2341 Tasting Notes
One of the best things about Verdant’s TOMC Classic is that we get to sample the newest teas. I’m really grateful that they started making a note of telling us what they are sending, because I had the habit of ordering teas as they become available, only to end up getting more of the tea I just ordered. Sometimes that can be a good thing, but in the case of green teas, a little goes a long way (for me, at least). I have to be careful drinking green teas, as I tend to get a stomach ache if I drink too much. These very short steepings help, but I rarely make it to the 6th round. Not all greens have this effect on me, but they tend to, & of course, I can never drink them on an empty stomach ever.
This is a lovely spring green that brews into a pale cup, very mild in flavor, but somehow bright & lively on the tongue. I totally get the oats & soymilk essence, and the ‘green-ness’ of the flavor is like peas or some other spring veggie, always so familiar & yet hard for me to place.
This is lovely Jasmine white. Some jasmines have a soapy flavor, probably because they are artificial, but this one is very nice, not too heavy on the jasmine, with a sweet & clean flavor. I shared it with a student, & she loved it so much that I gave her the last bit of it, enough for another cup, to enjoy at home.
This is a very tasty & bold tea that I really enjoy!
It’s chocolatey enough that, for a minute, I almost thought I had accidentally refilled the tin with The Chocolate ‘O’, LOL. Seriously, I was freaking about it a little. I’ve never drank them side by side, & I’m pretty sure I ordered more of the Choc ‘O’ with my last Tea Spot order, but I can’t find it in my collection (which is back up to 247, I think, with a swap still coming from Nofar & uh….a few other places…LOL).
SO…I poured some of it out into a dish to compare it to the picture on the front of the tin, & also compared it to the Choc ‘O’ pic on their website. I’m happy to say, “I did not screw up!” Whew! Bolder Breakfast has Mallow flowers in it, choc O doesn’t.
Also, I know that the Choc O is EVEN chocolaty-er, whereas Bolder Br is an earthier blend, but obviously it’s chocolatey enough that I was momentarily confused. :)
I received the next round of samples from TeaVivre. Thank you Angel for this generous parcel of teas! Admittedly, I’m not as into green tea as I used to be, & most of the samples are of that genre, but I do enjoy a good cup of green here & there, so I’m looking forward to sampling all of these. I’m enjoying this while watching Cardinals baseball.
This is a very mild cup. The peach flavor is lightly sweet & very subtle, a natural peach essence, not some phony flavoring agent. The green tea is a very gentle one, not grassy or particularly vegetal, but more of a creamy cooked cereal flavor, almost more like a white tea, actually. I’m not really picking up much of a jasmine flavor. Kind of reminds me of when I used to cook steel cut oats in the crockpot over night & serve them topped with peaches that had been sauteed in a buttery skillet. There’s a little astringency, but not enough to take away from the pleasantness of this cup. I already know which of my students I will enjoy sharing this with.
Yay! Sil you are awesome!
I just got home from Tony’s. Gotta get ready for a wedding reception this evening, & there was a surprise present from Sil, Yay!
This is not my first cup of the day.
Before I drank this I had some of the 2nd flush Assam from Zen Tea that Cavocorax sent to me, but I didn’t log it because I didn’t see a page for it. Is it the Assam Mangalam Cavo?
I also had a cup of Ahmad’s English Breakfast, because Tony has some there & I figure I should drink a cup once in awhile until it’s gone.
I also drank a cup of Bilbo Brew while I was watching the St. Louis Cardinals kick the San Fran Giants’ butts! YEAH!
Then I came home to find Sil’s parcel & immediately made a cup of the Brahmin, which I wanted to try. It’s quite bold! Very full & flavorful, a little sharp around the edges, somewhat astringent, but good. I feel that it also packs a pretty good punch, as my energy field is quite lit up now. Time to load up & go play some music for the masses!
Yay! My swap with Cavocorax arrived today! Woo Hoo!
I spent most of the morning trying to reorganize my tea stash, since it’s the last day of the month. I spent most of the afternoon gardening, & if you’d like to see the latest photos, stop by my Facebook.
This is one of the teas I was longing to sample, LOL, & I thank Cavo for being awesome & sharing it with me, along with some other tasty looking treats! I like straight varieties of tea because each one has it’s own character, but I also enjoy a blend that combines the character of several teas, & this one really hits the spot, as far as I’m concerned.
This is also the first tea I’ve tried (I think) from the Devotea, & I’m looking forward to perusing their website (although right now I have no business perusing ANY teasites!). Luckily, Cavo was crazy-generous, so I’ll get to sample this a few more times.
Someone mentioned this tea yesterday & I said that I kind of liked it, in spite of my tendency towards an aversion to bergamot. There are a few acceptable earl grey’s & this is usually one of them, but today… :p
In all fairness, I overleafed it a bit, so I’ll drink it again in a week or so, just to be nice. Sweetened with stevia & diluted with coconut milk creamer, it was better.
What I know I like about this one is the deeper Assam base, & the bergamot is natural, not some phony phlavor.
Sil, is this the “smokey black tea from China?”
Last time I logged it under ‘Random Steepings’, LOL.
Oh well, no matter, it’s a sipdown!
I didn’t find it really to be THAT smokey, but it was tasty, with an interesting menthol taste & tip of tongue sensation during the last couple of sips!