509 Tasting Notes
200F, 100ml shibo, work – no real timing set (10s to 1 min). From White2Tea Club.
First several – weirdly chocolaty, drying, kind of mineral, slightly fruity
Second steep set with much cooler water – might be 190 or 185F
produces a much more fruity and juicy tea. it’s sweeter and seems like it has more body. I wrote viscosity and more ‘liquid’. The drying from earlier is gone or is much reduced due to the cooler temperature.
Fruity aftertaste throughout.
Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Mineral, Sweet, Thick
100ml shibo, 200F, 5g (~10 or so steeps with varied timing) Sipdown
A lot of roast in the aroma of this tea. It’s a thick, slightly sweet tea with some minerality. Lightly roasted – which is in the aroma, but not in the liquor until it cools down toward room temperature. Slightly longer steeps (~20sec) bring out fruity and juicy notes. The aftertaste of this tea is long and sweet.
I wasn’t too excited to try this tea – most roasted oolongs are not for me. Pretty sure I received as a sample with my order. This one is an exception. I enjoyed this tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted, Sweet, Thick
From W2T club:
100 ml shibo, 205F, 5g?
Taste is dark fruit like raisins. Roasted sour at the end of the sip that goes away as the steep count increases. Long lasting fruity aftertaste. It did get astringent as the steep count went on and became much more drying. I don’t mind the roast here as it goes away relatively quickly. I got 8 or so steeps.
Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Malt, Raisins, Roasted, Sour
Sipdown @ work.
I finally purchased another variable temperature kettle for home and brought in the boil only kettle to work. Just in time too since the breakroom hot water (coffee) machine broke yesterday. It’s nice to have hotter water and a little bit of temperature variation.
100ml shibo, 200F, severe underleafing 2-3g max
Wish I had a little more leaf, but it’s a good recovery from the lukewarm tea I just had.
Slightly overleafed today, but there wasn’t enough left for another cup. Chocolate and malt, a little bit of sweetness. And a bit of unpleasant taste – metallic and off at the very tail end. Aftertaste is creamy, unpleasant taste doesn’t stick around – so kind of a plus? I’ve had better keemuns than this tea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Malt, Metallic, Sweet
Oolong group buy: I got a little bit of roast off this tea, plus the usual sour nuts (it’s light). Mineral with some malt and honey. This was an okay tea. I reached for it more that some of the others that I’m torturing myself with. (why I don’t discard them…..)
Flavors: Malt, Mineral, Roasted, Sour
From the Oolong group buy: Another charcoal roasted oolong. Another tea that will be unloved by my palate. All I can taste is the roast and sour nuts. Not an appealing flavor combination. The roast has mellowed somewhat, but I still can’t taste the tea.
Flavors: Nuts, Roasted, Sour