240 Tasting Notes
I’m finding this tea quite bitter, first and second infusions. I thought I let the first infusion go too long, so I reduced the time, but the bitterness is still there. It’s still drinkable, and I’ll keep going as long as the leaves keep giving.
Both infusions brew up really dark, like coffee, and it is strong. The first infusion was earthy and bitter. I did pick up dates too.
Infusion two is earthy and bitter, with a bit of nuttiness.
Because of the bitterness, it’s not really a favourite of mine, but for now it’s keeping me warm on this really cold day.
Thanks for sharing Cameron B!
I’ve already reviewed this tea once before, but I’m drinking it again this morning while watching the snow fall.
Not that I’ve tried many pu’erhs (hoping to change that for 2015), but of the ones I have, this is my favourite. Upfront notes of spice, with an underlying earthiness and maybe some autumn leaves. As the cup cools the mushrooms become prominent.
A sample that was shared by Dexter – thank you!
This is the last of the sample that Dexter sent my way, and I’ll probably order more soon, ‘cos it’s just so good.
So far I’ve done three solid steeps, and I’m gonna go for another in a minute. Nutty, creamy, and a bit of chocolate. Steep two, I’ll admit, I added a bit of creamer, just to see and it turned into delicious sweet milk chocolate.
Thanks Dexter for sharing!
The fist time I brewed this one up (yesterday) I didn’t realize it was an oolong. I thought it was a black tea. Had I looked at the leaves more closely I would have realized that right away. I wondered why it brewed up so pale. I didn’t realize until I cleaned out the infuser and saw the leaves…oops.I recall picking up the nutty notes and a bit of tang that was the citrus coming through.
So today I was when I did the sipdown, I was more prepared about it being an oolong. To me this is till more nutty than citrus. Yesterday it was a vague nutty flavour, but today I found the almond flavour. The citrus peeped through occasionally.
A pleasant cup for a dreary afternoon. Thanks for the sample Cameron B!
I’ve hoarded my last little bit of this, because I was afraid I’d never be able to try it again after finishing it off. But I see on the Verdant site that they’ve blended it again, so another sip down.
Now I just need to figure out if I’m gonna order an obscene amount or just a moderately obscene amount. I still haven’t decided.
Many thanks to Cameron B for providing the sample!
I got this tea in my first swap with Dexter. I have so many tea’s from Dexter that I need to get to…This, however, is a quick and easy sipdown.
The flavour has faded somewhat, but I’m still getting some of the cappuccino notes. The caramel crunch flavour is not apparent, but that’s probably because I’ve had the sample for quite a while. I remember getting all of the flavours the first time I tried it.
Anyway, I enjoyed it while I had it, but moving on. Thanks for the sample Dex!
This tea came my way a long time ago from JustJames. I’ve been avoiding it, because I generally do not enjoy floral teas. But I finally thought it was time to sip it down, so that’s what this morning’s cup is about – the sipdown.
When I opened the packet (a couple of days ago), I remember how sweet it smelled, almost like candy. I was a little worried. After brewing though, the candy-like sweetness toned down. I had a few cups prior to this sipdown, but wasn’t able to note it.
Today’s cup was lightly floral, followed up by sweet hay. For a non-floral tea drinker, I find this one is actually pretty good. But, I can only handle 2 steeps, and then I’m done.
For me, this is only ok, but that’s because I have different tea preferences. Although I can see the appeal for those who do enjoy jasmine tea.
Thanks for the sample JustJames!
I was little worried about this one, because the brewing aroma was quite floral. I’m not really a fan of floral type tea’s. Sure, my initial sip was quite floral, but I didn’t give up on it. As the cup cooled I found those creamy buttery notes that I enjoy so much in milk oolongs. The floral notes took a back seat as the cup cooled.
Steep two was even less floral, but the butter notes were still very present. The peach notes came through as well once the cup cooled down.
I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed this cup, despite the initial heavy floral aromas. Thanks to Cameron B for the sample!
The last time I reviewed this tea, I was on the fence about it. sometimes I love it, and other times it’s just meh. tonight I love it. my house guest said it smells like popcorn, I see why he would think that.
Brews up nice and dark, with a weighty mouth feel. I haven’t tried rice pu’er from any other company, so I don’t how it compares. But, when the mood strikes for a starchy type tea, this one hits the spot.