107 Tasting Notes
2/3/2014 gaiwan all day tea 5g/small gaiwan/boiling or near water.
Lovely generous sample size – 25g! That gives me plenty of leeway to play with this tea in my wee gaiwan. Today was a straightforward ‘brew occasionally on and off through the day after rinsing once’. I’m on the sixth infusion, and I think I’ll still be drinking this tea tomorrow. I’m enjoying it tremendously.
The aroma of the dry leaf is non descript – the wet leaf is full of peach and dried fruit deepening to a peach schnapps and citrus aroma as the day goes on.
The liquor is a pellucid pale gold – a ‘summers first green is gold’ kind of color. In the mouth the first thing I taste is a kind of searing slightly smoky clear bitter, which captures the mouths full attention hard and fast and then does a neat kind of transformation into a dried peach leather tingly sweetness.
2/2/2015 2bags/10oz/212F/2min Pretty standard english breakfast tea, given to me for Xmas by my brother-in-law. Brewed weak, so for the next mug I’ll use three tea bags. With a bit of milk and sugar, an acceptable builders tea. If I bought this for myself (and I might) it would be for the darling wee little tins it came in, not the tea.
The secret to getting a good cuppa out of bagged tea is more tea, shorter steep time.
1/24/2015 10g/12oz/212F/15sec This is a lovely tea, generously shared with me by gschuschke. I’m still figuring out the best brewing params for it, because the tea I am getting in the cup just doesn’t feel like the best tea that is in this leaf. It’s a Dan Cong and me thing – I just can’t seem to coax out their best features.
Happily with this gift, I have enough leaf to experiment with a variety of brewing techniques.
This cup is a lovely light gold, with a creamy vegetal/honey aroma and taste. Like fresh picked spring peas pureed with a bit of cream and drop of honey.
1/23/2015 The last 3g in my tiny water chestnut “yixing”. A year later, this is still one of the best teas I have ever had the pleasure to drink. Peaches and marble and a delicate toastiness. I drink the last of it today with joy and a little sadness.
11/13/2014 tea for a sick AnnaEA 6g/100ml gaiwan/ varying temps. Last of my sample.
I spent the afternoon with this and I never really got a whole lot of specific flavors or tastes from it. BUT, I just wanted to keep drinking it. Later on I brewed a puerh I know I’ve always liked in the past and it didn’t really taste good anymore – it was full of strange unpleasant notes I’d never tasted in it before. I’m not sure about if this is a good tea and if I like this or not but it was definitely interesting.
9/22/14 builders tea with breakfast 12oz/212F/whole packet/five minutes or so?
Nice tea, excellent with milk and sugar. Exactly the pick me up I wanted on this cold rainy Ohio morning. Pleasantly smoky and rich.
A lot of the steepster teas are strikingly similiar to teas I get from Upton, and this one is no exception. I wonder if Upton wholesales.