88 Tasting Notes
This is the first Dachi Tea i’ve ever tried and I must say, it was pretty damn good. The flavor was mellow in a calming way, but rich enough to keep the taste buds wanting more. It reminded me of a good milk oolong, but it wasn’t as pungent.
One thing I really liked about this tea is that it was one of the most calming oolongs i’ve ever had. Because of it’s mellowness, it was soothing and relaxing. This tea lasted for over a dozen steeps as well, which is always a plus for an oolong.
When I was done with my session, I sorted out the wet leaf pile. I was surprised to see how large of a leaf/stem you get from this oolong. I even found an entire tea tree stem with all of its leafs intact in my vessel! It was very clear that this tea wasn’t processed in any way and looked like it came straight from nature – something of which i’ve never seen in an oolong.
Here’s a photo I took of my session!!
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Milk, Sugar
The tea was from White2Tea’s Monthly Club.
Right off the bat, I noticed that this tea had a smell of caramel and a straight taste of honey. I also noticed tastes of zest that followed the honey, and a cooling aftertaste that reminded me of mint. After steeping 4 there was a punch of bitterness, but it didn’t last for about 3 steeping.
After around the 5th steeping, I got a nice smoothness that was direct proof of excellent stored tea. It had a fermented taste that really helped this tea along. In the later steepings and even on my last steeping, the tea got incredibly smooth and it reminded me of butter for how thick and smooth it was. It was a very pleasant surprise and it made me want to drink it again.
Overall, I would buy this tea again and plan of drinking it in any further tea steeping.. The process of aging really did help this tea because if it was any younger, I probably wouldn’t be a fan of it.
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus Zest, Honey, Mint, Sweet
I got this in the mail today and it smelled like black tea.
It was tightly compressed so it took me a good minute to break off a good chunk of it. After brewing it, I got a nice malt/caramel taste from it. The only thing I didn’t like about this tea is that it seemed to be a bit zesty – something I’m not a fan of in unflavored tea.
I think you get your moneys worth out of this tea considering it’s $5.30 a cake. Despite the fact I wasn’t a fan of it, I’ll give it a good rating because it’s good for what you get.
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Orange Zest
I opened this bag of tea from Adagio and the first thing I smelled was fish. I thought that it was just a strong odor from being packed too long, so I let it air out before making myself a cup.
I steeped this tea with a few different temperatures and a few different water ratios, and each time I got a nutty salmon taste. It was the grossest green tea I’ve had so far.
I would rate this tea much lower, but this was one of the better qualities of fish broth I’ve had.
Flavors: Fish Broth, Fishy, Nutty, Sour
When I opened this tea I thought it was very beautiful! However, it’s incredibly compressed. I stabbed myself twice while picking away at it. My partner told me to get stitches even.
Anyways, I also gathered a lot of tea dust trying to pry the damned thing open.
When I started this session I started a mustiness which only points to humid storage. The rustiness has dried out since the last time I tasted this tea (this is my 3rd session) and is starting to settle down more. I first noticed that this tea tasted like tobacco in its early infusions. The wet leaves smelled like a Cigar Lounge!
In it’s middle infusions, it started to get sweeter. The tobacco started to taste sweeter; even more sweeter than the last time I had a session with Old Bear. There was a lingering aftertaste of wet wood that stayed in my mouth long after sipping the tea.
It’s later infusions started to get a spice to them, and the aftertaste of wet wood started to linger out. In the end, I never tasted ‘bitter’ in this tea. I steeped it at the oolong temp – 176 degrees F. I also noticed that this tea got a strong punch if I over steeped it, so it’s definitely on the more sensitive side.
Overall, this is a good brick and at a great price as well! I will buy this tea again and i’m really curious about how it’ll age!
*Note: Due to rough storage, some bricks may be 75g instead of the advertised 100g.
Flavors: Musty, Smoke, Spicy, Sweet, Tobacco, Wet wood
I really want to mention how fragrant this tea was. It was so sweet smelling that it knocked me down! I had three sessions wit this tea and I can honestly say that it was amazing. It was very complex and has a lot of potential for aging amazingly.
You can read the full review here on my blog,
Flavors: Stonefruit, Sugarcane, Whiskey
So I got this tea right when it came out. The wrapper design and the contents of the cake really grabbed my attention.
When I got it I tried it. I remember that it was bitter so I stored it away. Now 2 months later I got it back out to give it another round!
It was very spicy with a grassy/floral note to it. Overall, I liked it and thought it was a great experience. However, i probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Flavors: Bitter, Dry Grass, Floral, Flowers, Green, Spices
Old Reliable is a great tea that has many flavors that the Marlboro Man would be drinking himself! this tea reminds me of the ‘old wild west’. It’s many flavors makes it a ripe pu-erh that’s amazing for any occasion for any tea drinker. It’s exceptional, especially for the price.
I started this tea by breaking up a few chunks. I did 6.5g for a 3.3oz vessel. The cake was really easy to break apart with my tea pick, and almost smelled like mushrooms-fish before brewing.
On my first infusion I did a quick brew. I was hit with the taste of mushrooms and sweet aftertaste of malt. It has a sweet fragrance that reminded me of caramel. On my 2nd and 3rd infusion, the mushroom taste started to phase out and notes of tobacco started to come out.
The liquor of the tea started to turn from golden orange to dark brown. The taste of malt-caramel disappeared on my 4th steep but the notes of mushroom were lingering on. As I moved on to my 6th infusion, it started to taste like bark and tobacco. The smell and taste of tobacco started to take over and was very pleasant. It reminded me of when I was watching westerns with my mom growing up. Tombstone came to mind as the tea turned from a bold texture to a smooth leathery texture. All I could think about was Clint Eastwood or the Marlboro Man.
The tea still has tobacco notes but the after taste of caramel-malt notes are back (unfortunately they’re very weak)! On the other hand the bark and mushroom notes are nearly gone. It’s smoothing out like an aged cigar with the texture of a lazy-boy leather recliner. It’s lost it’s bite at this point but I’m still enjoying it!
I would buy this tea again. I got many memories of watching westerns as a little kid growing up, and it’s nothing short of complex. They way it changes its notes through out the steeping process took me on a great tasting journey. It never got bitter or astringent, which is why I’m placing another order for this tea!
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Mushrooms, Smoke, Tobacco, Wood