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Another sample. What a nice green tea this is, even a year after harvest. The dry leaves smell like shrimps to me, while the wet leaves have an aroma reminiscent of long jing. Taste is very delicate, somewhat sweet, grassy and floral. I find it has a great balance of flavours and doesn’t lack complexity. In the aftertaste, I notice some honeydew melon notes. Liquor is full-bodied and the mouthfeel is very soft. A great tea overall, I would describe it as a midpoint between long jing and a green baozhong.
edit: I just keep increasing the rating. This is probably the best green tea I’ve ever had. I have nothing to object to really. It induces a very nice body warming sensation as well!
Flavors: Fishy, Floral, Grass, Green, Honeydew, Nutty, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass
Continuing with the today’s Toronto Tea Festival theme. This is a sample I picked up there.
The tea has a pungent aroma of honey, flowers and dried fruits. Taste is also strong and quite bitter, at least the way I brewed it. Flavours are overwhelmingly malty and woody, but the overall profile is a mix of sweet and bitter. I also get a hint of dried black currants, grapefruit and blackberry leaves, even though I wouldn’t call the taste fruity. The aftertaste is a little leathery and has nice dryness to it. I like the mouthfeel too, it is bubbly and the tea has a full body.
Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Black Currant, Blackberry, Drying, Flowers, Grapefruit, Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet, Wood
Another one from the tea festival tasting box.
Fascinating and confusing. The taste is like Honey Black, without the dryness that can sometimes come alongside, but the dry leaf is rolled, like an oolong.Enjoyable honeyed cup with a nice woody grounding heft to it. I am a fan.
The packet that it was in irritated me though. It contained 15 grams or so, but had no way of closing it once it was opened. There was a bit of a notch on the end which suggested that it would easily tear open, but in fact, when I did this, the packet ripped open down the side and the tea pebbles scattered. A small thing, but when one is unfamiliar with the blender and trying this brand for the first time, this detail embeds in the tea experience, at least initially. So, before I even had a good look at the beautiful dry leaf, I was scrambling around for a ziplock baggie to contain the mangled packet.
The tea festival tasting deadline is rapidly approaching. I’ve tasted all the teas at least once, selected my favourites, and ranked the rest. I will be reviewing the teas further as I make my way through them again. It was a bit of an odd assortment though, containing teas that I would never group together, but the process is still fun and I am delighted to be a part of it.
Flavors: Honey, Wet wood