107 Tasting Notes
My first impressions of this cake. It is indeed very well balanced and pungent tea, with upfront bitterness and long-lasting aftertaste. The dry leaf smells very green and vegetal, while the wet leaves have more of a cooked vegetables aroma and leave the impression of a cool morning mountain breeze. In terms of viscosity, this would be on the thinner end of the sheng spectrum, which is not surprising given the price.
However, the tea is pretty calming and made for a very pleasant session. Taste is also nice, although not super complex at this stage. I think the aging potential is definitely there though. I am looking forward to seeing its development.
This is a tea that for sure aims above its category, the price/quality ratio is impressive.
Flavors: Bitter, Compost, Green, Vegetables, Vegetal
The wet leaf aroma is surprisingly milky, I don’t really get many fruity or floral notes, apart from maybe apricot jam. Taste is light even when the steeping time is pushed, which I would recommend to do by the way. There is almost no astringency that builds up and you get at least a decent viscosity and taste concentration. It’s a mix of sweet and sour flavours, with floral undertones emerging in the aftertaste especially. Somehow, the overal feeling resembles lighter white wine, maybe a little bit on the drier side. Of course, without the alcohol :)
It’s similar in quality to the Fancy grade TGY from YS, but significantly more expensive. Therefore, I don’t feel like I can recommend this tea, even there is nothing wrong with it per se.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Milk, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, White Wine
This tea mostly has fairly standard Chinese green tea characteristics, but with better mouthfeel.
The smell is similar to longjing – nutty and a little floral, but more fruity. The taste is brothy, vegetal and fruity. In terms of flavours I can pick up some grapes and courgette. Overall, it is fairly light and crisp tasting, medium-bodied with nice thick and oily mouthfeel that gets a bit astringent in the finish. In the aftertaste, there are some sour flavours emerging as well. The feeling in the throat is warming for a while after drinking the tea.
Flavors: Fish Broth, Thick, White Grapes, Zucchini
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I just had this black tea with dried fruits, coffee and rooibos. It smells a bit like Bailey’s for some reason actually. The additions are somewhat subtle in taste, but definitely make the tea less boring.
It seems like there are not many artificial flavourings and aromas, which is nice. The taste is not too sickly.
Obviously the texture cannot compare with higher quaality tea, but that just comes from the tea leaves used.
I think it would be really nice as a latte and slightly sweetened. I can’t try that out though, because I only had a 5g sample, which I used up.
Nice mix of different aromas, I can smell black pepper, bay leaves, nuts (especially in the dry leaves), overripe plums and cherries and red wine. Overall it’s quite a sweet smell though. Taste-wise, it’s more savoury and very nutty. Much more than most ripe pu-erh’s I have had. There is also some light coffee bitterness and medicinal note in the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy, effeverscent and a little bit numbing with a touch of dryness in the finish.
One can play around with the steeping times a lot for this one. I often like to push them long, which gives a less sweet and more coffee like character to the brew. I found this tea to be a great value, very suitable for daily drinking.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Coffee, Creamy, Medicinal, Nutty, Overripe Cherries, Plums, Red Wine
This is a very nice aged tea. It seems to me that the more I drink it, the more I like it.
The wet leaves smell of old, slightly decaying wood in a damp environment, like a castle basement. Reminds me of one ambient & noise music festival called Hradby Samoty, which happens at a castle every year. I also get some chocolate and dried fruit notes coming through. The liquor is fiarly mellow and smooth. It is quite sweet, resembling prunes and cheesecake, but also has cocoa bean bitterness and little bit of mushroom broth, especially in later steeps. I get a slight cooling effect in my throat and the aftertaste is spicy I would say. There is absolutely no astringency, rather the mouthfeel is soft and mouthwatering.
I think the price these are selling for is very good and I think I will be getting some more once I finish the ones I have.
Flavors: Broth, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Decayed wood, Dried Fruit, Earth, Mushrooms, Plums, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet
Thanks Skysamurai for sending me a sample of this tea! The dry leaf aroma is quite floral and dry. In the preheated pot, the leaves smell a bit more fruity. Wet leaf has similar qualitites, but I also get a bit of pine and tree bark.
Liquor texture is quite thick for a green tea. Taste-wise, it is a balanced tea. I get similar impressions as with some chinese white teas, but the taste is more robust. There are some fruity, vegetal and nutty notes (mostly in the finish) with some hay/herbal aspects as well. I didn’t really notice any grassy ones though.
Flavors: Bark, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Lavender, Nutty, Pine, Stonefruits, Vegetal
I would rather drink either a decent quality sencha or a fresh ginger tea any time. You can feel the ginger mostly in the smell, the taste is light with some mild spiciness. It doesn’t really have any qualities I would want from a sencha unfortunately.
I get honey, grape must, ale and raisins on the nose. It’s a very sweet smell. The taste also is quite sweet with honey and fruit notes, but there is a distinctive herbal/savoury side to it too. I can identify rosemary, thyme and other herbs too giving the tea a bit of a bitter edge. I definitely wouldn’t call the taste bitter though. As a result, the tea can be pushed quite a lot, to create a thick mouthfeel, that is nevertheless very soft and mouth-watering.
This is actually a very infusable tea, I wasn’t counting, but it is still going strong around infusion 10 or so.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Grapes, Herbs, Honey, Musty, Raisins, Sweet, Thyme, Tree Fruit