First full roasted Tie Guan Yin for me
Sweet, citrusy and a real exotic taste plus nice tingle on my tongue
Definetly good for more than 9 infusions
“First full roasted Tie Guan Yin for me Sweet, citrusy and a real exotic taste plus nice tingle on my tongue Definetly good for more than 9 infusions” Read full tasting note
“So I’d been sort of putting this one off for a while for a few reasons. 1) I have lots of other good stuff I’ve been jumping at 2) I thought it would be a pain to portion out 3) I have been made to...” Read full tasting note
“Man I hate losing tasting notes! Not sure what happened this time. I started recording notes in a text editor since Steepster doesn’t save notes in progress, but I could swear I saved the tasting...” Read full tasting note
“To start: I screwed up when brewing this tea the first time; you’re supposed to take the rind off. If you have trouble doing that, soaking it in hot water for a little bit makes it peel (which I...” Read full tasting note
Ever wondered what would happen if you took bittermelon, took out the insides and left the thick rind and then stuffed it with Tie Guan Yin and roasted it? Well now you can try this lovely tea. Strangely enough it’s not bitter at all, the bittermelon rind after roasting commingles with the Tie Guan Yin forming a lovely balanced sweet dark oolong goodness!
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So I’d been sort of putting this one off for a while for a few reasons.
1) I have lots of other good stuff I’ve been jumping at
2) I thought it would be a pain to portion out
3) I have been made to eat goya many times and have yet to like it.
Today will probably be a short day and I wanted something new so I figured I’d give this a shot. I had forgotten that each portion is actually individually packaged, and the portion I pulled out was a perfect 5g, so I didn’t have to do anything, just threw it in the gaiwan. It smells pretty nice, a bit like bread.
I see that a few people decided to do lower temps with this one, so I figure I’ll give that a shot. After a quick rinse I can smell the roast, and I separate the leaves from the melon a bit. First steep comes out amber and has a sweet and nutty scent.
First sip is smooth and creamy, not too strong in flavor, but I get some toasted sweet rice notes. The second steep is distinctly sweet and chestnutty. The melon in no way takes away from the tgy.
This one carried me through the rest of the day and I definitely enjoyed it!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chestnut, Creamy, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Sweet
Man I hate losing tasting notes! Not sure what happened this time. I started recording notes in a text editor since Steepster doesn’t save notes in progress, but I could swear I saved the tasting note and thus thought it safe to delete the one saved in my text editor.
So working from memory…
Steep times: 10,10,15, 30,30, 60, 60.
The leave, both dry and wet, smell amazing! Toasted barley, sweet candy/gummies and fruit.
The taste is so consistent I stopped trying to right anything from steep 3 to 7 which could almost be deemed boring, but every single cup is absurdly delicious. Very robust tastes of chocolate and fruit with a lovely toasty backdrop.
When I initially saw just how much I’d purchased before tasting it I began to worry that I might have made a mistake. Now I think I didn’t quite buy enough.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Fruity, Melon, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice
To start: I screwed up when brewing this tea the first time; you’re supposed to take the rind off. If you have trouble doing that, soaking it in hot water for a little bit makes it peel (which I found out on accident, as I said).
Anyway, a very fruity tea. If you like Upton Tea’s Heavy Baked Ti Guan Yin, this is very similar but definitely does not contain the iron-y taste the Ti Guan Yin does; this tea is magnitudes more mild, but I feel like it does not pair with a lemon as well as Ti Guan Yin does.
Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Sweet
This tea is quite good. Despite the name bittermelon, there is little bitterness to this tea. It has a nice sweetness with a slightly medicinal flavor. There is not much roast flavor. I brewed the bittermelon with the TGY for this tea. I don’t really know how to describe the taste of the bittermelon in truth. It is good, it is more sweet than bitter but not a tangerine sweetness. This is a fairly long lasting tea. I brewed it eight times in a small gaiwan. It was not truly finished. Had I wanted to go past eight steeps I could have continued. I don’t in truth know how many steeps this would have gone but eight in itself is a lot for an oolong.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.3g leaf and bittermelon. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. This tea seems to have something of a relaxing qi to it, judging from how I now feel. This is good tea at an excellent price. 200g was only $19.
Flavors: Roasted, Sweet
*Written oct 30th, 2015)
a great tea!
(click link below to see pictures.)
when i smell the leaves/peel dry, i smell melons.
when i smell the leaves/peel wet, i smell fruit and melons.
when i smell the brewed tea, i smell fruit, melons and spices.
when i taste the brewed tea, i taste fruit, melons, slight bitterness (from the bitter melon) and spices.
the color of the brewed tea is a dark amber to light brown.
i rate this tea a 90 because its very strong.
at the moment im heavily calm and relaxed from all the tea i drank today, some call it tea-drunk but id rather not call it that.
many thanks to Scot Wilson and Yunnan sourcing for the lovely sample.
here are some pics from an earlier session
Flavors: Bitter, Bitter Melon, Fruity, Melon, Spices