257 Tasting Notes
Dry leaves are cute, tiny, curly, dark moss green whiskers lol with the scent of minerals.
I brewed this in my kyusu.
The liquor smells like fresh cooked greens and is light spring green colored. The wet leaves are very dark spinach green. Scents of buttered beans and spinach.
The flavor is minerals and butter bean. This tastes just like my everyday green teas, I really cannot name the flavor that I call mineral. It is very unique and tastes like rocks smell because I have not been tasting rocks lol. I wish I could pin another tasting note on that mineral flavor. Green tea flavor, I suppose, because this is the only place I have every tasted that taste. Just an Earthy good tea :)
I like that I brewed this one at 170 F too.
I Steeped this 6 times total using my kyusu and it was great every time. It was probably able to steep another couple of times but I was full of green tea by that time :)
Brewed this Western style in a cup size glass teapot at 170F for 2 minutes. This tea has a very mineral scent and flavor. It has mellowed out since I opened the package and I am tasting buttery and bean notes as well today.
mao jian (Mao2 Jian1) = downy tip (毛尖), i.e. new bud, high grade but perhaps lower grade than mao feng. This term is used with lücha
Flavors: Butter, Lima Beans, Mineral
Yummm I am really digging black teas now,,,I just needed to learn more and know which ones to buy!! I love this tea!
The dry leaves are heavy, thick,, gold and dark brown colored all twisted perfectly the same size. They smell like sorghum.
I like the brew I did on this one, 190F for 3". It gave the liquor a caramel brown color but still able to see through and also with scent of caramel.
The flavor is fresh, clean, sweet, raisin, sorghum, no tannin or bitter. Very Very good!!!
Second Steeping – equally as delicious, steeped also for 3" at 190F. This tea has absolutely no harshness or bitter or grit to the tongue. Just sweet clean flavor. Love!!!
Third Steeping needed 4 1/2 minutes. Still good. Probably wouldn’t do another steeping, this was its last good one :)
Having a pot of this Western style this morning. 190F , steeped 2 cups for 3 minutes.
Very malty scented and flavor but not as much sweetness. It has a touch of sweetness. The wet leaves show that this one is all buds and very young leaves. Very nice tea.
Had some of this Gong Fu style this morning.
Flavor is honey sweet. This tea can take longer steeps for flavor and it has no bitterness or astringency bc this is high quality tea. All gorgeous buds.
Got a new tea pet who enjoyed this tea as well :)
Gong Fu style this morning. Naturally sweet, malty, golden liquor, delicious Yunnan tea!!!
jingdong (Jing3 Dong1) = (景东 or 景東) a pu’ercha growing region in western Simao Prefecture
wuliang (Wu Liang) = according to legend, the man who invented oolong by accident by neglecting to dry tea leaves promptly
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Raisins
Gorgeous, fuzzy, 2 leaves & a bud with pretty multi hues of light green, dark green, and silver green.
The liquor is a clear champagne color and has a slight honey scent.
The flavor is slight butter bean with a sweet honey note mixed in. Very light, fresh and cleansing.
Second Steeping—I found the second steeping even better than the first which bumps this tea up to 100. ( I am giving lots of high scores lately because I found the teas I like and so I guess that’s why the scoring on here is very personal)
The flavor on the second is sweeter, loses the butter bean and just keeps a sweet fresh note.
Leaves look so much like white peony but the flavor is almost like a mild green tea. This tea is not as sweet as most whites but does have a little sweet note. Good tea for when you want a green tea but not a strong vegetal or mineral type green (even though it’s a white tea lol).
Origin: Guo Shan (Drum Mountain) Mountains along the coast of Fujian Province, China.
Wet Leaves are very tender young leaves with scents of butter and spring peas.
The Liquor has a light light celery green color which I love.
Flavor is light spring pea with a touch of butter and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
This is a lovely tea.
Having some more this afternoon,,,,very spring-a-licious tea!!
