638 Tasting Notes
I already left a review on this for 2016 tea but today I am trying the 2017 Premium Bi Luo Chun. I don’t know whether my taste buds are off lately or what’s going on but all the 2017 green teas I’ve tried lately have been okay but not up to par. So I decided I will switch over and gong fu them all. Go with the flow. Sometimes brewing in a cup with an infuser works fine. Now it’s not.
Brewed 4 g of leaves in a gaiwan at 80C 15 sec & 20 sec. Dry it smells very spinach like. It’s very sweet with asparagus and spinach notes. There’s a light fruity astringency too. Second brew was a little stronger than the first (more spinach like) which I liked.
So this one brewed in a cup (which I had earlier in the week) is merely okay. Brewed gongfu , definitely top notch.
Flavors: Asparagus, Fruity, Spinach, Sweet
One of the new 2017 greens I got from Yunnan Sourcing. This tea was posted really early and so I assume the picking had to be earlier than usual. The leaves look very much like a white tea, long and spindly. However it’s a dark green and white on the leaves. Very pretty!
I used a good amount of this tea (didn’t exactly measure – just put some in my palm) to brew in my cup. Brewed for 2 min at 80C. The smell of the dry leaves has a really nutty smell so I pretty excited to try this tea brewed up. However, when brewed the nuttiness is really diminished. It’s a very light tea. I sometimes like a light tea but this one is just doesn’t seem to have that much flavour to carry it through. I just keep wanted MORE nutty flavour than what’s there.
I think I’ll give the grandpa brewing method a try on this one next time. The caffeine is pretty low so it might be well suited to that type of brewing. I am going to hold off rating this tea until I try a few different brewing methods on it.
I haven’t left many tasting notes lately. I got in some more green teas in February because I ran out but of course they were still 2016 teas. I figured it was a good time to try some greens in small quantities that were on sale. That way I could determine if I wanted to order the 2017 tea when it came out.
I was pretty happy with this 2016 green tea. It maintained a decent nuttiness and sweetness that was still decent. Some green teas at this point fall off really bad with freshness and just lose a lot of flavour. I would say this one held out well and I’ve already ordered the 2017 green tea pack (which is 5 green teas) from Grand Tea.
This was my last cup of this one today and I am now at 50 teas in my cupboard. WOOHOO! Last year I was over 170 teas. I’ve really gotten my tea collection under control. I just wish I had less pu-erh. I like the occasional pu-erh tea but I still have near to 20 of them in my collection and it seems I am never taking them off my list.
This tea was from a sample Scott put in my order in February.
It says on their website this tea is usually picked around late Feb or early March. However, I received this sample Feb 17 so it must have been picked VERY early.
The leaves on this look a bit like dragonwell but are very tiny. Brewed up it’s a fresh chestnutty sweet flavour with a floral fragrance. I actually think I like it better than some dragonwells I’ve had and plan on getting more of this tea. I really love it.
Flavors: Chestnut, Floral, Sweet
This is one of the oldest teas in my cupboard (in terms of when I bought it, not the year).
Looks like I never left a review on it either!
It was pretty good. Two quick rinses and then 1st brew was fruity, no bitterness. 2nd infusion was the best. Really creamy on that one along with the fruitiness. Then the creaminess fell off pretty quick and it was just fruity. Not bad but it doesn’t last many infusions. I am quite happy with that since I can never go more than 6 infusions anyway.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity
Garret generously gave me 3 samples with my last order and this was one of them. I wish I had ordered some of this dragonwell! It’s juicy & fruity, slightly nutty, and sweet. I had a dragonwell I bought last year that didn’t live up to my expectations so I was a bit hesitant to try another dragonwell. This one is so good! I would have loved to try it when it was even fresher.
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Sweet
I picked up a few extra 2016 teas from YS when they had their sale until there’s enough of the 2017 teas in. I couldn’t resist this one. It looked really different.
In the picture on YS’s website the dry leaves look a very dark dark green. However, to me they look almost black. It’s hard viewing them from the bag so when I took them out and held them up to the light, they still looked black. I never had a green tea before that had black leaves.
I brewed this one gongfu today. I don’t often use gongfu for greens but it adds a bit more oomph to older 2016 teas.
After the first infusion , the leaves are still black. Did I get the same tea that YS has up on their website? My tea leaves certainly don’t look green at ALL. It brews up a bit golden with a grey overcast. Here, I was a bit hesitant to try this. It’s looking like an oolong or black with the colour of the tea. So I took a sip and it was a surprise. Very mild, a bit roasted. It looks like an oolong but not quite like an oolong in taste (although there are similarities). There’s another element to it that I can’t describe. YS describes it as having a umami flavour. I used 5 g and brewed it 30s at 80C.
2nd infusion – 20 sec (chose less because it appeared to be brewing stronger), 90C
I chose a higher temperature because those leaves looked like they could handle it. It definitely brewed up stronger than the first cup and this time getting more of the purple/grey colour of the tea. Also noticed the brewed leaves are starting to show a hint of green coming through. The higher temperature brings out more of the roasted flavour with a bit more sweetness too. This tea has a bit of kick to it too.
YS describes this tea as “Dan Cong meets Yunnan Assamica Green Tea”. It definitely does taste something like a Dan Cong.
Not your typical green, that’s for sure.
Flavors: Roasted, Sweet
This was a sample Christina gave to me some time ago and I didn’t get around to trying it until now.
I did two quick rinses on this tea and brewed 10sec. This puerh is very sweet and creamy tasting and stayed that way for a few infusions (or at least as many infusion as I could drink , which is only 4). This is one I would like to have a cake of but it’s sold out AND I have too much puerh right now. I am trying to go through any samples I have to reduce my quantity. I plan on trying to get my count down to 15 or less for puerh in my collection.
Flavors: Creamy, Sweet
Sip down of this one today! It is still one of my favourite herbal blends. The elderberries are forefront in this tea with a mingling of different spices. It goes so good on a day like this. The weather is mild but the cold dampness just seems to seep into my bones. This tea is warming and delicious. I will miss it but pretty excited to bring my tea collection down to 93!