2216 Tasting Notes
These have been airing out for a while now. At one point I opened most of my plastic baggies of shou so they could breathe a little, and I think it’s really paid off.
I know I had this before, because I had a broken crumbly mess in the baggie. This time I took a whole tuo and I’m steeping it in the usual kyusu. ~145ml water fit for the first couple steepings, though I’m sure that will drop as the leaves absorb water and take more space.
This is super tasty! There’s a tiny, almost non-mentionable bit of musty/fermentation flavour. It’s a bit woody, but not like I’m gnawing on a piece of hardwood. A little spice and some dried fruits. Maybe some vanillin, like how old books smell.
Thank you, Sil! omg.
This smells like star anise and booze. Seriously. The star anise and a dried/candy cherry note, the kind of cherry you would have in frangipane, dominates. This is, IMO, not an amaretto tea. The flavour profile is armagnac, and I’m getting a boozey anise-cherry interestingness. Not really any almonds, though there are almond slices in the dried leaf.
And it honestly tastes just like that. Anise. Booze. Cherry. Rooibos. It’s weirdly appealing, although I’m not sure I’d ever want to drink this often. I’m super curious about icing this now, but I used what was left for this mug. :D As an iced cocktail, this would be fantastic. As a hot tea, it is a little weird.
As it cools, my tongue is numb with the star anise.
I don’t know. I’m not sure I like this. I’m really glad I got to try it, though. It’s a super interesting flavour combination.
Flavors: Alcohol, Anise, Cherry
This smells FANTASTIC.
SO SO GOOD. REAL CHOCOLATE. Not the fake weirdo chemically stuff. Real. Chocolate.
My cup was super full so I only added the tiniest bit of cream. OMG. So so good.
Sil mentioned Florence by H&S in one of her notes. This is way better, I agree. The flavouring of Florence felt really fake once I had finished all of it. This feels like I’m drinking dark chocolate tea. :)
Thanks so much, Sil!
This tea is a little more than just cinnamon, but it’s mostly just cinnamon.
I am craving snickerdoodles now, though. So I’ll definitely make a couple just for me. :D
From Sil! Eee!!! She sent me a box filled with the MOST DELIGHTFUL things. That increase my count by 32. Ahem.
Many of them are (thankfully) only one serving, so I’m going to drink as many as I can before I add them to my spreadsheet. Hahahaha. :D
This one had me a bit worried with all the coconut, but it’s actually really great! Mostly strawberry. Very little cream. And honestly I saw there’s chocolate of some sort in here but I can’t really taste it. I’m going to blame the excess of hot sauce I just put on my Singapore Noodles for that one…
I do like the strawberry, for sure. There’s another strawberry tea laid out on my table, and I’m excited to try that one. Probably tomorrow. :)
Need to try this tea a couple times before I send the remainder of the packet to Sil.
Steeped 1-ish tsp in 8 oz 2 min at 180F.
Smells good. Juicy. Thick.
Mmm, this is malty. Very light, yet very malty. OMG this is so good. Wow.
I’ll need to keep a couple servings. But it’s a tea I don’t see myself reaching for often, and it would best go to someone who I know will nom it all.
But it’s so good.
Edit: Thanks SO MUCH, MissB! I was so blown away by the tea I forgot to thank you.
Edit edit: 2100! WHOA!
This is a tea. I am drinking it.
It’s pretty tasty IMO. A little too much dirt in the first couple steeps, but it’s a fairly sweet, mild puerh. It has stronger, more complex flavour than the last weirdly memorable one I tried – http://steepster.com/teas/white2tea/63681-2003-xiaguan-crane-mark-ripe . It’s also NOT salty, which is really nice.
Definitely prefer this one. That’s kind of disappointing, as I have read a lot about the Xiaguan cakes, and had high hopes for it.
Dexter, you have to try that Xiaguan one soon (ish). I look forward to seeing what you think of it!