6407 Tasting Notes
Another cup that i finished off this morning. I’m still trying to actively get to my sipdown goal by the end of the year, and I am behind. Limiting my purchases as much as possible is helping and i think i have a plan for my puerh which i should be able to work on in July, since i have a LOT of puerh samples that i need to get through.
I’m still crushed by the loss of special dark…it’s really made me less excited about tea lately. First butiki goes away….dragon pearl from mandala go away…now special dark….verdants 2014 harvest were lackluster compared to previous years….2015 so far seems to be a wet year which means buy and then don’t drink for a while… bah.
I’ve had this a couple times now, though apparently not written a note about it. I had this yesterday and it was a really plesant cup. Jin Jun Mei’s have typically not been a preferred type for me – they’re often hit or miss, but this one isn’t bad. Middle of the road though, so nothing spectacular. Smooth brew, sort of a slight chocolate note going on…not really malty or anything like that. Better note next time i have it – will write while drinking :)
Final tea of the evening – saved this one for before bed. I am a fan of chamomile tea and this one is no exception. I think the only downside to this one, was that the powder just didn’t seem to want to disperse, so i had a little sludge at the bottom of my cup. All that aside, this was a really pleasant chamomile tea. I added a little slash of honey and sat on the balcony listening to the fireworks go off. I didn’t get much in the way of mint, it’s really just a hint in the background of the cup and that’s fine with me.
Thanks again for sharing these with me Will! I really think these have a place in tea cupboards – especially from the perspective of being able to travel without any fussing about.
Finished this one up tonight. We tried an oven rib recipe, so tonight’s meal was corn on the cob, ribs, fries and gravy heh. I figured i might as well use that as an excuse to finish this up tonight, with some being split off for tea friends. I’ve enjoyed this one, though it’s no special dark sigh I’d order it again though, so that says something.
Final Count for June: 107 – about 27 away from where i wanted to be, but not too shabby considering i picked up about 55 teas in Paris that i didn’t anticipate getting.
I picked this one up on a whim a while back and haven’t had a lot of time to sit with it. I picked up a little to share with tea friends, so today i split it up and sat down with it to try it out. First off, i’d much rather someone else take it out of the bamboo for me lol. That was a tough split, getting it out. Secondly, holy is this stuff packed tight at the top. Breaking it apart to share was an experience for sure. :)
Brewed up, this took multiple infusions for it to really open up, even after i did a super short steep and then let the wet leaves sit. What i enjoyed the most about this was the smell. The aroma of the leaves is really interesting. Hints of menthol, reminded me a little of the eucalyptus from the other tea i had today…almost woodsy but more like a woody menthol. I really enjoyed it.
Short steepings kept this one from going bitter…i was picking up notes of the menthol like quality from the aroma as well as a bamboo sort of taste. there’s a very slight floral taste to this, but nothing super strong. a light brew throughout but not lacking in taste. an interesting experience for sure!
Another from the generous Will @ Chi whole leaf. So i’m sort of hit or miss with mint, sometimes i love it, sometimes i don’t but generally i am more likely to not like it, when it’s that sort of OMG IN YOUR FACE sort of mint experience…though i do love me some jr mints and york peppermint patties :)
As soon as the water hit this one, i was instantly transported back to my day at the spa. Something about the mint + eucalyptus was entirely soothing. I just wanted to stand there with the cup in my face, inhaling. I am rather enjoying this one. There’s absolutely that green mint tea happening here..but the additional of the eucalyptus makes this super interesting. It’s “almost” like when you brush your teeth and then suck in cold air..that pow sort of feeling, though not as intense as with toothpaste. I think just a dollop of honey added to this one would make it perfect for me, to get a little sweetness running through the mint and cool-ness. win for me! thanks Will!