302 Tasting Notes
This is a really good black tea. Its soft glossy dark syrup sweetness, with some spicy fruit, a bit long the lines of a very nicely balanced dongfang meiren. Low malt, ripe wood flavours. Lasts a good amount of infusions. Does not get sickly like some oriental beauty can. Some good fruits in there too – raisins? stonefruity
I’m not a big fan of blacks really, but this one took me by surprise. This and the other black I got from what-cha (the taiwanese wild chan cha – 25% off this august as the tea of the month!) are some of the nicest black teas i’ve tried in a good while.
I brewed it gongfu and got a load of steeps from it, i’m really sure black fans will be able to get a lot of pleasure from it western style as well. You can get a whole lot of flavour from it & possibly create a much more complex cup than I got – its nice and gentle gongfu.
So I’m on holiday in the limousin, France. No Internet signal so I didn’t have my phone but found a dammann freres.
My French is terrible but the lady didn’t have bai mu Dan but said this is ‘a grade up’ from it.
Not sure how bad their bai mu Dan is, but this is not what I would consider a grade up from mine.
Its also a different tea altogether, being greener and thin wiry compared to the image on their website. But they describe the dominant note accurately : ‘plain’.
Its very plain, with gentle green bitterness. No florals or any complexity, no white wine, no white tea even.
Just didnt know what to make of it, very boring.
Delightful stuff. Dreamy, soft, fruity, with flowers in my head. Any fuss is kept in the background, little in the way of pungent leafy flavour, and whats there is good.
I noticed a nice energy or vibrancy in the taste – which I love, while being oh so soft. It has that pearlescent streak of fruity sweetness that just lifts it into (insert happy place)
I like the food pairing recommendation on the website – ‘by itself’ :)
Flavors: Honey, Lychee, Peach
Short notes from holiday:
The roast and fruit taste are mixed together into one thing, I dont even know what fruit it is. Its also mellowed a lot, quite soft.
Nice and rich milky in a galaxy chocolate vs 90% dark chocolate kind of way.
i’ll re-review this when I have more time as now back in tea HQ.