19 Tasting Notes
I picked a few things up including this sweet little gem up at a tea house in 磁器口 after a few hours of sipping and talking tea with the lady of the house. I think it was around 5$ Canadian. What.a.steal!
It is green label pu’erh, from 2011. The leaves are medium brown with flecks of pale golden and white throughout. It smells sweet- a bit chocolatey. It was rather difficult to break apart with my pu’erh pick.
After a quick rinse and about 3 steepings I am really getting a thick mouthfeel, it is rich and pleasant. this pu’erh is floral, smoky, a tad bit medicinal tasting, yet sweet and has a strong chaq. I am so thankful to the tea guru genius lady who recommended this incredible nest of a gift!
I am fully enjoying the tea itself and the memories of endless days spent in China enjoying fantastic tea with friends!
Flavors: Grass, Medicinal, Smoke, Sweet
This may be my absolute favorite black tea.
It reminds me of a Darjeeling, but deeper in flavor. It is rich, has heaps of chaqi, flavors of plum and hints of astringency. There is a subtle deep floral element that is intoxicating.
Flavors: Flowers, Plum
Twinings’ Lady Grey is light, lemony, and very delicate. I’m feeling really under the weather today, so I reached for this simple blend for a bit of comfort. It reminds me of when I first started discovering tea when I was younger. For me, it’s a classic comforting cup.
I guess Twinings created it in the 90’s for Scandinavian nations that felt Earl Grey was far too pungent. It was a hit then, and for me it remains a faithful friend.
Did I mention that it is light..? XD
Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest
I picked this up while I was living in China last year after spending a few hours drinking tea with a shop owner down a street called “Tea City” where a bunch of old Chinese guys hang out and drink and sell tea, no other foreigners in sight.
The cake itself isn’t very aromatic- it smells like dry leaves. Once steeped there is a slight floral/autumn day kind of aroma.
It is incredibly light in both color and flavor- slightly astringent, my third and fourth steeping was incredible. This kind of white tea lowers your blood pressure; and I feel it after a few cups. I feel mellow, relaxed, and really peaceful!
Too bad I can’t find out any more imformation on this cake! I spent a lots of time trying to find it online but I can’t seem to! I’m looking forward to trying more 福鼎白茶 cakes to compare!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey
My Japanese friends said Japanese white tea doesn’t exist. I am so glad they were wrong!
I did three pour overs. The resulting liquid is incredibly smooth, delicate and elegant.
The flavor is sort of sencha-like, full, but really delicate. I love how pale the wet leaf gets after I poured.
If you haven’t tried Mugicha- you’re missing out! This is a unique, easy to prepare bagged Mugicha (roasted barley tea) that is incredibly popular in Korea, Japan, and China.
I often will brew it cold overnight and drink it throughout the day. When I lived in China, and couldn’t drink the water, I would drink Mugicha by the pitcher-full all day- just add boiling water to the bag continually. It has a roasted, light and rich flavor. A bit toasty, a bit nutty. Yum!
Flavors: Cardboard, Rice, Roasted Barley
This is my favorite bottled tea. Hands down!
Robust, full flavor. Dark, rich green tea, zero bitterness, it is smooth and incredibly delicious! I would buy this by the case.
My only wish is if Ito-En sold the loose leaf for this brew… I can’t figure it out, it is a mystery to me! A delicious, delicious mystery!
I will start this our by saying not only am I NOT a huge fan of herbal tea in general, I will drink Celestial Seasonings “Honey Vanilla Chamomile” when I am sick, that is about where my herbal tea love ends… but I actually hate licorice… THOUGH ironically…
This herbal tea is great! It is full flavored, sweet, and not overwhelmingly “licorice”- in-your-face, it is soothing and has the right balance of sweetness, due to the chopped raisin bits throughout- to fennel, to licorice. I am impressed. I recommend this blend if you’re looking for a satisfying sweet-savory blend.
Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Raisins, Tart