120 Tasting Notes
I finally cracked open my brick of this lovely sheng a few days ago, after several years of it sitting happy and tightly wrapped in my sheng-box.
The leaves smell really quite lovely and the brick is nice and easy to prize apart into good chunks for the pot. It has that lovely forest aroma that sheng puerhs usually do, with a slightly musty undertone.
The brew is absolutely delicious. It’s sweet and refreshing on the palette, with lovely notes of honey and marmalade. It steeps out well, producing a golden-brown/light orange tea. It never becomes too astringent or bitter but has enough body and character to make it an interesting brew.
Flavors: Forest Floor, Honey, Orange
Brewed up about half of my remaining supply of this lovely black tea yesterday. My boyfriend and I shared the steeps and it remains as lovely as it always did. Lots of sweetness, smoke-tinged flavours, and lovely sweet, biscuity notes. It drank merrily for 2-3 steeps in my teapot before I had to take a break.
The rest is still sitting in my lovely little acorn teapot, so maybe I’ll try to steep it out this afternoon.
At least, I have finished my supply of Autumn Tieguanyin. I think that this is probably the first time since I joined Steepster (all of those years ago!!) that I don’t have a bag or two of this tea lying around in my house.
It’s just an exceptional tea. It has a fantastic, rich aroma full of jasmine, floral notes that is just as delicious on the palette. It has that glorious thick, buttery texture and, as always with these lovely oolongs, just steeps on and on for ages.
Absolutely delicious. I’ll be picking up some more when I finally put my next Verdant order in. Goodness knows it’s been long enough!
Another much beloved tea that I’ve been (very!) slowly drinking through my supply of.
It’s such a delicious, steady drink throughout a long session, gradually revealing it’s lovely buttery flavours, with underlying hints of that mature, smoke-adjacement note coming through. Delicious. I still have enough for at least a few more long sessions and I’ll treasure it whilst I do!
So it turns out this is the Puerh that I’ve been merrily sipping away at for most of this year!
It’s really very delicious. Full of stone fruit, honeyed flavours that interplay with that lovely, sweet, sheng bitterness/edge. It’s a real delight to drink, producing cup after cup of lovely amber tea, and has gotten me nicely through this rather busy spring!
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Stonefruits
A sipdown I thought I’d never reach! The Qilan oolong has been one of my favourites for ages and I’ve been drinking my way through the big 100g (!) bag I bought back in 2015. Whenever I wanted a really comforting, easy to drink tea, I reached for this bag and it always delivered intense notes of cinnamon and raisins. It’s such a fascinating drink for a straight-up, unflavoured tea.
The thing that always gets me, though, is the vaguely cannabinoid smell of the wet leaves. I just can’t figure this tea out. The dry leaves have such a strong smell of raisins and the liquor tastes so powerfully of cinnamon and raisins, yet the wet leaves has such an odd, pungent, skunky smell.
Ah well; the conclusion is still the same: this is a really, really delicious tea that I’m sad to be out of. Another one to add to the list to rebuy, I reckon, once my cupboard generates some space…!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Raisins
Another sheng puerh sipdown from a few days ago. Looking back, I clearly wasn’t too sure about this tea when I first got the back. On this final drink, I enjoyed the experience much more – so, either it mellowed out with age as I’d hoped or I’ve just gotten used to it’s slightly wild flavour profile…
Whatever the case, it was a really lovely session with these long, twisted, emerald green leaves. They steeped out beautifully over many infusions (we were probably drinking it for at least 10). No idea if Brenden still stocks or blends Arbor Mist but, if he does, I may well treat myself to a new bag once I’ve chipped a bit further away through my old collection…!
Yet another of my Spring 2020 clearance sipdowns!
This is a really lovely, quite special sheng puerh. I wish I’d bought a little cake of it, back in 2016 when I got the tea club delivery of it. The leafs smelled great, with those notes of forest floor and gentle floral undertones.
I brewed it up in my little flat Yixing pot and probably got through a good 8-10 infusions with it. The early steepings were rich in woody, herbal notes, with a clear honey-note that faded into a more muscular forest-floor flavour in the mid-steepings. As we carried on drinking, the honey note seemed to gently re-emerge and the tea continued to produce refreshing, slightly minerally, herbaceous cupfuls.
Flavors: Forest Floor, Herbaceous, Honey
Did a sipdown session with my last few nuggets a few days ago over a few games of Splendour. This remains a very smooth, easy-drinking puerh, with lovely notes of caramel and chocolate. It brewed out well over around 8-9 infusions (and, to be honest, probably could have carried on going), with those lovely warming camphor notes just started to creep in as we carried on drinking.
I always really enjoy the Dongsa Coops teas and this one has proven no exception. They’re lovely, refreshing, easy-drinkers that offer a well balanced flavour profile and a stimulating, satisfying drink.
Flavors: Camphor, Caramel, Mineral