1917 Tasting Notes
I had this tea this morning plain, because I didn’t have any milk and I wasn’t feeling coconut milk in it. Although it smelled great, I really didn’t care for it.
So, a second steep now that I’m home. With milks. It’s delicious. Hearty dessert in a cup. Yum!
I had this tea this morning while I was putting my lunch together. Super mild, reminiscent of pea sprouts, not bitter at all even with a 30 second steep.
I’ll need to steep it more and try it again. It’s quite unlike the sharp almost bitter flavours I would expect with a young sheng. Really interesting.
I’m not sure if me not tasting anything is because of my cold or because of the tea not tasting like anything.
Mostly I get rooibos, then cinnamon. There’s chamomile in here? And pear? I don’t get those at all!
It’s too bad, because it smelled quite lovely dry. Lightly spiced yum.
Part of the box from Sil were some bits and pieces I ordered from Mandala and Butiki. I just added to her order because it was easier. :D Thank you!
So I have this new tea pot, right? And it’s precious and tiny. I let it soak all day in a bath of steeped mixed random bits of shou, and tonight I’ve made up half a not-so-mini tuocha. The pot is only 100ml, so a whole one would be too much!
I’m on my 5th steep now, and it’s pretty perfect. Nice mellow flavourful tea, even with the short steeps. The only issue I’m having is that the lid of the pot doesn’t seem as tight now that I’ve soaked it, so I’m splashing a bit when I pour the tea! But the flavours and everything are excellent. I’m getting some mineral, and I’m pretty sure that’s from the pot.
Another tea from MissB! Thank you so much. :)
There were just two tea bags, so I made up 12 oz for me using both bags. Muahahaha.
It smells delicious. Apple and cinnamon and very nutty. I added a little honey again, because that’s how I’m feeling today.
Sipping it, I REALLY taste the chicory. OMG, this is tasty! IDK that I’d want a lot of this, but wow this cup is good. So much baked apple, chicory, nuts, some cinnamon. Mmm… Probably helps that I’m super hungry right now. :)
So I steeped this absolutely terribly, I’ll admit. But! I really enjoyed the tea!
It was sweet and thick and almost… minty. A nice, sharp, fresh flavour. Someone else called it “pepper” and I can understand that, but it really struck me as mint when I had it a couple days ago.
Thank you, Dexter! I really enjoyed it, and hopefully I enjoy it the next time I have it too. :)
1 tsp-ish, 12 oz, 195C, ~4 hours. Yeah… I know.
I think I got it.
Blackcurrant and Rhubarb “Flavour Infusion”. First tea from the box of DOOM that Sil and MissB have shared. Thank you so much tea friends!!!
It smells super blackcurranty, yay! I’ll add a little honey to this as I’m still recovering.
There is definitely a lot of hibiscus in this both in flavour and in looks. However, I don’t really mind that too much. It might be better aka more balanced as a cold steep, but I’m happy to drink this as-is. I don’t get a lot of rhubarb, but there is SOUR so that could be rhubarb. :)
I think maybe the blackcurrant and vanilla might be more my style, but this is good too.
Thanks so much to MissB, for sharing this. (There’s only one of each Twinings and they’re all mine! ALL MINE! grabby hands)
1 tea bag in 10 oz, 3 minutes at 195F.
Having this (still from my 50g sample, not the new cake (!!) that I bought) made in my new eensy teensy gaiwan.
Smells like honey. Tastes like honey with a touch of bitter because I’m learning the skill of pouring. Haha. Note to self: flash steep this sucker until it opens up!
Today I went tea shopping with Dexter and we tried ALL THE TEAS!!! (Yay!!!)
First up, a sheng from The Chinese Tea Shop. I really liked it. Green, fresh, a touch bitter on the tongue. I think we had 5 steeps? Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention and don’t know which one it was. If I could afford it, I’d probably buy it. It was really nice.
Second up, a shou from The Chinese Tea Shop. I really liked this one too, but it was rather out of my budget at $160 a cake. I think it was this one. Super smooth, very calming. The liquor was really dark in the 2nd and 3rd steeps. Totally would have bought if my budget was bigger. :) http://store.thechineseteashop.com/Pu_Erh_Tea_Cake_Import_Export_Corporation_1990_p/pubc-90-383a.htm
I bought: A Xishi yixing tea pot, a wee cup, a moonlight cake, some white peony, and received a sample of 1000 year old tree yunnan black. Mmm, tea.
At our second stop, Treasure Green, we tried a 2013 Dayi brick (http://treasuregreen.com/collections/pu-erh-tea-cakes-cooked-shou-1/products/2013-dayi-pu-erh-tea-brick-250g) and it was really quite nice, but not nearly as settled as the more expensive shou. I almost bought it, but then I reigned myself in so I didn’t go too far over budget, and picked up some of their “Crescent Moon” and some of the ripe tuocha, as well as the cutest gaiwan. I can’t remember if we tried anything else.
And then we checked out the Urban Tea Merchant and the TWG teas, just for fun.
I’m having this tea as a latte with coconut milk – the thin kind you get in tetra packs for your morning cereal.
I don’t love this “milk” but it does OK with this tea! Also, I can’t really taste it but I can taste enough and I like it. :)
In other news, I got a new phone because it was free and I switched providers because it was way cheaper. Now I’m having troubles setting the thing up, because it’s Android and I’m a former iPhone user! Any one have tips for an LG G3? Mostly to make sure it’s not using all my data in random things? I had that down on the iPhone, but I’m not sure what settings I should be changing on this phone! Also, my LG backup keeps failing. I don’t get it. At least I have enough in my Google account to deal with phone backups.
OMG! And also, how the heck do I put music on this thing? :O