245 Tasting Notes
Thank you Derk :D
Autumn 2017 version:
If you like black tea but don’t like oolong, this is the oolong for you. :) I like both and so I enjoyed this interesting roasted oolong that had characteristics of both black tea and oolong. Throughout the infusions, it was never bitter nor astringent. I got sweet potatoes, malt, brown sugar, honey, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), some cocoa. There is some fruit and also a slight floral background with minerality. Earlier infusions were similar to a good black tea, the malt, the breadiness, the cocoa, and sweet potatoes… As I progressed, the spices, a little citrus, and mineral notes stepped forward. Good stuff. :)
Porcelain gaiwan, 5g, 205°F, 110ml, rinse, 8 steeps: 5s, 10s, 15s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s
Flavors: Baked Bread, Citrus, Cocoa, Floral, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Yams
Really good TGY.
Little greenish balls with a nice floral aroma. Smells vegetal, orchid. The liquor is a yellow color with greenish hues. Although it has the classic TGY notes, it is a nice “sour”, and thankfully not sour as some. It’s just right, in my opinion, as far as TGYs. There is still mouth action in the back but some are over the top, this one is not. It has a smooth and soft mouth and throat feel. It’s brisk and has clear notes. The finish is naturally sweet, vegetal, floral, orchid but not perfumey. It handled boiling water with no problem, no bitterness present throughout all steeps. If you like TGY, this is a great daily drinker.
Porcelain gaiwan, 7 g, 7 steeps: rinse, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Orchid, Pleasantly Sour
Additional notes on this one:
Sipdown, and saw that they recently came out with a roasted version of this. :D I’m going to have to try that one. Instead of a full gaiwan session like I did before on this tea, I followed their suggestion. A tsp to 8 oz ratio (I did double) for 30 sec infusions. It was really good, and as I noted before, it really is like a TGY without that sour pull on the sides of your mouth. Looking forward to trying their roasted version. :D
This is yummy.
Roasted nuts, peanuts, lightly sweet, a little cookie-ish, slightly malty. I like the mixture of Assam, Ceylon & Yunnan teas. Nice and smooth mouth and throat feel. I really like this! It’s now one of my favorite of their teas.
Have a great day. Busy one here but a good one. ^^
Flavors: Cookie, Malt, Peanut, Smooth
Notes of vegetables, broccoli, artichoke, spinach. Buttery popcorn, some cream, and light floral notes and sugarcane sweetness. Compared to Republic of Tea milk oolong, this is far better (no artificial taste) but compared to some of their other Jin Xuan that What-Cha offers, it is nothing exceptional. I used gongfu style before, but for this sipdown, I put the remainder in a teapot. I think it tastes much better this way. Maybe it just tastes better because it is a sipdown… That means I’m closer to be able to purchase some of my favorite What-Cha teas instead. ^^
Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Cream, Floral, Popcorn, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
This is the second note on this and it’s a sipdown but I just have to buy more. It’s one of my favorites. I had mentioned the banana nut bread taste and instead of using a gaiwan as I did the first time, I made a 18 oz pot with 15g of it with several infusions, starting with 1 minutes infusion and working up. That wonderful banana bread taste is stronger brewing it this way. The baked cherry aroma and notes are so yummy too. I’ve been drinking a lot of black tea and pu’erh lately and boom… Just like that my fickle tea self, fell back in love with a good roasted Jin Xuan. I upped the rating more to remind myself, this has got to be on my shelf.
Now I need to compare Vietnam Medium-Roast Jin Xuan Red Oolong Tea. That was my other favorite What-Cha tea (plus the sticky rice one, of course).
Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Cherry, Nuts
Bah, I forgot to write a review on this yummy tea.
Update on those people upstairs that caused 7 cop cars, ambulances and more to come to our unit. They were evicted. Apparently, the guy beating the dog and his girlfriend wasn’t a tenant here and so because I called 911 on them, they were also busted for having extra pets (I didn’t know about that) and the guy wasn’t on the lease. So there ya go. It’s finally over and they are out. Looking forward to the next neighbors (not).
