Masu Wild Style Black Tea (2020)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Artichoke, Bitter, Cookie, Cranberry, Floral, Flowers, Leather, Malt, Nuts, Oats, Olives, Orchid, Savory, Tangy, Vegetal, Wood, Nectarine, Plants, Sweet, Watermelon
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5 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “I think? this was a freebie provided a few orders ago. Dry leaf in the bag has the strong floral aroma other Old Ways Tea’s hongcha — sunflower and orchid plus a nut butter and eggshell undertone. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I drank this one a while back, but I didn’t have time to write a note then. It’s another one from my recent tea swap with Roswell Strange. I have generally enjoyed the samples from Old Ways Tea,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu! Sunday was one of those days where you blink and half of it has gone by already. I barely managed to sneak this session in while there was still light out!! Really lovely tea though, with...” Read full tasting note
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Masu fragrance black tea. This tea has the taste of the mountains. It is floral, with a prominent honey and brown sugar fragrance. The tea is fairly smooth, but the fragrance a bit sharp.

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I think? this was a freebie provided a few orders ago.

Dry leaf in the bag has the strong floral aroma other Old Ways Tea’s hongcha — sunflower and orchid plus a nut butter and eggshell undertone. Once in my hand, I smell the same florals, malted barley, old wooden furniture and a tangy cranberry tone.

Warming the leaf brings, in addition to the florals, nut butter and cranberry, aromas of oatmeal cookie and artichoke. Hm. I don’t like that vegetal note.

The aroma is woody, vegetal and sour like canned artichoke hearts on wooden furniture.

The taste is very, hm, vegetal tangy, rather savory-leather. No sweetness is present for me. A mild alkalinity stays at the back of the back of the mouth and in the throat, where a strange bitterness also arises.

Despite drinking several more steeps, I ended my notes here. Can’t say I’m a fan of this one, even though Roswell Strange and Togo seemed to really enjoy it. I feel like the tea fell from it’s dry leaf aromatic grace once brewed. The strong artichoke vibe , or I can see olive as Togo mentions, was very strange. It’s like a disjointed amalgamation of an aging sheng, a first flush Darjeeling and a Wuyi red tea. Oh well. I’m glad other people are enjoying it!

Flavors: Artichoke, Bitter, Cookie, Cranberry, Floral, Flowers, Leather, Malt, Nuts, Oats, Olives, Orchid, Savory, Tangy, Vegetal, Wood

eastkyteaguy

I didn’t purchase any of the 2020 Old Ways Tea offerings because I had so many of their 2018 and 2019 teas to get through, but had I done so, I probably would have avoided this one. It may just be me, but I have noticed a huge step down in quality from 2016 forward. I loved the 2016 tea and thought the 2017 tea was also very good if a little lacking compared to the previous version. The 2018 tea was still enjoyable for me, but it felt like a noticeable step down from the 2017 tea. I haven’t tried the 2019 version yet, but I have seen mixed reviews from several sources.

derk

I remember being impressed by the 2017 and a little less so with the 2018. In general, though, I feel like the quality of Chinese teas has gone down in the past several years. The decline in quality also coincides with when I started really paying attention to tea characteristics and tastes, though. I think areas of China (and Taiwan) have been experiencing droughts and/or flooding during this time as well. If Old Ways Tea’s offerings that I really enjoy continue declining in quality, I don’t know what I’ll do. I think they’re a great vendor and want to support them since they’re located in my region. For now, I’ll stick it out and hope this is just part of nature’s cycle and not other factors.

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I drank this one a while back, but I didn’t have time to write a note then. It’s another one from my recent tea swap with Roswell Strange. I have generally enjoyed the samples from Old Ways Tea, but this one might be my favourite, even though I haven’t tried all of them yet.

Dry leaf aroma is perfumy with notes of nectarine, dry wood, hookah and brownies. Afterwards, the wet leaves smell of cranberry, wood, fenugreek seeds, leather and watermelon. It is truly a a grab bag of scent sensations.

The taste is sweet and it reminds me of plant roots, olives and za’atar. I also really liked the sticky, full bodied liquor with a well integrated astringency.

Flavors: Cookie, Cranberry, Leather, Nectarine, Olives, Plants, Sweet, Watermelon, Wood

Preparation
5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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Gongfu!

Sunday was one of those days where you blink and half of it has gone by already. I barely managed to sneak this session in while there was still light out!! Really lovely tea though, with one of the most intriguing and hard to place fruity notes I’ve tasted in a hong cha for a while!! Landed somewhere in the zone of horned melon, plantain, and slightly under ripe banana – all with this heady floral and sticky honey undertone!? So weird, but so tasty! Love the consistent but light astringency throughout, and the lingering starchy sweetness…

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0xs3AVEisE&ab_channel=LP

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