3004 Tasting Notes
I ordered a sample of this one last week during the sale, & this is an interesting tea!
The dry aroma is a little ‘well aged barn’- like, & when I warmed the leaf up & breathed in its essence, I picked up soft notes of tobacco, purple plum, & smoke….well, not really smoke…maybe charcoal?
I steeped in matching rounds of 2, pouring from my yixing into a mug.
The first mug featured a very mild cup with hints of charcoal & slight bitterness, & instant 3rd eye opening vibes. While I was steeping the next 2 rounds, all of my chakras started to open, from root to crown, like the blooming of flowers, in a psychadelic kind of way.
The 2nd cup sent qi rushing throughout my body, making my extremeties giddy, almost as if every cell in my body was laughing. My injured hand was especially lit up, really buzzing with unsummoned reiki, so I went with it, opening to the healing that I feel was being offered. I’ve been doing a lot of Reiki on myself lately, & this evening especially I feel like the nerves in my finger are waking up.
I often wonder if these experiences are as outlandish to others as they seem while I’m experiencing them, or maybe I’m just having flashbacks to my old hallucinogen days, LOL.
Either way, this was a very dynamic session, possibly my most potent tea experience to date.
Flavorwise, this was hard for me to nail down. The best word I can think of is smooth. I used 5 G in a 125ml yixing, & although there was a very slight initial bitterness, the rest of the cups were mellow, with kind of an old fashion white bread & creamy nut butter taste…or maybe sunflower seed butter. Later steepings started getting a sweet aftertaste, but I can’t really identify it with anything, at least not at this moment. I have enough to sample this a few more times, & it will be interesting to see if this experience repeats itself.
Nice clear energy & headspace in the afterglow.
I’m enjoying the quiet of the morning
yes, Sil, I know it’s almost 10:00 here, but Tony’s still sleeping :) he needs his rest!
This is a pleasant tea for a relaxed wake up, & although I do prefer it in a gongfu session, it’s good western style as well.
I know my finger is healing, because as of yesterday it is starting to itch like crazy, on the in side!
My 3000th tasting note!
Damn this tea is good!
I love a lot of different full leave single origin type teas, but admittedly, I also love a good blend, something that combines the best qualities of 2 or more teas into one cup. I’ve been a fan of A & D ever since I tried my first cup of Tiger Assam, & I never miss picking up a can of whatever their latest combo is. This one takes the cake, as far as I’m concerned.
Let me get something straight. We’re not talking about refinement here, we’re not talking chocolate, pastry, & cream. We’re talking bold & brash, leather & leiderhosen clad manly men with full beards, hoisting goliath sized ornate ceramic steins, dripping with artisanal beer. As soon as I opened the can, I could smell hops & malt, with brats on the grill, & I can swear I heard an oom pah pah brass band playing in the distance.
This tea is savory & bold, & although the initial aroma portends smokiness, the taste isn’t that apparent. To me its heavy on the malt, slightly bitter like hops, leathery, chewy & a little sour like thick old world rye bread, & I warn you, it packs a serious punch!
Don’t drink on an empty stomach!
And of course, I love the little presents the A & D boys always include. This box came with a cute little German style rubber ducky. :)
Im enjoying a few steeps of this. The leaf smelled a little fishy, but the actual tea is not. Its kind of a milk chocolate, but very clean tasting, if that makes sense to anyone. The chaqi is having an effect of making me want to just lay down & take a nap.
I really want to…
I probably need it…
But a friend is com in over to help me dig up sweet potatoes. I’ll be working left handedly, with a plastic bag covering my right hand. And don’t worry, they are pretty close to the surface!
Today is Parent Teacher Conferences at the school, & although very few of my Harp students’ parents will stop by my table, one of the other teachers is picking me up shortly.
I’ll be glad when I can drive again, but Im grateful for her willingness to carpool.
This is my favorite Butiki Blend, which I have hoarded for awhile, no flavors added, just tea. Robust, tart, perfect in the morning. It’s almost gone.