3015 Tasting Notes
It’s drizzly outside, raining on & off. My house is heated with radiators (water, not steam), so it’s nice & toasty in here. I’ve been practicing on & off all morning, taking breaks to teach when a student shows up, & now I’m finishing off my lunch. I’ve drank some other teas, & will try to post them, but for now, I wanted this one, & I’m loving it! This cool weather really makes me want something smokey & rich, & this is it!
Some Lapsangs taste like somebody added liquid smoke to the tea, or like you’re at a BBQ. Not this one. The smoke is subtle, & it’s buttery & sweet! A nice caramelized brown sugar taste, & I didn’t even add maple syrup! Delicious!
Thanks, Sil, for the sample, & if you want to split a larger quantity with me, or with our BBB, THAT would be awesome!
I hope nobody will be offended, but I updated this tea’s page, which originally had “Spring 2011” on it, because there were only 2 other posts, both for the 2012 version, & I’m posting on the Spring 2013 version.
For those familiar with Golden Fleece, the leaf of this tea has that sturdy texture. The leaves are the opposite of fluffy, a much hardier type of material, that reminds me of grasshopper legs or something. The colors are rich caramel, gold, & streaks of charcoal.
The dry aroma is rich & malty, and for this first experiment I did 2 western style steepings at 3 min with resteep at 5 min. It was a nice cup, malty, a little sweet, & a little pepper, but honestly, I don’t think my steeping parameters did the tea justice, so next time it will be gongfu sessions for sure.
This was the free sample that Yunnan Sourcing sent me with my last order: an entire cake of this tea! It is very densely packed, but I managed to chisel some off, going with short steeps in my tiny porcelain teapot.
I don’t really have much to say about it yet, it was a little bitter, but drinkable. I probably over-leafed. I’m gonna experiment with it further, and then get back to you.
Time for a tea break!
I’ve been working hard on Ceremony of Carols. I’ll be working hard on it for the next 2 weeks. Many harpists hate this set of pieces, but honestly, I am loving the challenge, & the pieces, although they’re kind of strange, are beautiful. The Harp part is like a puzzle to put together, at least for me.
So my break tea is this green from last fall. It is the last of my fall 2012 green teas, finally! It is still just as sweet & nutty as always, & I have enough to drink it 3 more times. I don’t really care for the ‘dragonwell’ method of drinking these teas, where the leaves are floating around in the cup while you’re drinking it. The tea tends to get too strong, although it would be great for reading the leaves! Maybe I’ll do that next time.
For today, I went with my glass test tube steeper, which amazingly is still intact! 4 G of leaf, timed at 3/3/3/6/9/12 seconds
The first 3 steeps were very light & sweet, the next three gradually built up in the nuttiness & creaminess departments. Next time I’ll try reading my leaves, lol, & I’d also like to just brew a cup, western style, maybe the next time.
note to self: you will forget all these plans, so quit making them, especially in public.
OMG, this is good!! Imagine a bug bite tea, with it’s hint of coriander & honey sweetness. Now make the base of that tea some really awesome chocolatey type, something earthy & bold. You will have this. It is rich & sweet, and ridiculously smooth!! I want MOAR!!!
And it’s a sipdown…sigh…
AND NOW I need to step away from my computer & do some actual work
I’m gonna be working from home today…oh wait, I almost always work from home, although sitting around in your pjs drinking tea is not exactly work, LOL. But I’m jumping back on my 45/15 plan, because I’ve got some very serious practicing to do! Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” is not for slackers, so I can’t be one. I will live, eat, & breath this music for the next month, with performances on the 8th & 21st.
But first, TEA! Gotta be fueled with food & caffeine. I decided to give this one the gongfu treatment this morning: 5G of tea in my 4 oz blue lotus tiny porcelain teapot (I love this little tea pot). 15 sec/30/45/60/etc…you get the idea. the 45/60 steeps were very potent!!
But all in all, success! Delicious fruity sweet success. Cup after cup of it. I think I made it through about 10 steeps, & although the last few were losing strength, they were still tasty & worthy of being enjoyed.
I really love this one too! This tea is one of the very best blends ever concocted by Verdant, & I hope that they keep making it. It really pulls together the strengths of 2 of my most favorite teas: Laoshan Black & Shui Jin Gui Wuyi. Add a little toasted rice & cacao nibs, & you have a cup of roasty chocolatey sweet awesomeness!! I combined a few steeps of this into my thermal cup to drink at the college, & it lasted until lunch time (when I took myself out for BBQ, with a glass of iced tea).