299 Tasting Notes
This sample was an unexpected surprise from Beorhthraefn. Thank you! This one definitely deserves its high rating. It is a perfect, indescribably delicious tea. This one would be perfect with one of those little fresh fruit tarts with custard.
Thank you Beorhthraefn for swapping with me and sending me this tea!
I realize that I did not carefully follow the steeping parameters, but I am really liking it. It captures Irish cream and cheesecake well. I think I might like this a bit better if the base was had a thicker mouthfeel, if that makes sense. The texture is silky and creamy, but a little bit thin for cheesecake. Still a winner for me, and something I would order if Stacy ever reblends it.
Drinking this one today in the spirit of drinking more of my favorite teas instead of hoarding them until they are stale. I tried a longer and stronger brew of this, and it worked out pretty well. Here are things I didn’t notice the first time I drank this: There is definitely what I can only describe as an umami smell (my dumb palate keeps equating it with tomato paste) and a minty sensation in my mouth after I swallow. These two things made me double-check that I hadn’t accidentally brewed the Red Jade Black lot #268. I am really actually thrown off by how different this one tastes to me today…As this cools the sweet cotton candy notes I remember are becoming more prominent again.
Yay! Another sip down! I really wanted something with some caffeine after drinking only white tea this morning. My friend Meghanne told me that another tea I made for her tasted like a chocolate bagel, so maybe this one is a chocolate pumpernickel bagel. Or maybe I just want it with a pumpernickel bagel…I’m getting hungry. Off to dinner!
I am drinking all of my best and favorite teas. My birthday is coming up, so why not treat myself? Also, I have so much tea in my house that is just okay, why would I drink that and let my good tea go stale? So, I am hoping to sip this one down today. I have made one large pot of this one this morning, and I have just enough left for another pot or for a gong fu session.
Casey’s stomach was unsettled last night, so I decided to make this because it has some ginger in it. I don’t know if ginger has actually been proven to work at helping people’s stomachs or if it’s BS, but I also figured this would be less harsh on his stomach than the black teas we usually drink in the evenings, anyway.
I am bumping up the rating because I liked it much more than the first time I had it. I think it was the fact that I didn’t smell the wet leaves this time. The wet leaves smell very vegetal and smelling them makes those aromas stick out to me.