189 Tasting Notes
From the Pu TTB
A delicate sheng that’s reminiscent of a good green tea. Somewhat vegetal/umami with notes of green wood, honey, and fresh tobacco. Very infusable, very attractive whole leaves. Later steeps have a mango fruityness alongside sugarcane and vegetal notes. Lacking in the punch that I expect from young sheng. Almost definitely a “drink now” puerh.
Overall a very friendly sheng that would serve as a good introduction for someone looking for low bitterness or coming from green teas.
Flavors: Green Wood, Honey, Mango, Sugarcane, Umami, Vegetal
From the Pu TTB
This is my first tea from Crimson Lotus. The tightly rolled tea takes a few steeps to fully open up. Nice floral and honey notes on the first steep. Moderately bitter and lightly mineral and fruity. HONEY! The honeyed taste only seems to become more prominent with further steeps. A very nice sheng that I would consider buying, though a bit pricey for me at $6/planet.
I made my first order with Crimson Lotus a couple of days ago; a little black jian shui pot! Did anyone pick one up from them last year? I look forward to trying it out and comparing to yixing
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Mineral
A free sample from Teavivre!
I’ve never had a buckwheat tea before, but I certainly find this one enjoyable! Very clean and soothing with toasted grain, nut, and buttery notes and a light sweetness. The brewed kernals also make a nice snack. Since I have another sample packet left I think I’ll have to try mixing this with some green tea, maybe the Lu Shan Yun Wu
Flavors: Butter, Roasted Barley, Sweet
Tried this in the Pu TTB and ended up buying a three pack of shrooms! Starting out my birthday with a session of this nice shou. I think I have strep throat, but that’s not stopping me from enjoying some tea on my birthday.
The first steep has camphor, dark cocoa, and earthy notes with a slight fruityness. It’s really nice and clean, malty, and mineral.
Later steeps give a nice creamy texture and a prominent vanilla/spice note with hints of raisin and dense bread. There’s very little fermentation flavor.
Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Mineral, Vanilla
A super interesting tea!
The dry leaves are huge! 50 grams came in the larger sized bag that normally fits 100. They’re purple and green and black and red with a musty aroma of pine and ripe fruit.
Brewing it up you get a warm yellow liquid with a floral aroma. There’s a fruity taste like peaches and white grapes, and slightly medicinal like pine and mint. It’s a soft and mellow brew that reminds me of fresh clothes out of the dryer. The taste is similar to YS’s Sundried Purple Buds but overall more enjoyable for me. The wet leaves are olive green to light brown with lots of bud sets.
Flavors: Floral, Mint, Peach, Pine, White Grapes
The dry leaves are small and wiry with lots of golden fur floating about, I think the furriest tea I’ve ever seen. It has a slight woodsmoke aroma. Malt, sweet potato, peat, lightly fruity and moderately smoky. Very mild with an excellent silky texture
Flavors: Cocoa, Peat, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes
Brews a medium yellow-orange. Very earthy and woody definitely aged “beyond it’s years”. Thick and buttery with notes of pretzel, citrus, sandalwood, camphor, and vanilla. Slightly medicinal. Moderate honey sweetness and a fairly strong bitterness.
Part of me wants to like this tea a lot, but I get a sort of off putting note that reminds me of over-ripe oranges on a hot day. I suppose that’s a strange thing to taste, but I grew in Florida with an abandoned orange grove in the back yard. It had it’s perks; free oranges and the lovely scent of orange blossoms wafting though the air. It also had it’s downsides though; rotten fruit and rats and rattlesnakes thicker than your arm! Any way you put it the taste of this tea brings me back.
Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Citrus, Honey, Vanilla, Wood
Drinking this tea I couldn’t help but exclaim “Tastes like chicken!” Not as in it actually tastes like chicken, but as in it’s an excellent example of what a “very ok” sheng tastes like. It’s fairly bitter with a flavor thats slightly vegetal and green like parsley. Theres some honeyed sweetness, and the alcohol/gasoline scent that you get from a lot of fresh factory sheng. Theres a touch of apricot and tobacco, and just a hint of smoke. Brewing reveals chopped and shredded leaves. It’s a very ok tea.
Flavors: Grass, Honey, Parsley
A free sample from Oolong Inc!
A good medium-dark roast oolong with a faint osmanthus scent. Roasty notes of wood and burnt sugar balanced with tangy and floral flavors. Osmanthus has an odd flavor to me, it reminds me a lot fresh jalapeno, without the spice
A pretty nice oolong, and at a price point that’s more than reasonable
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Osmanthus, Resin, Roasted, Tangy, Wood
From the Pu TTB
A nice slightly aged sheng thats lost most of its greenness. Sweet and herbaceous with notes of sugarcane, basil, and moss. Slightly vegetal and mineral with a floral rose quality. I liked this one quite a bit and decided to pick up a cake, it’s a good price for a tea with a little age behind its back.
Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Mineral, Moss, Raisins