37 Tasting Notes
This was a very temperamental tea for me. Oversteeping or steeping at too high a temperature ruins the flavor.
The flavor reminds me of dark chocolate. It doesn’t actually taste like chocolate like some black teas do, but it reminds me of the mouth feel and bite of dark chocolate.
I steeped 9 grams of this tea in a 4 oz. gaiwan. The tea was stronger and more flavorful than when I tried steeping 4 grams, but it’s still too astringent for me and I still don’t like the flavor much. This one isn’t my cup of tea.
This tea has a very complex flavor. It’s smokey, sweet, and slightly fruit/prune-like. The raw tea smells very smokey and the liquor smells like campfire and cake.
It took a few steepings for the flavor to start to come out.
This tea goes particularly well with strawberries with a little yogurt or whipped cream.
This is my favorite white tea so far. I wouldn’t have identified this as white tea because I have only had experience with silver needle whites and fruity white teas before this one.
The tea is very sweet and the flavor reminds me of honey. The liquor is dark in color, somewhat like a dark oolong.
This tea always lasts me many steepings. I brew this at about 208F with 4 oz. of leaf in a 4 oz. gaiwan. I start at about 8 seconds and go up a few seconds at a time from there after the first few steepings.
This time I steeped about 6 grams in a 4 oz. gaiwan. I did a 10 second rinse and about 20 seconds for each steeping.
The flavor had more smoke and less grass in than I remember. This is still my least favorite pu erh I’ve tried so far.
This tea is very smooth and has a very rich flavor. I wish the flavor was a little stronger. I think this would be a very good introductory pu erh.
I used about 3 grams for a 3 oz. brew. I may try using about 6 grams next time.
The first steeping was very sweet, much sweeter than I expected. I tasted less of the woody flavor I associate with oolongs.
The second steeping was much less sweet and tasted much more like other oolongs I have had. There is still a unique lingering sweetness.
This tea didn’t last as many steepings as I hoped it would, but it was very good while it lasted.