557 Tasting Notes
My favorite time of year is Autumn, I love the cooler weather and the feeling in the air,I like the longer nights and shorter days going into winter(my second fav season). I love autumn rain and the aroma in the atmosphere afterwards, and even tho I can only see limited colors I love the colors of Autumn, they are easiest on my eyes. I enjoy this time of year for making thick soups to keep warm and pulling out the throw blankets for the doggy and me to cuddle up and read a book, Autumn is Perfect reading season to me, its also perfect for watching scary movies during the Halloween season my fav holiday.
Last year my autumn wasn’t so great and I lost the one I love the most and was left sad and alone during the autumn season that We loved the most together :(
But I’m still here and I’ve carried, I made it a year and on to a New autumn, it will be hard but I must move on and embrace the things that I still have to love.
I still love Autumn and I still love Tea, I still love Dark Tea which has always been Perfect Autumn Tea to me, Dark Teas(Puerh,Hei Cha,LiuAn,LiuBao,etc) to me just Taste like Autumn feels and they are a perfect reflection of this time of year for some reason.
Today was the first day that felt like Autumn to me, I walked outside and it was just 60 degrees which isn’t cold or hot, down here it was Perfect this morning.
So anyways the first Perfect morning and I chose this Palace Mo Hei from Teanami, It was a Sample sent to me earlier this year and I’m glad I saved it for today. I’m not sure if it a “Puerh” maybe a “Hei Cha” I don’t really care its a type I like, Dark Tea and it’s not bad at all, a great choice for this morning.
The tea brews up nice and thick and only at the first did it have a slightly “fermented/fishy” aroma to me, No fishy taste or anything but a rather mellow smooth almost sweet taste. Very thick and velvety smooth, with all the “Autumny” notes that I enjoy in the Dark Teas.
Rich notes of Earthy;wet forest floor, leaves and stones and a slight sweetness, after a few steeps there is a slight nutty type fruity note…Very pleasant to me.
The aroma is really nice too, at first it was a slight bit “fishy” aroma to me on the rinse, but after that rinsed away the aroma is very earthy and sweet to me and even after several steeps i keep catching a whiff of it and sticking my nose it the cup to savor it, it just smell good.
I enjoyed this one very much this morning, the price is steep tho, Down from 165$ to 125$ now, still a bit pricey for me for this tea, It is a decent enjoyable tea tho, I found nothing bad about it at all.
Sipping on this Ailaoshan Black this evening, I had made some cookies to enjoy with it But things didn’t work out as planned. The cookies were way too sweet and even with this unsweet tea with them to balance things out they were still just OMG too sweet for me, had they not been so sweet I think they would have paired up well, maybe just plain sugar or shortbread cookies next time. The Tea is Awesome as always, I still love WP teas, I haven’t had a WP fix in a while, WP was/is one of our favorite places to order from, I miss it so much.
This one smells very floral almost perfumy even.
I don’t really care for this one myself, not because it is bad but just because it don’t fit my liking, i’m sure others would enjoy it.
Its floral and fruity and tart and slightly sweet,not really bad but just NOT my cup of tea.
Honestly to me it had some strange soapy taste to it but thats just my opinion tho, kinda tastes like somebody washed my cup out with soap and failed to get all the soap out and I know for sure that didn’t happen lol.
I tried to keep drinking it and as i did i realized that the soapy taste was just on the front for some reason, I could taste it while the tea was in my mouth but it didn’t linger or anything after swallowing, I likes to hold tea in my mouth and swish it around and enjoy it as much as i can so this didn’t really work out for me. I even tried it again the next day but still the same thing, at least it didn’t linger in my mouth all day.
Other than the soap it wasn’t really that bad, the tart was most likely from the hibiscus which i’m also not really fond of But this one is not quite as tart as many hibiscus teas that i have had, it had an ok flavor, I was hoping to be able to taste Pineapple in there but I couldn’t really….Oh Wait! theres Rosemary in there? hhhmmm i like rosemary but….. now it makes sense actually, come to think about it the Rosemary may have played a part in that soapy taste, working against the other ingredients and I also use a pretty strong Rosemary soap so I’m sure that dont help either.
Not bad, still Not My cup of tea tho.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Soap, Tart
This Tea tastes so good, I’m not really sure how it taste like Caramel but it does. It is Creamy and Smooth and just Dreamy. Very nice notes of Caramel and slight Cinnamon note, Slightly Nutty with a very slight Herbal type undertone(NOT a Medicinal tasting Herbal tho), Wonderful Tea!
