359 Tasting Notes
Breaking a puerh cake is always exciting…breaking one from the first series of cakes in the history of Whispering Pines is beyond exciting!!!
Yes, Huron Gold is the first cake pressed under the Great Lakes Label, awesome concept from WP.
First, those little 100g goodies were filled with love and it shows. Brenden the owner made sure we would notice. They come in those very practical and cute rustic envelopes, made of 100% recycled brown paper, perfect for storage, allowing proper breathability. How cool is that? Very innovative.
The cake’s artwork is beautiful…a map of the five Great Lakes.
Love the golden color of the dry leaf. Smells almost like sweet caramel. The pressing is pretty loose, making it very easy to break into.
The taste is remarkably smooth and silky. No sign of heavy earthiness or leather here.
Think light moss with rich cocoa notes.
There’s a faint sweetness to it, reminiscent of ripe figs. It feels syrupy and round in the mouth.
It’s very accessible and mellow. It provides a nice warming feeling, it’s such a cozy tea.
Another excellent product from WP. No wonder I’m such a fan, they never disappoint me!
And I’m so happy I got two of those babies :-)
So how do you even describe what the sky tastes like?
Well if I had to, I’d say it tastes just like Autumn Jade Tieguanyin… New tea from WP!!!
Yes, this tea is heavenly good.
The greenest of the greens, it wears its name really well.
The taste is pure and ethereal…
Feels like a light fluffy cloud in the mouth.
Sweet and delicate with a buttery mouthfeel.
It’s floral, lilac lovers you will love this!
The smell is intoxicating…
Imagine being in one of China’s most luxuriant garden in the springtime. Never been to China, but that’s how I imagine it would smell like.
I get a hint of spice that translates as nutmeg for me. I often get that from good quality green high mountain oolongs. There’s a minty fresh finish to the sip that just makes my mouth feels so clean.
This tea will give you angel breath!
I highly recommend it to all green oolong lovers…
I’m still floating on my oolong cloud after 6 excellent steeps. Get this. It has all the noms you need.
Here’s some pics:
(Backlog from last night)
This week, an Instagram tea friend gifted me with one of the nicest care package I have ever received. Teas, teawares, gemstones, silk pouches….I was overwhelmed.
This person is a wonderful being…
Most of his teas are pu’erh, unique and very special cause you can’t just go and purchase them…they are for the most part private reserves.
Among all those puerh teas, there was a pouch that just caught my attention. Flowers!! Chrysanthemum buds that he blends himself with rose petals.
Not only is this blend the prettiest thing I have ever seen, but it also tastes like heaven. IF you like florals of course.
I am a notorious insomniac. He told me this might help me relax at night. I was skeptical, cause really, no infusion ever helped me before.
Well guess what…it did help! After quite a few steeps, my eyes became heavy and a soothing wave of relaxation started to flow inside of me.
I brewed it in a small glass gaiwan, and it steeped forever… I had to stop and go to bed.
This is such a nice discovery…Tea people are just the best peeps I know!
Well hello good Steepster people!
So I needed warmth…what better tea than this beautiful golden Dian Hong?
First, the look. I mean, have you had a close look at those buds? PURE GOLD!!
So soft and fury, I want to pet them ( ok, I admit…I did pet them…I am a first class TeaGeekette after all, why hide in shame?)
The brew is all glitters and gold, a beautiful sunny light in the glass pitcher.
I forget how good this is…I rarely have it cause, well, I just have so many teas!!
It qualifies for my “pudding-like” tea list, cause of how sweet and thick it feels in my mouth. Unlike any other Yunnan I have had.
The sweetness reminds me of barley sugar candies. I also get cocoa and sweet potato notes.
It’s very fragrant, I find a certain floral quality to it.
Not as damp and earthy as one might expect, but a little “mossy” and yeasty.
Full of beautiful nuances and complexity, this tea screams for gongfu brewing. And it’s so forgiving, you can’t mess it up, it never gets astringent or bitter.
I had a lovely session earlier…another wonderful tea from Whispering Pines :-)
Here are some pics:
I know I have professed my love for this tea many times…but what can I say? I just can’t get enough of it.
So friggin good.
Sweet dried fruits with big caramel notes, I always want moarrrr!!!
Gongfu this baby, and you have a whole new dimension of flavors.
This was my first tea of the day, using my brand new little cutie pot.
Have a lovely teatime everyone :-)
A wonderful tea friend spoiled me by sending me a beautiful mystic crystal. I like to honor my tea with such good vibes and energy…
Pics of the session:
Instead of sleeping tonight I’m having my favorite sheng.
Trippy qi, this gives me the happy warming feeling I seek when drinking sheng pu’erh.
Exquisite and remarkable. It’s such a wow tea.
Beautiful golden elixir, it heals all wounds.
Slightly smokey, super sweet with notes of apricots, mossy and earthy with a fresh minty finish. Capture of nature in the form of tea.
I think that’s why I love it so much…it reminds me of the pure moments of joy I feel when exploring and hiking in my forest.
I feel safe right now, cause I still have two unwrapped cakes besides this one. Yay me!
Pics of the session:
So I know that I haven’t posted much lately, but I do miss my Steepster peeps greately :-)
My friend boychik asked me on Instagram to post this pic on Steepstser. She also inspired me to drink my beloved PTA tonight, so here’s a quick review of a tea I have reviewed many times, cause well I just can’t get enough of it.
One of my favourite black tea. It’s rich and malty, bready and sweet. Fruity with hints of spiciness, cinnamon. I don’t know how I will live without this one. I might have to blackmail Stacy for the name of her supplier!!
I haven’t responded yet to the big news today but did see it. I love Stacy and Butiki and will miss her and her teas greatly. But I understand that life calls for new challenges sometimes and I can only applaud her for making such a hard decision and wish her good luck with everything.
(And Yo kiddo, if you read this, go get that capybara!!! ;-)
Pic of tonight’s session (made a huge pot!)