3091 Tasting Notes
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.
I’ve been drinking this during my first practice session of the day, working on piece #5 of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols”.
I’ve concluded that I don’t care much for TTC’s aged black teas. There is an underlying fruitiness, which implies something, but in reality, the tea tasted kind of like an old root cellar. Their other aged tea I tried tasted strongly of beets. This one is fruitier, but just not to my liking today, which is disappointing because it was kind of pricey, even on sale, & they made it sound so good in their description. Oh well…we live, we learn. Maybe next month when I try it I’ll be in a better mood (yes, I’m still a grumpus) & will like it more.
This is an interesting tea. I wouldn’t say it reminds me of a Qimun at all, but it is very smooth & shiny, with a dense kind of fruitiness, a little bit of a bitter edge that reminds me of Hops, & seriously, it’s very lively!
This is one of those teas that is unruly to measure out, due to the craziness of the leaves, so I went with a Tb, although it’s a very loose one, if you know what I mean. First steep was 3 minutes, with a resteep of 5 minutes. Both were very satisfying.