76 Tasting Notes
I don’t have much experience yet with Dancongs, so I can’t compare this to anything, but I do think it’s really quite nice. Tealux has become one of my very favorite suppliers, they have yet to disappoint me. I’ll share with you my notes.
Dry leaf smell much like raisins and maybe sweet potato. While steeping it has a bean-like quality that is very much like a green tea mao feng.
Here’s the best way to describe this tea: Very much like a green tea up front, a malty-grain quality that reminds me of Laoshan Black, and a long smooth sweet honey finish. Yessir.
I’ve been out of town for a few days playing gigs so I haven’t had the opportunity to drink any real tea. I’ll make up for that now. This tea is a tea lover’s tea.
Remember Sonic The Hedgehog? Remember his friend Tails? This tea looks like a bunch of Tails’ tails. Golden and furry! They look like little dried fox tails. Dry leaf smell is kind of like a cross between cocoa powder, cardamom, and turmeric. The same goes for the steeping aroma but with cinnamon as well.
It certainly has some assam flavors, though I don’t know if it actually is an assam. It’s definitely more on the Chinese side of black tea flavor than the Indian side, but the assam aspect is there. It has a medium amount of maltyness, and medium thickness of texture. It’s floral but also caramely.
The flavors are complex but delicate. There’s a lot there but you really have to search for it. I like that in tea.
This is a very good Dian Hong. I am aware that there are some seriously mind blowing Dian-Hongs out there, but this one is nothing to sneeze at. Sticky furry buds ya’ll.
EDIT: Since it’s cooled off a little it’s a much thicker creamy texture.
EDIT #2: It becomes more floral on the 2nd steep and much much more floral on the third.
What a nice tea. I don’t feel like I need to write notes on it because there are already so many of them. I will say that the TGY base is awesome! The frankincense and saffron can be hard to detect if you aren’t very familiar with those aromas but they are there. I love floral teas, I love the natural floral aromas of a TGY, I like jasmine, I like incense, but considering how much I like all of those things I don’t like this tea as much as you would imagine I would. It’s weird. Hmm…
I can’t imagine how they came up with the name for this. It has a very strong caramel (chestnut apparently) cake aroma. I don’t detect any jasmine. I really don’t know if I agree with the white tea base here, all I can taste is caramel cake. It’s good and all, I just prefer complexity in my tea. I’m gonna mix this with a chai next time, or something with orange and cinnamon. Mulling spices maybe? Anyway, caramel cake would be a much better name for this tea.