48 Tasting Notes
I’ve had this tea for 4+ months in a bag. I’m not sure how that effects the tea. This is also the last of my supply of this tea. Brewed a 20oz pot of tea. The first cup tasted like paper. The second was much more pleasant. It was refreshing, clean, clear. It would pair well with shortbread or shortcake. This tea would be fun to add stuff to. I was thinking about adding some dehydrated tart apples or possibly strawberries. If you are looking to tweak a tea then this is your best bet for a white tea.
I really want to like this tea. I just can’t get it to taste like it did the first time I made it.
I used 2 teaspoons for an 8 oz cup. It wasn’t as mellow as the first few cups I steeped. The delightful after-notes weren’t as noticeable. I’ll use less tea for the next cup and leave the 3 minutes steep time and the same water temperature.
This tea didn’t taste too much like a Darjeeling, except in the aftertaste. I was also surprised how small the leafs where. I did 2 teaspoons for 20 oz of water. The tea leafs expanded a whole lot; so much so that they rose above the water (this teapot has a tiny strainer :( But even for it the expansion of the leafs were significant. It’s kinda weird to say one of the biggest things that stood out to me about this tea was the growth of the leafs during steeping but that’s really what it is. I wasn’t too fond of the tea. It was bitter but that could be mostly controlled by the steeping time and water temperature. There are many better Darjeeling teas out there but this one was dirt cheap so I bought it. I think it was $5 for 8oz. For that price you can’t beat that quantity.
I never thought I’d give a tea such a high rating but this simply is the best tea I’ve ever had. It brewed a light brown, dark orange color; a very appealing color, something I haven’t seen in a tea before. The first taste was so bright yet mellow. There are a hundred different undertones to this tea. The only reason I didn’t give it a 100 rating is because when I left the tea in my mouth for a little while I began to get some slight astringent tastes, which I don’t like in teas.
Sweet aroma. Slightly malty like an Assam but not as malty. Back notes are earthy/pine. I put about a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in it but won’t be doing that again. Could be good steep a little longer. Maybe 2 minutes 30 seconds. If you like malty teas this is a good one.
Looking in my tea cupboard I realized I mostly have Rishi Tea. It’s a great brand and I highly recommend them. Yet I’m thinking maybe I should diversify.
This still is among one of my favorite teas. I steeped this one for 3 minutes. I think I enjoy it more around 4 minutes. Great nutty flavor, not grassy like most green teas. I really like it.