2799 Tasting Notes
Sipdown of an older sample from Jk7ray’s stash.
This is either a white or a green. It tastes like a vegetal white or maybe a green, I’m not sure.
Steep 1: 2 tsp leaf, 250 mL water, 1.5 minutes
-cucumber blossom, zucchini
-delicately floral and vegetal
Steep 2: same parameters
-more vegetal that before
Flavors: Cucumber, Hot hay, Squash Blossom, Vegetal, Zucchini
Steep 1: 300 mL 95 deg. C water, 45ish seconds
-Earthy, similar to a good puerh
-bittersweet cocoa, woody, lots of tannin (a bit bitter and overly tannic, maybe try a shorter steep time)
Steep 2:300 mL, 95 deg. C, 15 seconds
-very aromatic, it smells like a Chinese black with some honey and cocoa in the background
-less Earthy, still slightly bitter
Steep 3: 300 mL, 10 seconds
-still very flavourful, more cocoa
-hints of wood
-honey (but I wouldn’t say it is very sweet)
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Honey, Tannin, Wood
I thought this was a mystery sample, but upon tasting it realized it is my beloved milk oolong. I must have put some in my bag and forgotten about it.
Buttery jade oolong, very creamy mango and coconut flavours, stonefruits, milk scent/flavor. The oolong base (I believe this is a straight oolong, but I’m not sure) is what really makes this. It is super buttery and creamy, sweet, gives a thick and very pleasant mouthfeel. It reminds me of mango sorbet or coconut gelato. I brewed this western style, but my cast iron pot with smaller water volumes each steep. Water 80 deg, C, 450 mL water, 3 steeps. Try 85-90 deg. if you find it steeping too slowly, sometimes it is a bit slow when you keep the temp down. You will not burn the leaves if don’t let it get over 90 deg. C I haven’t tried this at boiling/100 deg. C, but I wouldn’t risk it for a high grade jade oolong.
The tsp of leaves expands to a point where it takes up most of the pot, which is why I limit the water volume to avoid it overflowing. It is so aromatic I can smell it brewing throughout the kitchen.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Mango, Milk, Stonefruits
Thank you VariaTEA for a sample of this!
Now, it could be my fault for brewing it for a few extra minutes (~10 minutes, just under boiling water), but it is soooo bitter. Completely undrinkable. I diluted it with half water, but it isn’t tannic, it’s extremely bitter. I did get a bit of hazelnut brulee and vanilla in my few brief sips, and some of the black base.
Flavors: Bitter, Hazelnut, Sweet, Vanilla
Staying true to its reputation, this tea delivers a dark bittersweet flavour and a very aromatic cup. Roasted carob and unsweetened cocoa, dark wood, roasty like a pan-fired black. This tea is thick, malty in the mouthfeel, and is very enjoyable hot or iced (it also takes milk well).
Overall, I recommend gong-fuing this (or at least using your fanciest pot), because it has a lot to offer. You can’t go wrong with an unflavoured tea that tastes like chocolate.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Roasted
Mmm this is a tasty dessert rooibos. Thank you to VariaTEA for sharing! I coldbrewed this one because I’m too lazy to brew things properly. Instead I dump some looseleaf into a gravity steeper and fill it with water. No strainers, brew times, or water temperatures to worry about.
Red rooibos base, heavy minerals and vanilla, background flavour of carob, raw cocoa, and honey. It is basically a vanilla/honey/cocoa rooibos. The rooibos is very rooibosy, so avoid this one if you don’t prefer rooibos. I think it goes really well, and rooibos always takes flavour well.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey, Mineral, Rooibos, Vanilla
added a touch of spearmint to this. I can’t say I’m a fan. The carrot and beetroot make it very Earthy. The peppermint adds too much menthol to the tart raspberry. The peppermint just doesn’t go well, spearmint would have been a much better option.
Flavors: Carrot, Earth, Fruity, Menthol, Pepper, Raspberry
I drank this iced – 1.5 tsp leaf/500 mL cold water/45 minutes (I recommend steeping at least 30 minutes if you only use a small amount of leaf)
This certainly stays true to its name. Lots of fresh juicy orange (tastes like Tropicana orange juice!), some tropical passion fruit flavour, natural sweetness of raisins and dried apple. I like the balance of tartness to sweetness. I was worried this would be sour, but I’m happy to report this is sweet with a bit of natural fruit tartness (but not sour per se). It is well balanced and I recommend this blend to those who like fruity herbals but dislike tart hibiscus.
Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Orange Zest, Passion Fruits, Raisins, Sweet, Tropical