2973 Tasting Notes
A few months back, Sloan had a big sale & I was in WANT mode, their teas sounded so wonderful. Luckily my dear friend & tea sister Sil saved the day (and my wallet) by offering to order some things & send me samples.
Thank you Sil!
As it turned out, I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the Sloan teas I tried, except this one, which she sent in the BBBBox awhile back. And of course, that’s probably because it’s just tea, a potent Assam without anything added or taken away. Very robust. I made a 16oz pot of it, poured myself a cup, & that’s all I got because my sons, Drew & Leif, each had a cup too. Now it’s gone!
I drank this over the afternoon, & although I enjoyed it, I don’t really have anything to share. It was tasty, building up to a sweet kind of creamy vanilla mouth, & some fruitiness. I don’t know what else to say, but luckily I have enough to drink it again, so hopefully next time I’ll have more to comment on.
This has been a busy morning! First I dropped my car off for an oil change, then I had consultations with 2 different brides & their mothers. The first bride came at 10. She drank ‘Refresh’ by Tazo, her mother drank Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach black tea over ice. I drank a cup of Laoshan Black.
The 2nd bride came at 11. We all drank Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black. They loved it!
This afternoon when I got home from my gig, I wanted shu. Plain & simple.
I have a sample of this from Garret, actually I have 2 samples, so it was time to give it a try. I used a Tbl of nuggets, in an 12 oz mug. I gave it a rinse, then a 3 minute steep, with a 5 minutes resteep.
Initially, it was kind of musty, but it had an earthy grounding element, a deep flavor, and a rich & almost buttery kind of mouth.
That’s all I have for now. :)
I’m not really much of a fan of flavored green teas. I made a travel mug of this to drink on the way to the wedding I was playing. It was an hour’s drive away from St. Louis, so it was nice to have a hot cup to sip. This is a nicely crafted tea, with a nutty & creamy flavor, & I still have enough to drink it a couple more times, but admittedly it’s not among my favorites. But I don’t hate it either!
I steeped up 2 teas to take with me today. This was actually the 2nd one, which I put in my insulated cup, so that I could drink it on my way home. Tea stays hot forever in that thing! Although I’m not generally a huge fan of earl grey type teas, I really enjoy a cup of this once in awhile, especially lightly sweetened. By the time the wedding ended, this was just right for sipping on the way back home.