2236 Tasting Notes
And it is done! I didn’t have quite enough of this for my two gallon dispenser of iced tea, so I added just a tad of Renegade from the same company. I guess maybe I added a little more sugar than usual, because this is some rockin’ iced tea. I think the Renegade, as little of it as there was, has added something special. We will see soon, because the next two gallon batch will be all Renegade. Sipdown.
I now have a whole shelf of tea from this company, and all of it gifts from my kids. My daughter had been ordering it but on a trip to Mexico last week she saw some in a grocery store and brought me two more tins.
Hubby and I had this at breakfast Sunday. It is a pleasant sort of chai, lacking the pepper and heat that I dislike. The ginger and clove are all the heat I require. I drank mine plain, hubby added milk, and I thinking that this would also make an awesome sweet latte for a hot summer afternoon. Clove is the dominant aroma for me but it doesn’t hijack all the taste of the cup as clove can sometimes do.
My husband says he couldn’t be a tea reviewer. “It was good. It tasted like tea,” would be his standard review.
But I made a big pot of this tonight to go with supper, and right away on the first sip he said, “This is GOOD. It’s expensive, isn’t it?” Ha ha! He knows what he likes!
Yes, it is expensive, but it is worth it and you can always resteep. Plus the more you buy, the more you save. And then you could get more of it as your free samples. So…
We had it with food – leftovers of Asian take-out – and it was delish and there was enough flavor to stand up to the rich food. After the meal, we kept drinking it, and it was really effective at clearing the palate and was so refreshing. The flavor lingers. There was no bitterness or sour taste, but it was nicely brisk and felt fresh. Good tea, worth every penny.
We made two pots Western style last night to go with Asian take-out. The dry leaves had such a fresh, powerful aroma. I love the promise that it is easier on the stomach as mine gets angry easily.
The tea is pale, clear yellow and very sweet and creamy tasting. It was served to a large gathering and everyone enjoyed it. There was no sour taste and no bitterness. This will probably be one of my go-to recommendations for people wanting easy to drink tea.
This is a sample sent by Teavivre for review. Many thanks, Angela and Teavivre!
I used my eight ounce pot and about half the sample. The dry leaves smell wonderful, and remind in appearance and scent of a nice white tea, one of the bolder ones like a shou mei.
I did rinse this and pour off the very pale liquid quickly. My first steep was thirty seconds. I have a bad habit of drinking all types of puerh too quickly, forgetting how much more I like them after they have cooled for a minute, so I used my thinnest cups. The heat on my fingers will remind me to wait until it is cooler so I can taste the full flavor profile better.
This is a nice golden color. The scent surprisingly has apple notes! I am thinking of Granny Smith apples with their tart juiciness. The scent of white tea is now mixed with the characteristic scent of raw puerh, or perhaps the scent of a brisk green tea.
The flavor is mild, slightly astringent and lending a tingle to the tongue, and has the delightful rising sweetness that occurs when drinking certain greens.
I raised the third steep to 45 seconds but it is more astringent here so I will be sticking to 30-35 seconds for this one henceforth.
There is still a fruity flavor now on the fourth steep, with a hint of smoke and a good bit of dryness. This is a very interesting tea, and I find it very drinkable even at this young age. My daughter is drinking this with me and didn’t know it was raw puerh. She was quite surprised when I told her because she had one at a tea festival that did not please her! She likes this one.
I am back, and I am now the mother of four and mother-in-law of two! We added a daughter-in-law to the family this weekend, Chelsea Rae here on Steepster and my son tied the knot. While they honeymoon, I shall drink tea. (I was going to do that anyway.)
This is a sip down, and probably is a sip down of the third tin of this and it won’t be long before another tin heads this way. The next sale that comes up will see me adding some tea even though I am trying to whittle down the tea stash. I need Blueberry Green for iced tea this summer and as hot and miserable as today was, I had better get a pound.
So this one – this one is feminine and foofy, it is spa in a cup, it is elegance and girliness. Forgive me, all you men who enjoy it. You can call it elegance and beauty and ignore my statements about femininity for this tea!
This tea blends so well with other teas to give a nice switch-up to old favorites. It has very strong rose flavor without having the dreadful bubble bath taste. It is wonderful by itself, too, and makes a nice tea-time tea with friends who don’t mind florals. That’s how we used it today, as the second tea of tea party.
I hope Harney has a coupon soon!
This tea has such a unique appearance! It literally looks like something you have raked up in the fall. I have prepared it both Western style and gong fu, and it really keeps on giving. The taste is smooth and creamy, it is very mild, and it doesn’t seem to get bitter even with long steeps. I paired it with chocolate and it was lovely.
The leaves are dark and small and have a rich scent. I gave it a very quick rinse of maybe two seconds. I steeped one tsp. in six ounces water in my Kamjove pot for fifteen seconds and added fifteen seconds for each subsequent steep. My family was drinking this with me and my daughter said right away that she loved how bold it was. The first two steeps reminded me strongly of the smell of dried mushrooms when I am reconstituting them for cooking. The third steep onward became more woody, and the fifth steep had that “horsey” element – which I like! I got seven good steeps from that one teaspoon of leaves. I love Lincang puerh – I imagine this one will get better and better with age!
I split a one pound bag of this with my best friend. She loves it and takes it as her morning tea, I think, but I really wanted it for my youngest daughter who drinks scads of tea – more tea than I drink! – and I thought it would be especially refreshing when sticky summer weather hits. Here in NC, we have actually had a lot of days in the 80’s already and it is just going to get worse! I think this will be delicious iced and maybe sweetened.
The smell is fantastic if you like candy and sweets! I think it smells a lot like grape Dimetapp. The flavor isn’t overpowering, just a nice gentle green base with fruity flavor.