365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 31
Sample Sipdown! (65)
Yay, I made it through the first month of my challenge! ❤
Trying out my new easy/travel gaiwan that I bought on a whim from Amazon. I really like it except for the fact that the little silicone band around its midsection does not stay cool enough when brewing at this temperature, especially as the steeps grow longer. So I may have to reserve this little guy for lower temperature teas.
This is a lovely little Taiwanese tea. I fully admit to having a soft spot for oxidized Taiwanese teas, both oolong and black varieties. This one is a sort of a hybrid between the two, which is intriguing.
The flavor throughout the session was a lovely and comforting blend of baked bread and raw grain/oat notes, along with a big dollop of cinnamon honey. There was also a light floral flavor and a slight earthy grassiness present in some steeps. I loved the lasting sweet cinnamon honey aftertaste that lingered after each sip!
I did smell some tart stonefruit and dried fruit aromas in the wet leaf and the tea itself, but I didn’t really get a lot of fruitiness in the taste. Perhaps a touch of dried fruit? I was surprised by how tart and plummy the wet leaf smelled compared to the flavor of the tea.
Overall, it was just what I’d hoped for from a Taiwanese black. I really do love that freshly baked bread with cinnamon honey butter flavor!
6g – 130ml – 200°F – 5/15/25/35/50/80/180s
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Creamy, Earth, Floral, Grain, Grass, Hay, Honey, Malt, Musty, Oats, Smooth, Sweet, Toast, Wood