2914 Tasting Notes
I’d like to thank Angel & TeaVivre for their generosity in sending out samples to those of us who love tea, & I’d also like to commend them for the excellent quality of all of their teas (at least all of the ones I’ve tried so far).
I’m gradually getting more accustomed to white teas. I’ve learned to really watch the temperature of the water, as well as the quality of the water, & they don’t seem quite as bland as they used to, & although I’m certain they will never replace black tea as the love of my life, I enjoy a cup here & there. This one is quite tasty, with a thick tongue & a mild malto-meal kind of taste, with a little butter & soymilk. There’s just enough of a vegetal flavor to hint at split pea soup, & today I’m also picking up a hint of citrus. A lovely tea.
Here’s a tea from the BBB Box, shared by Sil.
All I can really say about this is it’s interesting.
Most of the time, cherry flavor in teas translates to ‘cough syrup’, but in this rare instance, it doesn’t! This cherry really has a more natural kind of flavor to it, & the cup is dark, slightly earthy, & sweet. Not bad!
I’ve got a slow start going today, in part because I slept in, & in part because I wanted to really savor that last Golden Fleece by drinking a number of resteeps until it was spent.
Next up was this Aged Sun Moon lake, which was part of a shared order with Sil from Taiwan Tea Crafts. Their teas are very interesting, & today is the last day of their sale, BTW.
So this tea is probably my least favorite of the ones we tried, but still an interesting one, tasty, & worth drinking. The flavors are very savory, like roasted root veggies, especially beets. It’s not what I expect a cup of tea to taste like, but still a decent cup.
And it’s Day Three! The final day of Sil & Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza & sipoff!! WooHoo! Let’s Drink some Tea!
I know Sil has already got a jump on the tea sipping this morning, as I just got out of bed! LOL
Regardless, I’m starting the day with a sad sipdown…sigh…I can’t believe I’ve run out of Golden Fleece, I stocked up pretty heavily the last time it was available, & seriously thought I’d never run out. But I have ;_;
So even though I’m suppose to be drinking teas like crazy, I’m starting with a cup full of nostalgia, including resteeps, so that I can really savor this lovely tea & all that it has to offer, and dream of it’s return.
My last tea of the day, I don’t need anymore caffeine, so I figured I’d give this one a try. I had a feeling it would be weak, so I used all 3 teabags that Sil sent me, & let them steep for awhile.
There isn’t really a lot of flavor here. It’s mildly sweet, & does kind of remind me of those very plain butter cookies.
This ends my tea drinking day. I’m at 237, which means Sil & I are currently tied in our crazy sipdown challenge. :)
I’m back at Tony’s. We’re watching Hell on Wheels. Next up is SNL.
This was one of the first Puerh teas I ever had, along with The Tea Spot’s Bolder Breakfast. Considering that this is in a bag, it’s really not bad, & definitely better than the cherry cough syrup tasting Shu I had a little while ago. It’s a smooth earthy tasting cup, a nice way to start drawing my day to a close.
I admit it. I’m at home alone, drinking 3 overlapping teas. I got home from the gig, put on the water, prepared 3 small teapots, & went at it. I was also cooking dinner, which I could have done at Tony’s house. He’s probably wondering if I’m ever coming over tonight, & I am, in a few minutes, but I wanted to get a few teas in my system first.
I don’t care for this one. It has a background flavor of cherry cough medicine. It is a sample that I got from the Here’s Hoping TTB, & I suspect that it’s a sample that has been sitting around for awhile.
“But it’s Puerh,” you’ll say, & that is true. But it’s been sitting in a plastic baggie for awhile, buried in the HHTTB with an insane array of flavored teas, & I suspect that it absorbed something during it’s travels, even if they were short.
I rinsed it. I rinsed it again. blech. I ran a few steepings, took a sip of each, & then poured them out because that taste is still there, ruining what I am certain is a wonderful Shu. I’ll have to request a sample from Garret with my next order, so that I can enjoy the untainted version, because I’m pretty sure it’s a lot better than this!
I have no idea what Sil’s cupboard count is now, & it will still be an hour or so probably before I have time to check it, but I’m pretty sure I’m eating her dust, for now.
The tea I’m drinking is a sample from the Verdant rewards package, which Sil shared with me (although I also had one of my own, some time back). This is the “2006 Wild Picked Stone-Pressed Yabao”. I can’t find it in the database, & since it was a limited edition kind of thing anyway, there’s no point in adding it, right?
Yabao is not something that I’m hugely fond of. To be honest, it’s kind of in there with white tea, for me. Little Terri says, “It’s Boring.”
Ms Theresa eyes it with suspicion, “Exactly what is this?”
I never drink the full 18 steeps, or whatever it’s suppose to go to. It’s just not going to happen. There are way more interesting teas to drink, in my opinion.
Having said that, this is ok. It’s an interesting contrast to the Houjimaicha. It’s one of those teas that is lightly sweet & cereal like, almost sheng-like but not really, it’s smooth, it’s bland, & yet it has a ‘pure’ quality to it, as if one is drinking from a special spring somewhere in a secret place, high in the mountains. I’m also getting a kind of maltomeal creaminess & lingering sweet after taste.