284 Tasting Notes
Another sample from Lala (thank you!) which is also another SIPDOWN!!!
I’m pretty sure i’m reviewing this in the right place since it looked like a black and not a honeybush. Drank this one hot with added creamer. I enjoyed this better than butter beer. Since I added the creamer, I did get that feeling of ‘float’ taste and definitely got the root beer. Wouldn’t mind revisiting this one iced, but alas, my sample has been used up.
Thanks for sharing, Lala!
I pulled this one out of the box and finally got around to trying it yesterday.
This brewed up really dark – a deep golden yellow. I was a little skeptical, and thought that it would be bitter and undrinkable. But I was pleasantly surprised. Nutty and vegetal. I have no issues with strong tasting green tea’s so this was really tasty to me.
I am not so eloquent in my descriptions of tea. I have only recently become more and more fascinated with sheng puerh, and so lack the vocabulary to do this tea justice.
What I can say is that this is really good. I’ve done about 4 or 5 infusions now, and it seems to still carry a lot of flavour. Smoky, mineral, apricots. Those are the main flavours that I picked out. Some musty/humidity in the first couple of infusions, but not at all bothersome. I didn’t find any bitterness in this, but I did pretty short steeps. I decided to let infusion 5 steep for almost a minute just to see how bitter it would get, and it was pretty good with a bit of bitterness.
I loved the colour of the brew – golden honey. That kinda surprised me, actually. The mouth-feel was soupy/thick and very pleasant.
I really enjoyed this sheng and am considering a purchase. Definitely recommended.
Thank you so much for the sample Crimson Lotus! My apologies for the delay in writing a tasting note.
Drinking this shou reminds me of walking through a damp forest. Notes of damp earth/soil, mossy and sweet. My first couple of infusions were my favourites since the forest flavours were most prominent.
The latter infusions were lighter, with hints of cocoa and woody notes.
Very enjoyable and a perfect pairing to this damp rainy morning. Thank you for the sample Crimson Lotus!
The last of the Wymm Tea samples. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, but I think this one is the favourite. Such a beautiful tea. Lovey thick mouth-feel that’s comes across as pudding like. Even the floral aftertaste lends a lovely sweetness to the tea. Yeah. Definitely my favourite.
Thank you so much, Wymm Tea for your generous samples!
Whoa—-this is a strong sheng. It’s quite powerful in it’s taste.
I’m on steep 4 or 5 – I lost count, and it’s showing no signs of giving up. Predominant taste is grass and sharp bitterness. In the aftertaste I am picking up on some stone fruit, but that comes and goes. I look forward to more steeps to see how this progresses.
This is quite the tasty sheng.
Many thanks to Wymm Tea for providing a sample.
Another sample sent by Wymm Tea.
I’ve done a few infusions of this, and can probably get a few more. The initial infusion I found to be sweet and fruity. I didn’t notice any bitterness.
Later infusions I found some bitterness, but it not overpowering. The fruit notes seem to have dissipated, but I am still finding this to be surprisingly honey sweet and a little floral.
This latest infusion I’m finding some hay notes, and the ever present sweetness. The bitterness has subsided, and now only appears in the finish.
I am really enjoying this. It is so good. Thank you so much for the samples, Wymm!
I decided to cold brew this one. I think it’s impacting the flavour of it. It is a bit unusual. Must be gingko. I’ve never had gingko before, and I’m not sure if I’ll try it again. We’ll see. The citrus comes out in the aftertaste. It was ok. Maybe it would be different if it was hot brewed then iced.