New Tasting Notes
This was my first foray into chumushi sencha and ordering from yuuki-cha for that matter. It’s a delcious unami filled tea, with the first infusion brewed at low temperature really brings it out. First steep has strong notes of unami and grassyness with bery slight astringgency. Later steeps become sweeter but a characteristic green tea taste and vegetalbleness. I’m not finding as much buttery and sweetness but all together I’ve really enjoyed this sencha and would order again.
1st – 160 for 1 minute
2nd – 170 flash
3rd – 175 for 45s
4th – 180 2 mins
Flavors: Grass, Green, Seaweed
Smells like fruit preserves in the bag. Smells like honey and hot spring water in while steeping. Taste is the same, with some toasty notes that come through as it cools. Surprisingly mild, but I steeped at kind of a low temperature. Easy drinking, no weird aftertastes. Iced and sugared it gets kind of caramel tasting….I prefer it that way by far.
I experimented quite a bit with different temperatures and water to leaf ratios. Higher temperatures (82°C/ 180°F) bring forward the dark and woody side of the tea and kill off the flowery notes, whilst lower temperatures (75°C/ 170°F) make the tea appear more flowery (roses and other flowers) and sweet with just an undertone of darker notes. Personally I prefer lower temperatures and 3g of leaves per 75ml water in a gong fu style session.
This is the first Pai Mu Tan I am reviewing but in comparison to other white teas (silver needle, blends of different white teas) I enjoy the stronger woodsy notes mixed with honey and flowers.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Rose, Sweet, Wood
guys…i’m 5 teas away from being on a SINGLE CUPBOARD PAGE! that’s insanity. Seriously. This is probably my last cup today since this evening i’ll be drinking water and wine. ha! I’ve been enjoying this one quite a bit esp with a tiny bit of sweetner to make the flavours pop. i prefer this version to sun and cloud mist….that one for whatever reason never really made me as excited as others….
Final Count: 23 (9 teas, 14 puerh)
The second of my two Leafy Green samples. Creamy with notes of brown sugar, dry wood, candied citrus, and incense supporting a fresh vegetal background. Extremely tasty tea.
Full review here: https://wordpress.com/post/themellifiedcup.wordpress.com/59
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Vegetal, Wood
Received two samples from Leafy Green. This is a very tasty Jin Xuan, fresh and refreshing with notes of cream, kale, and wildflowers. It has a lingering sweetness, and that reminds me a bit of biting into a juicy plant.
Longer review on my blog will be posted soon.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Kale, Mineral
This apparently is a very mild roast, according to the proprietor. He said the roasted flavours are largely due to the natural notes of Tieguanyin. This is from Muzha.
The dry leaf is certainly roasty in aroma and appearance. Almonds, warm wood, apricots, delicate floral notes. Quite intoxicating
Liquor surprised me with guava and mint. creamy espresso and still with milkiness…so yes, a cappuccino aroma. underneath roasted almonds. a darker floral note like lily also lurking
Palate shows more freshness of mint and nuts. round and creamy. green bean, honey. complex.
long finish with ever so slight bitterness at the end.
The body and richness of a more fermented tieguanyin while maintaining plenty of higher notes.
A very strong chai, it was good and strong. I enjoy spice and usually drink my chai without additives, as I did this one. It seemed a bit strong for me, I had only one serving since it was from the Joy box, a Christmas Advent box. I wished I had added milk before it was finished, I didn’t think of that until it was too late. Oh well, a good chai but not my favorite, but then I didn’t really give it a complete try.
Flavors: Astringent, Cardamon, Clove
Gongfu in a 70ml glazed pot, boiling water into a thermos, so probably about 207F. Malty sweet potatoes with a layer of chocolate. Delicious and very nicely balanced with very low bitterness. I usually find hong to be too bitter potato skin or bitter malty/astringent, this is much better ratio of those aspects. Does tend to go a little sour by the third steep. Thanks for the sample, steph!
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sour, Sweet Potatoes
I love jasmine, rose, and floral teas in general. The first time that I smelled this, I knew that it was going to be amazing, because it made me think of the Valentine’s bouquet that I got last month, full of fragrant blooms, and made me instantly happy. I own a lot of jasmine teas and this one definitely has the strongest fragrance by far. It smells so very good. Sweet, honeyed, heady jasmine and a juicy, rose-like scent as well. Mmm.
And that’s exactly how it tastes – rich, beautiful jasmine and juicy, tart roses with that vanilla-honey sweetness that blooms often develop. I love it. It tastes romantic and beautiful and so strong.
I’m going to be purchasing a big tin of this, and fear that it might have just overthrown all of the other jasmine teas in my cupboard…
First raw puerh I’ve tried. The first two or three infusions have a very strong initial minerality with wood and leather on the nose. This tones down on subsequent infusions. For me it’s the finish that is really interesting – pronounced lingering sweetness of honey, strawberry and apricot preserves, a hint of flowers and linden blossom.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Honey, Jam, Leather, Mineral, Strawberry, Sweet, Wood
This tea had me at “rolled up just like an adorable little snail shell,” lol. I ordered enough to give it a few thorough testings. One time I left it on accident and it quickly went bitter, but the other times it wasn’t quite as strong as I would generally like. I’m really into Sencha Ashikubo right now for a green tea, and think that it has a stronger flavor overall and a brightness to it that I really like. Green Spiral is very mellow, calm and subtle. I do think that it has a watery lettuce (“refreshing romaine” says DavidsTea) quality to it, along with a slight buttery, honeyed sweetness. Clean, green, and verrrry lightly sweet. I wouldn’t say no to another cup of it, but it’s probably not one that I’m going to personally repurchase.
Opens up with the start of some aged flavor to it, but quickly turns youthfully punchy and bitter in a light-ish fashion as it opens up (more noticeable with some mild pushing in the mid game). Pleasant, but not particularly unusual in any way. I think more age will bring out some different flavor due to the punchiness, but not something that stands out as of now.
Flavors: Bitter, Green
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Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted