242 Tasting Notes
I had this one on Sunday night after coming home from a mini tea trip. I wanted something to drink before my friend had gone home, so we pulled this sample out to finish. We mainly talk about the teas we have and rarely spend too much time writing notes. I find that working something out verbally with another is much easier than writing. We do take brief notes on the tea (I’ll take a lot more when I’m alone), but there’re times when neither of us want to write, so we just enjoy the tea with a vinyl, board games with my wife, or outdoors on a hike. Either way, it is better to share tea with little to no notes, rather than alone with an abundance of notes, I suppose.
Notes: I noted that the tea took a little bit to “open up.” After the third steep, there were hints of “fruit in the aftertaste,” but we were unsure what fruit we were tasting. Finally, we concluded at steep # 7 that throughout the session, the tea became smoky, but less of Lapsang and more of burning cigarette in the distance; while tasting a pear almost immediately on the tongue (which faded just as quickly).
I thought that this was a nice tea and I am grateful to have tried it. Thank you again eastkyteaguy!
Quick Backlog/Sipdown Review
Green, vegatal, sweet, floral, & refreshing goodness. I had to order more while YS has their sale on teaware…because with teaware, you’ll need more tea to go with it. :P
I’ve been bad at reviewing everything anymore via Steepster. I found some notes from several sessions that I had with my friend who has taken the tea world very seriously recently. He’d have tea sometimes when he would come over (prior to my turning the spare room into a tea room/study). However, I’ve molded him into a “tea person” as my wife tells me…
Anyway, we sat down for a cup of Rummy Pu. He has wanted to try this ever since we went to LP’s months ago, but I wasn’t sure if I had any leftover. As we were going through the sample section of my tea cabinet, we came upon a whole (unopened) bag of this! We brewed and sipped…and quite frankly, the notes were different than I had remembered them to be….All thanks to my friend who I’ve discovered has a fine palate when mine is lacking (he’s more detailed in describing flavors).
Notes (very short): Purple grapes/grape skins. Tastes more like a sweet grape-y wine than it does rum.
That was all we had written. I had noted, too, that we ought to let it sit a bit longer to see where it’ll go from here.
I had received a generous sample of this from The TeaGuy last night (thank you again).
I had a dull night at work last night since there wasn’t a whole lot to be done due to the holiday. So, coming home and finding tea mail on the kitchen table was a great way to end the night. I had opened the box and each sample within, just to give them a quick smell; however, the Blood Orange sample had stuck out much more than the others (which they too had smelled wonderful). Therefore, I boiled water, threw some of this into an infuser, steeped for 5 minutes, and sipped.
Notes: Aroma: smells like a sweet freshly picked orange, vanilla, and rooibos (uh oh). Taste: The citrus hides the rooibos well (thank goodness) and there is a touch of vanilla (?) in the aftertaste; reminds me of a type of citrus dessert.
I noted that this would make a refreshing iced tea, so I’ll make sure to try it this weekend via cold brew.
Flavors: Blood orange, Citrus, Sweet, Vanilla
I must admit this right away: I do not like Jasmine as much as I once had…
I really like this tea. A LOT. Like, ever since I had some the other day when I was sick, I’ve not stopped drinking it since that time. It’ll probably be sipped down by Sunday for sure; which is why I’m reviewing it now while I have a spare moment to just rave about this tea.
Notes: Nice Jasmine & pine notes throughout the tea. I brewed this at 180 F, but had quickly learned that this tea can go for 195 F too. I actually prefer the 195 F temp moreso, due to the reasoning that more flavors burst forth at this temperature.
As Jim Carrey stated in Dumb and Dumber, “I like it a lot.” Which best describes my opinion on this tea.
Flavors: Jasmine, Pine
I’m drinking this before work today while the rain comes and goes. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so I’ve been mostly drinking various ripe puerh teas; however, I was in the mood to try something a little different this morning.
I must say that this isn’t the best tea, but it is definitely a treat to be had from the usual tea. I rarely drink flavored teas anymore, but there are moments where that’s all I need/want.
Notes: Slightly bitter, mildly fruity/floral on its own. You can slightly taste the grenadine. I added 1/2 tsp of raw sugar to the cup to hopefully cut a little bit of the bitterness from the tea; which worked well, I think. There are rare occasions that I’ll add a bit of sugar to the tea, but this is one of those teas that does much better with some…..
Flavors: Floral, Grenadine
I’m currently grandpa styling this as I get ready for work today. I’m going to work my way through it as long as I can……It’s a very fine tea with so many layers to it. However, in the moment, I’ve been wanting to eat my weight in chocolate, but had decided to drink this instead. I’ll definitely miss this tea, but am happy that I’ve had the chance to enjoy it.
Notes: Chocolate, nutty (pecan), syrup, creamy, rich, & malty.
“Margaret’s 2014 Kunming Shou”
Honestly, I found this to be a solid tea for a ripe tea newbie. Although I’ve been drinking puerh for over a year now, I find that I’ve discovered that I like a complex/unique ripe. Although this one is very much the type of tea that’d’ve peaked my interest at the beginning of my puerh ride, I find it to be “too basic” for my palate now.
Notes: Chocolaty , sweet, creamy, nutty, & smooth.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet
I was trying to brew this gongfu style, but i feel that I messed it up. It could be that the water was too hot (170 F) or that it’d be much better off Western styled. I’ll have to play around with this while I still have some. Perhaps I’ll brew it Western style at work and add a second review…
Notes: Bitter & astringent
Rating for the session: 60/100