New Tasting Notes
A lightly roasted oolong with a classic taste. I had the 2020 version. There were some nut flavours and some astringency – kind of a standard mixture. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it as interesting as some of this company’s other teas.
Flavors: Astringent, Nuts
Brewed according to the instructions, I found it unexceptional and somewhat overly mild. In a gaiwan, it had a very odd, slightly toasty taste – almost like genmaicha, but milder and possibly less complex. It reminds me vividly of the breakfast cereal puffed rice.
Flavors: Rice, Toasted Rice, Toasty
The leaves are slightly more broken than I think is ideal, but that seems to be typical of tea from this particular farm. Not prone to bitterness, which is surprising for broken green tea. It has a slightly roasted flavour with notes of caramel, and no particular sweetness. I actually prefer it Western-style over gongfu; it comes out milder, but a bit more complex.
Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Roasted
I am so glad I took a pouch of this while ordering an Advent Calendar!
It’s just right; 4 minutes steeps provide bold base with blackberry tartness and fruityness. Lavender is mellow and adding little of the floral notes needed.
It was a kind of blind buy; as I never had anything from Cuppa Geek before the Advent, and yet I decided to add some blackberry teas — I was craving for them black them.
I hope I won’t ran out fast of this tea :D
Flavors: Blackberry, Floral, Lavender
I forgot to do any sort of special tea for Valentine’s Day this year so I thought I’d make a cup of this now. I drank a ton of this last winter but it’s been a while since I drank it. I suspect it comes from some big tea wholesaler since there are a lot of similar looking heart shaped rose ripe pu-erhs out there but I’ve always gotten it from my local tea shop (which I love and miss hanging out at!). I don’t think it’s the most amazing quality ripe…the leaf is really broken up and there’s no info about growing area or harvest year. I like it for mindless drinking when I’d feel bad about not paying enough attention to the nuances of fancier teas. I usually drink it western or grandpa style. If you make it strong enough, it goes nicely with a splash of cream and a cookie. It doesn’t last many steeps for gongfu but I’m no good at mindless gongfu anyway so no big deal.
I’ve been drinking this for the last few days and it helped me through the freezing cold weekend. I knew I wanted a cake as soon as I saw it go up on the YS site. I have so many of these tangerine teas now that I’m not sure why I needed another one but I did enjoy it. Out of seven tangerine/mandarin teas and a couple of others in other citrus fruits, White2Tea’s Mini O’Bitters has been the only one I haven’t loved.
It smells deliciously orangey both dry and wet. The cake seemed more tightly pressed than some I’ve poked at but the large pieces of tangerine peel make it easy to chip off chunks. I was kind of surprised by the size of the tangerine pieces. When I brew the whole tangerines stuffed with tea I usually break up the peel pretty small and White2Teas chenpi cakes have had tiny bits of peel but this tea has some big bits. Very orangey flavor. It’s not a subtle “use your imagination and maybe you’ll taste orange” tea. The tea flavor is there too but so much oranginess. It makes me happy. I gongfu-ed a few steeps and then went to a more western or grandpa type style because that was just easier while I worked on things. I found the spare filter for my Thé de Chine mug (recently cracked the one that came with it but had I’d saved the filter from another mug that tragically died after being knocked off the side of the bathtub…tea and bubble baths, try it but maybe don’t knock your mug on the floor) so I was was using that and it was easy to adjust the water amount for longer steeps. One of these days I’ll try a tangerine tea in yixing but I haven’t decided which teapot will be the designated citrus pot. I feel like I don’t use my yixing pots enough but I find them more of a pain than glass or porcelain.
This was in the recent package of samples from AmandaStory! :D
I’m getting a light citrus at the start of the sip and a touch of tartness toward the end of the sip and finish. I don’t know that I’d name it as kumquat. To me kumquat is bright and bold, sweet and sour in a tiny package. I get a slight creaminess, but I don’t know that I’d call it cheesecake. Aside from it not being what I expected based on the name, but it’s a nice enough cup to enjoy in the evening.
Another sample that was kindly sent by AmandaStory
I had meant to drink this one yesterday but didn’t end up getting around to it. Creme Brulee is not something that I’ve tried before but I do sort of know what it’s supposed to taste like. This one is pretty yummy and does taste like burnt sugar with a little custard. I think the oolong base works really well here and you can definitely taste it. It’s milky and a tad floral. As it cools the oolong flavor comes out more and more. I would definitely consider buying some of this one.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Milk, Orchid
I did not expect the sample that came with my tea board to get me this tea drunk. I am buzzing!
Not a very complex pu’erh in taste. I find the aroma far more intriguing. It smells like a shoe box, and I happen to like the smell of shoe boxes. Seriously, I don’t expect I’ll be too picky with pu’erhs as long as it gets me feeling fuzzy.
I’ve put together a small pumidor… Glazed airtight crock, humidity pack, two cakes for now, and a bluetooth-enabled hygrometer. Seems to be working well enough at around 70% humidity.
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I’ve been neglecting my straight black tea samples. Well no more!
This is very yummy. It has a rich malty, bready flavor and a thick body. There’s a little touch of savory that reminds me of smoked meat or something similar. But also here is a creamy, starchy honeyed sweet potato sprinkled with dark muscovado sugar, and a tart yet deep syrupy dried cherry note.
Such an interesting combination of flavors! It’s a highly satisfying tea that makes me feel as if I’ve just eaten a small meal. And the sweet potato with the dried fruit and deep sugar tastes like autumn in a cup!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Meat, Molasses, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Tart, Thick