553 Tasting Notes
I relaxed with a couple of pots of this tea this evening. It was delicious! It didn’t have much kick to it, but it was nice and mellow. It was slightly sweet and it tasted lightly of veggies but it wasn’t as much as some of the green teas I have tried in the past.
I could see having this to drink daily when I wanted a green tea but I didn’t want an overly complicated one. I think this would go great with just about any meal. I also think it would go fantastically with a small dish of red bean ice cream.
I only have a little left, enough for one more cup probably, so I’m going to save it for when I have some time to enjoy it. On one of my days off! First steep at two minutes and second steep at three minutes with water that just started to make some noise in my kettle.
My roommate ended her stay with a few cups of monkey picked Tie Guan Yin. She said this one was the heartiest of the teas she had, but also the most comforting. I have converted her to the use of the french press as a tea steeper. She was asking where I got mine and I could see that she was thinking of picking one up. I also gave her several tea companies (including Teavivre on the top of my list since she loves the tea so much)
Thank you Angel and the rest of the Teavivre team for having awesome teas that I am able to convert my friends with! I am almost caught up with my backlog of tea sampling that I fell behind on.
Backlogging number 2:
We had this tea as well. It was the last of the sample so I made four steeps out of this one. I think it tasted better when I used more leaf so if I get this one again, I will have to remember that I like it with a good bit of leaf the best. I will miss it though. It was my last yunnan in my limited tea stash.
My old roommate from college came over and we totally had tea time several different times! This was the first tea we had. (mostly because I don’t remember which tea we had for dinner that night). She loved this one and said that she never thought that oolongs could taste as good as it did. I think I might have converted someone to the oolong side of tea!
I didn’t get to have my leftover leaves in the morning, so I am having them now. My feet are so sore from work, but it feels good to have a job again.
The third steep still tastes like buttered toast to me. I am getting a little more of the floral that I tasted in the plain Tie Guan Yin, but the baked flavor is still strong! It tastes really good. I think I might have found a new favorite oolong for a while.
I needed that smooth, sturdy pick-me-up today.
I have successfully completed my first training session at McDonalds. I am so excited to actually have a job again and I don’t care that it is a small, part time job. It will show that I actually have initiative to work after college and will look good when I get ready to look for a bigger job or to go back to school.
So, I decided that I was going to make a pot of this to have after supper and then another pot to have after showering and before going to bed. I was expecting this to be a green oolong this time, so I wasn’t surprised when I saw the delicate light brew after two minutes.
I poured out my first cup and smelled toast. Yes, my tea smelled like toast. Then I tasted it and it tasted like dark toasted toast. The taste is mild and the toast taste is really pleasant. It is hovering somewhere between toasted and baked cracker. Though if it is more like a baked cracker then it is the whole wheat kind with sesame seeds baked into the cracker.
It is actually really nice and mellow. It was the perfect tea to have after having a smoked salmon open faced sandwich for dinner, so I guessed my tea choice perfectly. I will have to update this note after I have my second steep to see if the flavor has changed in any way.
Second Steep It tastes a lot like the first steep, only there is something a little creamier in this one. And I am getting more of a nutty taste to this one too. Creamier and nutty. It is tasting a little like the dark oolong than the regular Tie Guan Yin that I had a few days ago. This would be a good one to have when I want the boldness of a dark tea without having the dark tea. I might have to save the leaves and have the third steep in the morning with breakfast!
I made a pot of this to share with my fiancee earlier and I decided to make one more pot of this before bed to have all to myself!
This is just amazing. The first steeps are sweet and mellow. Smooth as silk. Then as you progress further down the steeps the taste changes in a way that is complex and hard to explain.
Imagine being alone on a winter’s night all curled up in a warm blanket when-out of nowhere-a lady in a slinky black dress walks into the room. You can start to smell her perfume and then it changes into cuddling with your lover. Then that changes into being by yourself in a library with smooth jazz playing in the background.
Smooth, sweet, and mellow but very complex. I am going to have to have some alone time with this tea so I can try to explain the taste better, but I know that I will have to have this oolong as a staple in my tea cupboard.
Had a cup of this today when I was cooking the rest of the pancakes for my dad so he could have a hot breakfast. I think letting it cool first really helped the flavor when I took my first sip of it. There is a lesson in that: I need to be more patient.
I’m going to fill up my french press with some water and let the leaves cold brew until I get back from going to the mall with my fiancee. Then I should have a nice cup of iced tea in the afternoon when I get back.
After having the Oriental Beauty, I was expecting Iron Goddess to be a darker oolong too, but it isn’t. It is a delightful green oolong. I don’t think I got the water hot enough on the first steep, but I’m on the second steep now after eating a big meal of pork fried rice with fried wontons.
The smell is wonderfully floral. It reminds me of a field of wildflowers in bloom. The taste is light and floral (not surprising). It is subtle and it does not remind you in any way of perfume. I know a lot of people worry about floral teas tasting like perfume.
This steep was brewed for two minutes and nothing has changed from the first steep. The flavor is just stronger. It is perfect to have after this type of meal and I will probably be drinking pot after pot of it tonight until I am done with it. I will update this note to say how many steeps it took me through tonight with my little two-cup pot.
Edit: It has lasted me through about four steeps in my french press. (8 tea cups) I can tell that the fourth steep is a little weaker than the third steep so it will be the last steep for me tonight.