2485 Tasting Notes
Happy Birthday USA!
My first cup of the day, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I think each time I drink this tea I enjoy it a little more, as it really is loaded with nuance: malt, floral, incense, coriander, peat moss, shroom, brown sugar, plum, & even a little chocolate as it cools down. There are no trumpets blaring or tubas here, just the smooth sound/ taste of a woodwind quartet & some low strings, a soothing concert in the Fairie Wood. I’ve reviewed this several times, including writing a song. A pleasant earthy cup.
Sipdown (uh…304 I think)
I bought this in a sampler months ago. It’s not bad. There is a slight fishiness to it, but it is otherwise lightly sweet & earthy. I have enjoyed much tastier Shu’s, but I’m trying to work my way through my list, & this one was next alphabetically (by brand). And now it’s gone.
I started sipping on this earlier, Gongfu style, using 5G of tea to 4oz water. I did one rinse, which I sipped but discarded, as it was weak.
The dry leaf smells wonderful! Roasted Stone Fruit, raspberries, a hint of dark chocolate.
The wet leaf also has a very sweet & fruity aroma.
The initial flavors on this tea, however, were more like wood smoke or a woody incense. There is also a flavor of roasted nuts, predominantly hazelnut I would say, & a little bitterness. The fruit was there, but more in the background. Gradually those initial flavors subsided, making way for more of a sweet & subtle stone fruit taste.
I think I might try doing a cold brew with this, to see if the fruitiness becomes more prominent, although I enjoyed it as is.
A lovely cup of green!
I would probably write another Haiku to this tea, but I’m getting ready to go look at a house with Tony. That doesn’t actually mean we’re finally moving in together (after 13 years of each owning houses 5 minutes apart), but we are leaning more in that direction, & are both very interested in this house, as it appears to have the features we want, & it’s in the neighborhood we want to live in (which I already live in.)
To be continued…
This is currently one of my favorite Assams, along with #49 & Premium Taiwanese. All 3 of them are very different from one another, but all delicious.
It appears that my allergies are back. I haven’t been drinking my Nettles, & grass & weed levels are rising now that we’ve had so much rain!
Note to self: Start drinking Nettles again!
I have this amazing & generous box from NofarS, loaded with mostly black teas, & a few others for variety. They are ALL teas I’ve never tried!
I’ve only drank one of them so far. There are just so many in there (38) that it’s hard to pick one, LOL.
I reached in & drew out a silver needle…put it back because I’m just not in the mood for that. I reached in & drew out sweet almond & orange black. Not now. I reached in & drew out an earl grey, & put it back. I reached in & drew out this Darjeeling. That works. I just wanted one more cup of black tea.
I’m still getting to know Darjeelings. I’ve drank quite a few, but am still developing a vocabulary for them, I guess. This is a nice afternoon tea, not nearly so bold as an Assam. There is a earthy & fruitiness to it, which I suppose is the muscatel taste everyone talks about. I’ve never had muscatel wine or grapes, but I smelled the grapes once & the aroma was a turn off for me.
Thanks NofarS. I really AM gonna start drinking these wonderful samples more often! :D