drank Green Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
1994 tasting notes

Second to last oolong sample not yet tasted or written about. Progress!

This has a mild, very green, chlorophyll smell in the packet. I steeped in the gaiwan after a rinse at 195F starting at 15 seconds, +5 for subsequent steeps.

The tea is a pale yellow color and smells a little green, but mostly it smells sweetly floral.

I found the flavor consistent through 5 steeps. It was tasty enough that I went past the usual four. But mostly I was trying to figure out what I thought of it.

The flavor is a little elusive. It has a freshness that reminds me of the alishan I had yesterday, but it isn’t as floral. The flavor isn’t as strong, either. It’s not buttery or milky.

I may have underleafed some. The tea has a lot of volume. The leaves are big and twisty, and I may have not realized how much empty space there was between them.

Next time I’ll put in more leaf. But for now, I’m finding this to be a sort of an alishan lite. Pleasant, but not sure why I’d choose this one over the alishan when it has less flavor?

Flavors: Floral, Green, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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