Gaiwan style this morning!!!! Very delicate and lovely tea. Qualities of both a white and a green tea. Delicious, I would like a touch sweeter in the morning though so this is a good one for after lunch.
Flavors: Butter, Peas, Sugarcane
Pretty good every day green tea. I also have a Fo Mei (Buddha’s Eyebrow). I love the tiny tiny rolled green leaves and they smell spinachy, minerally.
The liquor is light and cleansing, great with my lunches. Very subtle notes of butter and larger notes of butter bean. A bit of green bean flavor as well.
Had a bit of this Gaiwan style at 175F today,,,I definitely have other green teas that I like better but this is a good one to play around with and try different temps bc it’s not like precious Long Jing that I don’t want to run out ever lol.
Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Lima Beans
This is a beautiful tea!!! The dry leaves are dark brown with orange-brown colored threads mixed all in and they smell like bourbon balls at holiday time.
Brewed, the wet leaves look like brown crochet thread, staying all thin and wispy.
The liquor smells fabulous, sweet and “caramely”
The flavor is smooth and sweet. So good and has that caramelized sugar flavor that I love love love. Then there is a malty finish. Yum YUM YUM!! A good black tea for me to keep on hand!!!
Tea for the day,,,my little doggie helped pick it out. I had lots of black tea bags out and he kept nudging at this one with his nose so Congou Black it is!!!!!!!!!! My doggie has good taste.
Origin: Fujian Province, China
Dry Leaf: Thin threads, mostly black with some gold ones mixed in. Scents of malt and tobacco.
Method: Took this one down to 190F today with 1 tsp tea per 8 oz water. Brewed Western style, 2 cups at a time for 3 minute steep.
Wet Leaf: When these leaves hit the water, it was sweet malt heaven scent. Very young buds and leaves that have turned milk chocolate brown with scents of honey, chocolate, and molasses.
Liquor: Red/Brown color with malt and molasses scent.
Flavor: Smoke flavor up front but a sweetness hits the back of your throat. There is malt on the nose. Detect a bit of apple peel too. Good complexity.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Caramel, Malt, Molasses, Smoke
I couldn’t wait to try this!! This is a lovely herbal with cute, tiny, tiny little dried white flowers mixed into a potpourri of little tiny flower middles and pieces. The little white flowers are whole and they are very tiny, very beautiful to look at!! It’s like little fairy tisane!!!!!!!! Dry, it smells like mulberries and herbs.
The liquor smells like sweet honey and biscuits. It is a golden yellow color, like chamomile, but not as bright yellow gold as chamomile gets.
Silk Road Teas assumes you know what you are doing because they have no specific brewing instructions,,,,so I brewed this one like chamomile only I took the temp down a little to 190 and steeped for 4 minutes.
This is so yummy and naturally sweet. I love this. It has the herbal, wildflower quality of chamomile but it is sweeter and tastes less harsh than chamomile. This is one to keep on hand in my cupboard along with my other herbals chamomile & dry desert lime. My chamomile will be jealous because I see myself drinking this Elderflower a whole lot more often!!!!
Having a bit of this after dinner as a dessert. So sweet and lovely. I love this tisane.
Having some more of this good stuff!!! My stomach hurt a little bit so I am using it to soothe a tummy ache.
Another pot tonight,,,,I LOVE this tisane.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey
It is starting to get hot in the desert so my afternoon hot tea is going to probably stop pretty soon lol. I will start doing more iced tea and chilled Matcha lattes!!
I have actually had this Matcha for a very long time and have kept it sealed tight in my fridge. It still smells and tastes the same so yay!!! I got this Matcha back when I was not into all teas yet but was in to the Japanese tea ceremony and was drinking this as a breakfast drink.
Now I am making Matcha tea lattes with it. I use a 1/2 tsp of the powder and then pour a little of my homemade almond milk into it,,, using my chasen whisk to create a paste. Then I add the rest of my almond milk and a little agave or other sweetener to it and blend until frothy. Super yum!
