5 Tasting Notes
This is my go to green tea at present and I’m never disappointed. Vibrant flavors of freshly cut grass, asparagus, fresh spinach and so on. The second steep seems to bring out the most. Never harsh or astringent, good mouthfeel. Maybe not as subtle as some of the fine Japanese greens, but I love it and look forward to the Spring harvest.
A deep, rich golden color. Fragrant in an oolong kind of way with creamy mouthfeel. Flavors a little subtle compared to the color. The finish and depth of flavor was not nearly as long as the Li Shan from the same company. Maybe it was a steeping issue. I did not get a chance to do a second or third steeping so this review reflects only the first steeping.
I love it when the combination of temperature and steeping creates the perfect cup of tea. Most of the time I screw it all up, especially if I’m in a hurry in the morning. This morning was a nice exception. I tipped the sample and most of the 5 grams fell out so what the heck I emptied the packet. I caught the kettle just before it started boiling and poured through a pretty wide ceramic infuser into about a 16 oz to go cup. After about 3 minutes or just a tad longer it looked great—a nice golden color with a lovely fragrance. Walking to the car I knew I had a great cup. I couldn’t stop smelling it. Wow. It was even better drinking. Creamy mouthfeel, buttery, nice depth of flavor and a finish that went on forever. Hands down the best oolong i’ve had in a while. This tea made my morning. I just hope I can reproduce it because I will be ordering some more!
One of three samples I requested. Steeped for 3-4 minutes with water just under a boil. The liquor is amber/golden and very fragrant with a medium/long finish. Very clean and pure with no bitterness and just the slightest touch of sweetness.
Never cared much for black tea until I tasted this tea this morning. I did a quick rinse and and 1 minute steep and it was heavenly. Absolutely no astringency or harsh notes. Seamless and wonderful with a nice medium body malty flavor and a touch of sweetness to round off the flavor. Will be placing another order for more as this was just a sample. Yowzer!