541 Tasting Notes
I’m almost sure this is a Da Hong Pao, it is all in Chinese except for “Chinese Refined Tea”
The smell like a Wonderful Oolong, Roasty, Nutty and Sweet smelling with a touch of Earthy scent.
It is surely Oolong very dark with roasty cocoa spicey notes almost bitter. Taste like Da Hong Pao not bad at all, pretty good even. Not sure where to get more, I don’t even know where this one came from.
This one was sent along as a “tea gift” with some piece of teaware that I bought from I have no idea who, I have lot’s of different little unknown tea gifts like this that I just throw them all in a box.
If I had more of this I’d drink it from time to time BUT I’d open it right quick just to smell it even more often lol, It smells really really good.
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Roasted, Toasted
This one is delicious, it reminded me at first of Fujian Black from WP with the chocolate notes and it has some fruity note in there too like plums :) I sipped a few small cups of it before I found my Hello Sweetie sample and then handed it off to Lance to try and he loved it too.
I’ll spend some more time with it very soon so i can write a better review.
This is one interesting Puer, not in a bad way at all, in a very unique way. Reading over my past notes it looks like i’ve avoided actually writing about it more than once but i think thats just because i’m not really sure how to write about it because I’ve honestly never tasted anything like it before.
I will say that it is very dark and reminiscent of coffee and its just down right delicious. It has very toasty nutty almost burnt type note to me, thats not meaning burnt up in a bad way or nasty or anything but just really deep taste that is just unlike anything i’ve had to compare it to other than relate it to almost burnt. To me it has a very high energy to it, i’m not sure of its caffeine content but it is surely an eye opener.
Perhaps it is the bold “in your face” taste of it that makes it such an eye opener i dunno but it is very “in your face” like i said but again not in a bad way at all in fact its just the opposite because it is just so pleasant that this “in your face” boldness is just wow so good instead of oh my too much.
I do really love this one and I’m gonna totally have to buy more of it very soon :)
I also did get a tad bit sad when reading the past notes but i’m ok now, I didn’t remember that this was the tea I had on the day of Moms surgery. I’m cool tho I killed that sad shit by making some Snickerdoodle cookies, Yay!!!!!!
I saw mention of them earlier and i just had no choice but to make some. This one is awesome with something sweet.
I got to go ahead and put this one up to 100 it is just that unique.
The leafe colour of this one is dark brown almost black even When I mention a Teas colour liquid or leafe it is actually Lance who describes it to me because I have colourblindness, to me it is actually quite black and the appearance is very pretty long twisty leafes, they seem fragile easy to break in the fingers but do not crumble.
The Dry leafe aroma is slightly sweet with much citrus and a vegetal something reminiscent of seaweed to me.
I steeped this one in an earthen Gaiwan perfectly according to Brenden’s reccomendations, Water at 190 starting time of 1 minute.
Steep 1- 1 minute
The Wet leafe has an almost roasty, vegetal and very citrus type aroma to me, very nice.
The liquid colour is quite light like a golden honey, beautiful.
The taste is light and crisp with citrus and a little floral with and underlying woody type note. Nice!
Steep 2- 1 minute 30 seconds
The liquid is just slightly darker this time but still like a golden honey says Lance.
The flavors have changed this time it is actually quite bold and strong to me with awesome citrus notes playing with straight up sandlewood notes and the floral note of the first steep has become the underlying note. Very Nice!
Steep 3- 2 minutes
The colour this time is slighly darker, like a dark honey.
The flavour of this steep is much like the last, sandlewood and citrus but the floral is much better taste like they way an Orchid smells and a slight nutty earthy taste of perhaps a walnut but not bitter at all. Pleasant and complex!
Steep 4- 3 minutes
I was excepting it to possibly be a litter darker again but it isn’t, it is starting to get lighter like honey still but not quite as dark this time more like an amber colour.
Now I’m getting getting a very slight note of Pine(thats what I was waiting for), citrus and just a little sandlewood still, a bit more floral still like an Orchid and a little more earthy, nutty walnut type note to me still not bitter but this time there is a slight pleasant dryness of the finish.
The citrus and the sandlewood seemed come together almost as one throughout these steepings but now the citrus seems to be overtaking the sandlewood notes,if that makes any sense.
I noticed that Brenden says this fourth steep is his personal favorite which I can understand, it does seem to have reached some kind of changing point right about now but I think so far #3 is my favorite. Power of suggestion? I was very much looking forward to #4 because of the description.
Steep 5- 4 minutes
The colour remained the same the same as the last steep this time but the taste has changed quite bit.
This time around the floral Orchid note and the citrus are really popping and the sandlewood and the slight pine note are damn near gone. The nutty note is surely walnut to me with the same pleasant dryness on the finish, I see in other reviews people getting a cashew nuttyness which I was also looking forward to but I’m just not getting it :(. I was possibly wrong about #4 being a changing point because tho it has changed slightly with each steeping and more so on the 4th this change seems to be the best. 5th steep is now my favorite, this is it right here. Perfection!
Steep 6- 6 minutes
The colour is almost exactly the same as the 2 previous steepings, just very slightly lighter.
The flavour tho has diminished quite a bit with pretty much only the floral and the citrus remaining, not much else except for the dryness on the end which is still nice but not as pleasant as before, I think perhaps the extra steeping time has allowed the tea to cool a bit this time and changed that dryness on the finish. Still very pleasant to drink.
Steep 7- 9 minutes
The colour is more like the first steep now and the flavour is just slight floral and citrus and hot water. Still overall this was a very nice and complex tea and I really enjoyed spending this time with it tonight.
I very much recommend this tea to everyone.
I think I’m tea drunk now or maybe it’s just late and I’m tired, Maybe Both lol
Sleeping Bear is Great!! Piney sweet Jasmine goodness!!
I’m sitting in the dialysis waiting room waiting for Lance sipping on it this morning and there is this one guy here that talks to me sometimes specially when i bring tea, He is from Korea and it’s hard for me to understand his speaking sometimes he is a really sweet guy but he HATES China and all things Chinese lol, I’m not sure whats going on between China and Korea, he tries to tell me but i just can’t understand most of what he says :)
Most of my teas are Chinese and when I drink them up here he always tells me how bad china is and all this rah rah rah blah, i just smile and nod cuz i don’t know what to say lol.
I lied to him about the Sleeping Bear I tell him it is Japanese and he is happy and I don’t have to hear all the rah rah blah blah lol. I love my Chinese teas!!
sometimes its best just not to even try to describe how a tea tastes to ya and just say something like I just really really like this Tea. Just MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
My little teacup just wasn’t cuttin it this mornin so i had to grab me a really big cup, I can just sit here and close my eyes and sip this tea and nothing else really matters at that particular moment :)