9 Tasting Notes
This is my first experience with The Shu Fits and so far so good! The dry leaves smell like cocoa powder and make my mouth water when I inhale deeply from the gawain. I rinsed twice with boiling water. The first few steepings were very quick tasted like dark chocolate with hints of tobacco, leather, and a savory fruit. Raisins? Every sip conjures up memories of walking through a quiet forest in the early morning just after a rain.
On the third steeping I started to catch notes of brown sugar followed by a subtle bitter dryness in the finish. During later steepings (#4-6) the dark chocolate mellowed into milk chocolate and i also tasted some mineral notes. The brown sugar sweetness is still hanging out in the shadows only to make its presence felt every now and then.
Overall, I really like this tea and look forward to my next session with it.
I quit smoking cigars about 10 years ago but the aroma of this tea reminds me of my most favorite cigar ever: a Padron 1964 Anniversary Series cigar in a Maduro wrapper. In this tea, I detect very strong notes of tobacco along with leather, raisins. and dark chocolate. The smell is simply intoxicating.
This is a silky smooth tea. It’s ‘earthy’ but not ‘EARTHY’ like the other shou puerhs I’ve sampled in my short tea journey so far. I taste mushrooms, hints of dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of cedar.
I like this tea quite a bit. I received it as a sample in a recent Mandala order. I think I’ll be ordering up some more of this one soon!
This was my first experience with a white tea. I received this in a Tea Party sampler from Mandala. I really didn’t know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This tea is very delicate with subtle floral notes with almonds. There’s a lingering bit of sweetness that I really enjoy.
I received this tea as part of the Tea Party sampler from Mandala Tea. I don’t exactly hate the smell of jasmine but I certainly don’t particularly like it. I had very low expectations for this tea but since I’m on journey to expand my tea knowledge I was prepared to give it a fair shot.
Okay, so while I wasn’t too impressed with the smell of this tea the taste was pleasantly surprising. It’s buttery smooth, the jasmine is very subtle, and there are some delicate floral notes. After 4 steepings I can’t tell if the jasmine smell has decreased significantly or if I’ve just grown accustomed to it. I do find this tea very relaxing.
A pretty good morning tea but I wished it packed a bit more punch. I’ll have to experiment more with tea quantity and steeping times. Pleasant notes of leather, earth, mushrooms, and a bit of sweetness. Feels velvety in the mouth. I like this tea, but just not sure if I love it yet.
1 tsp tea w/ 8 oz water. Steep times of 30 sec, 60 sec, 90 sec, 120 sec.