12 Tasting Notes
One of my favourite green/purple tea so far. Leaves are rough but more than makes up for it with it’s smell and vegetal notes. A recommended Vietnamese green tea that deserves some mention beside the well known Thai Nguyen.
Brew it quickly – 5g – 100ml – 10 seconds; add 5s to each extra steep.
From the purchased sample pack. Impressions leave an okay thought, an expensive price tag thought and not much steeps before the flavours just fades to an ordinary tea tree bush vegetal taste thought. To be honest I am not impressed and is no where near the taste and quality of the xing xiang oolong. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay but not for $26 /100g
Roast is okay. Leaves are a bit tattered.
Tea is between light and creamy. A distinct smoke note though not very interesting. I ended up throwing the rest of the sample in the garden.
I’m having second thoughts on this tea but it might be my mood and perhaps the time of the night – where this tea is least suitable for. What I am finding after a big hot meal is that this tea doesn’t go well. It’s more for a hot summer day and not on a full stomach because though florally light punched my stomach and I am not feeling well. Could be the food could be the tea. I’m taking a note to self to have this on a sunny afternoon an hour before any meals.
Reviewing the oolongs that came in the sample packs sold quite expensively. This is my second type of oolong testing, first being the Da Yu Ling oolong in the sample pack.
I am liking this one a lot over the DYL, it’s got a creamy, milky, buttery punch with a distinct floral/fruit after tone. Even though appearing to look light the smell is thick on this one. This is a flavoursome one – my mouth and olfactory is filled with it’s flavour. Sitting in front of an empty cup and cha hai that once containted the dong ding, the smell permeates the air in front of me – I am impressed.
The taste isn’t as bright but best described in the milky category, it really reminds me of drinking milk albeit a floral tea one! And you know what? I like it!
Though new to Oolongs, this is my favourite so far from the 8 varieties of oolongs that I have brewed,
I’ve been disappointed with the teas from Teavivre thus far, even their famous blacks like the golden monkey and golden pearl which I am going to give away, but this one I’d recommend and wouldn’t mind stocking up over all the other tea’s I’ve had from them so far.
Brewed gongfu – flash steep – 20s, 30s, 40s
Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Milk, Sweet
I’ve been drinking this tea for up to 4 hours now and it appears the steeps keep coming – 9th steep! The strange thing is that even with the lower temps (you’re looking at 50c) the flavours are still being extracted by the water relatively fast.
The flavours are still there – a sharp and delicate tone of bitter melon and hot cross buns still permeate the leaves. I’ve drank it for 2 weeks now and I can’t put a finger on this tea but drinking it gongfu is definitely the way!
I am tasting bitter melon notes when steeped longer than 1 minute in the 3rd or 4th steep using gong fu method. The aftertaste is sweet lingering wheatgrass sugarcane. I love the smell of this gingerly tea! This is a tea that definitely demands attention and if forgotten will leave a strong astringent sweet bite but if steeped gently and quickly will feel creamy and light. What an unusual tea…
For gong fu method this tea should not be steeped any longer than 25s/100ml
Flavors: Bitter Melon, Grass
Similar to Bai Mu Dan, this tea says flowers and cucumbers of sorts, even sweet peas. A delicate tea that smells amazing like any white needle though the sample that it came in had quite a bit of leaves broken up which might of altered the astringency and truthfulness of flavours coming out if it was unbroken. Any-hows, this white tea is a good standard silver needle, not the best but tastes pretty damn good even after the 4th steep.
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Peas
I’m finding the logging in for tea sessions a bit tricky as a steepster noob.
Anyways off to ramble on about how beautifully perfumed this tea is – the word “flower bouquet” stands out the most when I am drinking this tea and leaves a very pleasant floral smell lingering in my mouth and throat. A fluffy and soft tea – like drinking pillows of flowers on a summers day surrounded by a bed of flowers and fruits of all sorts. I am tasting flowers and lots of them, hints of fruit like pear even thereafter. Cool.
At 13 usd per 100g it’s a steal though I would like to try their average range to see the difference.
The BMD is a tea when you get sick of the other thick and dense teas. It’s a tea when you’ve had enough of the sweet dessert type teas. It’s a tea for a long tiring afternoon. It’s a tea when you miss the sunshine. And it’s a tea when you want to sit there and smell the roses to purify the stale air.
Best brewed gongfu method to savour the smells.
A sweet bakery type tea with signs of malt and chocolate. I can see why it’s popular with a lot of westerners with the sweet tooth palate. I enjoy drinking this tea but it’s unusal oolong flavour is reminiscent of sweeter black teas like golden monkey. Definitely something to try. An eccentric oolong.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Malt