2341 Tasting Notes
I spent the afternoon sipping on 3 different cups. The first one was the silver buds sheng from Mandala. I’m still having a cup once in awhile, it just keeps steeping!
The 2nd tea is this Tieguanyin, from Feb TOMC. It’s a mild cup, lightly green & floral, with a creaminess too it. Flavorwise, I’m tasting oatstraw, & as I continued it took a bit of a fruitiness & even a bready kind of taste.
I got this in a trade with TastyBrew.
I brewed a 16oz pot of it to share with my student, & we were both surprise to note a noticeable fruity flavor to it that the scent did not imply. The flavor also had a really nice fruitiness, probably blackberry.
I know for a fact that Drew polished off the Tardis Blend yesterday, (Sipdown…already accounted for in my list), so I’m wondering if he didn’t rinse the pot well enough? Or maybe the steeping basket? I’ll probably mention it to him, for future reference, but to be quite honest, it really was tasty!
I have enough of this to have it one more time, & I’ll know for sure then. Thanks TastyB!
This was sent to me months ago from Bonnie when I first joined Steepster back in September. Thanks Bonnie!
This tea is one of those that requires sweetener to bring out the flavors. It’s been so long since I drank Rum that I can’t really recall the taste, even though I was at one time a fan of Meyers Dark Rum. The last time I drank this one was in observance of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19th). I was gonna cut & paste my post from that day, but I couldn’t find it.
Another tea I haven’t drank for at least a couple of months. This was one of the first Puers I drank, all of the early ones being a mix of Shu puer & some other ingredient. I’m finding that now that I’m used to drinking Shu, I don’t really care so much for the blends…with the exception of Bolder Breakfast (the tea spot). This is still a decent tea, although when it runs out I won’t replace it. Very orangy, better with stevia, IMO, although I’m getting where I don’t like that so much either. Maybe next time I’ll add a little Maple instead.
Organic Champagne Oolong Darjeeling – Republic of Tea
I bought this tea a number of years ago when I was a huge Republic of Tea Fan. I haven’t drank it in…uh…a couple years? LOL, it’s sealed in one of their tins & worked it’s way to the back of the cupboard, & I rediscovered it awhile back, but was avoiding it because I knew it was old. Since I’m into some aged teas now, it’s time to give it a try :)
I’m not adding it to the database because it is no longer available, but according to the label it is from the Ambootia Estate at the foot of the Himalayas. There wasn’t much aroma of the dry leaf, & actually this is a pleasant, mildly cereal type cup, with no bitterness or stale taste to it at all.
I haven’t drank this in quite some time, & I’ve never eaten wedding cake, so I really have nothing to compare it to. Unsweetened it is a little cakey, with a hint of caramel & vanilla, & a little roasted chestnut. If you sweeten it, it’s a twinkie (I haven’t had one of those in about 30 years, but you never forget what they taste like).
This is not something I’d ever crave. It’s funny how small samples like this last forever!
In my effort to drink all the teas, I’m going to drink a flavored black tea once a day. Normally I’d drink 2 or 3 straight blacks, as I just am not that into flavors (although I seem to have plenty of them…).
I originally ordered this sample, along with several others, to try out a variety of Adagio teas, & also to have some fun experimenting with combos. I’m actually too busy to do alot of experiments, so I might as well just start drinking those teas up, right?
This isn’t bad. It’s actually kind of interesting. The flavor reminds me of whipped cream.
First tea of the day!
Last night before I went to bed, I re-organized my Tea Menu, deleting anything I no longer have & entering the new offerings. The current total is 308.
I think I need to set a goal to have my tea collection include only as many teas as I can drink in a month (sampling each one once, that is, not sipdowns).
I’ve also noticed there are several teas that I never drink, & I should probably give them away to somebody, because I doubt that I will ever drink them.
These Black Dragon Pearls are ok, but I’ve realized they are not my favorite. Do I have a favorite? Not yet, I’m working on that! :)