149 Tasting Notes
Thank you so much, Tea Ave, for sending this sample (along with all the other goodies…really, you outdid yourselves!) to me. Honestly, it felt like my birthday opening up the samples from this company, and after today’s tea session with this oolong, I think Tea Ave will be a company I return to. :)
This is one gorgeous tea. The leaves are beautiful (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them), and the taste is pure honey sweetness. With a golden liquor and a floral hint, this tea is delicate, never crossing into a territory of astringency. I lost count of my steeps, actually, but every time I found a delightful cup sitting in front of me. The aroma cup provided gave me the opportunity to pick up hints that I know would otherwise go undetected, not mention make me feel like this was a special moment between this leaf and myself (really, we got to know each other pretty well, and I’m liking where this relationship is going….).
Thank you so much, Tea Ave. :)))
Flavors: Citrusy, Cucumber, Floral, Honey
The wind chill is -30F, and the snow is blowing like mad out there…. thank goodness I’m sitting inside sipping away.
I had 3.5grams of this left from a sample I had received, so this is my last bit of this (I’m sad to see it go! ).
The bread pudding quality is ever present, making it one inviting cup.
I feel so uneducated when I write a note about ripe puerh, because I have SO much to learn… Knowing that I like it is about all I have right now, but I’m not at the stage of being able to compare the subtleties of one to another.
I just know that this is one great cup of tea… the mineral dance on my tongue is delightful, and the hints of raisin and caramel are lovely.
Grabbed this out of my tea drawer, as I was just looking for something quick while I made dinner…. It’s not really my thing, but it’s ok for right now.
It feels more like the type of tea I’d drink when I felt sick…so maybe I should add this to a ‘buy this tea next time you’re all ill and gross’ list…
There’s nothing wrong with it, it just doesn’t float my boat like a gently flavoured or straight green does…
Off to prep my asparagus and listen to more of this week’s Bombcast podcast. :)
Flavors: Citrus, Mint
I just shoveled my driveway, and my arms feel like wet noodles. The snow itself is as high as my waist, while the areas I’m having to throw the snow up into are almost above my head… Winter, the Starks can have you!
I had leaves of this in my gaiwan from last night, and since I made it while cooking dinner, I didn’t get all the life out of this tea… So, easy morning tea for me. It’s all ready to go! :)
This infusion (can’t remember if it’s the 4th or 5th…..) is roasty and floral with hints of spun sugar on the nose…It’s exactly what I was looking for, and my wet noodle arms are happy now.
This is from MissB (thank you!), and I hadn’t tried it until right now. I’m having this shou craving that’s driving me mad… MAD FOR SHOU! :)
Anyway, this is so good.
It falls apart (tuo cha form) very quickly, with a lot of sediment. I improvised and used a small tea basket to pour through into my tea cup, which resulted in a bit on my counter, because I’m pouring out of gaiwan through a tea basket, and it just didn’t want to work….but I persevered!
I do definitely get the ‘crunchy sugar’ thing that MissB talked about in her review for this tea (ha!…crunch…)… it’s malty and sweet, but earthy and round.
I’ve got a few more of these, and I’m so glad that I do! :))
Ok, so my late night puerh drinking experiment took a sour turn.
I found myself staring at the clock, feeling like electricity was flying through my limbs, at 3:30am (I headed up to bed around 1am)… haha!
BUT… This puerh was SO good! I kind of don’t regret drinking it last night…
I wonder if you can build up a resistance to caffeine, because I would like to do that if it meant I could keep drinking teas like this at night and not just during the day.
The sweet rice scent, the warm smoothness…. aw, it’s just awesome. :D
Found a sample of this at the back of my tea drawer, and admittedly, this has got to be old…like, real old, since I haven’t ordered from Den’s tea in quite some time (not because I don’t like their tea…I just don’t have enough money to order all the tea I want to. haha).
Anyway, even being old, I really like this. It’s bright, with that vegetal bitter note I was expecting. I don’t think I’ll rush to buy it (again…in my dream world, my tea budge would be HUGE….), but it’s definitely a nice cup.
I wonder what it would taste like if it hadn’t been hiding in my tea drawer for such a long time….
Normally my pu notes consist of steeping details and observances…
I have a specific purpose for this note, though, and it’s that I drank this late (I mean LATE) at night after remembering boychik saying she can drink pu and still sleep… well, by golly, she is totally correct! I am so excited that I have more options for night time! And pu-erh, which is so meditative and relaxing, is such a wonderful choice to have. W00T!
Anyway, I love this one. It’s all warm cinnamon raisin bread with this effervescent mineral thing that dances on my tongue…. oh, it’s mighty delicious! I drank this while playing the second episode of Telltale Games’ “Game of Thrones” last night, and if it wasn’t so glitchy (knew I should’ve waited for a patch… I play on the PS3), it would’ve been a downright fantastic experience. Game of Thrones and this Puerh = heaven.
I’m enjoying infusion after infusion of this tea today, after listening to the third episode of Laszlo Montgomery’s History of Tea podcast (was tipped off to that by ifjuly, and it’s utterly fantastic…), which is going into incredible detail on the history of tea in China.
So, listening to that, while sipping this, is an absolute pleasure. :)
It’s fruity finish, led into by it’s chocolatey first note, I find to be so lovely.
This is one of those teas I just always want to go back to.
I got this as a sample with my rooibos order and decided to try it today. I love that there are corn pieces, and little popcorns, and caramel balls in the tea, and the dry leaf did smell like caramel popcorn. Once steeped, though, I could tell that the black base wasn’t really going to do it for me. It really reminded me of Adagio’s black base, and for some reason, I have trouble liking it (I have no idea why, because I know some people love it)… So, I’m sure if you like Adagio teas and you like caramel popcorn, then this tea is going to be awesome for you. It just was not for me.
Their rooibos, though…now, that’s something I can get behind. :)