I am gonna throw it into my Nutribullet with some ice next time to make it super cold and frothy!!!!!!
I have actually never tried any other Matcha but this one so I have nothing to compare it to. I feel it tastes very good with no bitterness so I feel I started with one of the best. I am gonna try other brands soon as well!!
Flavors: Grass, Honeydew
I wanted to try some really new and fresh tea and this is really it!! The white tea leaves are still beautiful shades of light green and smell fresh with a slight vegetal or green scent. The leaves feel different in that they have a bit of weight to them because they are so fresh.
The liquor is the distinctive white tea creamy clear color and smells sweet.
The flavor has hints of honey, butter bean, and a tiny tiny touch of sugarcane.
This is really delicious white tea!!
Second Steeping is just as delicious and a bit more sweetness came thru this time with the butter bean and greenness staying in the background.
Third Steeping ,,,flavors not as pronounced but still wanted to try a third since this is a great tea!!
Having a pot of this after lunch. The threads are so pretty,,a sea foam green and cream colored mix of little twisty cuties.
Then the wet leaf reveals that they are all very young and small tender buds!! This is a very delicate and lovely tea!!!
Flavor has green tea qualities like a Long Jing met a White Peony and they had a baby and the baby got mostly Long Jing’s genes lol. Very Very delicious tea for after lunch :)
6/10/14 Having another pot,,,delicious!! I baby these leaves. I poured the water into my pot and then tried to ease the infuser with the delicate leaves into the heat so as not to burn them. Very buttery and not as lima bean tasting. I am adding butter as a tasting note ;)
Had a bit of this today after I had a couple cups of black tea and a cup of yellow tea. This is very mild and creamy. It has some vegetal notes but there is also cream and a touch of honey. Beautiful dry leaf too.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Honey, Lima Beans
I took this out of the teabag and put into an infuser so I could see it. It looks like ground up cacao beans and nuts. Smells sooooooo chocolatey!!!!
The liquor is an orange dark brown color but still see thru. I am glad because I thought that it would be thick and muddy being pu-erh. But this is only the second pu-erh I have had and I like this one.
I didn’t look at the ingredients until after I had been sipping it and there is a cinnamon finish. This is like a Mayan chocolate drink and it’s very yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As the mixture cools, I can taste the vanilla beans which are also ground up inside!!!
Very yummy and was a good impulse buy!!
This is probably the best tea bag tea that I have tried. I love the chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg flavors. Enjoying a cup that I brewed in my Pyrex cup this morning lol. Easy!
This is probably the only teabag that I would actually buy on a regular basis. It is really good in a pinch when you are just in a total hurry. It has a satisfying black tea, hot chocolate flavor. I even kept it in the teabag this morning I was in such a hurry but I usually cut the contents out and brew in an infuser bc of supposed chemicals in teabags and coffee filters. I just drank chemicals and all this morning lol what can you do,,,they’re everywhere :(
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Nutmeg, Nuts, Orange Zest, Vanilla
Made some of my fresh Turmeric Tisane tonight. It is a small piece of fresh turmeric (about 3/4 inch), fresh lemon, and a bit of honey steeped for 4 minutes in 170F water. Then I pour it without the turmeric pieces into one of my tea cups.
The turmeric turns the water a pretty daffodil yellow but I only sliced it. I bet if you grated it that it would turn the water even more orange like the color of the turmeric.
Fresh Turmeric has a very distinctive flavor and it is zingy to me. It is not bitter but has a sort of muted ginger flavor as they are relatives. It’s like ginger and orange and carrots sort of mixed together but even then you must taste because I don’t think anything tastes quite like it.
I love this when I am not feeling well or feeling stressed. Tonight we were in a crowded area that was sort of stressful so it was nice to relax with this homemade herbal. This is completely calming and I feel the turmeric de-stressing my head and giving me vitamins and minerals :)
Note: I get the turmeric at Whole Foods and it is very staining when working with it so don’t have any of your nice towels laying around! lol
Flavors: Honey, Lemon Zest, Plants