I don’t mind the almond taste behind that, but I really love the apricot.
I also really enjoy this as a latte as well.
Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Nutty