245 Tasting Notes
Last few days been drinking tea I already reviewed. Tonight I felt like trying one of my new samples. It was a taxing day so what better way than to sit down and chill with some tea, right?
This Ya Shi, duck shit aroma, is very aromatic, savory. Strong floral with a roasted aroma along with fruitiness. Despite the strong fragrance, the taste was surprisingly mellow. I don’t have much experience with duck shit aroma so maybe that’s typical. I was just expecting a super strong taste. It had sweet, honey notes, lots of floral notes and unlike other reviews who said there was zero bitterness, I did get a few bitter notes but it’s balanced so it worked out well. Creamy mouthfeel without the milky taste. Grassy or green notes popped up. It definitely has character, changing slightly from steep to steep. Full-bodied. The aftertaste is pleasant, slight drying of the tip of the tongue feeling.
8g, 212℉, 110ml, 9 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 50s, 70s, 100s, 130s
Last sample of this. Now I’m kicking myself not adding an order of this to my most recent order. I bought TeaVivre Milk oolong with another tea table last night.
It’s such a pleasant tea. Slightly milky and buttery, mellow and floral, I love the mouthfeel and the light milk aroma. Reminds me of my childhood. (I was naughty but I had great memories, maybe my parents don’t agree haha). It’s so mild, smooth, nurturing. Easy on my borderline temperamental stomach and soothing on my throat.
Yixing teapot, 7g, 110ml, 212℉, 8 steeps: rinse, 25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Kind of my go-to milk oolong due to the price and taste, and decided after tasting lots of samples yesterday, I felt like it was time to enjoy a tea that I don’t think I can ever get tired of. In the mornings. I prefer a non-bitter, not-sharp, stomach-soothing warm cup of tea which this is. Whenever I buy things from Teavivre, I always add samples of this one because it’s my fallback tea. It’s vegetal, milky, slightly buttery, without an artificial taste, light but not too light, and after several infusions, it never gets bitter. Good price, good taste if you like Jin Xuan. ^^
Liked this one a lot better than the Nonpareil Wudong Ya Shi. Roasted aroma, quite perfumey. Mellow & smooth, fruity, honey-like. Complex, changing with infusions. Full-bodied, thick, slightly tart, sharp at times. Woodsy. On 9th infusion right now. Long finish, the taste stays in my mouth for a long time. Sweet aftertaste. Like the Ya Shi, it’s expensive $27.90/50g but plenty of infusions. Lots of taste on this 9th infusion. I’ll update if anything significant comes up or I figure something else I taste lol.
Aromatic, flowery, fruity perhaps nectar flavor, sweetness, a nice smell of the milk fragrance, pleasant mouthfeel, slightly sharp in the earlier infusions although not overbearing, has a slight mineral taste. It’s complex & probably far more complex than my ability to decipher it lol. Earlier infusions gave a sweet aftertaste. About the 6th or 7th infusion, it became a little bitter. It has a long finish . I got a sample and it’s expensive $27.90/50g so, after my sample, I probably won’t buy it again. Having said that, it’s an all-day tea in that it’s good for many infusions. I’m on the 11th infusion and it’s still going strong.
Last sample of this. Today it seems a little perfumy for me, flowery, also a little sharper. Perhaps because I’m using boiling water unlike before where I used 200F. There is still the great balance of sweet and bitter though.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Mineral, Sweet
Extremely smooth, milky, slightly floral, caramel, coconut, perhaps creamy pineapple, toffee-like notes. It’s complex, deep notes but all mild. Yummy milky aromatics, good for multiple steeps (gongfu cha 8+ infusions) and each steep is delicious. This is a keeper.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Milk, Toffee
3rd time trying it now. It’s getting better each time taste wise. I found out the problem. It’s not the taste but that my stomach is sensitive to it. Perhaps the sharpness and the sour notes at the end steepings did my tummy in the first go around. I drank it in the morning before any food. >.< The 2nd time I drank it after dinner and it was much much better. I’ll probably have to work on finding the right temperature and steeping time as it is complex, full-bodied, intense yet smooth, bold, pungent, rich, thick, astringent… Definitely not a mellow light tea. Although intense, it is balanced which makes it pleasing. Some honey, fruity, lychee, sour notes. It numbs my tongue a little too. Has a long finish. If you’re a fan of Dan Cong, I think you’d like this. Should give it a go.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Smoke, Sour, Tannic
Good Da Hong Pao. Wonderful nutty and chocolate aroma. Nutty, comforting, bold taste. Almost like dark fudge with nuts with a lasting finish, light astringency. I really enjoyed this sample.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Honey, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts