1000 Tasting Notes
Anyone who’s been following me knows that I’m a HUGE cherry fan. I’m also a fan of AQ2T. I’ve really enjoyed other cherry flavored teas from them. So…… I was really excited when Indigobloom was kind enough to share some of this one with me. I should love this.
But I don’t….. sigh. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’ve steeped a few cups tonight – water temps 80-85-90 C – I’ve played with the steep times 2.5 – 3 – 4 minutes. I’ve resteeped leaves – I’ve used fresh leaves. I’ve added sweet, I’ve added milk, I’ve added both. Nope can’t do it. This is really icky. It’s cough syrup – and not just the fake cherry thing, but actually medicinal barely resembling cherry ewwww.
Thank you so much Indigobloom for sharing, I don’t understand why I don’t love this. There are several positive reviews so this is obviously something that just doesn’t work in my world. I may pass on the rest to someone else who will appreciate it. Sad face…..
Hi all. I haven’t written a tasting note in five months. At that time I was trying to get back into logging and drinking more tea. Yeah that obviously hasn’t happened. So again, I’m saying I’m going to try and get better at this.
I’ve been fighting a head/chest cold for the last couple of weeks. I picked up a nasty bug while I was in Toronto, and haven’t touched the amazing samples that my tea friends so generously gave me while there – thanks ladies. Feeling guilty
I’m still not 100% so I’m actually drinking a tea that I bought while there (thanks Sil for taking me to Tao’s) rather than dig into the samples – hoping to be able to do that soon.
I’ve written numerous times that this is my favorite black tea. I fell in love with it a few years ago (2013 was an amazing year for all Fujian black teas) and while not all harvests have been amazing, I always love it. This is no exception. I adore this tea. This harvest is a touch lighter and maybe just a hint fruity – but it still has the chocolate, malty, starchy goodness that I love. My favorite way to drink this style of tea is western steeped – lots of leaf, cool water and LONG steep. Mmmmmmmm I’m jut hugging this mug. Very happy with this tonight.
This one is surprising me a little, but I really wasn’t sure what to expect. It says 2016 so that means it’s not an aged white. Leaves are completely different from a moonlight.
It doesn’t have the old book, library thing that great aged whites have. It doesn’t have the super sweet honey apricot thing that great moonlights have. So it’s not really like either of those. So what is it…..
It’s fantastic is what it is. Light fruity juicy hint of hay (but in a fresh summer way). It’s absolutely beautiful. I’m going to steep it a little hotter next time and see if I can coax out some honey. If not is still amazing the way it is. Thanks so much Caile for sharing.
I had a really nice afternoon drinking tea with my tea guy, a tea friend, and some other people. We sampled 6 dark teas served in a traditional manner. The tea was good and it was a lot of fun.
Having drank dark tea all afternoon, I was in the mood for something lighter tonight. I love this tea, it’s really light and fruity. My package of this is getting older, but seems to be holding up well. Tonight I was getting mostly pineapple but there was some tartness in the back. Totally what I was in the mood for.
I’ve been drinking this tea this afternoon while eating Chinese takeout and watching the hockey game
Mmmmm nice, very nice. Roasted without being overly smokey. Bold without being bitter. Nutty, woody, little charcoal and that old quality in good aged oolong. This is just very comforting – the kind of tea you just want to hug your mug. I’m happy with this one.
Seriously thinking that tea and cookies will be dinner tonight. Just can’t seem to make descisions right now, the tin of this was sitting on the counter so Jet Black it is. It was sitting on the counter because I was drinking (well making then not drinking) it the other night. Got distracted, Jets won 8-2 switched channels and well that other event happened, tea did not get drank or appreciated. Trying again tonight….
I’m finding that with the bold AU teas I’m enjoying them more if steeped with less leaf, cooler water, longer steep time than my normal flavored black parameters. I feel that way about this one too. It’s just less weird when it’s milder.
I love coffee flavored teas. This one has a bit too much mate for me. The coffee is good, the base is fine. Not my favorite coffee tea but it’s good. Deep dark roasted smooth not bitter….with a little AU unidentified strangeness. (Might need to find some booze to dump in here…..)
Ok I’ll admit it – I don’t remember the last time I drank black tea. It’s been several months……
A couple of my tea friends have tried, and liked, this one in the last couple of days so I thought I should pull out my sample and try it too. My first thought was – why have I not been drinking blacks, my second thought was – what is this suppose to taste like, and my third – I really miss this.
So….. I’m out of touch, but this is working for me. I’m not getting the chocolate notes they were mentioning. I am finding sweet potato – starchiness – some malt, and maybe a touch of fruit. This is lighter than I was expecting. That sounds negative, but I like it (or am just happy to be drinking black tea again).
As you all know, I’m a HUGE moonlight fan. So of course I had to pick this up with my last August Uncommon order.
This is a good one. Light on the hay, some apricot, some honey, nice mild, no bitter. I am drinking this gongfu tonight and I feel like I under leafed it a little, maybe not quite as deep as I would like. I used boiling water with flash steeps and it’s just a little flat, I think a little more leaf will fix that.
This is not my favorite moonlight, and it’s pretty expensive. Happy with it but not sure I would buy more at this price.
Mmmmmm this is good. I’m getting more lime than peach, and not anything floral – but that is just fine with me. Most fruity oolong thst I’ve had have been with a green oolong base, this one is a darker oolong – and they chose a good one. The darker base isn’t woody, isn’t smoky or roasty, it’s pretty neutral but definitely oolong. It’s a little creamy, a little fruity (mostly lime), with some oolong notes. I drank this hot but I’m pretty sure it would be good as an iced tea.