1854 Tasting Notes
This is a Reserve TOMC tea for March.
After reading the tasting notes that came with the tea, I was almost ready to buy another oz, just because it sounded so amazing!
I saved it to be the last tea I sampled from the box, because of the awesomeness of the description. Also, I’ve been pretty busy, & I really wanted to have time to fully experience this tea.
So yesterday was the day. My grandkids were visiting, & since they are old enough to not be high maintainance, I had time to just sit around & relax. I opened the package & the dry tea smelled of chocolate & roasted dried fruit.
I preheated my Gaiwan, then dumped in the recommended 7oz, putting the lid back on to warm the tea. When I opened the lid, the aroma was amazing! Chocolate, roastiness, berries, and an ’after’aroma that lingered in my sinuses that was undescribable: floral, fruity, & I don’t know what else, but it was ‘thick’, & I continued to smell it, high in my sinus on the exhale. I was blown away. I sat there huffing the aromas from my Gaiwan for awhile.
Then I did the rinse, which I drank…duh! It was interesting…
I kept the steeps to 4 secs: they were strong at first, but I like my tea strong. Lots of roastiness, made me think of Big Red Robe.
I am at Tony’s, & my tea notes are at my house, so I don’t really have a lot of detail to share. I made it through maybe 7 steepings, & then my afternoon suddenly became complicated, causing my steeping sessions to end abruptly. Then I had to shower & go play a gig, so I put the leaves in a jar in the fridge. They will be there until Monday. This is the first time I’ve left damp leaves for this long, although I sometimes leave them overnight…maybe I should have dried them out? I’m open to advice here…
I’d like an opportunity to steep these out a little longer, & there is also enough in the sample for me to try again. I have to admit, although this was a nice roasty oolong, I didn’t experience all the flavors that the aromas hinted at. I got some of the chocolate, & some floral, but the raspberry never really came forward for me.
I think next week I’d like to compare this tea, the big red robe sample I have, and verdant’s Shui Jin Gui Wuyi.
The sipdown of this tea is complete.
A day or 2 ago I put the last of it in the frig for a coldbrew.
Interesting…definitely refreshing…I’m definitely getting the chocolate mintyness, & there is an undercurrent of banana, which is really the chamomile, but somehow it’s translating as a banana cream type taste.
So…it’s not something I’d reach for, but an interesting refreshing tea, with some really unique flavors in the background that I can’t even begin to describe!
Yesterday my daughter Jess turned 30! That’s SO unbelievable to me!
Today her kids are off school, so they are hanging out with me while she goes shopping with my Kohl’s card.
This was Julianna’s tea selection, & she loves it! I’m having a small cup too, & it is tasty!
I’m doing it!
I’m drinking my last serving of Zhu ‘Right’!
I was hoarding it for so long, it was so hard to just let go, knowing that eventually David will get more. Acceptance is the key…
“Zhu rong Blues”
I woke up this morning
stretched out in my bed
Said I woke up this morning
had a tea in my head…
How can they call you zhu rong
When you’re so right for me? (“I love you, baby”)
That first cup
it’s like german chocolate cake (“hold the sugar, honey”)
I steeped it 3 more times…
Make no mistake (“uh huh!”)
sweet potato, expresso, & spice…
You’re so Zhu right for me! (“your so fine, babe”)
(awesome blues riff on the electric harp)
And now your gone
and I’m crying the blues (“don’t leave me, please”)
I’ll be lurkin’ on the Verdant website
‘til David brings us good news ("I know you’ll be back, sugar")
Please sir, I want MOAR
Won’t you get some more Zhu Right for me? (“I ain’t too proud to beg”)
I said how can you call it Zhu Rong
When it’s so right for me???
Thanks to Michelle for this sample!
Plain, there wasn’t much peach flavor to this, & I’m not really getting the ginger. I really wanted something sweet, so I added vanilla coconut creamer & stevia, & it’s got kind of a peaches & cream thing going on.
It’s been a beautiful Spring day in St. Louis, but unfortunately with the beautiful spring weather, we have tree pollen. Allergies always make me feel irritable & overly sensitive: physically, mentally, emotionally. Today I’m feeling sensitive to tastes, light, colors, pretty much everything! Add to that, I spent a few hours working on my taxes, & although I’ve made progress, I still have plenty to do before they are done. That’s enough to make anyone grumpy, right?
Most of the flavored teas I like don’t taste as good to me today.
I wanted something natural.
This is a combination of 2 teas, both Black dragon Pearls:
One is from Mandala – Thanks to Azzrian
The other is From Praise Tea – from our dear Ms Bonnie!
I didn’t have enough left of either one to make a cup, but combined together they are doing the trick!
Plus I get to claim a Double Sipdown!!
Here is another sipdown from Ysaurella’s lovely selection of teas. Thank you, once again! This is a really nice Rose tea.
This one is very similar to the Jardin Bleu, but I think I prefer this one. It has a more natural flavor, I think.
Thanks again to Ysaurella!
I tried this one out while working on my taxes.
It was ok, but probably not something I’d purchase.
However, I’m grateful for the opportunity to give it a try!
Thank you, Ysaurella!
OK, this is the last of the black teas on my list, not counting the Zhu Rong. It’s bold, malty, & good.
Now I have to go do my taxes, at least for the next 2 hours.