17 Tasting Notes

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I’ve given this tea another go, using more water and a slightly lower temp.

The leaves are not very aromatic, but there is a scent of dry chocolate perhaps.

The tea is very light and smooth, slightly malty with a sweet white grape juiciness and a hint of chocolate and wood in the background. There’s a lingering white grape flavor.

The second steeping is all malt, pear and white grape, with a light fruity-floral after taste. I find myself licking my lips as the flavor lingers for minutes after each sip, it’s lovely.

It’s almost as if the tea showcases the juicy flavors hiding behind the usual curtain of tannins that black teas typically have, resulting in a quite refreshing and gentle brew. I definitely recommend this for those who enjoy lighter, fruitier black teas.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Pear, Smooth, White Grapes, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Hay, Orange Blossom

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I’ve been looking forward to trying this tea ever since my very first order at What-cha and I must say that it was worth the wait.

The harvest date on the label of my package says spring 2016, I do believe that this is the newer version of this tea from Feng Qing.

The pearls were larger than I’d expected, and slightly varied in size but all around the size of cherry tomatoes maybe? The dried leaf smells faintly of sweet chocolate, streaked with gold and dark brown leaves. I actually only used one of the larger pearls for one mug, brewed western style for about 3 and a half minutes. The leaves unfurled to fill half the brewing basket!

The aroma of malted milk balls filled the air, and the tea was surprisingly light. No earthy tannins, just silky smooth layers of chocolate, malt and butterscotch swirling over my tongue. This tea almost had me convinced I’d liquefied a tootsie roll somehow, it was so sweet. I adore butterscotch candies and being able to taste little hints of it here was lovely.

The pearl had one more good long western steep, maybe about 6 minutes or so. The flavor was even lighter, but still filled with chocolate, and maybe a hint of leather in the background somewhere.

This tea is overall delicious, almost like a dessert tea. If you’re looking for more tannins or heavier earthy flavors this might not quite catch you, but I’d still recommend trying this tea at least once to see just what Yunnan black teas are capable of!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Chocolate, Leather, Malt, Milk, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

This is a lovely black tea and one of my personal favorites. The dry leaves smell vaguely sweet and a bit like raisin bread, and I love how beautiful they look unfurled. Wet leaf smells a bit more like woodsy pear, sips down light, smooth and woody, with malt and pear. It’s like a baked pear tart in a cup, I love it.

Flavors: Malt, Pear, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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92

I’ve had this tea sitting in my closet in a small cardboard box for several months now, and decided to take it out and try it out.

I had brewed this tea for the first time immediately after it arrived. That first cup was more typical of a white tea, with delicate hay notes. Naturally sweet, I didn’t add any sugar which is unusual for me.

This cup surprised me, as I could taste sugar cookies, and even eventually milk. These flavors float atop the fresh hay notes mentioned before, and all meld and blend together for a very smooth and soothing cup of tea. Lovely!

I can’t wait to try this again in the future to see how the flavors unfold with time.

Flavors: Cookie, Hay, Milk, Sugar

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

Sumptuous is the word that comes to mind when I drink this tea. Every stage of brewing is a lovely aesthetic experience, from first steeping to last sip.

I bought 50g without a tin, and the dry leaves have little scent, though I may get a whiff of light fresh grass here and there. I seriously take my time with smelling it as it steeps, it’s just so enticing. I get smooth aromas of fresh baked bread, buttered corn and sweet hay, with hints of honey.

The leaves are beautiful as they unfurl, gleaming in my strainer. I typically add 1 tsp or so of sugar, as I find it brings out the creamy flavor I enjoy.

The first sip fills my mouth with honeysuckle, calendula, and sweet cream. More of the fresh baked bread is present, and maybe hints of marine, as others have mentioned. I’ve never drunk a tea quite like this, with a buttery smooth flavor that I find difficult to put down.

The second steeping is similar to the first, though the honey-floral flavors are turned down, and the mineral hints coming to the fore.

The third steep is more mineral and marine, still smooth. I typically stop here, as I prefer the butter-cream flavors of the first and second steeps, but it’s still very good.

All in all a fantastic experience, and a tea I’ll have to have close at hand for the foreseeable future!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Honeysuckle

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74

One of the more interesting teas I’ve had the pleasure of trying, this white tea from Assam is pleasant, smooth, and sweet. I think it’s more flavorful and deep than most white teas, with a malty caramel flavor and a light fruity finish. The taste is full and rounded without being overwhelming.

I typically steep with under-boiling water for about 4 minutes, and have re-steeped this tea successfully. Each infusion is lovely and flavorful, and I’ve accidentally steeped it longer without any negative effects on flavor.

This has quickly become a favorite tea of mine when I want something more malty than a regular white or green tea but don’t want a black tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cookie, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Maple, Smooth, Stonefruits

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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