1917 Tasting Notes
Yesterday I spent about 4 hours in my garden, weeding & mulching my asparagus beds (for a photo of the newly emerged asparagii, visit my FB).
This box of lemon zinger has been in my cupboard for a long long time, so it became a candidate for sun tea, which is quicker than cold brew.
It’s not my favorite, not by a long shot, & I don’t care for it hot, but it was refreshing enough iced.
Another sipdown, with the final bit going to Canada!
I have enjoyed this tea, with it’s mix of Hazelnut, vanilla oolong, & black. Sometimes I sweeten it, sometimes I add a little french vanilla coconut creamer, today I’m drinking it straight.
It’s also a sipdown, & I’m sending the last bit to a friend :)
Little terri is a grumpus today, we are having allergies, which goes way beyond irritated sinuses to an overall sense of irritability. She’s clutching this cup of tea, like most kids clutch a favorite blankie, harrumphing at me, & saying, “Mine! Leave me alone!”.
As this yummy, malty, bold & savory brew draws closer & closer to sipdown stage (I think I have 2 cups-worth left), all we can do it savor every sip, resteeping the leaves as many times as possible.
We’re on the 2nd steeping now…
Another tasty Assam from Stacy, very nicely malty & Bold.
This one is very different from the non-upgrade version, & I won’t compare them to one another, except to say that this one has almost a Dian Hong mouth feel to it, & the taste even leans a little bit in that direction, in my opinion.
Admittedly, I haven’t drank a lot of darjeelings lately.
I drank some years ago, & since I don’t follow instructions well, I think they were steeped at too high of temperature, or for too long.
I tend to fawn over Yunnans & Assams, mostly, but am trying to expand my horizons. So I followed the instructions.
The dry smell: kind of earthy fruity
The wet leaf smell: hmmm…it seems like most teas have a stronger wet leaf smell than dry. This is the opposite.
1 heaping tsp + 12 oz
“boil water, cool 1 min (203F)”
I did that, then steeped 3 minutes
The resulting cup: fruity & earthy. There is a brightness to it, a sweetness, a bitterness (which I kind of like sometimes), & an earthy muskiness.
Little Terri fixed Breakfast, & the girl knows how to cook!
If you’d like to see the photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200556320925902&set=a.1840459966648.2104718.1095023403&type=1&theater
Wow, that’s a long link!
Nothing goes better with a breakfast like that than a malty cup of Assam! Although this Organic Assam is not as bold & thick as Tea Spots (not organic) Assam, it is still malty, with a lightly sweet essence & smooth body. A nice start for my day!
Yesterday after my wedding gig I rewarded myself with a(nother wonderful) cup of this!
Then Tony & I went out for dinner & to hear some of friends band play.
Did ya know it also resteeps nicely?
I usually start my day with something bold & unflavored, but this morning I resteeped these leaves,
Because I didn’t want to waste their awesomeness.
Oh, I have missed this tea!
My Butiki order came a few days ago, & I think sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss something until you have it again, ya know?
This is a rich, bold, spicey, tasty, malty Assam with amazing looking leaves. So good to be drinking this now! I’ve been on an Assam jag lately, & this one is SO satisfying!
2nd cup of the day! I do recommend 2 tsp @ 3 minutes! Yum!