53 Tasting Notes
I finally got around to tasting this tea after having it for a couple of months now. In comparison to my old standby Teavivre’s Bi Lo Chun, this version does not disappoint, although it does not necessarily stand miles above Teavivre’s either.
As far as tasting notes, I found this to be light, floral, and sweet with a hint of fruit. There was also a slight hint of astringency, although as usual with Bi Lo Chun it was in no way overpowering. Just a hint at the end of each sip. I found this Bi Lo Chun to be less floral and fruity than Teavivre’s variety, although I will have to taste them side by side to be absolutely sure. Overall I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys lighter, floral green teas.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass
I thoroughly enjoyed this tea. I steeped it western style with 5g of tea and about 8 ounces of water. After an initial rinse I steeped each infusion for about a minute. The aroma was very reminiscent of warm compost and dirt. The taste is of sweet dirt. The second infusion brought the slightest astringency and bite in the mouth.
This was a great pleasure to receive from Yunomi as part of their samples for review program. I have not really developed my Japanese tea palate yet, so forgive me for not being as descriptive or accurate as I usually am with my Chinese tea reviews.
I steeped this tea western style with 5 grams of tea in about 8 ounces of water per the packet’s instructions. Upon initial infusion the aroma was sweet and fresh. The taste was very full and thick. It was like fresh cut grass and hay with possible notes of seaweed. There was a definite bite in the back of the mouth, but nothing too off-setting. It was enjoyable.
The second and third infusions were sweeter, less full-bodied, and more balanced. Notes of wheat grass and a hint of honey came out. Overall though, the flavor was still very savory.
Flavors: Astringent, Dry Grass, Hay, Honey, Seaweed
My first tasting of this tea was in my gaiwan with about 3 grams of tea and 2 grams of tangerine peel. I did a 5 second rinse then 3 infusions. From the beginning this was a very fun tea just from the packaging. It is so much fun (albeit also frustrating) to open the tangerine and get the tea out. The aroma of the tea was sweet and citrusy to begin with. The taste was light, oily, buttery, and smooth with slight orange/tangerine flavors. The second and third infusions became sweeter than the initial one. The tangerine flavor becomes more subtle and more cohesive. The flavors meld very well. Overall an excellent sweet and refreshing tea for those who like flavored stuff.
Flavors: Butter, Orange
Every Laoshan Black that I have tasted has been excellent. I simply love the chocolate notes and burnt caramel undertones. This one is no different. I would say that this one leans more towards the honey/caramel side than previous Laoshan Blacks that I have tried (I believe I tasted last year’s autumn version). The chocolate flavor, although very present, is not as dominant as the caramel and burnt sugar flavors and aromas.
Flavors: Burnt, Caramel, Chocolate
This is a hard tea to review. I greatly enjoyed drinking it, but was not overwhelmed with uniqueness of any kind. Rather, it was simply enjoyable. The flavor has hints of caramel, honey, and sweetness with a slight astringency. The cup is very smooth. I would recommend as a black tea, but it is nothing unique, albeit very enjoyable.
Flavors: Caramel, Honey
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My first taste of this year’s crop of this wonderful tea. It has lived up to my expectations!
My first impression of this tea reminds me of a mild dragonwell. It has a very light liquor (almost clear) while somehow still having a full mouth of flavor and a wonderfully pleasant aroma. The taste is very vegetal, and reminds me of cut grass with perhaps a hint of spinach. The taste is light, refreshing, and cooling. It’s a great summertime tea. The taste starts off sweet and ends with a slight astringency in the finish. There is also some undertones of savoriness throughout the cup. Excellent overall.
Flavors: Grass, Metallic, Sweet
I love when I find a tea that is unique and different, and this one certainly fits that description. My first impression is that of burnt sugar/caramel. The liquor is a beautiful light golden brown color. The aroma is like a huge wave of burnt caramel and chocolate hitting all of your senses. The taste is a more balanced version of the aroma. There is robust flavors of burnt caramel, dark chocolate, honey, and some generic fruit flavors. As I moved on to my second and third infusions, the burnt flavors became more pronounced while the fruit and sweetness of the first steep lessened. Nevertheless, as the flavors shifted, the complex profile of the tea was maintained. Certain flavors were just highlighted more than others.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey