345 Tasting Notes
I really like this one. It reminds me of Decadence but with a nutty taste. I didn’t get sunflower seeds like others. It’s probably a different blend than before since my batch is recent. I got a nice almond note from it instead. The marshmallows give it a very light sweet taste with added creaminess. It didn’t seem as dark chocolatey as Decedance but more between milk chocolate and dark chocolate which I liked. The blend of Laoshan, Assamica & Golden Yunnan really works well and it was delicious and had a nice malty note.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Roasted nuts
Broke into this cake today. I was able to easily break off small pieces off with my fingers, 7g worth. A quick rinse, starting at 185F and later going up to 205F. A bunch of 5s infusions, maybe up to 15? I just keep going and going hehe.
The cake has a grassy, hay, slightly flowery aroma. I’m not really good at aromas TBH. The liquor is medium to deep golden color. The taste at first, started off somewhat bitter and slightly astringent. The first two steepings, aside from a little bitterness and astringency, had a remarkable sweet taste, that of honey or more like sugar cane. The next few steeps, more flavors came out, layers of them. It’s not a boring tea. It has a super thick mouth feel yet a nice finish with lots of peach notes. Super creamy feeling in my mouth and throat. With each successive infusion, it kept bringing out fruity notes, more on the side of stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches, but also citrus notes, and later add in a little metallic and mineral notes here and there. Complex tea.
In the beginning, I did find it to be slightly bitter but that went away and the pleasant dryness throughout adds to it, doesn’t ruin it. Towards the middle-end, the fruity notes, such as apricots and peach notes subsided and the last layer came in, almost an umami, savory, vegetal taste along with spices, a little heat and minerals.
Throughout the infusions, it was always pleasantly sweet and gave a thick, creamy mouthfeel that won’t quit. The stone fruit notes remained even at the end. I would say that if you’re into sweet sheng and like the mouthfeel experience, I would highly recommend this one to you.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Grass, Honey, Peach, Stonefruits, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
I have had this for a while but hadn’t written about it. It is their 2019 Da Hong Pao. I really like Whispering Pines teas overall.
I prepared it Gongfu 200 F, quick rinse, then 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s. 30s, 1m. Nice aromatics of dried fruit, minerals. A delicious roasty cuppa with pleasant light spice notes, like anise, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Lots of nice dried fruit, mainly plums, and raisins, some citrus notes. Also, lots of mineral notes.
Solid Da Hong Pao.
Flavors: Anise, Cream, Plums, Raisins, Roasted, Spices
It’s too sweet but as I do with the other ones, I do a flash rinse to get the sweet taste out, and then I can enjoy it. It does taste like cereal albeit a very sweet cereal hehe. I think I got this when my nephew stayed with me. He enjoyed it.
Some marshmallow notes along with apple, oats. coconut, cornflakes, vanilla, and cream. It’s a really chunky type of tea, you can see big pieces of all kinds of things, even raisins, goji berries, vanilla pieces, and quinoa too. I may get it again for my nephew but it’s far too sweet (stevia) for me. If you don’t mind sweet tea, you may like this one. It would probably taste good as a latte.
Flavors: Apple, Cream, Goji, Oats, Sweet, Vanilla
After my sample, last year, I had picked up 10 more little disks of this shortly after. I hadn’t got around to drinking more until yesterday. I am still working on sipdowns of the tea that I got too much of. >.<
This time instead of gongfu, I went for 10 ounces for 30 secs, 1m, 2m It has still had a thick taste, very fruity with berries, stone fruits, citrus, very malty flavor. Not so floral this time, and crisp citrus aftertaste. Notes of honey, a heavier molasses, and light spice notes. It was a pleasant afternoon tea. It is heavy on the energy (caffeine) but I love that. I got so much more work accomplished lol. So beware. I had energy all the way until 4 am. I don’t get jittery or anything with it, it just good energy to me.
I now know 10 people with COVID19. The latest is a beautiful family, Aaron’s cousin, who got is from her husband who had to work, they didn’t practice safe distancing at the work place, and now they have it and all their four little kids. Tragic times. So stay safe out there.
Flavors: Berries, Citrusy, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Spices, Stonefruits
I’ve had this for forever but like many others, I haven’t written anything, just rated it. It’s very sweet like some of the other David’s Tea that I bought. I have only bought four so keep that in mind hehe. I have to do a fast rinse before drinking it for my taste buds. After a flash rinse. I brew it as recommended.
The banana is very creamy, that’s what I taste in the beginning. If I don’t rinse, I don’t taste it much but more sweetness. Then at the end of the sip, I get a quick grapefruit note. Neither is really that strong. It’s well-balanced. It sounds like a weird mixture but it doesn’t taste weird and the notes are well separated… meaning I didn’t get a weird muted mix but two distinct flavor notes. I love banana and I love grapefruit so this has always been a nice cup of tea. When I make it cold brew (I still have to do a flash rinse before), I don’t really get any of the citruses but more banana.
P.S. I wish I could change my profile. It’s really old and things have changed >.<. After I made it, I never was able to edit it (maybe once?) other than my picture. Tangent, I know. :P
Flavors: banana, Creamy, Grapefruit, Sweet
It’s a very relaxing cup of tea with nice toasted rice and a seaweed-marine aroma. The liquor was a somewhat cloudy, golden yellow with green hues. The taste is delightful. A tasty genmaicha with very light bitterness and light astringency, delicately sweet but nothing artificial. Strong notes of toasted popped rice, popcorn, umami, vegetal, a delicate subtle sencha.
I’ve had it hot and cold brew. The cold brew has no bitterness. I prefer it hot.
Hope you are all doing well. :D
Flavors: Popcorn, Rice, Seaweed, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Umami
Mixed reviews on this one hehe. I like it.
Thank you so much tea-sipper for sending me this. As many of you say, it is chocolatey but I really like the roasty toasty nutty flavor. It’s on the light side of maple but although I like maple, I don’t require very much of the taste to make things I eat or drink tasty. For example, on pancakes, I just spread a tablespoon on the top pancake lol. I wish I could say the same about butter! I can drown it in butter and be a happy camper. I’m a salty over sweet type of person so this tea was very very good to me. It is one of my favorites out of the whole wonderful package that tea-sipper sent me awhile ago. I’m going to put it on my wishlist for the future.
Hope all is well and safe with you.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Vanilla
I have quite a bit of different Dan Cong tea from Yunnan Sourcing. After trying most of them, and other vendors as well… I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not the vendor but Dan Cong tea just isn’t for me. It’s far too flowery, perfumey-like for me. So please note that in my rating. You may find it to be a 95 if you love Dan Cong oolong. ^^
Setting that aside, hehe, the tea has large leaves that have a roasted aroma. The liquor is a deep clear brown with the aroma of stonefruits, honey. It has a thick mouthfeel, rich flavor, fruity with hints of stonefruits (peach, apricot) and apple notes. It’s quite flowery, has roasted seeds notes with notes of the sweetness of honey. There is a very long lingering taste of orchid at the end, a floral finish.
6g, 212℉, 110ml, 8 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s
Stay safe out there!
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Peach, Perfume, Stonefruits
Quick additional notes: I finally tried it with a little half and half (1T in 16 oz), and one small drop of honey. It’s wonderful this way for a night drink. You still get the tart aftertaste followed with more creaminess. It balances it out even more to me. I know I said I was going to try it as a latte but haven’t got there quite yet lol. I’m drinking a lot of my TeaVivre teas lately, and feeling for them and other companies whose businesses are affected by Coronavirus.
Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Strawberry