393 Tasting Notes
I got a coin of this with my W2T order. I noted that it was bitter, astringent, punchy, and had a hint of pear notes. The leaf was very choppy, but I managed to pull a full leaf from the pile. It opened up nicely, for how small the coin was from the start. I got about 8-9 steeps in before moving on to the next session.
Strong strawberry jam (with seeds) notes, following a crystallized honey flavor. There is a period of slightly bitterness and astringency, but the overall flavor profile remains as the jam/honey notes.
The energy from the leaf is quite powerful. I’ve noted that there’s tea drunk and then there’s tea hammered.
I’m. Tea. Hammered.
Flavors: Honey, Jam, Strawberry
Bitter dandelion roots with a high amount of astringency. Strong color, thick mouthfeel, and the craziest tea drunk I’ve ever found myself.
It. Does. Not. Let. Up.
Side note: My White2Tea order has finally arrived to the USPS facility near my house. My guess is that it’ll be here tomorrow!
Also drank this during my virtual tea session tonight. I noted ‘dark sweet raisins, with a bit mineral notes at the back of the mouth/throat. Astringent, but not bitter.’ I only got 5 steeps in before pausing for the evening. I was getting the tea sweats/energy that comes with semi-aged teas. I need to take a breather for the night, allow the leaf to dry out, and start earlier in the afternoon. Strong tea drunkenness, though.
Drank this during a virtual tea session. I wanted to break in a new gaiwan/cup set…I figured that since the gaiwan holds 80ml, the 4 grams of leaf was plenty for the gaiwan.
Light floral notes. I had to increase the water temperature/steep time after the 5th or 6th infusion, but I ended getting about 10-12 steeps out of it. It’s an easy sheng to drink and forget about…Not so bitter nor astringent.
I’ve been drinking this since 6:30 this morning and it’s still going. I typically give the first few steeps about 20-30 seconds before pouring it into the cha hai. I change the time based on the intensity of the flavor.
I get strong notes of roasted walnuts, dark rich coffee, chocolate, sweet, and malt. On the account there being so many infusions, I tend to stop noting after a while. I like that longevity keeps on giving and that the price is reasonable. I tend to keep this in my inventory at all times, on the account that it brews well gongfu, western, or grandpa style. I tend to drink it gongfu at home or allow the leaves to sit in my thermos at work.
I typically stay away from rooibos, but OTC has a knack for blending. Their herbs person there just understands how to hide the rooibos and/or bland tea bases. I think that the mix of ingredients fit perfectly, despite my not liking some in most situations.
Peppermint candies from Olive Garden (Andes?). Strong peppermint, smooth chocolate notes, and a slight caramel finish.I dig it.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Peppermint
Another blend of tea that I got as a gift a few months back. I’ve sipped this one down pretty fast. I have one cup worth remaining in my work stash, so I might finish it off tomorrow morning.
I noted “heavy pineapple, floral” while drinking and working today. I will note that I brewed this with 200F water and let it sit for a little too long, but the flavor wasn’t bitter; perhaps just a touch more tartness, if anything. Not too shabby.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Pineapple