2485 Tasting Notes
It looks like today has turned out to be a Verdant Tea Drinking Extravaganza, lol. I didn’t plan it that way, but one tea led to another, if you know what I mean.
I am trying to finish out the month by drinking as many of the teas I haven’t had in awhile as possible, & I also wanted to vary my habit of drinking mostly black tea, so I reached randomly into one of the Oolong boxes (there are 3: Tieguanyin-new, old, & aged; Wuyi Oolongs & Dancongs; Other Oolongs – Taiwan, Oriental Beauty, & Flavored.) This one came out of the ‘other’ box.
5G + 4oz Gaiwan X 15/30/45sec/etc…
This is a tasty tea, bearing a strong resemblance to Laoshan Black, which is no surprise since they come from the same location & leaf material. It’s been awhile since I drank it, so I forgot that I actually prefer this one steeped in a cup, the same way I prefer Laoshan Black, 3min/5min.
Still it was a nice tea to sip on during the early afternoon.
I didn’t realize I had any of this, but I came across a 1oz package this morning, so I figured, “why not?”
This is my least favorite of Verdant’s Black teas. It’s not bad, it’s still a delicious tea, but I don’t crave it. I’ve reviewed it enough times that I feel like I don’t really need to say anything more about it.
5G + 4oz blue lotus porcelain teapot X (rinse) 15/30/45sec/1min/2
I’m never quite sure where to put the review for this tea, as it isn’t really the ‘summer’ blend, I don’t think, but the photo matches the current formula, so here it is. I really enjoyed the original formulation of this tea, but I think I enjoy the current formulation even more!
I love that this blend does not feature Darjeeling or Ceylon, favoring the Chinese teas that I love instead. My two favored Chinese blacks are in here giving a substantial chocolatey base, strengthened by the Jedi Master of Tea, master Han’s Shu. Add the sweet incense of Big Red Robe, & top it off with some thick & bright Bai Mu Dan. Yeah, baby!
This blend has seen various combinations since I first tried it, thanks to a sample Bonnie sent me when I first joined steepster. I hope Verdant will continue to let it evolve with whatever is in their cupboards, because I’m sure every version will be tasty. Call it Imperial Breakfast. Call it Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend. Call it whatever you like, I’ll call it delicious.
My taxes are finished!
My son Drew’s taxes are also finished!
My son Leif & I will finish his taxes tomorrow, & then we’ll do everyone’s FAFSA.
And then we’ll sign up for Health Care. All by Friday.
This was the tea I drank all afternoon, this was the one that saw me through.
I don’t have much to say about it. It is a lovely Dian Hong, & although the needles aren’t as Golden as the name would imply, it is still delicious, sweet, lightly malty, & thick in feel.
And now I’m going to bed. Hopefully the raccoon won’t be back at 5am again!
I stayed up way too late, & then I woke up way too early! At 5am I kept hearing this gnawing & scratching sound. I also heard it last week one morning. I kept trying to go back to sleep, but finally just resigned myself to getting up. I located where I was hearing the sound, & at first I thought maybe a mouse was inside my wall, but it sounded too big, & I realized that maybe it’s something scratching around on my roof, because my room is an attic room, & it was in a roof corner kind of place.
So I banged on the wall, & it stopped for a second, then started up. I banged again, same thing. I banged a bunch & it made a weird noise. That’s when I realized it was probably a raccoon. My daughter has had 2 racoons dig out sections of roofing on their house to make a place to sleep, & the area on my roof that it was at is basically sheltered from 2 sides forming a corner, with an oak tree above it.
Lucky the coon moved on, and I’m really hoping it won’t try again. I love raccoons, & I love that there are lots of them in my neighborhood (along with foxes, hawks, etc), but I don’t want it to destroy my roof!
To hear the wierd sound the coon made, which turns out to be a ‘purr’:
So this tea has been a welcome addition to my way too early morning: bold, rich, a little sweet, & as it cools it gets a little grapey.
At my desk this morning, I already booked a wedding, fielded a series of emails, while drinking a cup of Organic Superfine Keemun from Teavivre. I don’t have anything new to say about it, so I’m just logging it here. During my breakfast break I drank a pot of Red-Tailed Hawk, & I’m sure I should also give it a separate review, but I really need to stay on track & get somethings (taxes) done!
Now I’m drinking this Hand curled Golden Buds Dianhong.
5G + 4oz blue lotus tiny porcelain teapot X 15/30/45 sec….etc
First off, this tea looks exactly like Yunnan Sourcing’s Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun, with roughly the same ratio of gold & everything. YS’s gold is slightly more golden in color, like just a hint of orange to the coloration. Neither one has much in to offer in the dry aroma department, but the wet aroma of these leaves is distinctly that of honey! That’s all I’m going to give by comparison of these 2 teas today, but I have enough of this one to drink it one more time, & I believe a full on comparison will be happening then! Just sayin’ :)
So, this tea IS delicious. It’s honey & cream, honey wheat toast. I think I’m on the 6th steep, & now back to my taxes.
Here’s another tea from the Steepster Select box. For some reason I thought this might resemble a sheng puer, but it really doesn’t. I followed the steeping parameters suggested by SS. The initial cup has a grapey brightness, more like grape peels to me, a creamy vanilla taste, & for some reason reminds me of waffles. There is really nice fruity aroma too. The 2nd cup is more ‘dry’, but not in an astringent way, and a little more savory. I’m not done with it, but that’s all I have for now. I’ll try to do a gongfu session with the 2nd serving of this.
I get my vanilla from Penzey’s, & when you get to the bottom of the vanilla bottle, there is harp of a vanilla bean in there. The main thing I used vanilla for is almond flour pancakes, so I usually squeeze out the seeds into the batter. Today I dropped the bean into my cup of this tea, just for fun.
At first I thought it might be a fail: I could smell the remaining alcohol from the vanilla, but I let it sit for a few, added a little sweetening, & it was damn right tasty! We had pancakes, so this made for an after breakfast treat.