3074 Tasting Notes
Happy USA Thanksgiving & Happy Hannukah!
I spent the day making food, as did my daughters. It took 2 kitchens, 3 chefs, & 2 sous chefs (my sons), then we transported the food made at my house to my daughter’s house (1 block away), & the feast was on.
Meanwhile, I DID drink tea, several pots full, most of which I’ll have to review the next time I drink them, but I also tried a delicious experiment, which I’ve been dying to share all day. Here it is:
1.5 Tb Laoshan Black + 1.5 Tb Shui Jin Gui Oolong + 1 cinnamon stick + 1 vanilla bean (after I used the seeds in something else), chopped up.
All of these were combined in my 16oz green cash iron dragonfly teapot.
Steep 3 minutes, and Oh My God!!! I also tried adding a little maple…
And of course, there were the resteeps…sigh…
I’m grateful for tea!
I keep planning to give this one the gongfu treatment, but once again I’m just drinking it in the mug.
1Tb + 3 min (re-steep 5min)
This is a very smooth & complex tea, with a satisfying taste & body, a sweet taste that in some ways reminds me of the sugar cane taste of a good Dian Hong, but with a clarity & vibe of a sheng.
I stopped by Traveling Tea yesterday to get somemore of the Pumpkin ginger spice she makes (All naturally flavored using locally grown organic pumpkins that she roasts & then dehydrates herself…it is delicious!).
In an effort to support local business, I bought an oz of this limited edition Yunnan Forest. It is organically grown, & is a decently bold & earthy brew, very smooth, tongue tingly, slightly bitter, with hints of cedar & a lingering sweetness. Oh, & it packs a punch!
I, the snob who usually scoffs at most flavored teas, bought a box of this on a whim at whole foods today because:
a) as the weather gets colder, I tend to want an occasional cup of something sweet, & something without caffeine in the evening is nice.
b) it was on sale
I opened it, it smells delicious! Just like a sugar cookie! There is a hint of citrus, & plenty of vanilla. I drank a cup, & it was so-so. I drank a 2nd cup, using 2 bags this time, & a little sweetening, & it was a tasty treat! I will scoff no more. :)
(I’ll still avoid artificial flavors, however)
This afternoon I did some Gongfu steepings of this one, finally. It is a really nice smooth tea, lightly sweet & delicately fruity. I gave it a quick rinse, then 15, 30, 45 sec, etc, adding 15 seconds to each steep. I ordered small samples of several of TTC’s aged teas, they made them sound so amazing on the website, & quite honestly, I haven’t been particularly thrilled with most of them. So far, this one is my favorite.
This is delicious!
It isn’t super chocolaty, or crazy malty, or anything like that.
It’s just a really nice cup of tea, rich & smooth. I’ve been drinking it all morning, & I’ve been really enjoying it.
Sometimes I don’t need a tea to be over the top awesome, I just need it to be really really good, & to taste like tea. This tea has floral elements, & a sweet fruitiness, and a bready maltiness, all in a one honest cup, & it resteeps well too.