Back to the tea… Great tasting notes/reviews on this tea (which is why I purchased it) so I just wanted to put my two cents in. Lots of delicious notes. Fruits, nuts, cocoa with honey and caramel sweetness, malt and minerals. :D
Flavors: Almond, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Nuts, Spices, Toast, Vanilla
Thank you Derk for this great Da Hong Pao. I began loving Jin Xuan right away but now I think I prefer a good Da Hong Pao these days. Not sure though, it’s just been a while since I drank the former. I’m fickle. I just love good tea. This is a good tea, and it’s also been sold out so I’m glad that Derk sent me this sample off my wishlist!
The texture is nice, very smooth and thick as described. I prepared it as their website suggested. I should’ve done gongfu style to get a full flavor profile but either way, it’s a good one. I’ve been distracted by work and have missed some timed infusions so hence my choice for longer infusions. I did three steeps: 3m, 4m, and 5m.
It is heavily and heavenly roasted :) and it has such a wonderful sweet roasted and minerally taste along with fruits and nuts. Lately, I prefer heavily roasted teas over green teas and this was just right… Not smoky nor campfire-like but perfectly roasted and toasted.
Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Toasty
8g of huge dry brittle medium brown leaves, the kind when you’re walking along a path, and they crunch underneath your feet. They barely fit in my teapot. The dry leaves smelled of dust, soil, dirt. The liquor was super dark, like espresso. The rinse smelled of wet earth, mud, and dirt. After the first infusion, the aroma changed. The liquor had a strong earthy, wet and rich soil aroma, and now a very faint aroma of dirt. The taste and feel were really not what I expected from the aroma either. First of all, mouth and throat feel. What comfort. It was so smooth, almost slick on my tongue, no astringency at all… And yet, the finish gave me a very slight powdery feeling or graininess on the tip of my tongue.
The way I’m going to describe the taste may not sound so appealing. It was like digging up a huge tree, and taking a bite of the roots. I know, I know, sounds strange but it is uniquely good. I looked forward to more infusions. In the second and third infusion, I got some spice, cinnamon-like, some minerals, some wet rocks. As I went through infusion after infusion, it was indeed relaxing, calming, each time looking forward to filling my teapot up. The finish was a subtle sweetness, with a little spice in the exhale, root-earthy-rock mixture. Hard to describe but it was an experience and I swear, if I were creative, this tea could help me write about nature.
Thank you so much, Derk for this experience :D
Yixing teapot, 8g, 130ml, 205°F, who know how many steeps, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s… Etc.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Dirt, Earth, Mud, petrichor, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks
I’ve been trying a lot of gong ting in orange and tangerines lately. I bought one from White2Tea and wish I got more now. They are expensive. One is $4.00. I had so many infusions yesterday I lost count. It began as Yixing gaiwan, 110ml, rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, 55s, 60s… And then I just kept filling my gaiwan up, used it all day.
The tea is meant to be drunk with the orange and all so I just put the little orange in without breaking it up as their site suggested. The fruit is tiny, young and unripe unlike the others I tried. It was so tiny and cute (yes, I went there lol. I love cute things.) and it did have a greenish hue. I especially loved the first 5 infusions because of the “fresh green bite”. Their site says you “can toss out the first 2-3 steeps, and drink the next 12 or so.” No way, I loved that part! :) It changed from a slightly astringent green taste to a very mellow mandarin and earthy ripe pu’erh taste. I broke the orange up towards the end of the day to get even more of that rind taste.
I think of all the Xinhui Green Mandarins I’ve tried so far, this was my favorite. I’ll have to do a comparison again if I can get another. I think they sold out… /cry. Note: I have two more to try: YS Tangerine Stuffed with 4 Years Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea and YS Gong Ting Pu-erh in Tangerine “Golden Horse 8685” Ripe Tea. Maybe I’ll do those this week.
Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earth, Orange, Orange Zest, Wet Earth