3074 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for a sample of this tea!
(I wrote this review earlier, but for some reason it didn’t go through. I’ll try to recreate it)
This is the taste of fall: dried straw, lights smoke, dried fruits, raw shrooms. There’s also a bitter greens edge to it, which I rather enjoy.
I steeped 5G in my 125ml yixing, combining 2 steeps to a mug. The first round made me want to take a nap, with a powerful head energy, watery eyes, & lots of yawning. The 2nd round was fairly astringent. Round 3 was lightly sweet & woody, reminding me somehow of sassafras root, with a head clearing peaceful mellow vibe, & I’m on round 4, with is sort of a sassafras/licorice combo, with a nice sweet aftertaste.
Today I celebrated 31 years of freedom from active addiction…unless you count tea, tea wares, gardening, & food, LOL.
I’ve been sipping this one over the late afternoon. I got a sample with my Tribute Tea order. Looking in the envelope, I found 2 dense chunks, each about 7.5 grams, looking like chunks of dark chocolate. I used one of them.
It’s one of those woodsy, aged forest floor kind of teas, kind of musty, with a taste of cedar, tobacco, peat, & leather, and a little smoke. It has a strong kind of savory & peppery quality, with a sweet after-taste, & it tickles my sinuses! I’m not sure how many steeps I’ve had, but I suspect I can have quite a few more.
I’ll have to drink them later, it’s time to go to Taichi class.
It’s the end of September, & later this evening I’ll update my tea document, so I’m working on teas I had planned to review this month, & also teas that are on the sip down list.
This is one of the latter, a sample shared by Green Terrace. I’m grateful to have savored it’s honey sweet pastry goodness. Thank you! :)
oooh, so sweet!
This is a beautiful fresh looking green tea. The thin grassy looking leaves have a savory edamame like aroma, with a hint of spice.
They open to become lovely spring green leaves, and the tea tastes of sweet chestnuts & freshly picked white corn. Did I mention that this tea is gentle & sweet? There’s also a light floral quality, & it’s a very refreshing cup.
Thank you to Brett for sharing a sample of this one with me. It’s not currently listed on the site, but here’s the link for his other teas, which have all been of high quality!
This tea has a sweet fruity & exotic aroma that wafts up to your nostrils the moment you open the bag. The tea is almost syrupy in some steeps, bringing to my mind lychee, raspberry, & dried dark fruits, served over a rich pastry.
I’ve been combining 2 steeps at a time in my mug: 15 & 30 sec, 45 & 60…
The 3rd mugful (2 & 3min) was like a creamy rich plum pudding, drizzled with agave syrup.
There is leo a deep dark savory quality coming forward, not sure how to describe it…kind of like a dark cherry pipe tobacco.
The energy of this tea is comparable to drinking a sheng. I feel a lovely clear headed sense of being, & I think I’ll water my house plants now.
Having a morning at home, which has been quite busy. I already did my yoga & tai chi, & dropped my car off to get a new set of tires & take care of a wheel bearing issue. I already watered half of my garden & picked tomatoes. I had a student, with more on the way, & I made myself an awesome breakfast of Brussels Benedict, which I’m enjoying with a pot of this tea.
This is a bold & tasty blend of lapsang souchong, dark oolong, assam, & puerh, bringing out the best of all 4: it’s sweet, smokey (but not a BBQ), sultry, rich, & alluring, with a little bit of so many things that I love in a tea, including leather, incense, earth, burnt caramel, & aged wood. If this were an ensemble, it would be one of those with all wooden instruments: low strings, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, woodblocks, wood chimes…not so much because it has a woody taste. What I’m looking for here is that sweet resonance & sense of peace that wooden instruments portray.
I allowed myself the luxury of sleeping as long as I wanted/needed to today, laying there, coming in & out of consciousness until 10. I could actually probably sleep until noon, but I do have 2 weddings to play at today, one at 1:30, the other at 5:00, with quite a bit of driving in between, so I figured I’d better get rolling.
This is a lovely & sweet tea, with a rich flavor & fragrance: hay, malt, sweet potato, caramel. No blaring brass, not particularly bassy, I’d say it’s a woodwind quarter, with maybe a little cello & viola thrown in.