285 Tasting Notes
I was HYPED for this one! (you see what I did there?)
Dry aroma and initial steeps are herbaceous, hoppy, and honeyed with pine, mineral, and dried flower notes. Soft and warm in the mouth, moderate bitterness and astringency. The profile shifts toward peppercorn and green vegetables. Starts to give me the brain tingles and in the cheeks as well. Later steeps become less interesting; milder with a citrusy note.
Good tea, if it stayed as good as the first couple steeps it would be excellent.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Hops, Mineral, Peppercorn, Pine
Leaves are darker than the “Wu Long Mtn.” tian jian, smells somewhat roasty and fermented. Initial steeps taste like a rubber tire rolling through a compost pit with a bit of burnt toast and peat moss. Despite the yuck, I push on. On steep number four it starts to taste sweeter and more mineral with a sweet/savory note of Chinese five spice blend and crappy coffee. 6th steep is more palatable yet; mineral, peat, and green banana.
Tian jian confuses me…
Flavors: Coffee, Compost, Green, Medicinal, Mineral, Peat Moss, Spices, Sweat, Toast
My new year’s W2T order came today, oh the wonders of EMS shipping! My free 100g cake (they had a promotion going on) ended up being the Lincang/Mengku from the terior set. I find it slightly ironic that a company that generally doesn’t tell you the terior of their teas has a terior tasting set…
Anyways, this tea came in compressed cylinders that smelled like slightly roasty aged white. I was pleasantly surprised that that carried over into the taste as well! Tastes of raisin, malt, minerals, and apricot supported by lesser notes of roast, bamboo. Slight medicinal taste. Like an aged white despite being 2017. It excels when pushed for longer steeps; it gets thick and honeyed without getting bitter.
Now I wish I had gotten some of the Turtle Dove to compare. I like this tea a lot, and am definitely going to buy some more.
Flavors: Apricot, Bamboo, Flowers, Honey, Malt, Medicinal, Mineral, Raisins, Roasted
The dry leaves are dark and smell very earthy, not like wo dui but like moderately wet storage. Brews a dark brown and is incredibly thick in the mouth like a good stout. Tastes of rich dark earth with a bit of molasses and vanilla and a strong minerality. Later steeps taste cleaner with a more prominent sweetness.
Flavors: Mineral, Molasses, Vanilla, Wet Earth
The leaves are quite dark, but it brews a light yellow-orange. Fruity notes of citrus and banana, roasty notes of toasted barley and almonds. Lesser medicinal notes of ginseng, cannabis, and mineral. Just a hint of smoke, more like a burning match than a bonfire.
Flavors: Almond, banana, Cannabis, Citrus, Mineral, Roasted Barley, Smoke
I was curios about this tea; all the Yun Wu teas that I’ve seen before have had twisty, curly leaves. This one on the other hand has flat pressed leaves like a Dragonwell. They’re smaller and a bit darker green than Dragonwell, but similar nonetheless.
The taste is very clean and somewhat mild. It has a chestnut-y note like Dragonwell, but tastes greener and more buttery. Nice minerality to it. Somewhat vegetal but also very slightly fruity.
A good green tea. I kind of want to get a sample of their Dragonwells to compare.
Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Green, Mineral
I was interested to try this tea because I enjoy smoky flavors and it looked to be high quality; not the shredded leaf “smoldering garbage can aroma” kind of Lapsang Souchong commonly sold in the West. I thought it odd though that they call it Golden Monkey, as it’s obviously quite different than the teas that normally go by that name.
The dry leaves are moderately sized, dark, and twisty. The dry aroma is like raisins or dry figs, I’m not really smelling any smoke. Brews a medium orange. Tastes predominantly of fig with hints of pine, toasted rice, dry wood, baking spices, and a very light hint of smokey tobacco the background.
Very nice, mellow tea, and as the description says it tastes like a mix between a black tea and Wuyi oolong. Despite the name there is very little smoke to be found.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fig, Oak wood, Pine, Smoke, Toasted Rice
My Healthy Leaf samples came today! There’s several that I’m pretty excited about, but I was in the mood for a roasted oolong and it’s getting late so I needed low caffeine so roasted and aged sounded like a good combination.
The dry leaves are dark, twisty, and reasonably intact. They smell like… nothing? This might be the least aromatic (dry) tea I’ve tried. Much more important though is how it brews.
I gave it a wash and waited a couple minutes for the leaves to open up and then started brewing. Brews a clear red-brown with a fruity aroma. Taste of ripe fruit with cinnamon, roasted nut, and tobacco notes and a mild cocoa bitterness. The flavor lingers in the mouth long after you sip it. Slight wisp of smoke. The following steeps are a little less fruity but are cleaner and display more minerality. It start to get notes of citrus zest and red wine.
Very tasty tea, but peters out a bit quickly. I’m considering buying some, but it’s a bit pricey for me to drink on a regular basis.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Cocoa, Fruity, Mineral, Orange Zest, Red Wine, Roast nuts, Smoke, Tobacco
Received a sample ball of this probably over a year ago but forgot about it. Rediscovered it today and decided to give it a try. I placed the full 6.5g ball into my 90mL jianshui and brewed it up.
I gave it two rinses steeps to let the leaves open up. Once open, the leaves brew a medium yellow and tastes slightly bitter but moderately sweet. Light apricot taste alongside green wood and generic “sheng-y-ness.”
This is a decent tea; above average for balls/mini tuos but not particularly special
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Green Wood
I received a free 10g sample of this with my King Tea Mall order. Opening the bag it smells very fruity… like too fruity. I pressed on though and loaded 5g into my pot. Brews a very light yellow and tastes artificially fruity and floral. Beyond that it has the generic gasoline-y taste of low quality sheng. No bitterness, no thickness or lingering qualities. I did not finish my cup or brew any more.
I’m pretty confident that this is just low quality sheng maocha that has been doped with artificial scents. Very disappointing given King Tea Mall’s great customer service and excellent prices on factory pu. This won’t stop me from buying Dayi or other factory products from them in the future, but I will definitely steer clear of their house brand “Bokuryo” products.
Flavors: Artificial, Fruity