59 Tasting Notes
Yes- I’ve been steeping this up again from yesterday (all morning and afternoon). Such a treat!
Steeped this one again for the first tea of the morning. Re-steeped pretty well, all things considered. Sweet, mildly vegetal with some powdered-sugar-spring taste. Aftertaste a bit metallic and lemony, but still a very pleasant thing to wake up to.
continuing the challenge: Backlog
Had a big pot of this last night. Yum! I am so glad to have Laoshan green available to me anytime I want. When I moved back to the States, I thought I’d never get to have any again, and kept a vaccuum-sealed stash in my freezer.
Yummmmm.. indulgent and amazing. A late afternoon-evening treat. I am definitely going to keep steeping this tomorrow.
Lots and lots of baked goods in this cup today: pumpkin pie (creamy, silky, so delicious) and baked apple pies (yum!). Can you believe the mouthfeel on this? And how stunning the buds are? Mmm.. also a field of clovers.
I’m a very lucky duck that a little sample of this found it’s way into my “Drink at work!” baggy.
Made this the old stick-in-a-glass-and-keep-drinking-off-of-it method as a personal dare. It was… uh… yep.
EDIT a real tasting note, thanks to Bonnie!
Normally, I wouldn’t have written anything about this, since I tend do go for the “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” approach (if not nice, at least helpful to someone else). But since I’m currently challenging myself to log every tea I drink in a day, no matter what, I couldn’t leave this one out!
Here’s the story:
I still have a few good friends in Qingdao who sometimes send over tea and fun stuff (and we send over chocolates and other fun US stuff). One of my friends is quite a funny gal who isn’t actually a fan a pu’er, but she knows that I am! So in part of a care package that included great TGY and green tea, there was this tea tucked away in a triple sealed bag. How could I resist! It was like a giant “:-P” face..daring me to try it. So we did- it was very funny in how little sense it made. A super duper dark base (not the greatest shu, not revolting but definitely murky..sour…ashy..drying) plus, for no particular reason, jasmine? Honestly, it was much better in a giant mug than it was when I first tried it in a gaiwan. Strangely juicy, with not a trace of jasmine or florals.. why were they stuck into it in the first place? In the mug, they are swallowed up by mud. In a gaiwan, they stick out like a sore thumb from the base.. but so unrelated, it’s more like a disembodied floating sore thumb.
Poor little tuocha- I know the plant that grew its leaves worked hard all season gathering the nutrients to turn into sugars and cell walls and everything needed to make it’s little tea leaves. So full of promise and good things! And someone picked those leaves and pile-fermented them and then said to themselves.. you know what? I’m going to take these jasmine flowers over here, and for no reason at all, I’m going to stick ’em onto this pile ’o leaves and make inexplicable tuochas! My friend also thought is was funny in how inappropriate it was.. but it can only be share through experience.
So here the tuocha’s are.. sitting in a baggie on my desk in all ways like a bad joke. I don’t want to laugh at you but.. there’s something in your complete lack-of-sense that also makes you endearing.. like some sort of terrible internet preposterous joke. I imagine unwrapping you and sticking googly eyes on you: that’s who you are.
It’s been quite a while since I tried this tea last, and when I came upon it in the giant TO-DRINK-AT-WORK bag, I giggled and said to myself.. Ok- I dare you! Do it! And I did. And survived with some fun! :-P
This was my first tea of the day: a pleasant, mellow spring Tieguanyin.
Prominent notes of sweet grass and melon. Made in a big pot: lots of leaves for about 2min.
Ah- that’s better. Found a little sample of this hiding away.
Note to self: get new Spring picking into the house!
Starting an experiment.. actually log the teas I drink in a day, caring not a whit about rating or even notes. Just logging.
An Anji Bai Cha (which is often classified as green?). I have little experience with this tea. The leaves are gorgeous floating in my cup. I’m having trouble figuring out what Anji Bai Cha offers that’s unique.. that’s craveable.. that sets it apart from all other green or green-white teas.
So far, it’s sweet. interesting mouth coating that puckers the back of my tongue- verging on unpleasant but not quite. A little.. chalky? In a way that reminds me of some matcha-dusted green teas (again, not sure if I enjoy it, but I certainly don’t not enjoy). Reminds me of a sweet dragonwell-style green that is over a year old and that I’ve been steeping all day. But gorgeous leaves, I must say.
Steeping this way is not astrigent at all (just floating in a glass), but there is a building dryness that I remember from gong-fu-ing this one. Since I’m brewing something up to combat morning dryness, I think I will move onto something else when I near the end of this cup.
Those of you with Anji Bai Cha experience.. what do you look for? What are you craving? What should I listen for?
I feel very lucky to have received this gift of tea. So lucky, I have not wanted to write about this tea. What can I say about it that has not been said? To speak would imply judgement, and how can I pass judgement over a gift such as this? I am happy to drink and learn.
I can say nothing but Thank You.
It’s a pleasure to meet you, Golden Fleece. I am thoroughly enjoying our time together.
We did a cold press of this last night. 10 pinches in our gallon spigot/jar we got from Target.
Stirred it up and poured myself a glass just now. It tastes like chai.
Not kidding. Sweet sweet..with honey and cream and I don’t know what other magic. I had no idea.