32 Tasting Notes
I almost don’t want to review this one because I don’t want to encourage anyone but me to buy it! But the spirit moves me to say this is the perfect tea, at least by my lights. It’s not the best at any one thing, neither the flavor nor the aroma nor the texture is perfect, but they all balance each other so well they combine into something perfect. It’s lightly sweet but also sour, it’s strong enough to keep me awake but doesn’t hurt my stomach, it’s easy to break into pieces and easy to brew, and it never disappoints. I’ve tried other shous with chenpi, including samples of other white2tea shous, and although I enjoyed them all none was as perfect as this.
Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Molasses, Wood
The dry leaves smell surprisingly sweet, with notes of jasmine and grapefruit.
Subtle and complex flavor, like wildflower honey; there’s even a milky undertone in there bringing it all together. It’s a quieter experience than I usually go for – delicious, but the tea really demands all my attention or I’ll miss something.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Honey, Jasmine, Milk, Orange Blossom
A deeply comforting tea, with an almost gooey mouthfeel and woody flavor that reminds me of a campfire. There’s some sweetness here but it doesn’t read fruity to me; I’m thinking sugar instead, like toffee and even marshmallows. The sweetness and thick texture are very similar to my favorite W2T shou, Cream, but this one has a more intense flavor.
Flavors: Toffee, Walnut, Wood
A very friendly and enjoyable tea, lots of sweetness that reminds me of gyokuro but much more forgiving to brew. I like to make this one with boiling water to bring out the intensity of color and flavor, and it doesn’t add any bitterness at all. The flavor is straightforward grass and fresh vegetables, without any umami or saline notes.
Happy holidays all, I hope you have good tidings and good tea!
Flavors: Grass, Peas
Maybe it’s just the weather, but this tea tastes like December to me. Sweet grass with frost on the edges, the smell of snow, juniper berries, pine needles, a hint of bergamot. The color of the liquid is pretty, too… you might even call it a hazy shade of winter :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Grass, Pine
The first few steeps are honey-like, sweet and thick for a black tea; later on the texture and flavor lighten, becoming thinner but remarkably floral. I’d recommend this to someone who likes second-flush Darjeeling. I could also see it making a great mocktail with ginger ale and rosewater.
Flavors: Honey, Lavender, Rose
oops… took me so long to get around to reviewing this tea that it’s now sold out, but here goes.
Unsmoked xiao zhong is one of my very favorite kinds of tea, I find it easy to enjoy in all kinds of situations and with all kinds of brewing methods, and this one didn’t disappoint. It was less sweet than I expected, with more of a refreshing pine-needle flavor. Not much texture, but much more subtle and complex flavor than I was expecting for the price.
I really have no idea what the description means by “Xiaozhong technology”. is it a reference to the cultivar? the processing method? we may never know.
Flavors: Maple Syrup, Pine
I can’t seem to get a handle on this tea. Brewed with boiling water, it was strong and smoky; with cooler water, it came out light and maple-flavored. Either way, I enjoyed it as a morning treat with a dash of oat milk. The overall impression is kind of like English Breakfast with more complexity.
Flavors: Malt, Maple Syrup, Wood