It’s been a while since I’ve had my beloved tie guan yin. Jillian even sent me the rest of hers so I could compare that to TeaSpring’s but I haven’t even got around to that yet. But last night when I came home from Lexitus’ it had been snowing. Another five centimeters or so. Not a lot, but we’ve had snow on the ground non-stop since before christmas. And when I went inside and started looking at the news apparently at some point the police advised people to avoid unnecessary driving… Stop! Snowing! OMG!!!
This totally called for a fortifier, so I had a bag of something or other cheap before going to bed, and this morning I’m making it up to myself by having made me a nice pot of this stuff. This gorgous glorious 100 points worth stuff.
The first thought that struck me when I poured the first cup was about the colour. I thought, no wonder I liked the neon-coloured Sencha. I think I’m pre-programmed to like that. This one, after a three minute steep, had that exactly same colour too! Maybe a little paler. But definitely neon-green-ish. It would likely have changed though if I had given it a slightly longer steep, but I was a little impatient.
My impatience also means that the first cup has gone a bit weak. That soft, round grassy/butter-y flavour is still there. The sweetness of it is still there. It’s just more fleeting and not as easy to find. Topping it up with a bit more from the pot that has steeped longer helps, but for another time I’ll just have be more patient with it and let it have the usual five minutes. For me they just can’t be spared it seems.