63 Tasting Notes
This was one of the free samples that I found in my tea box which I ordered from Teavivre, thank you!
I have love-hate relationship with oolongs, green ones especially, I really love way they looks and those big whole leaves when they are steeped, they have nice aroma and that deep jade green colour. But I avoid them because of that spinach taste I really dislike. I have tried Dong Ding and other Tie Guan Yin oolong before and both had that spinachy taste (Gunpowder also has that). But then this one came, I wasn’t hesitating in tasting this but when I opened the sample really flowery and floral aroma emerged. Before that experience I was wondering what the heck is that wonderful floral aroma that everyone keeps telling me about, now I’ve found it. I wasn’t firstly sure if that flowery aroma came from this tea, I was wondering if it comes from scent candles or something like that. Dammit (Is it ok to say that) Teavivre, now I have to buy bag of this too.
Long story short, leaf nuggets are beautifully dark jade green coloured, bigger and smaller ones. They smell flowery and nicely vegetal with sweetness. I used about 2 teaspoons of nuggets with my 100ml gaiwan. Tea has green-yellow colour and it smell floral with vegetal aroma, aaand surprisingly its really tasty and juicy. Taste manages to stay with all those 7 steeps, I managed to get 8. First steeps aftertaste was really fruity, almost tropical but sadly it disappears after that, but I still love that mellow, sweet, full-bodied taste that lingers on your tongue for a long time.
And those steeped leaves where just awesome, most of them where big and whole, there was also half leaves and smaller ones tree leave style branches.
Overall really really good tea, I finally became into oolong drinker. At least this one earned a place in my cupboard. And my milk and strawberry oolong are on their way, let’s see how they taste. Also does roasting/fermentating/other make oolongs more or less spinachy?
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
Yum yum, I have weakness towards strawberry teas. This has really fresh strawberry flavour, not that sweet and rich like ‘Sweet strawberry’ one. But this is excellent choice for hot summer days, really refreshing. Also this might be good as iced tea but I finished my package before I tried icing it, dang it. Maybe next summer.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Strawberry
It’s time for next flowering tea. I’m as excited as previously. Opening of the flower was really funny to watch (great if you host tea parties or something). This one opened differently than Family Happiness flower that I reviewed last time. It started opening on the surface instead sinking to the bottom, but then surprisingly the ‘tea part’ dropped to the bottom and flower vine left floating upright, it was almost like yoyo. I’m really looking towards to the other ones, how might they open.
This is really flowery tea, you can smell and taste the flowers. It is really sweet too. Liquid has golden colour. Overall pretty good tasting tea, since I think taste is minor point I will focus more on the looks of the flower than taste.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey
I’m really really excited, firstly because I finally got tea flowers! (And I’m first to review this) I promised to myself that I do not buy more tea in this year but thanks to Teavivre and their sales I bought these blooming teas and two 100g bags of milky and strawberry oolong, oh poo.
This little dry ball of tea and flowers smells pretty much like sheng which is quite interesting. I can’t even tell how excited I was when I dropped that ball to water, almost better that christmas. It was so amazing to watch it first floating on the surface, then sinking to bottom and then bursting open. It really pretty looking, and the taste of the tea itself is not bad, sweet and flowery. I really like that jasmine arch that reddish lily is just adorable. My supposition was that these blooming teas are more like eye candy than mouth candy, but this does well in both categories. These things would be excellent at parties.
Flavors: Flowers, Sweet
This thing actually was my first touch to world of green tea, it was a mistake. No wonder if someone hates green tea because they’ve tasted this. Color is not even green it is brown or something and this artificial lemon. And those leaf bits in that bag, yuck. Also it is reeeally bitter if done with 100C like the bag suggests, do it with 80C and it’s not THAT horrible.
First snow! I have been waiting for this, it has to be white and snowy christmas not like in London (water and only water).
Anyway, now it’s time for flavoured tea. I bought this when my favourite Sweet Strawberry tea run out so I decided to try something else for a while.
This one has been flavoured with mango and pineapple oils, for decoration it has some flower petals and rose buds and green sencha for the base. It actually looks really tempting. It has strong fruity smell, but it is also kinda soapy which is quite unpleasant. I don’t really smell pineapple and mango just bunch of fruits that I can’t recognise.
Brewed tea is clear and has orange color. Now it smells kinda like pineapple. Not bad actually, fruity flavour and maybe I can detect that mango lingering around. Not the best but worth the price (5e/100g)
Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple
It’s been a long time since I have sipped sheng. I have almost forgotten how enjoyable tea it is. Steeped in a Yixing pot of course.
So, this is my third (or fourth) Fengqing raw puerh I have been tasting and this differs from those other ones and also other younger shengs I have tasted.
I used 4-6g of tea instead of 10g since it seems so much tea won’t fit into my teapot. Anyway dry leaves are quite big, some of them have yellow hair, dark brown to almost black color and the best thing is, they are all whole! I don’t see any leaf particles around like some of those cheaper cakes have. (It has some stems) Dry tea smells smooth with sweetness and bit like raisins.
Liquid has pale yellow to yellow coloring and has mild, but sweet aroma. Quite like oolongs or green tea. Don’t stick to ‘mild’ word, I may have used too few leaves next time I will use more. Leaves have turned into dark green/green and continue to ‘lose color’. At the end leaves were yellowish green in color, typical sheng. Wet leaves have sweet, mellow, fruity aroma.
In the taste I can detect some fruits, grapes maybe, and woodiness. first steeps had a bit astringency but not too much. Very pleasant sweet and grapy aftertaste that lingers long on the tongue. I really liked that this hadn’t any smokiness or similar aromas. I managed to get 12 steepings, last one was 1min 30sec. I believe this will taste really good when aged by couple of years, acquiring stronger taste. I can recommend to try this young sheng puerh, for beginners and puerh veterans.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Melon, Raisins, Sweet, Wood
I might have tea overdose soon.
Needle like deep/olive green leaves. One bud with one or two leaves. Aroma is really fresh, crispy and oily, my favourite kind. There is hint of butter and nuts reminds me of longjing.
1dl gaiwan and 3g of tea, brewing guide says water should be 90C for gaiwan, quite hot but lets try.
Pale green liquid with fresh, full and grassy aroma, leaves turned into yellowish color from deep green. They also start reminding wet longjing, maybe this is longjings long lost cousin. Buttery and fragant.
Tea tastes mild, flavour disappears quite quickly from tongue, it doesn’t matter though. It’s mellow, mildly grassy and sweet like other chinese greens. Nuttiness and butter, slightly floral too, not too much. It gave 5 steeps as promised, I tried 6th but it had no more flavour. It reminds me a lot from longjing, just milder but this tea has still its own signature. “It is suitable for organic tea lovers as well as clean green tea lovers.” Yup, it keeps it promise. (Also organic is plus as always.)
Flavors: Butter, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass, Nutty, Sweet