1758 Tasting Notes
Bought a sample of this with my recent order. I did like this tea. It was bittersweet at the start with notes I would describe as bittersweet chocolate without the added sugar. The bitterness steeped out after about six steeps. There was some fermentation flavor to this tea but not a lot. It steeped out after a couple of steeps. Overall I liked this tea. However at the price they charge I’m not sure I would buy it.
I steeped this tea fourteen times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, and 3 min. The tea was not completely played out at fourteen steeps. I’m sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the leaves. This did seem like a high quality tea, I’m just not sure it’s worth the price of around $125. I did enjoy it quite a lot.
This is in my estimate an average tea. It is not bad, it is not great. I guess what I’m tasting is the quince fruit. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this again.
I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 4 minutes.
Bought this tea recently from Yunomi when they had their sale 35% off. As this is normally about $68 I probably would not have bought it at full price. It is quite good as gyokuros go. It is a mixture of sweet and umami taste. The umami is ever present but not too powerful. This is not in my opinion a really complex tea having really two notes that I picked up. It is good though. Yunomi is currently sold out of this one. They recommend a first steep of 50 degrees centigrade but as my electric kettle doesn’t have any setting that low I just went with 175 degrees Farenheit.
I steeped this three times with 7.4g leaf in a 360ml Kyusu teapot with 175 degree water. I steeped it for 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The brewed tea was a very light green in color, the leaves were bright green in color. This is easily one of the best gyokuros I have had but I have only tasted a few.
Flavors: Sweet, Umami
Bought this again recently. There was no discernible fermentation flavor to this tea. There was a slight wet storage note that lasted about three steeps. What was left afterward was a nice sweet note. I am not sure how to best describe it. The main question you ask about any tea that claims to be this old is are they telling the truth. Two reasons lead me to think this is vintage 1995 tea, one the owners of Tea Trekker are in my opinion honest. The second thing is there was no fermentation flavor at all with this tea. Usually in my experience only shou tea of approximately this vintage will have cleared completely. It also smelled old although that is hardly scientific.
I brewed this eight times in a 195ml Silver Teapot with 13g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. There was no sign that the leaves were finished mind you but eight steepings from a 195ml teapot is quite a lot of tea. I think I would have gotten another six steepings out of the leaves. Going to store some of this in a Yixing container and see if the wet storage note disappears completely.
I received a sample of this from a good tea friend. It was quite good. The first few steeps were a mix of bitter with leather and tobacco, all the while a sweet note trying to come through. The leather and tobacco were not incredibly strong like in a YQH tea. This tea evolved into a nice sweet tea although I am not sure what to call the note. If I ever order from EOT this one is on the top of my list.
Steeped this twelve times in a 100ml gaiwan with 7.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
This was an excellent tea. I got very little in the way of earthy notes from it. It had nearly cleared. I did get some sweet notes. One note that I can best describe as sweet bamboo shoots emerged in steep three and lasted a few steeps. Not sure what to call the notes that emerged after this. This was not what I would call a chocolaty shou. It was quite good. I steeped it twelve times and I had to stop myself from continuing because I had already had too much caffeine. I just went out on a limb and bought the whole 1 kg brick on this one and it was worth it.
I steeped this twelve times with a 150ml gaiwan and 11.1g leaf in boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
This is a relatively good brick, but far from spectacular. It was well aged. Early infusions were a dark brown in color. There was an initial taste of tobacco and leather that was moderately strong. This disappeared around the fifth steep. A fruity note did develop but it was weak and I don’t know what fruit. There was also a slight sour note to this tea, not major but there. It also had a strong drying sensation. Overall it wasn’t bad for a cheap semi aged brick. Somewhere around I have the same brick from Yunnan Sourcing. Will have to try it and see if there is a difference.
I steeped this twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and boiling spring water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sex, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Leather, Tobacco
I bought this in my recent order. It is quite good actually. It’s very smooth. There is a note of malt but it’s not overpowering. There is a bit of a fruity note too. This was a risk because I had no knowledge of the tea but it was worth it. It’s now sold out but if they get it in again it is pretty good.
Steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper withi 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.
They must have discontinued this tea. It is no longer on the Yunomi website. It is very tasty. You get a sweet note from the roasted chestnuts without the strong roast profile of a Chiinese roasted tea like a Wuyi Oolong. You can to some degree taste the black tea base underneath. It is very smooth. This was an enjoyable tea.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.
Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted