234 Tasting Notes
My most recent shipment from Verdant Tea came in today, and I’m really excited to try this tea, especially because I’m the first person to post a review here. _
Cute Asian emoticons aside, I brewed this tea Western style with water that was a bit under boiling, and I steeped for three minutes. The first infusion was pretty much exactly as the website described: Malty foretaste with a very pleasant creamy quality, followed by a sweeter aftertaste that lingers for a good minute. It’s a lot milder than I expected, but the result is exceptionally good.
The second infusion was characterized by a general sweetening of the tea, as seems to be usual for Yunnan blacks in my limited experience. The aftertaste also has definitely started to taste a bit like honey. This tea is definitely developing well, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
The third infusion saw the development of something new in the taste, but it’s still faint right now. Other than that, no real change from the previous infusion.
The forth infusion really developed well. The new flavor that I mentioned in the previous infusion has show itself to be a spice, but it’s still really faint. It might be the pepper mentioned in the description, but I’m not sure. Another development is that the sweetness of the tea has really increased, and the aftertaste tastes even more like honey than previously.
My fifth and final infusion had more development of the spiciness, which is definitely pepper, but was otherwise the same as the forth. This tea had a longevity that was better than some black teas, where you get four infusions on a good day, and it had a great deal of complexity to keep it interesting the whole way through. I’m really glad that I got plenty, because this is definitely something I could drink with regularity.
I was rummaging around in my tea box (Yes, I keep my tea in a box. It’s easier to pack it up for when I go home for the weekend.), and I came accross my 4 oz. bag of this. I looked back, and realized that I hadn’t had any of this for something like 5 months, so I decided to retry it.
Today I’m actually not going to brew my Oolong grandpa style, and instead, opted for standard Western-style brewing. I’m using boiling water, with a rather generous ammount of leaves, and steeping for 3 minutes. Recently, I’ve found that Green Oolongs don’t benefit from long infusions, as it starts to get more astringent, and the flavors are more muddled.
After brewing the first infusion, I realized how much more appealing it is to drink this tea when the weather is actually warm. The aroma is very pleasant, and very appropriate for the beautiful weather today. The taste is a lot better than I remember, especially because it isn’t even the least bit astringent. The flavor of the tea is also a bit sweeter than I remember, possibly because I used a quicker infusion. Regardless, I’m upping the rating on this tea.
The second infusion saw the developement of a pleasant aftertaste. A lightly floral flavor lingers on the hard palate, lasting for at least 1 minute. It’s not a long-lasting as Tie Guan Yin, but that’s not really a fair comparision. Also, this infusion was a bit sweeter, but other wise the flavor was unchanged.
More to come later.
After the insanity that was my weekend (and the amount of strong tea that I drank), I decided to have something a bit lighter today. Hence my futile attempt to finish off some of my remaining free samples from Teavivre.
Unfortunately, I still need to study for an Electrical Engineering test, so see my previous notes for more detailed information.
Day 2 of my study weekend, and I’m once again picking one of my more potent teas. Sadly, I don’t have enough time for a full review, so check out my other notes for more information about this tea.
I’ve lost track of how many infusions I’ve had, but the tea still continues to develop. The flavor is a lot more subtle now, and it’s a bit sweeter than it was early in the afternoon. I’m definitely glad that I bought more of this.
As I continue down the philosophical rabbit hole of Posthumanism, I find the strength of my Yunnan black waning. Thus, I decided to make myself a cup of Sencha to compensate for the declining amount of caffeine. This really has become a go-to tea for me just because of how sweet it is from the beginning. But I’ve probably spent too long writing this note, so see my other notes for more information.
Fun Fact: This tea is also good cold, being a bit sweet and only the slightest hint of astringency.
I’ve got a big test on posthumanism on Monday and I needed something potent to keep me focused. My day will be filled with Philosophy, extra-strong black tea, and KPop. Sadly, this means that I don’t have time to go into the details for this tea, so check out my previous notes.
After weeks of drinking darker tea, I decided to return to this Oolong for the first time in several months. Besides, I need to make room for the new Spring picking.
The first infusion was very sweet, with a faint hint of pepper (or some other type of spice, as I still have trouble identifying exact flavors) present. There was also a delightful aftertaste that was a bit buttery that lingered on the hard palate for a very long time. It actually lingered so long that I couldn’t help but take another sip before it had faded completely. I’m really excited, and can’t wait to see how the tea develops.
The second infusion was exquisite! The creamy buttery flavor has really developed well, and there is a very interesting spicy taste (probably the saffron mentioned in the description, but I’ve never had saffron, so I can’t be certain). The aftertaste has become a bit smoother, but it’s still quite hard to describe. Regardless, I will certainly be taking my time sipping this tea. It would be a shame to drink it quickly and fail to enjoy the delightful flavors.
The third infusion was still buttery, and the spiciness has come along nicely, but the tea has developed a very pleasing characteristic: It’s like is is more thirst-quenching than it was before. The website describes this as the juiciness of biting into a fresh peach, but that just doesn’t seem right to me (and not just because I loathe peaches. Blech.). Anyway, the aftertaste has actually developed a bit, and it actually takes a few seconds before you can taste it on the hard palate. I’m actually glad that I’m re-tasting tis tea, as I really appreciate the way it develops now.
This tea just continues to develop so nicely! The main change this time is that there is a hint of grass in the flavor of the tea. It is by no means the dominant flavor, but it is certainly something that I didn’t notice last time I made this tea. The other amazing this is that the aftertaste still lingers for over two minutes, something that I’ve never come across before.
The final infusion was generally marked by a weakening of the flavors present. Other than that, it was pretty much the same as the previous infusion. Overall, I’m glad that I re-tasted this tea, as it is certainly better than I remember. Now the question is if this is because I’ve gotten better at tasting, or if it is actually better now…
Regardless, I’m going to miss this tea when I finish it off, and I will definitely be ordering the spring picking as soon as it’s gone.
And then there were none…
I saved my favorite RTR sample for last, and I can safely say that I regret nothing. I’ve actually put this on my shopping list for when I clear out a bit more tea, but that’s at least a month away. Hopefully there will still be some in stock.
Anyway, for more info about this tea, see my previous note.
Another sample from RTR bites the dust. This tea wasn’t the most exciting or strongest of the bunch, but it was very pleasant, and I’m pretty sure that I could drink it often and never get tired of it. See previous note for more information.