1873 Tasting Notes
Thank you Ysaurella, for another lovely tea!
This was one of my 2 bubble bath teas this evening, & it is quite nice! I enjoy the mellow smokiness of Keemun, & the fruity & floral flavors with it were very nicely balanced.
On the way to get the Harp, I got a speeding ticket. Dammit!
On my way home I found myself craving this! I love that German Chocolate cake essence. It’s not so much in the taste, as in the aroma, I think, & it includes the nuts, coconut, & caramel that my mom used to frost the cake with (I’m sure everyone used that same frosting, it is what MADE the cake, right?). It’s also in the lingering aftertaste, which I love.
Anyway, I’m headed back out the door to visit my Chiro, & then get a few groceries. I’ll return to steepings of this tea when I get home, something worth coming home to.
I had to go pick up a Harp that is being donated to UMSL, the university where I teach Harp. It’s a sweet, very well cared for older instrument, & is now in my house. I’ll call the music secretary & get her to order a set of strings, & then the harp re-stringing extravaganza will begin!
I wanted a cup of bold & malty assam for my drive to get the Harp, & this one, which is rapidly reaching sipdown level, hit the spot.
2nd tea of the morning, brewed in the cup: 1 min, 2 min, 3min, 4min steeps
I’m on my 4th steep.
This is not a particularly bold brew. I upped the leaf from 2 t to 1 T, and I’ve concluded that maybe I’ll try a longer steep next time. I’m also tempted to cram my Gaiwan full of leaf & do short steeps there.
That’s not to say that this is flavorful, because it is tasty, very mild, but tasty. There is an incense sensation in my sinus, my tongue is tingling, the Chaqi in this tea is wild & beautiful. So maybe I should just keep doing what I’m doing with it, LOL!
I usually start the day with a slam dunk bold tea of some sort, but today I started off with this one because…well, the leaves from yesterday just weren’t really steeped out all the way yet. Not bold, but gentle & flavorful!
I’ve been drinking this for the last couple of hours of teaching, & it is a really nice one. I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer the roasted oolongs over the green ones most of the time.
This one makes me think of sweet summer stone fruit today.
I love chrysanthemum tea, so I’m amazed this lasted as long as it did on my shelf, & really it’s only because I had so many other teas & forgot about it for awhile.
This is part 3 of my Feb TOMC tasting extravaganza. To be honest, I wasn’t real excited about this blend, due to my unfavorable experience with another blend that had Frankincense in it. But I figured,“what the heck, I’ll try anything once.” And so I did.
The dry blend has a sweet earthy spicy aroma.
As for the tea, the burdock takes the front seat, & behind that is a fruity spicy flavor. It’s actually not bad, but probably not something I’d purchase.
Part 2 of my February TOMC tasting party with myself, to me this tea has a slight salty & green taste, & made me think of yellow flowers.
I organized my teas the other night a little more. My TOMC & TOMCR each have their own boxes now. I cut the flaps off the boxes & am using them as file folders, to divide each month’s selections. So although I’ve sampled the teas from each month, I haven’t really sampled them in pairings, as suggested on the page that comes with them. So today I did the entire pairing scenario for February. I lined up 2 Gaiwans & a mug, & brewed & sampled all 3 teas. This was a nice way to spend the early afternoon while I was teaching.
Today I tasted oatstraw again, but also dulse & a creamy caramel.