1916 Tasting Notes
I’m sorry this will be a lame review, not because the tea isn’t delicious, but because I can’t really think of anything to say!
It is another very nice yunnan, very tasty, with that thick sort of mouth that I love. I promise to say more next time :)
Now this is more like it!
The lovely rich aroma that reminds me of Bee Pollen…sigh…
The buttery sweet sugarcane flavor…sigh…
I’ve been drinking this during my first practice session of the day, working on piece #5 of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols”.
I’ve concluded that I don’t care much for TTC’s aged black teas. There is an underlying fruitiness, which implies something, but in reality, the tea tasted kind of like an old root cellar. Their other aged tea I tried tasted strongly of beets. This one is fruitier, but just not to my liking today, which is disappointing because it was kind of pricey, even on sale, & they made it sound so good in their description. Oh well…we live, we learn. Maybe next month when I try it I’ll be in a better mood (yes, I’m still a grumpus) & will like it more.
This is an interesting tea. I wouldn’t say it reminds me of a Qimun at all, but it is very smooth & shiny, with a dense kind of fruitiness, a little bit of a bitter edge that reminds me of Hops, & seriously, it’s very lively!
This is one of those teas that is unruly to measure out, due to the craziness of the leaves, so I went with a Tb, although it’s a very loose one, if you know what I mean. First steep was 3 minutes, with a resteep of 5 minutes. Both were very satisfying.
I drank a pot of this earlier this afternoon. So tasty, so richly sweet potato & malty. Delicious! Just what I needed.
I’m starting the morning with a random pick from my Sil-box.
This is a gentle sweet & fruity cup, not particularly bold, but nice to savor in bed. It has a peachiness to it, a lively tongue tingle, & no astringency or bitterness. Thanks Sil
Tony got a free sample of this awhile ago, when he ordered a refill of german rock sugar crystals. My taste buds are still a little wonky, but I’m actually enjoying this right now. It’s tart & tangy, & with a little sweetness added, it’s not bad. I suspect it would be even better cold brewed. Maybe I’ll find out.
ok, it IS my tastebuds. I know for a fact that there is more to this tea than I’m tasting, & basically, all I’m tasting is bitterness.
I’m not gonna waste any more time drinking new teas today, until I can reset my tastebuds somehow.
It’s probably a manifestation of my general grumpiness today.
I added a little sweetening, but I’m not really digging that either, although I’ll go ahead & drink this cup, in hopes that the caffeine will lift my mood. We’re watching ‘interns’, & I have Dr Who set to record (don’t worry, I won’t post any spoilers). I’m just gonna zone out & do Reiki on myself & watch this movie.
I brought a bunch of teas with me to Tony’s this weekend, basically the whole box that Sil sent me recently. So I reached in & grabbed one, randomly. Here it is.
The name of this one implies a sweet & smokey lapsang type tea, at least in my mind, but this one is more savory, & a little bitter, at least to my taste today. To be fair, I don’t think my tastebuds are working right.
I’ve been playing around with the steepster iphone app, & I just have to say, I love it! Jason, you are one awesome dude! It’s very user friendly, & the only thing it doesn’t have is the discussions groups, but that’s fine with me, as I don’t frequent them as much, & I can save that for when I’m using my laptop.
This was my first tea of the day when I woke up a few hours ago. It’s a very gentle cup, sweet & creamy & although I like it, I always wish it was stronger. I’ve tried adding more tea, but it never seems to get any bolder. So it’s probably just me, LOL. I guess if I want a bold tea, I should go with something else, right?
Anyway, after the first cup we went to breakfast, where I was forced to drink lame swill masquerading as tea. It was really nice to come home & make a re-steep of this one, & it really is a lovely tea. I’m just a grumpus today.