Look at this gorgeous tea! That’s right…….I said it. Beautiful black tea with curly, furry leaves. It reminds me of a Black Bi Lo Chun. Not only does it look great it smells great yo! Chocolate notes abound & fill my senses. I was all intent for a fun, yet serious review. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned.
My niece is here from Oregon, and it is great to have here visiting. So, here I was with my tea and ready to get everything right, when she decides to throw trail mix in my Zhen Qu. I said, “NO Brie, don’t!”…….“Stop Brie, you’re ruining my tea!” Of course she continued to fill my tea with various nuts, cranberries, chocolate bits, etc. In the end, I gave up my protest, and eventually laughter filled the air. So I will call this Brie’s Nut Blend tea!
Black tea base was very noticeable….a good quality China black with tremendous nut flavor…actually a pretty good blend. Oddly the liqour transformed from black to milky brown right before my eyes. This blend is alot like Brie…….Fantastic and one of a kind! Like her this blend encompasses lots of spirit. It deserves a very special rating of 86.
Tea drinking can be serious and contemplative. At times, like today, it should also evoke fun and laughter! :)) I’m glad for Brie’s visit here, and the times we’ve shared. She’s leaving soon (Wed), and I’ll miss her dearly, but I’m thankful for the memories!
To be continued…….
Cupped & reviewed: Friday, December 9, 2011.
Off to have another cup of Zhen Qu this late Saturday morning.
OK….lots of chocoloate aromatics in the dry leaf….wet leaf smells of deeper & darker chocolate notes. Nice small, steeped whole leaf. Medium to dark brown in color, the liqour smells so sweet. Mouth feel is full and sweet, with yes, chocolate notes! I really like this tea. It has lots of sweetness with no bitterness…….so delicious!!
Cupped & Reviewed: Saturday, December 10, 2011.