1852 Tasting Notes
…and here is the 2nd bubble bath cuppa.
I wanted something that would contrast the other cup, and here it is.
This is a potent black tea with highly fragrant Rose flavor. The last time I drank it was when we were reading “Anna Karenina”, as it was my pick for that book. And now, on to the hard work of taking a bubble bath…
Have I mentioned before that I love EVERYTHING about this blend?? David is a genius, this blend is SO awesome, with all the elements: Yanxin’s puer, ginger, elderberry, licorice root, etc. There is no doubt in my mind that ginger, elderberry & licorice root are my 3 all time favorite herbs.
This is my first bubble bath cup…
Just another cup of breakfast tea. This is a nice earthy cup, & what I want to do is linger here on my laptop, drinking cup after cup after cup of a variety of teas, writing reviews, etc…
BUT, I have things to do today, starting with a hot bubble bath (Oh, the busy life of the self-employed, I’m sure I make somebody out there sick, LOL).
Good first cuppa.
It’s an interesting flavor, a little malty, a little smoky, & little sweet. Not too bold, but I got other stuff for that!
I stayed up late last night creating a page in my laptop that is basically a catalog of every tea I have. Then I updated my cupboard on Steepster, so, for the people that I having pending trades with, check it out, send me a message, & lets get this ball ROLLING, baby!
This is a sipdown of the generous sample sent to me by Ysaurella!
It is delicious, & when I place an order someday with Mariage Freres, this will be on it! It is a tasty almond sugar cookie!
Thanks again Ysaurella!
And so it comes to this.
The Moonlight White cake was roasted winter squash, even some roasted green beans near the end…
The Silver Buds Yabao was a creamy cooked grain…
And Golden Fleece is the golden mushroom gravy poured over the top…buttery, sweet, savory & earthy, so satin smooth, so satisfying.
It also feels like a flaky buttery pastry, not physically, of course, but it brings that to mind for me. The mouthfeel of this tea is so thickly satisfying!
Everytime I drink this, the flavor automatically just seems SO familiar. It’s a cooked breakfast cereal: Cream of wheat, or maybe steel cut oats, cooked overnight in the crockpot. There is a pool of butter, a drizzle of honey, a puddle of soymilk, & a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a winter morning’s bowl of soothing porridge, bland but warming.
Someone else described it as a Snickerdoodle cookie, & I can agree with that as well. It’s very pleasant, & there’s a hint of pine. Where the Moonlight white cake was roasted winter squash, with roasted green beans being added in later steepings, this is like the bed of grains you might have underneath it.
I joined the verdant tomc back in Nov. I sample each month’s selections, & then I hoard them. It’s a habit I’ve been trying to break, in more than one area of my life. So as of a few weeks ago, I’m trying to make an effort to work my way through my entire stash, including the TOMC. Today I’m focusing on November, & this is one of the teas from that offering.
I’ve reviewed it before, & while I was sipping it today, I made a few notes in my tea journal (I have journals for everything).
dry smell of canned milk
wet smell of winter squash
steeped: mildly sweet, soothing, tastes like carmelized winter squash.
After drinking through several steepings, I checked my notes on steepster from previous steepings, & I’m pleased to say that they were pretty much the same!
Another sipdown, bringing me closer to my next Butiki order
Time for some green tea. Verdant has the best green tea I know of.
I used to drink a lot of green tea, but I don’t drink it as often now. I have a theory about that. For a number of years I was completely free of all substances (just for the record, before that time I spent several years of wild & crazy partying). So, no sugar, no caffeine, etc.
I only drank herbals teas.
Then I discovered green tea, which I initially didn’t like the flavor of, & in fact, the effect of the caffeine freaked me too.
But good addict that I am, I kept drinking it, & grew to love the lively sensations.
Then it was orchid oolong…green tea became less interesting…
Then a roasty peach oolong…
Then iced ginger peach black tea…
Then hot & bold black tea, the love of my life. Malty, sexy, Yeah!!
Oh, & now puers…earthy, lively, 3rd eye opening, energizing!
My theory?? Oh yeah…Uh…well… it had something to do with caffeine content, along the lines of the tendency of addicts to develop a tolerance to their drug of choice. Of course, now we know that caffeine content isn’t as predictable as originally thought, so that probably shoots down my theory, which was that as soon as my addict brain got a hold of something more potent, it started saying, “I want more of THAT! The other stuff is boring.”