107 Tasting Notes
1/1/2016 Evening cuppa. 12oz/212F/2min I didn’t measure the leaf, but I’d guess maybe 2 tsp. Someone gave me a little set of cute gift tins. I find that Ahmad teas always make a nice cuppa, and are great for builders tea. A little bergamot, a little brass, very nice sweetened.
12/27-28/2015 10g, 10oz, 180-212F, times varying from 30 sec to 2 minutes
This tea was nothing special. Drinkable. I couldn’t find any of notes or character others have described. I will say it seems to drink forever. The block didn’t even start opening up up until the third brewing, and I gave up on it before it exhausted. The flavour – sort of mild basic ‘tea-y’ was consistent throughout. I won’t buy it again, and it has left me a bit cool on fu zhuans.
2/19/2015 Evening gaiwan
I’m using a new tea set up, so decided to drink an old favorite tonight. I have a glass gaiwan I’m using for the first time, and I recently picked up a small cast iron tea pot and warmer stand. So….. light candle, preheat cast iron with tap water, fill with fresh boiled water from my kettle. Proceed to make and drink tea until water runs out or seems too cold. Refill from fresh boil in the kettle as desired.
A tea light isn’t quite enough heat though – it holds the water in the cast iron at only about 130F. I think I’ll pull out my alcohol stove here in the next day or two, and see how that works.
The tea, of course, is yummy. There’s less upfront tang and bitter then I noted when I first tasted this last year. More smoke and leathery honey notes.
2/10/2015 tea of the day while daying some tea/12oz mug/ boilingish water.
For my 100th tasting note, I have gone ultra informal. I threw about two decent pinches of this tea into the bottom of my favorite mug, and poured boiling or just boiled or about to boil water on it throughout the day while I did all my various things. Two nice strong brews, the third more mellow, not bitter but a nice astringency showing up in later steeps.
It was delicious. A very filling mouth feel and rich malty minerally toasted flavours were the perfect drink for a long cold winter day, and strong enough to stand up to salt cod cakes for dinner. I put most of my teas through this treatment, and very few stand up to it and show off their good side – this is one of them. Such teas almost invariable show beautifully in more careful brews.
2/6/2015 mid day cuppa 3 teabags/12oz/190F/too long.
I always like the aroma of this tea – it’s nice and ‘strong tea’ish with a nice rosehip/hibiscus thing. Sorrowfully, I way over steeped this cup, and it’s hella bitter. The tea is also showing it’s age (I’m sipping it down cause it’s over a year old, bad for teabags) and has a note of cardboard.
I’m not rating it because I know that the flaws in my cup today are flaws in my storage and brewing, not in this tea.
2/5/2014 mid day cuppa 12oz/180F/2 teabags.
Really would have been better with three teabags, but these were the last two, so, two. Pleasant light floral from the heather blends nicely with the brisk base black tea. Not a tea I’ll buy again, but definitely one I would pick over others if I saw it on a breakfast buffet. A nice, if weak, cup of tea.