218 Tasting Notes
Now this is one divisive tea – based on prior reviews. I always thought that puehrs stuffed in citruses are just a marketing gimmick. Finally, I ordered this puehr-in-a-tangerine to try it and check off the box.
Well, I was wrong. This rather simple earthy, autumnal-decay type of puehr blends with the citrus peel in a very natural way – like bergamot, ginger or chrysanthemum do. I always add part of the peel to the brew. The result is a simple, calming, autumnal drink. Dirt, mushrooms, a smell of the lake in the woods full of peat and fallen leaves.
There is not much of complexity, and definitely not the best choice for precise gong-fu sessions – but it is perfect for leisurely drinking the grandpa style.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Clay, Dirt, Malt, Mushrooms
Oolong is a smooth, understated tea and this blend was designed to be smooth and restrained as well. It requires concentration and full attention to appreciate. The bread component is the most prominent on the nose, while on the tongue it mostly spices (nutmeg and allspice) on the backdrop of mild oolong and baked bread.
The taste profile is not especially complex and the spices take a bit more prominence that I would have liked. Also, there is no interesting lingering aftertaste. Overall, it is a solid blend but it’s not something I will look forward to drinking again.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Nutmeg, Smooth, Spicy
This is a tea that matches its name well. It does smell of seaweed and water and some undetermined spicy aromas of faraway tropical lands. The taste is savory and umami: seaweed, cooked spinach, succulent grass and some exotic spicy notes.
All strands blend well and create a unique and memorable taste that I had no desire to dissect. Very mermaidy indeed. Usually green tea-based desert blends leave me underwhelmed but not this one really impressed me.
It is a very clean, bright and cheerful puerh. Wood, molasses, camphor, limestone, a hint of dried apple. Some decay on the nose but none on the tongue.
It is a sunny-morning tea, full of optimism and promise. Kinda amazing how many dramatically different puehrs are there in the world. This is one of the better ones, but then again everything that I have tried from Whispering Pines was firmly above-average.
Flavors: Camphor, Dried Fruit, Limestone, Molasses, Wood
This is the most unusual tea. The dry leaf aroma is overwhelmingly strong – and it smells nothing like tea at all. It smells as I would imagine smelled that little bastion near La Rochelle in where the daring musketeers feasted and leisurely shot at advancing troops. Gunpowder, decaying branches, grass, saddle leather, savory dishes and a whiff of sweet deserts.
The actual taste of the tea is less exotic but nevertheless deeply pleasing. Fresh ripe plums dominate, but there is enough of a good red tea and the calendula weirdness. It is strong, charming and lasting.
I am glad that I tried this one.
I have never been a big fan of genmaicha: to me it tastes to ricey, strong and untamed. Not exactly what I expect from tea. This mix, however, skillfully balanced the unique genmaicha flavor and made it way more palatable for people like me.
The dominant flavor of this tea is still a toasted rice with all of its grainy pungency. However, there is a notable smoother strain of cinnamon at the tail which makes it less one-dimensional. The same is true of the taste: the green tea provides the tanginess, while cinnamon and vanilla add some much-needed sweetness. Overall, it is still a potent and strong drink but way more complex and balanced, suitable for a wider variety of moods. Well done.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Grain, Pleasantly Sour, Rice, Vanilla
I had this tea in my cupboard for a couple of month and it has changed quite a bit – despite being in a well-sealed Ziploc bag. It lost the fierce smokiness in both taste and aroma that precluded me from drinking it more often as it called for a very specific mood to enjoy it.
Now it comes off as very full-bodied, expansive and incredibly sweet. A lot of complexity and a good strong finish. This tea reminds me of fall, bountiful harvests, Thanksgiving, big dinners and camaraderie. I like it even more than before and will certainly reorder (bumps the original score up a notch).
A pleasant smooth black tea with lingering sweet fig finish. Not much of complexity and I did not taste a prominent cheesecake component. This is the tea that comforts but does not distract you from what you are doing : a good choice for a late-night cup while browsing the Internet or reading.
Personally, I prefer more complex and luxurious desert teas, though.
Flavors: Fig, Malt, Sweet
It is an interesting concept and seeing little chunks of carrots in a tea pouch is quite charming. The tea smelled and tasted rather muted and it was reminiscent not so much of a carrot cake but of a lemon cake. It has a nice balance of sweetness and lemony sourness with just a tiny hint of carrot. A clean, fresh taste that lasts.
This tea did not do much for me but I generally prefer a more robust base for desert teas than the white tea. Still, it was a nice change of pace.
Flavors: Cake, Carrot, Lemon Zest, Sweet
It’a probably the best out of 52 Teas that I have tried so far. All of the flavors blend seamlessly together. The rose sweetness predominates but without being over the top. Sweet, malty, a bit sour and spicy. The flavors are evolving as you drink.
The taste is very thick and long lasting: this tea is almost like a meal. Very filling. This is what I ea desert tea should be.
Flavors: Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Spicy, Sweet, Vanilla