1873 Tasting Notes
KS posted about this a little while ago, & I realized I still had one Tuocha left, and with the damp & cool weather we are having (which I’m not complaining about, my garden loves it, even if my body doesn’t), this seemed like the perfect choice for my next cup.
Thanks KS for bringing it to mind, and thanks again to Angel @ TeaVivre for the sample. As soon as my finances allow, I am planning a TeaVivre order, & I’d like to get some of this I think.
It’s a very soothing, earthy, grounding cup. The flavor is of a really well aged compost, tobacco, a hint of vanilla. I wish the rose flavor was more prominent, as I do like my roses!
It’s a sipdown. I’ll resteep a few times, of course.
I like this Keemun. Truthfully I like the one from TeaVivre better I think, but this one is nice too. Honestly, they are 2 completely different teas. This one has a hint of smoke, a nice body, & although I’m drinking it straight up, I know from experience that it is also good with a little stevia, & even a little almond or coconut milk occasionally.
This is such a nice bold cup! I don’t really feel that it compares to a yunnan, more like an Assam in my opinion. Definitely what I needed to start moving today!
It’s been a LONG day!
I started the morning with Anxi Fo Shou again, simply because I was at Tony’s & it’s so convenient to take there, & it’s tasty! Western style.
Since it’s St. Patricks day I had a cup of Irish breakfast (Adagio…uninspiring) with breakfast.
Then it was “Road Trip”. I had a concert out of town, so I brewed up 2 things to drink on the road:
1. a 12 oz mug with Irish Breakfast & Cream (both by Adagio), adding stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer. It was my attempt to create an Irish cream flavor, but lacked the whiskey. None the less, it was ok…
2. A 16 oz insulated mug with Bilbo Brew, also from Adagio. It features Irish Breakfast (are we picking up on the theme yet?), sweet potato, vanilla, & cinnamon. I added stevia & creamer to that too. I like to drink sweet stuff while I’m driving. I’d like to report that Colin Farrell magically appeared in the passenger’s seat while I was drinking all the Irish themed teas, but the teas weren’t entirely worthy of his appearing & saying something like, “pass me a sip, then, lass”
I drove 1.5 hours, set up, was fed, drank a cup of ‘bagged’ english breakfast. My gig was fun, I sold some CDs, made some money, & then loaded up, refilled my mug with a double dose of english breakfast tea bags, & hit the road. It was a long horrible drive. I don’t really like to travel much at night, & I hate driving on the highway when it’s raining crazily, with intermittent hail & lots of wind. This is one of the only times in life when I become a woose. Gratefully I finally got home, unloaded my gear, had a strong chamomile concoction with extra valerian extract added. Checked my FB, checked here.
Now I’m going to bed. Hopefully I won’t have nightmares about driving in storms…
I thought the water would never boil! Finally, my first cup of the day!
I’m steeping this western style again: dump the whole package in a cup, steep 3 mins, with subsequent steepings @ 4 & 5 mins. It’s very satisfying this way, & although I enjoy it in a Gaiwan as well, this is easy & I want easy.
The gig I played today went very nicely, then I returned home & took my Harley out for a spin. It was such a nice day, 70 degrees, & Ruby (1200 custom sportster, lava sunglow red) has been stuck in the garage forever. It always seems like the days when it’s beautiful weather I’m playing a gig or teaching, & the days I’m free to ride it rains.
So we buzzed around town, it felt so good to feel the wind! When I got home I went on a crazy tea frenzy! I pulled out the Nov TOMC selections, & actually followed the suggestions for once.
First I Steeped Mt Banzang’s Sheng. If I could buy a whole cake of this, I would, but at $300 the answer is no.
Then I made some Autumn picked laoshan green. It really is a lovely contrast. The Banzang is rustic, smoky, tangy, tongue numbing & 3rd eye opening, then the laoshan green is so fresh tasting, buttery greens. I sipped back & forth between 2 Gaiwans, & then did a few more steeps on yesterday’s Big Leaf Sheng too. The next part of the suggested instructions was to mix the sheng & green together, 3G green to 1G Sheng. So I had 4 Gaiwans going. Finally, “add a pinch of the toasted rice to each one”. That took them all over the top!
That was the end of my tea drinking for today :)
Headed to the bubble bath with this wonderfully bold & chocolatey tea.
Good morning Steepsterites!
I’m up earlier than usual, as I have a concert today at noon to play.
I’ll play a mix of Irish & Classical, and I woke up hungry, so my morning routine order is a little switched: Breakfast & tea, bubble bath, yoga (that’s usually first), warm up on my harp, then hit the road!
So far I have only enjoyed this tea Gongfu style, which is the only recommendation on the Verdant website. I made the mistake of brewing Yu Lu Yan Cha in a mug as if it were Laoshan black, & the results was not pleasant, at least not for me. So I’ve been a little hesitant to make that mistake again, Fo Shou. (Sorry…couldn’t help it)
But what the hell! Tea is all about the experience, all about the experiment, right? As in tea, so in life, right? So I went for it. I opened the little red package, it’s roughly a Tablespoon, dumped in the steeper basket, & added hot water. I let it go for 3 minutes, just like Laoshan Black. It was AWESOME! 2nd cup steeped 4 minutes, 3rd cup = 5 minutes.
I’m a happy camper! Now I know that I can take this tea either way, & that just made my day!
There is a big pot of stew waiting for me, but after reading Bonnie’s Sheng post, I wanted some.
This is a super ‘clean’ tasting sheng, very mellow, with a nice energy about it. I already did a more extensive review, commenting on the tangerine peel flavor, so that’s all I’m saying.
I’m gonna relax & enjoy this for awhile.
mmMMMmmm….I’m enjoying this :)
This tea arrived today, & I immediately drank a cup, & then resteeped the leaves for a 2nd cup. Even though I shook the package up real good for that first cup, it mainly tasted like Laoshan black, with a little extra roasty flavor. It was awesome, but I wasn’t really getting the chocolate & toasted rice vibe that much. So I drank a cup of Keemun, which is very different, drank a glass of water, & measured out some more of this tea to try again. This time I inspected my spoon, making sure that all of the ingredients were well represented, & the 2nd cup definitely had the tasted of toasted rice & cacao! They add a satisfying depth to the cup, not tasting like coffee, but with the full body of coffee. On the re-steep I added some orange peel to the cup, just for a fun experiment, & it was a nice addition! Halfway through drinking that cup, I also added a drop of stevia, & THAT was also nice!
Now I’m reminiscing about Laoshan Bergamot Rose, hoping that David will bring that one back, fantasizing about adding roses & vanilla to this blend, enjoying this cup, & I think I need a hot bubblebath.
I’ll buy more…yes, I’m sure I’ll buy more…