2972 Tasting Notes
About a year ago I joined the Verdant Reserve Tea of the Month club. This was among the first offerings. I can’t believe I still have some of this. I’m trying to make an effort to drink through more of these teas, as there is no point having them if I’m not going to drink them. I followed the same parameters as in previous sippings of this (see previous notes), & the results is a soothing cup. I suppose it could be considered a white sheng, & does have a really pleasant energy about it. The dry aroma reminds me of fresh goats milk, while the wet aroma is more like canned condensed milk with a little malt thrown in. The tea itself has a mild maltiness & creamy vanilla like texture. As I continued through the cups, my tongue developed a tingle, my brain got a little buzz on, & gradually the flavor became sweeter, reminding me of sorghum, only a diluted lighter sorghum.
I played a gig this afternoon, the monthly tea at the retirement home. Just for fun, I did a full hour of Beatles music, & the residents loved it. It was fun! For some reason, by the time I got home I was exhausted, just really really tired (I suspect it’s the mold level in the air). I started drinking cups of this about an hour ago, & now, on the 10th & final cup, I am feeling quite revived!
Ah, Laoshan Greens!
Every one of them is the freshest green tea ever, it seems.
Yes, they are a tad temperamental, without a doubt, but worth the extra attention.
This one was in my TOMC box from October, which I’m finally getting around to sampling. It’s sweet & creamy, but what is really interesting about it is the minty after-sensation. I wouldn’t call it an after taste, because I’m not tasting mint, but I am feeling it. My mouth has a ‘mint fresh’ sensation!
oh THANK YOU, this is more like it!
This tea is loaded with flavor & nuance. My taste buds are immediately tingling, my sinuses are tickled with aromas.
AND I can re-steep the leaves a couple of times, & it doesn’t immediately become colored water.
I’d like to give a Thank You to Verdant & other companies that actually source their teas from the people who grow them. I am a big fan of buying locally, but nobody in St. Louis is growing tea, & the best teas are grown by real people, the Master Han’s of the world. I want to drink those teas. Thank you for growning them! You Rock!
I’m starting the morning with a Breakfast Assam from a local tea company that is less than 5 minutes from my front door. I’m not going to share the name of the company, lest I incur the wrath of locals who think this tea is awesome. For them it probably is. For me, it’s just ok. Every time I brag on FB about a tea company I love, I get private messages from local friends wanting to know why I’m not encouraging people to ‘buy locally’ by promoting this company. They don’t get it. I can’t explain it without sounding like the snob that I am (and if you knew me, you would know that tea & good food are the only things I’m snobby about, & I don’t mean to be. I like good quality consumables, & if I’m going to drink tea & eat food, it’s gonna be damn good, or I probably won’t bother).
Final note: I realize that not every tea company can afford to go spend weeks in China, Taiwan, India, or wherever. Thus is life. If you’re selling mostly broken leaves that are probably way past their prime, & charging premium prices, don’t expect me to buy it & brag about it.
My rant is complete. Thank you.
Just finished up with a 2.5 hour rehearsal with cello & flute, all Beatles music for a gig we’ll play this thursday night. Earlier today I practiced a few hours for a gig accompanying the choir at one of the colleges I teach at. That concert is on Monday evening. I’m definitely all played out for today. Now to try to get in an hour of writing, & then sleep….sweet sleep….
This is one of my favorite non-caffeine teas, perfect for the evening. I love licorice, I love all the chai-like spices. It’s a naturally sweet treat.
A nice Shu, sent to me by Spencer, that is earthy & woody, with a little camphor in the later steepings. There were some chocolate notes somewhere in the middle. I gave a quick rinse, then steeped in my yixing: 15 sec/30/45/1min/2min/3min etc.
In these later steepings, it’s mellowed to a nice semolina sweetness, with a creamy texture. Still sipping…
This is a nice tea, compliments of the leaf hoppers, with its lovely honey sweetness & hint of coriander (at least that’s how I taste it). It does have a gentle pastry quality as well.
I’ve had my lunch break, which naturally took way longer than I intended, but I should be able to get in at least 30 minutes of writing now, then I have a wedding client coming at 2:30. Where has the day gone?
This one is a trade from Spencer. It’s a lightly refreshing gently fruity & sweet one, which was nice to sip on while I was practicing. My daughter, who recently moved back in with me (along with my grandson), woke up, & we ended up visiting for a little while, so my 45 minute practice session ended up starting about 15 minutes late, but I skipped the 15 minute break & played 90 minutes instead. So I’m basically back on track, more or less. My next 45 minute ‘work’ session will be working on my nanowrimo novel, but the truth is, I need a little food first, so that session will probably also last 90 minutes.
First tea of the day, this is a lovely gentle assam, sweet & fruity. There is a yeasty malty taste, reminding me of fresh baked honey wheat bread. There is also a ‘cheesy’ quality to it, kind of a rich thickness, a little tangy, almost like a cheese spread, or a nutritional yeast spread. Although this is not a bold tea, it is a complex tea, nonetheless, & a tasty one.
Today, in an effort to get some things done, I’m returning to my practice of 45/15. That’s 45 minutes of doing something useful, like practicing for the upcoming HoliDaze season, or working on my Nanowrimo novel, or deskwork, returning phone calls, etc. The 15 minutes is my hourly break to make tea, visit you guys, etc. I spent the first 45 journaling & doing yoga, etc. The 2nd 45 was fixing breakfast. Next up, 45 minutes on the harp! Here I go!