606 Tasting Notes
Mmm, banana bread tea! Now that this is sold out, where will I be able to find a good substitute? I remembered DavidsTea had one awhile back and I kept thinking it was called banana bread, but when I looked it up, I found the herbal one, banana nut bread, which is not what I was thinking of. I did some searching through my notes and found snow bunny, which is the one I was thinking of as it has the black tea base. Turns out, I remember it more fondly than my tasting notes! Ha! Not that I would be able to get it anyway. It was discontinued or seasonal or something. Soooo, what to do now? Anyone know a good banana bread tea?
This morning I wanted Shou, and I didn’t want to have to figure out the right amount of leaf, so this one won out. ;) I love the convenience of these little discs. I really want to pick up some mini tuocha…planning an order for after our trip (don’t tell my hubby!) I think I might like Shou more than Sheng just because it’s so dark and comforting, which is what I want first thing in the morning. I like Sheng later in the day, but the caffeine seems to hit me harder!
It’s finally beginning to feel like fall and it’s already the end of October! It rained last night and early this morning and it was cool enough to wear boots yesterday!
So, this Shou is so unique…nutty and roasty like a roasted oolong, yet earthy and lasts for a crapload of steeps. Perfect to enjoy on a slow Saturday morning before I have to get ready for our trip. I just had to get in a puerh session before we leave because I’m sure I won’t be enjoying any good tea while were gone!
I really really love this tea. I think it was the first unflavored black tea that I really enjoyed and now I absolutely adore unflavored black teas. I have to thank Butiki for that. It is so full of malty molasses raisin-y goodness. My 16 oz mug was gone in a flash this morning! At least I have 2 oz of it to enjoy before it’s gone forever.
Had an excellent cup of this tea. I think it was kinda fruity this morning with a definite smoke note. I probably need to have a cup of something else to calm my nerves though, as I have jury duty this afternoon and I’m freaking out that they’ll assign me to a case that will go into next week, when we have a trip scheduled. Ugh. I hate the uncertainty. I would actually be interested in serving, but just not next week. Hopefully, everything works out.
I went to DavidsTea last week to pick up some teas for my mom and of course, couldn’t resist picking up a little something for myself! I’ve been wondering about this tea, so I picked up a small amount to give it a go. Tonight is my second cup. The first time, it was very sweet, but I could also taste the silver needle in the background. Tonight I decided it tastes like rum. Not bad, but almost too much flavoring for me. I think I’m really starting to move away from heavily flavored teas. There’s just so much to love about great quality unflavored teas.
I really wanted to try this tea, as it’s the base for butterscotch and hazelnut mocha candies tea, and I was curious as to what the base adds to the flavor. I also think it’s so unusual, brewing up a lot darker than other white teas, and tasting really different. I had a cup the other morning, brewed western style, but I had a hard time describing what I was tasting, so I brewed it up gong fu style today.
The first 20-second steep actually tasted like an almond pastry with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Nice! The subsequent steeps turned into more of a honey, malty flavor, with maybe a hint of licorice sweetness. It reminded me a lot of those leaf hopper teas, which is super weird, because this is a white tea, right? I’m really glad I gong fu’d it to tease out the notes, and I might even prefer it brewed that way. At least I’ll know what I’m tasting now, when I make it western style!