334 Tasting Notes
I had read that one of the reasons Anji Bai Cha is so healthy for you is because less of the theanine is converted to chlorophyll, and therefore, it has a much higher theanine content, ~3-4% higher than most green teas. Theanine has lots of health benefits, if curious, there is a lot of data on it. I personally like the relaxation aspect but it doesn’t make you sleepy at all. Adds concentration and mental alertness.
The dry leaves are long and slender, a pale green, sharp looking. The dry leaves had a slightly grassy aroma, and the extremely pale yellow-greenish liquor also had a slightly grassy aroma with hints of fruits, citrus.
Deeply umami. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Slightly nutty, maybe chestnut. Definitely vegetal: Asparagus, celery, green beans, some soybean notes. Don’t quote me but I believe the high presence of amino acids also contribute to this thick mouthfeel, the brothy-ness, a little sweetness in some infusions, and alas, a complex tea. It’s full of amino acids that help lower cortisone, therefore reducing stress levels.
Flavors: Asparagus, Celery, Chestnut, Citrus, Fruity, Grass, Smooth, Umami, Vegetal
Very nice sweet potato Yunnan tea. You can see the little bits of sweet potato floating in it and the cinnamon is just right to add more warmth and flavor. Without the sweet potato, I’m positive it would still be a delicious cup but the added bits of dehydrated sweet potato, as well as the added organic flavors, kicks it up a notch for me.
Highly recommended. It’s really yummy.
I had a quiet Christmas. I am watching a Russian drama series called Life of a Mistress. It’s pretty interesting :) and a couple of weeks ago, I got to visit my family and saw my nephew again. I was happy to see he was still interested in tea! I brought him another package of a tea he really liked. My brother is doing better, my mom is taking care of him. He’s put on some weight but still dreadfully underweight. It still doesn’t feel like Christmas since I lost my dad awhile ago. I still say “Gotta go visit mom and dad”. Having said that, I still had a pleasant visit… And after coming home, having a beautiful peace and quiet Christmas at home, good movies, and nice tea was great. :D
I hope you all had a great Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays tea buds <3
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet Potatoes
Received a free sample of this and oh, yum!
Busy day on a chilly overcast day, so I’m drinking this grandpa style. I saved a little to do it gongfu next time. This is so good that I may just grandpa it again.
First impressions: The leaves are awesome looking, long and thin, vibrant green. The liquor is virtually clear with a light greenish-yellow tint. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery, when sipping but has a crisp ending. Because I just used a little of the sample, so I can gongfu it later, it was perhaps more light than usual. Maybe with more of a sample, I’ll get more umami or vegetal taste. I did get a little of that but not much. It was just a calming, delicate fruity taste, a twinge of lemon and other fruity notes with lemongrass notes, with no bitterness, really low astringency and slightly naturally sweet throughout. Highly recommended.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Lemon, Smooth
Additional notes on this lovely tea. Last time I had it, my nephew was staying with me so I didn’t gongfu it. This time I did.
There is still that warm, comforting spice that I can’t name and it goes well with the oats notes. I still don’t believe it is cinnamon. What is it?? lol Anyway, it’s a warm taste. Lovely.
Lots of fresh red apples, apple skin, some berries… As it tasted when I made it as directed, it still comes off as a yummy lightly spiced-oatmeal-apple pie. Creamy barley notes, more raisin than honey sweetness. No bitterness at all, almost dessert-like and it’s rich, full. In the beginning, I got some sweet potatoes but only, in the beginning, it remained full of oats and fruity notes throughout all the infusions. Tasted some lychee and stonefruits notes somewhere in the middle. Warm, fruity, oat-y, yummy. I think I prefer my ‘Golden Lily’ this way now.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Baked Bread, Creamy, Fruity, Lychee, Oats, Roasted Barley, Stonefruits
Really nice flavors throughout the infusions. Sweet Potatoes, baked bread, sugar cane, dark cherry, hints of cocoa and caramel, malty, earthy, honey, mineral, and stonefruits. Slightly astringent.
Gaiwan 208 ˚ F, 110 ml, 6g, quick rinse, 6 infusions: 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 1 min., 2 min.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. :) I made a huge bowl of soup and watched The Irishman which I enjoyed and also The Crown Season 3. It sucks being away from my whole family who are in Southern California but I enjoy my peaceful evenings with games, knitting, and movies very much!
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Caramel, Cherry, Cocoa, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sugarcane
So TeaVivre put out some new rooibos and of the 3 I tried (chocolate, toffee, and strawberry rooibos), I liked this TeaVivre Rooibos the best. It’s tart but delicately sweet and creamy, natural, no artificial flavor taste since it’s all-natural ingredients. roasty and earthy. I think some may put want to add a little sweetener and/or milk. I think this would make a really awesome latte so since I bought a bag of it, I’ll try it that way next. :D
Flavors: Earth, Roasted, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
Thank you for the swap, Amandastory5016. :D
I’ve drank matcha all my life. Usually the traditional way. This is the first time I’ve ever tried flavored matcha. True story hehe, which is why I really appreciate the swap so I can try some. I look forward to the others you sent. This one is a bit chalky as someone mentioned but the flavors of berries, vanilla and cream as well as the matcha itself is very pleasant. It is too sweet for me but I’m sure I can send some to my nephew who will appreciate that part. :)
Flavors: Berry, Cream, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla
Thank you for the swap, Amandastory5016. :D I had a sample of this before, but my nephew at the time drank it all up. So I got to drink this alone and enjoyed it very much. Not overly sweet, very creamy, apple, cinnamon and full of nuts. Kind of like a cinnamon covered apple with nuts on it. Yummy on a cold night.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty
It didn’t taste quite like bread pudding to me but it was a nice warm, comforting tea especially now that it’s chilly out. It is balanced, very smooth and spiced just right with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves notes. I liked it much better when I used twice the amount as directed. It was fuller, richer and was a nice dessert tea. I can taste the bread notes more with double the amount.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Raisins
Ambrosia has delightful notes of cocoa, malt, dark cherry, vanilla, and marshmallow. It’s smooth and creamy, nice mouth feeling… A thickness feeling and has a long-lasting finish. It is a complex tea with lots of underlying notes especially of fruity layers such as stone fruits, apricots, apples, mainly baked cherries, however, the vanilla and chocolate notes are on the forefront. Other notes throughout are baked bread, malt, berries. It is energizing and calming at the same time.
Gaiwan, 200℉, 5g, 110ml, 7steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s,120s
I have also tried it as directed, western brew. Excellent that way too.
Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Baked Bread, Cherry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Marshmallow, Stonefruits, Vanilla