1040 Tasting Notes
This is really outside my comfort zone, but that’s what I like about TTBs, getting to try things I would never buy or swap for. :)
This isn’t as rose/floral as I thought it would be. It’s actally pretty interesting. Nice woody, mineraly, dark oolong with just a hint of rose. Those flavors actually work pretty well together. I still don’t think I would buy this, but I’m glad I tried it. I’m putting the rest back in the box for someone else to try.
Because of my disappointment with the 2015 ZSXZ I thought I should try this one and see. This is MUCH better, maybe not perfect but more what I would expect out of a Jin Jun Mei. It’s still a little flat, and has more high notes than I really want, but there is some depth and some dark chocolate notes.
It’s been suggested that these might be “too fresh” and will be better with a little age on them. I’m happy drinking this now but I think I’m going to put all the YS 2015 blacks away for a bit and see what happens….
Sad, sad face….. :((
2015 is not a good harvest for this tea. It doesn’t taste anything like a Fujian black should. It’s thin, light, almost acidic. If handed this not knowing what it was, I would have put on a puzzled look and guessed Taiwan black, but not in a good way.
It’s just so sad. 2013 was AMAZING, 2014 was really nice, and this…..well isn’t.
Shangri-La Oolong – Majesteas
I couldn’t find this on their web site, or in the data base – so I’m nit sure what I’m drinking. I’m going with Sangria. A little grapey, a little fruity, a little wine ish – or maybe it’s nithing at all like that and I’m just experienfing what I think it should be. Either way, I really like this and would be happy to have more of it. Reallynice fruity oolong.
Sencha Guava Pineapple – House of Tea
I cold steeped this one over night, and wasn’t really happy with the results. There is something in here that I don’t like. Definately fruity, definitely green, and then something odd. I’m thinking that I’m not fond of the guava flavoring that they are using. Dunno but this one isnt for me. :(