731 Tasting Notes
A few years ago, a friend I gained from working in the yoga studio went to China and brought me back this oolong. It’s been unopened in my cupboard ever since.
I have been just craving and oolong to resteep and resteep all afternoon at my desk. I was on the Taiwan Tea Crafts website for far too many hours attempting to build the perfect oolong cart, when I finally gave in and emailed for help. Did you guys know how awesome TTC is for information? I received an email back very promptly – the next day (time differences), with significant information in order to place my order. Yay for new teas!
I’m on my second short steep of this (30 seconds first steep, 1 minute second steep). As far as this tea, it’s tasty, with that mineral-y taste I can pick up from some oolongs. The mineral-y isn’t my personal favourite, but I can appreciate it. It’s about mid-way oxidized, solely judging from the colour and that was perfect for my mood today. Not too close to green, not too roasty. Overall a nice, but not extraordinary oolong.
I went with making this one this morning at work. All the teas in my ‘tea drawer’ have lost the majority of their flavour, sadly. It’s my own fault. I need to organize myself this weekend, and put my loose teas within bags, then within extra tins I have lying around for my work tea drawer. Ziplocs are just not the way to go. Sigh.
I was staring at my bagel with cashew butter I’d brought for my breakfast and got such a craving for breakfast tea with milk. I headed off to my favourite office around the bend, where they keep a lovely stash of bagged teas. Of the three ladies that work in that office, one is from Ireland and brought Irish breakfast back on her last trip home. I snagged one of this for my milk tea and bagel this morning. It’s really hitting the spot, now that’s it’s nearly lunch hour hah.
Any suggestions on a great Irish breakfast are welcome – both for my own cupboard and to share at work.
I mixed it up again tonight after going on about what specific straight black teas I most enjoy to Alexa. Yum, assam!
This one turned out perfectly. I have a real love of TTC, just from the one small order I placed with them months back.
The tea is rapidly cooling now, and tasting even better. More sweetness is coming through, with subtle stonefruits, and maybe even some hay. Delightful.
I brought this tea to my entire afternoon meeting yesterday and made it for us to bring to the Remembrance Day ceremony this morning. I really have found a love of this one much greater than the first time I tried it.
It tastes like a liquid speculaas cookie!
Also, it inspired me to check out the Verdant website, which I haven’t opened for months, since the disaster of all my teas being smoky on my last order – especially my beloved Vanilla Citrus Spice. Sigh.
However, I’ve made my peace with that when I gave those teas to A’s family. I am wondering though – are blends available from Verdant any longer? I couldn’t find this one on their website.
Now that our tea cupboard has been reunited, I noticed CVA and PTA when I went to make my second cuppa today. I much prefer them mixed half and half, and it is awesome still.
Just the subtlest hint of caramel vanilla – more vanilla, and then much more of the base tea, which as we all know, is just amazing.
Sipping away at this early this afternoon. I actually prefer this one a touch more cool than I normally do for other teas. I find the cantaloupe comes through a bit more clearly. Tasty.
I don’t often crave this one, but we just brought it back from A’s family and I felt like throwing something different in the mix for the never-ending studying.
I miss writing tea notes and chatting with you guys. I’ve not come quite back around to tea. I start my morning with a delicious coffee (don’t worry – I’ve also become a coffee snob, sigh).
But I’m sitting here tonight drinking this delicious, rapidly depleting tea. I haven’t done much research into what could possibly replace this once it’s gone. I really need to start that. Tonight this is delicious. I’ve been forgetting to drink my tea until it’s a little too cool, but I caught this one just at the right temperature.
A lovely tea to sip while I study away.