3071 Tasting Notes
Why, oh why, didn’t I buy a cake of this when I could? It doesn’t make sense, it’s so delicious. Of all the Shu puers I’ve had, I’m pretty sure my most favorite ones were all from the Xingyang workshop.
This one has such a wonderful creamy texture, & the flavor is sweet. Today I’m getting vanilla custard layered with bananas & a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s subtle, but it’s there. Such a lovely treat.
5G in Yixing (rinse) X 5sec/10/15/30/45/1min…
In the later steeps there is a light woody incense, & the sweetness & creamy texture linger.
I got home from my gig this morning & had breakfast with my son Leif (he fixed it, BTW). I also had a pot of this. It’s rich, it’s malty, it’s chocolatey in a grown up chocolate kind of way. This would be a sipdown, except I actually have more of it on order, along with a few other goodies from the Tea Spot.
I love this tea! I love it so much that I bought a ridiculous amount of it back when it was available, enough that I got the awesome little box it came in, plus maybe a an oz or so in the verdant pack. I covet & hoard this, & today I finally opened that special box. I’ve been sipping this since I got home from my gig, & will keep sipping for awhile yet.
I just finished playing my first HoliDaze gig of the year! It’s for a company that manages several commercial office buildings. For the next 3 mornings in a row I’ll play in the lobby of one of their buildings from 7:30 – 9:00 am. They set up a breakfast buffet so that the various tenants can fill a plate, get coffee, tea, or juice, etc. I’m rarely awake this early, so I needed plenty if tea! This was one, an interesting blend with a flavor profile guaranteed to wake up my taste buds: chocolate, caramel, cream, malty bread, earth, pepper…it’s as if verdant combined all of my favorite teas into one cup…oh wait! They did!
I just finished breakfast: omelettes with Brussels sprouts, leftover crumpled sausage, & garlic. Tony had dilled havarti on top of his, & toast with jelly. I only had the omelette, which was plenty, believe me, but I’m finding myself feeling resentful regarding food today. I want what I cannot have, & it pisses me off. Not at anybody, just really at my food sensitivites & at the consequences of dumb choices on my part recently. There, I’ve vented.
Anyway, breakfast was very tasty, & I’m following it up with this equally tasty smokey tea. It is a sample size, sent to me from Sil, & as a Lapsang, it is the perfect blend of smokiness & sweetness. A little maple syrup would be a wonderful enhancement, but honestly, it’s lovely rich cup as is. Even though I’ve already spent more money on this weekend’s sales than I ever imagined spending, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to stop by Teavivre’s cybermonday sale & get a few things, including some of this!