New Tasting Notes
This was a pretty interesting tea. I found it to be a bit better western, but worked alright gongfu as well. The hand-tied bundles come apart pretty easily. The leaves have a slightly grapey aroma, and this flavor is pretty prominent in the flavor as well. Perhaps could be described as a muscatel note. It’s just a little bit sour at some points, but not really unpleasant. I also pick up occasional spice notes – not really cinnamon, but kind of close. I didn’t take very good notes drinking this tea, so I don’t remember a whole lot aside from those couple flavors. It interesting enough that I enjoyed drinking it, but not good enough that I need to go buy more of it or anything.
Flavors: Muscatel, Pleasantly Sour, Spices
finished this sample up today as well – thanks VariaTEA. This one was rather meh for me. I think i prefer 52 teas others genmaicha’s as the spice in this just kinda ruined it for me. It just didn’t mesh the way i wanted it to with the genmaicha. Oh well..not like i needed another one from 52 teas that i was in love with haha
I’m not the biggest fan of highly green Tie Guan Yin, or greener oolongs in general, so I was slightly worried when I saw this among the samples sent to me by The Teaguy. However, I found that I enjoyed this one much more than I expected too.
Instead of harshly floral and grassy and green, this one is mild, nutty, and “warm”. It is somewhat grassy, and has a floral note that I’d compare to gardenias, but neither of these aspects are overpowering. It has a nice aroma that lingers in the mouth long after sipping. It’s a very mellow and enjoyable brew with a light honey-like sweetness.
I would not say that this is a top tier TGY, but it’s quite nice and priced very reasonably.
Flavors: Cream, Dry Grass, Gardenias, Nutty, Sweet
The cake is lightly compressed with beautiful color.
I often use boiling water or off the boil and found this tea held up well with quick steeps in my 180ml Ruyao Xishi Teapot.
Dates, thick, sweet, a little drying toward the end of a long session when some bitterness crept in, expected because of the hot water. A pink grapefruit aroma throughout.
I found this an interesting white, nothing boring about it. Wish I’d ordered two now as apparently it was a small production.
Well, this was very lovely in a very Yunnan black kind of way: bread and chocolate.
The day started off with strong rain and angry clouds and easily shifted things on my calendar, so I relished the thought of being able to hang out and do things at home and drink tea and tea and tea. Sadly, the day cleared up.
Fortunately, the neighbours kept the infant away from the adjoining wall for most of the day. Being awoken several times in the night is plenty exposure, thank you very much. Intolerant? Well, yes, but I’ve been putting up with this for months without going over there and pressing their doorbell in the middle of the night, so I think I am doing rather well.
I quite enjoyed this steep and resteep despite my thwarted plans.
Thank you for the sample, Sil. I look forward to another moment with delicious this and the rest of it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate
This is a pleasant afternoon tea today. It’s my Friday before 5 days off from work so I’m in good spirits. Happy Kombucha has a lovely tropical aroma and flavour. I haven’t tried a lot of fruity oolong blends except Shaktea’s Guava Melon Oolong . I like this one more though, the flavour is more complex and less subject to the occasional bitter flavours I noticed in Shaktea’s. I don’t really notice the safflowers or kombucha flavour. There’s a peachy taste even though there isn’t actual peach in it. Interesting. I’d buy this again.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Tropical