59 Tasting Notes
Powerful beginning astringency that overwhelms, followed by great sweetness and hui gan. Full bodied and complex. Lovely fragrance. I get the feeling that this would be great for aging. Energy is not physical nor mental, but rather emotional— feeling uplifted.
$250 for the whole cake eh? Add it to my list of sheng to consider buying and aging after my first or second year of newbie tea exploration.
So unusual. I don’t have a good basis of comparison for this type of oolong. For all I know, this could be a common profile.
Strong scent of a charring onion over a flame, burnt rice. I initially recoiled at the smell of the wet leaf but sipping it was fine, the sweetness took over. I get a charcoal mustiness throughout. Transitioning to a deep dark chocolatiness in later steepings. I like it.
Wallowing in my emotions today. Better to have this than actual bourbon. Threw into a mug to refill. Sidenote. It feels kinda weird for me to use the phrase grandpa style when both my grandfathers were dead before I was born. So I’ll just say “threw into a mug to refill.”
Anyway I like this a lot. It works. Tastes like I imagined it.
Some body-tingling energy for just a couple of minutes that prompted relaxation. Nice evening tea.
I took a photo for the cover image, hope it’s okay! Tried my best with the color grading.
Listening to So Real by Jeff Buckley.
Vastly prefer the 2001 Te Ji grade Chen Xiang. I’ve been spoiled by that one.
But I wasn’t disappointed by this session. It stood in as a sort of ghostly memory of the former’s taste profile and progression, though it lacked the energy. It was enjoyable to discover this.
Hmm… the things I enjoyed in this tea were so fleeting. First few steepings were nice and creamy with a fruity, juicy aroma but that just didn’t stick around long enough, not even to remember the sensation on my tongue. Later steepings were pleasantly bitter with a sweet aftertaste reminiscent of… bubblegum?
It could have been a dud session but so far not feeling this one.
Too strong, TOO STRONG! I cracked this one open blind, totally forgot it’s supposed to be bitter smoky, shoulda used way less leaf. It’s also packed very tightly, so misjudged the amount (and nearly stabbed myself a dozen times).
Tasting notes are obfuscated by the incredible dryness in my mouth. But loving the smells throughout the session. I’ll revisit this one shortly enough anyway.
Similar caffeine effect to coffee, sans jitters. Feeling kinda groovy and wanting to dance.
Impulse buy at the grocery store. The tin is very pretty.
Anyway this is a nice sleepytime blend. Plenty sweet on its own and didn’t see the need for honey. If you ask me the “strong” hemp smell is overstated in other reviews. It’s fine. My nose picks up on the goji, basil, and coconut more. Rich, thick, and goes down smooth.
This one knocked me around. More focused on the energy than the taste. But initial wet leaf smell reminded me of a steel pot after stewing cabbage, somewhat like plastic, seemingly noxious. Youthful, green taste throughout session. Steeping (1) bittersweet, thick, vegetal, notes of weed vape, head feels heavy (2) muscles relaxing deeply, bitterness ramping up, drying, somewhat astringent (3) lasting huigan beginning, floral, very dry, feel coating on my teeth (4) piercing bitterness, feel energy in my feet, vision is vibrating (5) tingling feeling on tongue (6) rounding out, feeling very content, serene (7-8) blast of sweetness (9-12) tingling in head (13-14) breathing in and out feels like I just chewed some mint gum (15) rushed to finish this steeping before heading out, felt extremely energized for a couple hours after.
Really great experience. Maybe it’d be worth buying a cake to age…
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