552 Tasting Notes
Had a nice session with this tea again. My Prrrrrecious!!! My gong fu sessions seem to last 2-3 hours. Lots of tea!! Anyone have other ways to enjoy this one? I saw some people steep it long and add milk and sugar?
I also discovered I can watch episodes of the new show Selfie on the abc app. Yay! Cute show too!
Enjoyed this to-go on my way to a doctor’s appointment today. I’m having some foot issues…the result, I need new shoes. Good excuse to go shopping!! Although, I’d rather be Shou shopping, if you know what I mean!! Haha!
This tea is still delightful. Nice roasty oolong, but smooth and caramel sweet. :)
My last sample from the raw sampler. This one tested my patience. That artichoke vegetal bitterness I usually get in sheng started on steep two and lasted for a bunch of steepings, rather than the usual 2-3. Once it faded, there were some nice citrus and green bell pepper notes, as promised by the description, but pretty mild in flavor overall. The texture was nice and smooth. I’m glad I got to try it, but again, I think Heart of the Old Tree wins out.
My first puerh cake! I’m so excited! I don’t have a pick yet, so I picked through (haha!) my cupboard and came up with some tool that I can’t remember the use for. Cheese pick? It’s got two little spikes at the end. It worked really well on this cake, but I’m worried it cut the tea leaves, rather than prying them apart. I did end up with a few still-together chunks, so that should be good.
Holy crap this is dark! The cake is dark, and it brews up dark right away! Once the leaves are wet, they’re so black! The brew is pretty dark too, kind of a burgundy color.
15sec steep: I was afraid to start with 30 seconds, seeing how dark it is. It’s incredibly smooth. There’s a hint of that cedar note I find in most ripe puerh.
30sec: super dark!! Cedar.
45sec: cedar is fading…a little sweeter, maybe bread-like?
1min: a little sweeter, still very dark, a little mineral-tasting and aha! I get that copper twinge at the end.
1min15sec: wow, this just stays dark! Sweet…cinnamon?
1min30sec: I don’t know why, but I think I’m getting cinnamon sugar, and that’s okay with me!
1min45sec: the color is finally starting to lighten up. Still getting cinnamon sugar notes. Woot!
2min/2min30/3min30/5min: creamy, cinnamon sugar water!
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with my first cake from the JalamTeas subscription. Thanks to Pureleaf for mentioning it in the discussion thread! Can’t wait for October’s tea and I’m certainly going to enjoy the rest of this cake!
That moment when you reach for what you think will be the last couple of sips in your cup, only to be greeted by one drop…
That’s what always happens with this tea. Gone too soon! I reach for this one so often! It sneaks into being your favorite…you don’t even realize it is until you find yourself reaching for it over and over again!! Gotta have that sweet potato goodness! :)
Made this to-go in my travel mug to enjoy on the drive up to Apple Hill yesterday. That’s right! It was time for our annual trip up to Apple Goodie Land!!! This tea was still amazingly delicious in my travel mug…again, chocolate-y with a hint of smoke. The drive up there is about an hour and a half and so worth it! I was worried it was going to rain, but it stayed dry the whole time! We met friends there, and they just got a new puppy, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, who we got to meet. Super cute!!
As I always do when we go up to Apple Hill, I inhaled an apple dumpling with cider sauce and vanilla ice cream first thing. We also bought two trays of apple strudel, apples, apple chipotle grilling sauce, apple pumpkin butter, honey, a pumpkin,…oh, and my favorite soap vendor is up there too! So fun!!! I wish we could do this more than once a year. Maybe I can sneak in one more visit!
Another tea from the raw sampler. This one was much more enjoyable up front, but too mild for me in the later steepings. I did a 10-second rinse and then steeped 10/10/15/15/25/25/35/45sec/1:30/2:30/5min. In the early steeps, I enjoyed mild camphor, fruity, and even a bit buttery notes. There was a bite to a couple of these steeps. After the bite receded, I was left with a mild sweetness, but nothing too exciting. I think I like Heart of the Old Tree better. Not bad, and certainly, the first steeps were good, but not memorable to me.
I’m back in the Land of Good Tea (i.e. home)!!! Yay!!! Had to have a good black tea this morning to wash away all the crappy cups of tea I had this week. This one doesn’t disappoint. Pretty smokey today, actually, but solid. I’m looking forward to a puerh session in a few. I took today off, so I can have all the tea I want ! And my hubby made me breakfast! Woot! Maybe my JalamTeas subscription will come today…crossing my fingers!!