1877 Tasting Notes
When I was in college there was a co-ed group of kids who rented a house together & called it the GDI (God Damn Independents) House, a non-frat that would accept anyone, male or female. Their only real activity that I know of was partying, & although I was quite the partier, I was even too independent to join them. I’ve never been much of a joiner, although I did eventually join NA, LOL, & Steepster, of course.
I tell this story because in my mind, Master Han is the GDI of tea growers. He’s also the great Han Solo of tea growers. I’ll buy anything he comes up with, & I do. This is the tea of the morning, brewed in my 4oz blue lotus porcelain tea pot, with a quick rinse & multiple steepings in rounds of 3 (one in a cup, 2 in a cheap white porcelain cream pitcher I got at Target). My formula:
7G tea + 4oz teapot (rinse) X 15sec (+ 15 sec per each additional steep)
I’m not sure how many rounds I’ve done so far. This tea starts off bright like a ceylon, kind of grapey, & settles into a sourdough bread mode. It is very different from the profile I tend to prefer, but is very savory & satisfying, a rebel among black teas, daring to be different & unique. It also packs a pretty awesome tea-buzz!
I’m gonna finish sipping a few more cups, then it’s off to the shower & then to UMSL (University of Missouri St Louis), for my student’s Jury. She will play the Hindemith Harp Sonata, 1st movement. Here’s a link, if anyone would like to hear it! By the way, that is NOT my student, LOL, & we’re only playing the first movement this semester. Next semestor we’ll finish the 2nd movement (which is brilliant!), AND her senior recital as well!
I got a sample of this with my recent order, in an effort to have some non-caffeine teas around to drink in the evening. This one is very similar to the other one I drank tonight. Both contain hibiscus, ginger & licorice. The other one also contained rose petals. This one has Valerian, an herb that I happen to love for it’s sleep enhancing effects, although the aroma can be pretty intense. Anyway, this isn’t bad, although the hibiscus is a little bright for my taste.
I’ve just spent the last hour or so going through my main black tea collection (not counting the numerous samples, I keep them in a different place). I had a lot of recycled tea canisters, & part of my project included dusting them out well & refilling them (& relabeling them as needed). I ran out of canisters before I ran out of tea, but it is a start. Some of the canisters carried the aroma of their previous contents, so I didn’t use them. Anyway, it is a start.
I picked up a couple of samples in my recent Tea Spot order, this being one of them. It’s Spicy, sweet, tart & bright, & a very pretty tea to look at. I added a pinch of stevia, & it was a decent evening cup. I’m sure this would really be good as a cold brew!
This has been a long day! First I woke up at 5:30, drank a cup of Imperial Breakfast (Verdant), brewed a resteep to go, & left the house at 6:30 to go play the final early morning Harpy HoliDaze gig of the year. When I was setting up to play in the lobby of the building I spilled my tea.
I cleaned up the mess, played for awhile, & one of the catering people offered to fill my go mug with hot water. Great! He filled it, I dropped in some of Mandala’s blooming black, only to discover that the ‘hot’ water was lukewarm.
I finished the gig, came home & brewed a quick cup of Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng (Yunnan Sourcing), drove to Maryville University for my student’s jury. I had a few sips along the way, & was really looking forward to enjoying that tea, only to discover when I arrived that I had somehow spilled the whole cup in my car.
This has been a long, mostly tea-less day..sigh…
This Da Hong Pao is my reward! Such a lovely oolong, peachy, roasty, so satisfying.
Thank you Angel of Teavivre for saving my day! :)
Here’s one from the BBBB Grab bag, courtesy of TastyBrew.
It’s not a bad tea, & the flavor of almond butter (which we eat regularly at my house) is there. It gets better with a little sweetening, but is not something I’d crave. Still worth trying though!
This is not the first tea I drank today, just the first tea I’ve had a few minutes to log! This one comes from TastyBrew, by way of the BBBBox. I made a pot of it, using the entire sample, & drank the first little cup straight. Then I added maple syrup & coconut milk to the rest of it. It was tasty, however there was a slightly odd taste at the end of the sip…a little soapy-like. Not overly noticeable, just there.
Still my favorite blend from Teavana, & I enjoyed a cup tonight, unsweetened. I really am trying to start winding down a little earlier each night, although in all honesty, I haven’t been all the successful so far.
The aroma of this tea is the best part, it smells so yummy & fruity. I also do enjoy the taste, sweet & a little tart, really almost more like apricot than peach on that regard. There are little pieces of dried fruit that I like to eat, especially the little pieces of pineapple!
Here’s one from the BBBB, compliments of Sil. Thanks Sister!
I drank this straight, but I think next time I’ll sweeten it a bit, & maybe even add a little french vanilla creamer, ala strawberries & cream!
Little Terri is in my head, yelling, “I want more tea!!!”, like a little brat. The truth is, I do want more tea, but I need to make my next cup something without caffeine, so I can go to bed early, or at least at a reasonable hour tonight.
This is one of the teas that I got in my recent Teavivre order, & I’m glad I did! I love their superfine org keemun, & I wanted to get some of this one, as well as samples of the Keemun Grades 1 & 2, so that I can eventually compare them all.
This one is robust, & I’d even go as far as to say it’s manly, in that the flavor is bold, thick, & husky! I like it! There’s a musky kind of grapiness to it, & a deep forest floor earthiness. I think I might love it. There is also some smoke, but not SO much, just some. It’s a beautifully balanced cup that is much more assertive than the superfine organic keemun, but also not as sweet. I’d say that this one is the yang to the other one’s yin, if you know what I mean.
He’s a rugged, nicely bearded, good looking, outdoors kind of guy, who likes to fire up his smoker.
Yay!!! The BBBB arrived! TastyBrew & Sil, you ladies are awesome!
So, this is my first pick from the box, & I’m not gonna give it away until Sil gets the box, but TB’s packaging is fun & novel :)
I’m enjoying this cup, it’s very smooth & satisfying. It’s also a very evenly balanced cup, no real highs or lows, but a very tasty tea.