147 Tasting Notes
I much preferred this ripe pu-erh to the “Hong Kong” style I tried earlier. This was much softer, and felt more mature. It wasn’t musty but had a delicate sweetness to it.
I had to modify my brewing time because the first brew was quite weak (I guess the leaves hadn’t fully woken up), but the second brew created a very deep dark liquor.
A very faint smokiness on the second infusion that dissipated on the third that just revealed a sweetness. A very easy one to drink for a beginner like me!
Price = 100
Taste = 85
Representation = 80
New Rank = 88.33
Reading White 2 Tea’s blurb about the tea, it stresses the price/quality ratio. While I understand that is important…sometimes I just want to drink a good tea regardless of the price.
While this is supposed to be a raw, it certainly reminded me more of a cooked pu-erh. I think this is the Hong Kong Style coming out. I got the cedar, but more than that I got camphor and fish.
I still have a couple infusions to go on this, but so far this has been my least favorite of the three teas.
With my new ranking system I would give it
70 for the taste
16 for the price
75 for the representation
53.66 new ranking (70 old ranking)
I think I liked this one a little more than the Repave I tried earlier; but I can’t tell if it is because this one is more aged!
It started off with a faint camphor that then grew into a butterscotch sweetness in later brewings, the 4th brewing still brewed a strong color but was a bit light on the taste.
Taste = 84
Price = 23
Quality = 78
New Rank 62 (old rank 84)
oh. hello good tea!
I’m drinking this tea as I write, so beware the tea-drunkness. The foil sealed bags worked perfectly as when I opened the packet, I was greeted by a plethora of aromas. fruity sweet cherries, a faint menthol, and a sweet tobacco. Reminds me of an experiment I did in my undergrad where we transformed Tobacco plants with TMV. When we infected the plants you had to damage the leaves, and that fresh green scent is definitely present in this tea.
Makes me wonder what tobacco blossoms smell like!
The taste is subtle, but sweet, full bodied, and not over-powering. I could see this being an excellent tea in the future. There is a faint bitterness, but I’m not brewing this in the traditional method so all I can really say is that I am enjoying it, and looking forward to the second and third brews of this tea!
80.1 (old ranking 82)
I got this tea in a swap with a Pu-Erh expert, and it was my first dip into the lot, so perhaps I am grading this one a little too harsly.
My first notice was the large amount of sticks. I actually had to break some up to get them to fit into my cup. (like 3 inches long. I don’t even know how they fit into the bag).
Unfortunately I’m not a fish fan, the only sushi I can do is fully cooked, so the fish broth taste didn’t really work for me. There was a caramel menthol sweetness to it, and a smokey ness.
Reading the blurb on the website, this is a tea I would love to love, but unfortunately I can’t really see myself ordering any more in the future.
Updating my ranking to my new system.
Taste = 65
Price = 52.38
Representation = 75
New score of 64.12
I’m slightly torn on this review, and I think as I finish the rest of the 50 g bag, I will be revising this tea. hopefully.
I’m fairly certain that I have over-brewed it. I watched the pot like a hawk, smelling it constantly to try and discern when it would be at its peak; however not much distinct aroma so I decided after the tea had turned a golden light amber that it was enough.
The first taste that hit me was the astrengency and the bitterness. Which leads me to believe that I have over brewed it. I do get the black cherry jam taste, but this isn’t really a taste I look for in a Djareeling. As the tea cools I get more peachy and vanilla undertones. The tea also has an oily quality about it, which unfortunately with the black cherry taste reminds me of children’s cough medicine.
I enjoy drinking teas because they are like flowers waiting to bloom. Depending on how long they are brewed for, and what conditions are present will really impact the ‘flower’. I feel like with this tea it was a blossom that never matured and just withered and died. I noted the standard woody/peppery aroma as I first dipped the tea into the water, but I never received a second or a third ingredient.
New Rating system
Taste = 60
Price = 27.66
Representation = 74
Score = 53.88
Out of all of the 2014 FF’s I ordered from Camellia Sinensis…this one kinda pales in comparison. No distinction, really no taste at all, I can understand the ‘mineral’ description they give…but that isn’t necessarily the mark of a good tea.
Taste = 65
Price = 50
Representation = 75
New score of 63.33
I’m a little slow on my tasting notes on this one, and for tasting it as much as I did, I’m kicking myself for not writing more!
As the tea first brewed, it was very green in appearance, with a light toasted hay and faint muscatel aroma. This grew as it brewed to a light mead/honey like flavor that slowly turned to flowers and fruits like nectarines and white peaches.
The tea itself was quite fruity to me, I tasted honey-dew melon and white peaches, with a faint muscatel grape. A faint honeysuckle flower. The fruit became more pronounced the colder the tea became. When I re-steeped the tea I got a nice woody-oak zest.
Taste = 92
Price = 50
New Score = 75.66
I’m not one usually for hype, and I’m also not really one for oolongs, but this was a great exception!
It had this sickly sweet taste, almost reminds you of caramelized bananas foster, except in a dark rum (that’s been aged in a new world oak barrel). There was also a touch of lychee/other sweet tropical fruit.
I’m actually going to buy some of this tea to give to some of my Muslim friends to explain what rum tastes like.
Taste = 93
Price = 50
Representation = (NA)
New Score of 71.5
This was a lovely Long Jing. A slightly bitter vegtal notes, think like a belgian endive, mixed with roasted chestnuts, and some light chocolate notes. While it wasn’t as ‘full-bodied’ or long lasting mouth feel, this was still a very enjoyable tea to enjoy.
Way too pricey though in my opinion.
Price = 31.25
Representation = 90
Taste = 94
New Score of 71.75