32 Tasting Notes
Very tender in the mouth accompanied by a calming, but intense, qi. Aromas of sweetgrass, mustiness, buttermilk. Very pungeant and bittersweet as it opens up. Strong mouth salivation and thickness, deep in the throat.
Turns rather uninteresting around the 7th steep. Bitterness with no other noticeable flavors.
Brewed in a gaiwan,
Fresh green latte aroma. The gaiwan lid is milky and grassy. Silky smooth to start, transitions nicely into a bittersweet liquor. I, being such a huge fan of matcha latte, find this to be a very unique and exciting tea. Not like most of the teas I have tried, it has a special aroma and texture that fills and coats my pallet.
I seriously enjoyed this tea for what it is. My taste may be a little less selective for these types of teas, but either way it was enjoyable to say the least.
Candy sweet smokey aroma. Strong bitterness and qi off of the first two cups. Bitterness evens out, but still comes strong through 4-5th steeps. Bitterness falls off completely after 6th steep, only light sweet smoke remains—like a xiaguan tuocha almost. Clean throatiness and a slight roasted taste.
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Starting off from the first sip, I can tell I am in for a fun ride. This tea does not lack in fullness, bitterness, or sweetness. A musty undertone delivers a punch which echoes into a bittersweet aftertaste that lingers. The aroma on the lid of the gaiwan is somewhat astringent and somewhat nutty, very pleasant… Flavors ranging from sweet grass to nuts. Thick soup and great mouthfeel. Really enjoying this one.
Sinking more of this into my belly, it is apparent that the cha qi is tingly. This tea is very well balanced with awesome characteristics. There are great transitions from steep to steep that gravitate me towards brewing more and more. The strength in the leaves continue to pack powerful mouth-watering and qi sensations throughout the session. Although the bitterness calms down after the 5th or 6th steep there is still fullness in each of the lasting brews.
I feel vigilant, prepared, and kind of sweaty. The qi is reaching out and pushing me to go on, so I do. It is for sure going to be a fun next couple of hours. What a delight.
Strangest dry leaf smell of smokey BBQ. The first few steeps aren’t very nice. Smoked candy is how I would describe it, but the smoke was too powerful for how sweet it is. After the initial steeps the smokiness takes a back seat to the sweetness.
As far as smokey teas go, this one stands out as being above average. When compared to xiaguan and other “smokey” factory tea, this one has more depth and a more synergistic appeal.
I enjoyed this one for well over 15 steeps and, as far as I am concerned, I’m only half way to the end of this one.
The more tea from Scott’s 2015 pressing I try the more I want to make an order. This one is no exception. Good qi, great mouthfeel, and easy to drink.
The flavors aren’t overpowering in one direction or the other. This is more like a well-rounded, consistently smooth, drink. Mild astringency, mild floral notes, and mild bitterness. These traits compile to make a very drinkable and friendly liquor each steep.
After about 8 steeps this one turns bittersweet and is refreshingly consistent.
Fantastic tea! This one makes me run back to the gaiwan. Energy overflows out of every cup. My heart is pounding and I am starting to sweat after just 3 steeps, now that’s power.
It tastes of green hay accompanied by mild bitterness. The mouthfeel after each cup is a testament to the power of this tea, as it remains for several minutes.
Each brew gets sweeter and sweeter. The wet leaves have a slight musty scent to them.
A bitter start leaves for a smooth finish. This tea is energetic and fiery coming out of the gate, but quickly eases out and develops soft notes of fruit and mineral, or soil-like, after taste. The bitterness disappears after about 3 or 4 steeps. Very easy to drink and a well rounded tea. Thick soup and soft flavors.
Next time I want to try this in yixing and see what flavors surface.
This one has a very strong and enveloping energy right off the bat. Through the first, say about, 5 steeps this one seems to have a lot of potential. Although it falls off rather quick and leaves a strong bitter sweetness to end the session.
Overall not a very exciting tea, but has signs of an exceptional tea. Not overly encapsulating, which I find popular amongst a few Mengku factory teas.