96 Tasting Notes
Liqueur is sweet with a light but smooth body. A flavor of steamed broccoli and lightly grilled sweet leeks or Brussels sprouts. Aftertaste is a little creamy with a hint of cashew nut. Wet leaves have the aroma of spring rain on grass and asparagus. Wet leaves after second infusion smell of candy and sweet peaches. The liqueur, in contrast, becomes more rounded and asparagus-like. The third infusion departs from the sweet and leaves a simpler light vegetal flavor with a hint of dryness in the aftertaste.
Buttery and somewhat flowery liqueur with a nutty aroma reminiscent of freshly shelled walnuts. A little blunt in the mouth but the high notes are worth it if you stop to appreciate them.
Probably my favorite Earl Grey, the St. Dalfour has a fruity, flowery taste that I find incredibly comforting. Those jam-makers know how to flavor a black tea. It’s much lighter than other Earls, and not as harsh on the palette. The bergamot is a summer breeze in the cup: not nearly as strong as I usually prefer my bergamot flavor, but somehow just as pleasant. Note that the subtle nuances of this tea seem to dissipate quickly in storage. Best to consume quickly.
Just the right tea for a quiet foggy morning. Light enough not to disrupt the calm or fill your mouth with flavors like Bai Mu Dan might, Yin Zhen’s calming influence comes more from the aroma in the mouth than from the flavor on the tongue.
The most amazing smoky aroma, but what has never ceased to amaze me is the smooth and actually not smoky taste. This is really good for settling the stomach after a big meal. My friends often brew this stronger, but I like an almost gong-fu style infusion for its lightness.
Creamy and light, in a very comforting and calming way. I really sense fresh strawberries in the taste.
A comforting infusion with a characteristic taste of freshly steamed asparagus. The wet leaves really strongly represent this aroma, while the infusion itself contains it as a light touch. Also a little creamy, this cup will enliven the senses like a Japanese green, but with a very different vegetal taste.
Lightly sweet, with a comforting fruity finish and a soft, but not creamy, mouth feel. The flavor is like sweet corn. This year’s pick is starting to lose some of its staying power; the second infusion (at least at my time and temp) is drier than I would prefer and the floral aroma is mostly gone.
A very light, almost green, oolong; which is probably what makes it one of my favorites. Still, care must be taken when infusing this tea. There are many ways to make a good cup; I prefer 85-90 degrees for a minute fifteen after quickly washing the leaves first. Sweet and a little flowery in taste, the golden infusion makes a good session oolong. Not as heady as Tung Ting or as grounding as the roasted oolongs, nor as creamy as a true green, Bao Zhong (or Pao Chung) is more of a weekly tea for me.