338 Tasting Notes
Re-reviewing this tea as I now have worked out how to steep it to my tastes, now, when using 1/2 the gaiwan full of leaf and flash steeping, the tea is making me happier.
Before, I was getting a watery liquor with a lot of charcoal.
with more leaf and flash steeps, the charcoal seems to have hit a ceiling and the body is now coming up to meet it, resulting in a much better cup.
It is still very dark chocolate, but nice dark chocolate instead of not.
also, it is easy to overbrew this one, resulting in bitter dark chocolate. again, with the flash steep method its still nice bitter dark chocolate rather than not.
Im finding it hard to get over the image of a burnt forest whenever I drink this. It still hasnt got the butter or oil of my other oolongs – really is somewhere on its own when my brain categorises it against my other wuyi or dancong. But it is very moreish. a slight sharpness and life bounces on my tongue during the huiguan, making me want to have another cup. – sometimes this sharpness is really forward if overbrewed
With a bit of time taking to get to know it, it is a nice tea for lovers of 80%+ dark chocolate, bitter chocolate & dark, burnt woods. its totally bold in this, a good horror novel tea perhaps?
Also, the price is very reasonable, maybe a good choice for someone who likes to age their tea, thus mellowing it a bit. – I dont have any experience with this, from what understand, this bold, sometimes slightly bitter-chocolate roast is the part that will mellow over time
Synaesthetic note: Blackened Burnt forest after rain
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Roasted
Another from one of my Liquid Proust boxes – im guessing this is the tea, if not, let me know and i will change it
Its a nice one – classic Dayuling aroma with a hint of candyfloss in there, or maybe sherbet something. some floral perhaps. anyway, its nice.
Taste is a bit more savoury than the aroma, but again, nice Dayuling, its quite a clear one, not too thick or veggie, and certainly no astringency or bitterness or anything bad for that matter. Weirdly i think this has a bit of caffeine in it, not what im used to.
The cup i had was a bit more subtle than i thought it would be – not that thats a bad thing, it also had a nice green aftertaste. i did my standard 3g/3mins/fisheye boil, maybe it can take a bit more of the heat, or a bit more amount of tea to kick up the flavour a bit.
not bad price too! liked it – didnt set my world on fire but i think with a bit of coaxing it could be a really good cup. certainly not throwing it out of bed :)
Flavors: Cotton Candy, Floral, Grass, Rose, Sweet, Vegetal
its an ok OB. nothing special, hints of spice and cinnamon and redbush.
Not sure the price of this because Butiki is no more, if it was cheap i might buy it, but it doesnt have the depth of flavour or wow factors of others in my cupboard.
tbh not massively enjoying it like i would others, but this is only because comparing it to some very good ones! I probably would search for a better one to buy in bulk, it just tasted a bit flat, no honey or sweetness to balance out the cinnamon
note: interesting, i have already reviewed this tea, and apparently i liked it before – ! i wonder what changed since i last tried it. hmmm!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos
hmm, another nice, subtle, aged Oolong.
the main thing i get from this tea is that it tastes like coffee cake & cream. and that really is the thing i get when i drink it, it still has a medium Oolong thing going on, but doesnt scream woods or veg or smoke or roast, just coffee cake & a small dollop of cream.
Flavors: Cake, Coffee, Cream
wow. this is totally creamy.
It has a lovely aroma, the cream mixing with the magical Oolong floral-ness in a unique way. It really is wonderful.
quite thick, really leaves a layer of cream on your lips. Taste-wise, its nice, theres a slightly fruity burst when it first gets into your mouth, and makes my head feel nice, with obviously a long creaminess at the end.
I like the mix of milk with oolong, its my first one ive tried, makes a nice change from the usual oil/butter thing that oolong has going for it. I didnt get as much vegetal as others, was just overwhelmed by the creaminess.
will buy again, for sure.
Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Milk