2341 Tasting Notes
I haven’t drank this one for awhile.
I have 2 ladies here practicing their Harp duets & I always serve them tea. I served this one, in part because I’m really trying to make it through my entire menu of teas by the end of the month, which won’t actually happen, LOL, but at least I can make it through all the black teas then. Also, I haven’t drank this one for awhile, as ceylon teas tend to not interest me much, they tend to upset my stomach if it’s empty (along with white, green, puers & oolongs), and so I figured it was time to give it a try again. After breakfast!
It is, of course a much more gentle brew that what I tend to go for, very light & ‘clear’, with a taste closer to the ice teas of my youth, but today I’m really noticing a very lovely apricot flavor to it! Perhaps I originally judged this tea unfairly, for today it is quite nice! The ladies are enjoying it too. :)
First tea of the day! I really enjoyed these pearls this morning, with their essence of malt & chocolate. I needed a black tea that wouldn’t upset my tummy on an empty stomach, because I had a student right away & didn’t have time to eat. This one worked just fine, using 6 pearls & steeped at 4 min, then 5, then 6 minutes. I made it through the first cup during the lesson, drank the 2nd while fixing breakfast, & the 3rd with my meal. A good start to a busy day!
I feel that I have accomplished very little today, but it’s been a nice relaxing afternoon, just sitting around sipping teas. Sometimes I need a day like this, & it’s been way too long, IMO.
It appears that I’m the only person who has ever reviewed this one, & it’s been quite awhile since I drank it. This is one of those Shengs that is still young, & I always have to remind myself to limit the amount of leaf to 3G, & keep the early steepings short! Otherwise it’s way too intense. I wrote a pretty comprehensive post regarding this Sheng awhile back, so for those who want a full on review, I’ve attached the link.
My daughter Ari came over with her son for lunch. We made deviled eggs, raspberry almond flour muffins (heavenly), & a salad of Mizuna, radishes, & raspberries (all from my garden!) tossed with hazelnut oil & mango vinegar. Ari picked this tea to have with lunch. Perhaps sitting on the shelf for 6 months has done it some good, as it was much better than I remember it being. Ari loved it.
Backtracking – this was my first cup of the day, which I thoroughly enjoyed, including a resteep which I drank out in the garden while clipping weeds. My favorite garden tool is a pair of fiskar scissors. I just clip weeds at the surface, then leave them laying there to decompose.
This is a lovely tea, but I can’t really comment on it’s profile, other than maltiness, as that was hours ago!
My dear friend BoxerMama informed me the other day on Facebook that I’m neglecting my duties on Steepster because I still haven’t reviewed the June Reserve TOMC teas yet. :D So here I am, & I can’t believe the month is almost over & nobody has reviewed this tea yet! I cringe to be the first, as I’m lousy at comparing 2 teas of the same variety. I can pick out tastes, like honey, musky, malty, bitter, etc, but I’m not so good at comparing teas, especially not 2 teas picked from the same plants.
So what can I say? My main comment is simply that I have concluded that I don’t like using the brewing method that Mrs. Li recommends. I have tried this method several times, including today, & it just isn’t for me. It almost always results in a bitter & astringent brew. I think I came to this conclusion once before, but today I thought I’d try it again. My mistake.
My preferred drinking method for all of these green teas from Verdant is to use 1/2 the amount of leaf & steep it in my glass test tube steeper (which I love). I wish I had done so today.
I enjoyed this with 2nd breakfast, which was basically 2 leftover pancakes (gluten free, almond flour), reheated in the toaster & slathered with coconut butter & a drizzle of Maple Syrup (slurp! I love maple syrup!). That treat required something with a bit of rustic-ness, which I feel this tea satisfied. It’s got a interesting musky low end, that complimented the sweet nuttiness & creaminess of the snack perfectly.