118 Tasting Notes
Site keeps losing some of my tasting notes. Oh well.
I am seldom in the mood for a greener oolong w/ lighter oxidation but today is almost leave your jacket at home weather.
Brewed in small gaiwan. One rinse. Very green. Creamy. Fresh aromas despite dryyy air so do not forget to smell this between steeps. Fun to watch the leaves unfurl.
I usually prefer roasted oolongs, but this makes me feel calm, meditative, and ready for a mental spring cleaning.
Kill steeps of this are so good the next day that I have given up counting them.
Flavors: Cream, Green
The original magical scent of the tea is gone after two years (or perhaps it’s just the much lower humidity during winter), but I was not a very diligent drinker of the 16oz bag. The energy is still good, though! Could it be… the caffeine? Those drinking bulk darj should consider buying empty disposable teabags. The amount of fine dust that floats on top even after multiple filtering sessions is distracting and can contribute to a sore throat, but can be largely solved by using disposables.
소문대로 향이 독특하다. 맛은 순하고 달콤한데 향은 도발적이고 상큼하다고 해야할까. 마시는 내내 반가운 벗에게 조용히 칭찬을 받는 기분이다.
This tea feels like getting slyly complimented by a friend who tends to deliver mild insults in a taunting yet loving tone. I think it’s because there is a scent-flavor mismatch that is not unpleasant, and really quite humorous.
Brewed in a tiny gaiwan and filtered thru a sieve. Some steeps were cold brewed as I went about my day. All in all, what you would expect from a rough chunk of wilder yiwu. The broth is robust and oily. SD made me feel imposter’s syndrome as an enlightened monk. This one makes me feel like a car mechanic with grime stains all over my jeans. There is that familiar returning sweetness. It gives me a low key headache, possibly from the caffeine. The tea is very strong. It may even benefit from a lower leaf concentration per cup.
This was just okay. No off flavors. Clean. Pretty broth color, red I’d say. A noticeable energy. To be fair, I wasn’t all that focused, and just trying to get some caffeine in me after a meal to go out. Instead, combined with sips from a separate pot with the last of the SD, I fell into a short but deep asleep. Like a drugged power nap. I woke up feeling like I had ingested too much caffeine by accident. Certain teas (and I am beginning to zero in on the regions) have this effect on me.
Gross. It is like drowning in the bathwater of 12 year old menthol cigarettes and being rewarded with tinnitis. If this is what wet storage does to raw pu, I am not a fan. Everyone says this comes across as remarkably clean tasting given its exposure to a tropical climate so I guess I should just stay far away from anything described as wet storage. Gave it two rinses just to be safe. The scent is like that of a very spent fu zhuan tea (none of the honey but just the wet dark leaf scent), augmented with cigarette butts and the drain water from a dirty busy street. I also get some musty closet. There is significant tingling on the tongue by steep 6 or 7. I imagine having more of it will get me very tea buzzed in non-calming way, which I don’t want, but even if that is what you are after, it is hardly worth drinking this crap to experience. If you are curious, you can buy a sample and use it as a hot mouth wash. Gargle and spit. Repeat. Except don’t, because it will contribute to staining your teeth, which are expensive to fix. There is nothing I can recommend about this tea, unless you are primarily concerned about getting somewhat jaggedly tea drunk. A review on the YS site compares the sensation after having this to riding a temperamental goat, and I would agree. It is definitely a dumbass goat, and not a fluffy alpaca. I have no idea how you will make this taste good enough to drink. There is not enough sugar and milk in the world to salvage this. Maybe Scott can get his whole stash powdered and put into capsules so people can try out the body feels without having to suffer the smell and taste. Skip this one if you are not a smoker who likes menthol.
Flavors: Menthol, Tobacco
Should have read my previous note before throwing seven grams into the pot. Now it is way past midnight and I am as chipper as a squirrel with cheeks jammed full of nuts. Serves me right for forgetting I have a large quantity of oolong to drink through and losing my rhythm with them. I think this is a perfectly good daily drinker. It benefits from a good rinse, but smells awfully nice, every time. I don’t understand how Prince of Peace can sell this for such a low sum. I could just be not that spoiled yet with regards to oolong. I hope it doesn’t contain massive quantities of pesticides or something. Maybe it is just a case of lazy packaging. I’m no expert, but the contents look pretty heavily roasted to me (and tastes like it also, compared to the actually green oolongs I’ve had in fancy tasting shops), while the company description claims it is greener than most oolongs. Maybe this is just more proof that greener oolongs are more in vogue these days and people don’t reach for the more roasted stuff. I like the oolongs roasted and toasted, though. Shrug.
Halfway through the sample. As of yet not inspired to cake or tong this. It tastes more like an educational bark infusion than a tea. I could not have guessed in a blind tasting that this is a pu at all. It would get anyone into a mood ready for meditation, though, since the latter activity is all about emptying the mind and focusing on one’s breath. This drink does seem to create a surprising amount of space in one’s head, if that makes any sense, more so than other teas. Instead of getting drunk, you enter a quasi state of auto-meditation. Is that something people want from tea, to momentarily fake-transcend all worldly desires only to come crashing right back down again? Then this may be the cake for you. I’m not enlightened enough for it yet. Will have to try upping the ratio of leaf next time.
Teafriend asked me what I think of this so here’s another stab at describing it. Got an ‘18 cake in the last haul. It is still a little too rough around the edges to have before doing anything cerebral. But it’s great for when I want to do a bunch of light manual labor. It’s that kind of energy. So I drank half a liter to motivate myself to finish assembling a piece of furniture. It tastes as if it must temporarily confer onto you a certain kind of masculine competence, even if you’re not a guy. Given the black/white tea mixture, it could probably also be used as a diplomatic beverage whenever you are trying to convince people that further racial integration as early as possible in (like in k-8) is a good idea, as long as the young leaves are of similar, complementary quality.