2272 Tasting Notes
I haven’t had this in a while. I go through streaks of drinking certain types of tea. Does anyone else do that? Somehow I never added it to my cupboard and I am about to finish it off, so no need now.
Although this is a black tea, I get the most out of it when I use a lower temperature and a shorter steep time. Today this was 200F and just under four minutes because I was having it with breakfast, but you could go with even more conservative parameters.
The number one word that comes to me with this is…FRUITY. Big time. Darjeeling level fruity. Rich aroma. High notes galore. Somewhat brisk but not nearly enough to make me want to add milk., or maybe the fruitiness just makes it seem lightly brisk. (I almost never never ever add milk or sweetener of any kind to my teas.)
The high fruity notes are followed by a lingering taste of walnut, specifically the papery bit that has a light bitterness that you find on walnuts you have cracked yourself, not the shelled kind in bags. But when I search for it, the high note is still there, a wisp of a ghost at the back of the palate.
We started drinking this late last night. We are moving youngest into her own room this week and it involves painting (including the ceiling – what a pain in the neck!) and finding a home for all my crafting supplies. (Gulp. I buy those like I buy tea.)
Last night’s four steeps were all Western style and combined two at a time. The predominant aroma was mushroom. Or maybe I should say MUSHROOM. I haven’t had a powerfully mushroom pu in a while, so this was a refreshing change.
This morning as we have it with breakfast, i am struck by how creamy this is. This is smooth and mild and has a silky mouth feel.
I need to do a gong fu session with it sometime, but it has been great by the (large) pot. I think six steeps are the limit on this one for me. The final one took a while to color up but had nice flavor when it did.
This is a great daily drinker and an excellent re-steeper. While it isn’t a puerh that I stop everything for and light candles and put on music, it is really great for gatherings and game nights and parties. And I am almost out of this huge cake! One little chunk still rests in the wrapper.
The dry leaf has a definite barn yard vibe. I like that aroma. It isn’t enough to turn off puerh newbies, though.
I served this a week ago as a cold steeped ice tea, unsweetened. My neighbor isn’t a big tea drinker but I asked her to try it after our walk in the sweltering heat since she didn’t take a water bottle and I wanted her to hydrate before doing yoga with me. She was shocked to find that she liked this even though it was unsweetened. She said she braced herself for the bitterness of unsweetened black tea and was immediately captured by the smooth and refreshing taste. Since she is trying to improve her health – hence the walk – she wants to get some puerh of her own to replace sweet tea and cut sugar in her diet.
I love sharing tea with people. I love watching them discover that there is a lot of tea out there that is nothing like what they have tried before.
I am drinking this one with youngest today and marveling at how my family has become hooked on puerh teas. I was afraid to try the stuff in the beginning! Now it is the tea most enjoyed by guests and especially by coffee lovers.
This one is very different from our usual. We stick to mostly unflavored, unadultered shu.
I used two sachets in a 17 ounce pot. I didn’t time it, just kept an eye on it to see when the color looked good. I expect it steeped for about a minute and a half to two minutes.
I taste very little puerh. I can’t say that it is heavily woodsy, mushroomy, or horsey. It is very very fragrant with spices rose, though. I like it as a rose tea more than as a puerh tea. I have had rose scented puerh that was so lightly rose scented as to merely have a whiff and a sweetness. This one is ROSE.
I made a second steep. Now I taste a bit of puerh and still have a really nice level of rose. Nice!
Here I sit, drinking black tea after 11 pm. Why would anyone do that? Because they are covered in poison ivy and have been for almost three weeks and new patches are still appearing and pretty soon a Benadryl is going to send them to LaLa Land regardless of how much caffeine has been consumed.
I am glad it is a really good black tea. I need something to pay attention to other than the infuriating itching of my arm.
I really get strong honey notes this time. An earlier tasting of a previous harvest (I think it was a different year!) had molasses notes to me, but this is strong honey. There is a high baked fruit flavor that is making me crave some baked peach dumplings right now. I made this western style but I think the rest of the leaves are going to get the grand treatment tomorrow, with a full on gong fu session.
I let my cupboard get out of control. It’s great to have a lot of tea, but it isn’t great to have large amounts of really good tea that you can not ossicle drink while it is at its best.
In spite of this one being past its prime, it had good flavor and multiple steeps with each being enjoyable. It is a little bit roasty rather than highly floral and holds up well to sweet snacks. It had great body and showed it’s quality even…get this…three years past it’s recommended ‘use by’ date.
This is the end of this bag, and once I have emptied the cupboard of some of its oldest residents, I will start on the newer ones and tame this monster. I will be buying my teas in smaller amounts in future so that they can be enjoyed at their prime.
I didn’t realize I had not added this to my cupboard yet. I have taken a lot of teas out but hve failed to get the new ones added. Ah well, I will catch up one day!
This was the second tea of tea party, and I focus on it because one has already been reviewed a lot and the other was detested by my guest!
Zen Tea is taking a year off from selling tea. I remember a note on the discussion board long ago where the owner expressed frustration that he could sell teaware all day long but had trouble moving tea. I did indeed buy a good bit of teaware from them, but also tea.
My favorites from Zen were their Keemun and Vanilla Mint Puerh. My daughter loved their Lapsang. I am pretty sure I bought their matcha a couple of times.
This strawberry cream was a gift from my eldest daughter, purchased right before they announced that would not be selling tea for one year. I wish them the best in finding great new sources, and I do hope to find a great Keemun to buy from them for breakfast again,
This tea has a really nice strawberry flavor and the cream aspect of it takes the edge off so that the strawberry is neither sharp nor candy-like.
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.