2219 Tasting Notes
I feel really bad about this one. I’ve had it for a LONG time, MissB gave it to me ages ago. Thank you! I’m sorry I lost track of it.
I’ve been avoiding it, because I don’t really like da hong pao. It’s too roasty toasty woody for me, and tends to make my tummy upset. I really do prefer a mega floral oolong.
Anyways, here it goes. I rinsed and let it sit a few minutes, in my eensy teensy gaiwan. I’m using 50-60ml hot water, doing short steeps. I have a litre of water left, so let’s see how this plays out.
1) Quite toasty. Sweet underlayer. Nice mouthfeel. Not that bad, actually.
2) Basically the same. I think this is quite light, at least compared to other of these teas I’ve had.
3) The toastiness is reducing already. It’s a little stone fruits, a little sweet. Still pretty nice. (I’m not drinking all of these, btw. Just tasting, letting it cool a bit, tasting again…)
4) Hmm. I honestly don’t know how to describe this. I’ve looked up some flavours, but the only one that seems to apply so far is herbaceous. The roasty flavour is kinda maybe sorta like toasted buckwheat tea, but not totally.
5) I should maybe have steeped longer than 30 seconds here. Still, the brew is a nice amber-honey colour. It’s starting to turn a bit more herbaceous-floral, although it’s not all the way floral yet.
6) 1 minute this time. I think the tea could keep going a couple more steeps if you wanted to increase the time a lot. Still, not my favourite but not bad.
In conclusion, I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would. It’s a pretty decent tea, IMO. Compared to others of it’s type, I honestly have no idea. But I would consider trying this one again, perhaps once I’ve worked through my puerh samples and want to educate myself more about oolongs. :)
This tea is thanks to CrowKettle!
It’s super mild. Definitely more of an afternoon tea than a kick-in-the-pants morning tea (hey, someone dropping coffee again can hope!).
I can tell it’s a Chinese black, but it’s not terribly complex. IDK. It’s nice, but I don’t think I’d go after this one myself.
Thanks for sharing, CrowKettle!
OM NOM NOM.
I’m doing an experiment. That experiment is weaning myself off of coffees every day. Hahaha. We’ll see how that works.
I needed something strong. Something flavourful. Something good with eggnog. And this tea is excellent.
If I could find it locally, I’d totally buy it. So delicious. But I do have some other strong black teas, so I think I’ll be OK. :)
Thank you to Dexter for sharing this unusual tea with me.
I can’t remember if this was a sample gift or a purchase… it’s been a while. :D But it is unusual, I mean, 1000 year old trees? And as a black tea? Ok. I’ll try.
It smells a little smoky. A little like an Assam. A little like chocolate-dirt. The tea is really a very pretty amber colour.
Oh, this is quite sweet. I rinsed, and my first steep is about 10-15 seconds. It has a hint of carbs to it, but nothing like the honey black I just tried. It’s also almost floral-grapey like a Darjeeling, although it doesn’t have the perfumey notes of a very fresh/green leafed Darjeeling. And there’s some smoke in the background, but it’s more like tobacco leaves that have been warmed, than true smoke.
It’s also quite thin. Maybe that’s because of the shorter steep, but it’s somewhat unexpected.
I’ll have to drink more of this tea tomorrow, it’s not really what I was looking for tonight. But it’s really interesting.
Thanks so much for sharing, Dexter!
TBH, I think it’s this tea: http://store.thechineseteashop.com/Yunnan_Gu_Shu_Old_Tree_Black_Tea_p/rt-gs-001.htm
Just “Old Tree”, not specifically 1000 year old tree.
So I finally got this tea. Finally. And I’m going to share the love. :)
5g in about 120ml water. Short steeps.
(Spoiler: I like the Honey Black and Li Shan Black from Green Terrace way better.)
This is… really carby. Like plain plantain chips. Astringent, even though I’m only doing short steeps. Malty. Fairly rich, because of the heavy carbs. But astringent. And not honey-sweet IMO. Not compared to other teas out there. There’s a bit of bite from spice at the back of the sip – maybe white pepper. It smells a lot like hay. I just dipped my nose in the mug, ick.
So while it’s not bad, there are others out there at a similar price point that are much tastier to me.
(195F for the rinse and first steep, 208F for subsequent steeps. I got… 4 steeps before I was done.)
After going through all my teas yesterday, I put a few I need to work on finishing out in a bowl. This is one of them.
I’m sad, because I love the Hattialli Assams, but my parents tea shop hasn’t been able to get it in. That was my only other source!
Anyways, this is delicious and strong and fruity and malty, and an eggnog latte. :)
As far as Christmas Teas, my dad got me 2 African teas (both quite different!) and more Rungagora – so now I have 200g of that. LOL. Disregarding duplicates, I’m now at 268 teas, with about 70 (estimated) of them being gongfu capable samples – puerh, black teas, oolongs. Of course, I have two other small bins of samples as well as all the other larger quantities. The only ones I have ~100g of are Rungagora, So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice, Chandernagor, and Noel a Paris. :) Oh, and the puerh bricks and cakes. But we’ll just ignore those since they never go bad… right?
This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.
The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.
I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.
Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)
3g of this left, so I mixed it with 3g of the Li Shan Black.
I do prefer the Li Shan Black, I just feel the flavours are more in line with my personal tastes. It’s rich and dark the way I’ve steeped it though, with no bitterness and only a touch of the good kind of astringency. :)
I’m updating my tea spreadsheet tonight. OMG. So many teas to add to it. D: Hopefully there will be a lot of teas to remove from it at some point as well…