400 Tasting Notes
Went to a tea room called Miss Molly’s Tea Room. I’ve heard a lot about it, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to try it out until today.
Firstly, that was a fun experience. We had finger sandwiches and cucumber salad. The food was affordable, but as I previously mentioned, they’re always packed on a daily basis. There were a few mommy/daughter outings today, so it was kind of loud/crowded. I still enjoyed everything, though.
We had three pots of during our stay at the tea room: Blueberry White, Blueberry Oolong, and Kris Kringle Black.
Blueberry White-Had a nice mix of silver needle and blueberry pieces. It was light, but definitely a great blend. The blueberry wasn’t too overwhelming; but the silver needle was definitely present throughout the pot.
Blueberry Oolong- I was surprised to find large leaves in the pot. I didn’t get a lot of blueberry notes, but the tea was definitely powerful. I think it may have been a TGY. It opened quite nicely and oddly paired well with the cucumber salad.
Kris Kringle- Strong Assam notes, but the chocolate/peppermint bits balanced the tea well. It was smooth and sweet. It was our dessert tea (no scones since we were stuffed after sandwiches/salad).
Overall, I rated the whole experience 3.6/5. We spent over an hour at the tea room. A majority of the time was waiting for the waitress to bring the check. However, it was busy, so it’s easy to take that into consideration.
Tea Time: Dang, this is good. I’m grandpa’ing it at the moment. Strong, sweet, and earthy flavors bouncing on the tongue. Powerful stuff (or it could be the rest of the tea I’ve spent drinking throughout the day). I’m giddy because 1. It’s Friday; 2. It’s the weekend; 3. I just got the next two books of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan in the mail; and 4. I start my MBA in January! :D
Back to the tea: This one brews up for a long time. I decided to grandpa style my way through the last 10g of the tea. I only bought a sample of the 2017 & 2018 to compare the notes, but I lost them a while back (or I forgot which notebook I placed them). I like this shou, but I may not get anymore of it. I’m trying to get as much of the shou I currently have sipped down, so that I may begin storing more and aging some raw puerh.
PS. I’ll have my first tea room experience tomorrow. The wife and I had set an appointment at this place weeks ago because the last time we attempted to drop by, they were booked for the full day. I’ll have to make notes on here afterwards, but it’ll hopefully be a grand time!
I got this as a birthday gift in August. My wife went to a shop that sells leftovers from Amazon warehouses and found a few loose leaf teas on the shelf and purchased them. I almost never drink flavored teas at home, but I took this, with the others, to work to be had there.
The chocolate/coconut bits take the edge off of the black tea (Assam?). It’s very rich, even without sugar, so I’ve had it a couple of times. My coworkers drink it when I make a pot, so at least there are others that enjoy it.
I purchased 250 grams of this milk oolong for my birthday this year. I brew it up as often I can, but I have other teas that I also drink on the daily at work. I gotta admit that for the price point, it’s pretty solid. Is it the best Milk Oolong I’ve had? No, but it is a good one to have at work when you’re not 100% thinking of the tea notes.
I drank this tonight at home, though. I split the pack between work and home. I tend to brew this up when I’m feeling lazy, tired, or want to gongfu, but mindlessly do so. ;)
The first steep has all of the milkiness that comes with an oolong such as this tea. However, after the first two infusions, that creamy note goes away. The leaf opens up quickly and it brews like a TGY. Soft, floral, and slight vegetal notes throughout the remainder of the session. I do have to admit that the sessions lasts up to 8-10 infusions, but doesn’t seem to go any further than that amount.
This is a very green raw puerh. Light vegetal notes throughout the session. I had to push the tea a bit to get a lot of flavor out of it. I started the session with 195F water, but boiling the water and increasing the infusions from 10-20 seconds, to 20-40 seconds helped release more of those prominent vegetal notes (while testing the boundaries of the tea).
I think that the tea is soft, uninteresting. Honestly, this would be a good tea to give to a newbie; experiencing raw tea for the first time. It doesn’t get bitter, unless you REALLY work at it, like I had. It’s not astringent—which is a plus for a beginner—but, I wish that it might’ve been. I find myself relying too much on those bitter/astringent notes these days.
Anyway, it’s a nice tea, but one that I’ve outgrown, as my journey has progressed forward.
Well, this is one heck of a puerh.
This is probably the BEST ripe puerh I’ve had in a while. I’ve been mostly drinking semi aged raw/very young raw puerh lately. However, this is quite the treat…Nice longevity, too. Making my way through the 9th steep, and there’s plenty to go. I will probably ride this session until the end, even if it means allowing it to dry over night, and continue it tomorrow.
I must admit that everything that I’ve tried from Kuura has been a hit. Unfortunately, the shipping oftentimes stopped me from getting anything (samples, mostly). I took advantage of one free shipping sale, in 2018, but that was it….Anyway, I’m glad that I got a sample of this, but, since I remember it being enjoyable, it took me months to get the courage to drink the rest.C’est la vie.
Not as dark as some ‘dark teas’ that I’ve had in the past. Pretty green, overall. Definitely needs more time to age. However, when cracking it open, there are some golden blooms showing.
Sweet maple syrup notes throughout. It doesn’t brew as long as I’d expect, but I did get about 8 solid steeps out of it.
Brewed it at 212 F and used 16g/200 ML.
Flavors: Hay, Maple Syrup
Hello! It has been a long time since I’ve posted a review…Over two years, to be exact. I was without the modern means—beyond a cell phone—to post anything on Steepster.
Anyway, I’ve been drinking this one as a daily drinker. Had two bricks, but I’m nearly down to 100g of the second. I like that this has a nice longevity and it isn’t too harsh, if you know how to brew it (195-205 F, 30 second steeps through the first five or six infusions; increase the time to one-two minutes after the first few infusions). I brew an average 8g/120 ML; or when I get a little giddy, I use approximately 15g/120 ML. Hehe. Depends on if I want to push out those bitter notes at the beginning, or rely on the smooth notes throughout the entire session.
LP sent a sample of this a while back when I joined a CLT group buy with him. I’ve finally got down to drinking the rest of it within the last couple of days.
The main note from this tea was ‘aged pear.’ I compared it to a stash of pears I tried from one of the oldest MRE’s (military ration) I have acquired (1994). Extremely caramelized, sweet, & tangy. The only difference with the tea was that there was a slight roasted note in each sip.