I started sweating like MF when I was drinking this one, it had to be the this tea because i don’t sweat like that normally and i don’t always get all warm and fuzzy from tea(puerh maybe), maybe it is suppose to do that, i dunno, either way Damn good tea. I sweated more when drinking this one than i did when i was drinking the hot ass Mayan tea that i effed up when i broke the pepper up lol.
I’m really Glad the folks at Physique remembered after like 3 years since I first tried their teas, they were nice enough to send me some more.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Creamy, Herbaceous, Nutty, Smooth
This one is tastey, Chocolately and Spicy and slightly Medicinal tasting. Each bag has a whole red Chili Pepper in it and it looks pretty BUT like a big ole Dummy I decided to break up the Chili Pepper in the bag that I tasted today. OMG!!! DON’T DO THAT!!! My first steep was with the Pepper whole and I broke it for the second steep, It was nice with the whole pepper and still good with the pepper broken but DAMN it was Hot, Like really spicy hot with all the pepper seeds broken out into the bag, VERY INTENSE. I think the pepper is suppose to be whole. I will try it again with the pepper intact for a better review. I really like it so far tho.
Oh, I’m not sure mine had Chicory in it as the description says because the ingredients on the sachet don’t list it.
When steeped with the pepper broked and sweetened a little and then left to cool, it tastes kinda like those little red cinnamon candies with a touch of cocao, I think they are called “Red Hots” (yes i sweetened it because it was HOT)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Medicinal, Pepper
So I was talking to Andrew on Facebook about the Dark Matter and he tells me to “Beware of the Fish Ball”
I won’t lie I kinda got excited and I was like which one is that(I hadn’t read the reviews yet) he says it’s This Red Star so I was like Hells Yeah! I’m bout to try that shit! So I read the reviews and all and everybody says it’s fishy and such and that made me want to try it even more. I know that “Fishy” in a tea is NOT something you want I even heard it was bad storage bad process and lots of other things that makes one “Fishy” I’m not sure myself but i know that it’s not something most people want or get excited over.
Well if you know me from Steepster or on Facebook and have talked to me or followed my reviews here for the past few years then You already know that I AM WEIRD and I like weird tasting things, So I never really much mined a Fishy Puerh.
Anyways I read all the reviews on here for this one and was like Yeah! I can drink this and was looking forward to it and I THOUGHT I was prepared for it and for the most part I was, I WAS totally prepared for a nasty FishyPu But I wasn’t prepared for a “Tea Drunk” effect lol.
I’m Pretty BUZZED at the moment and not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing, I also probably drank too much of this one.
First the Aroma, Pretty nice aroma when dry but OMG bad really bad like Oranges and Spice mixed with Shrimp extremely fishy when wet, the fishy smell just got worse and worse.
Now the Taste, I couldn’t really taste much of the orange peel at first and the fishy was not too bad in the flavor as it was in the aroma, not at all offensive to me(I enjoyed it), After a few steeps I got some mushroomy flavors in there and some spicy and fruity notes from the orange peel, the fishy taste seem to get stronger and stronger with each steep but still not too bad to me,to be kinda fishy it still tasted rather clean to me actually. Tho still fishy in taste I think a lot of that may come from the aroma playing a part on the taste buds perhaps because the aroma is SUPER fishy and funky, the tea is actually tasty and had a good Qi to me and gave me a really nice buzz. It was very strange and different but I enjoyed it a lot, I think it just needs some air or to be aged a bit. Reminds me of back when I first started drinking Puerh, I had lots of fishy ones at first lol.
And the Buzz, Damn the buzz was really good, I quite sure I drank way too much of this one because I enjoyed it so much, I could feel the energy from it within the first 3 steeps, it made feel all warm and fuzzy inside and even made me sweat a bit, It reminded me of some of my very first Tea Highs(I miss those). After a while I turn my head and get the tracer kinda effect, yeah! :) It’s kinda like smoking a doobie and kinda like something I never felt before, I enjoyed it.
I actually enjoyed this one a good bit, tho I’m not going to give it a rating until i air it out a bit because I’m quite sure it will be better next time(If I don’t drink it all up already). I know I drank too much of this one too, Partly because it was tasty and Partly because it made me feel good, I loves the tea high.
Flavors: Fishy, Fruity, Mushrooms, Spices