2329 Tasting Notes
Thanks again to Sil for this sample.
This is an interesting tea, an earthy woody Shu puerh with the addition of caramel. The flavor is rustic & kind of wild, but as it cools it becomes very smooth & sweeter. An interesting tea to sample, a sweet & savory dessert.
Excuse me, my tea & I are headed to the bubble bath. :)
This is a sample sent to me by IndigoBloom in Sil’s Super Awesome Sample Box. Thanks girls!!
Admittedly, I was having trouble visualizing cilantro in any tea blend. I do enjoy cilantro, & I grow it in my garden. During the winter I grow it in my Aerogarden too. It’s great in salads, sprinkled on chili, eggs, etc., but I’ve never considered it in tea. I haven’t tried the pineapple cilantro yet either, but maybe I should, cuz this is good!
It’s unusually tasty, with the sweetness of mango, the creaminess of the white tea, a pinch of tart hibiscus, & very refreshing from the cilantro. Indigo, you’re a visionary! It’s so awesome that Stacy has the amazing talent of making dreams come true!
It’s been a nice day! I made an awesome breakfast, we ran a few errands, then we went to the pool hall. We played 9 ball, I won 3, Tony won 6. I’ve been shooting pool since I was young & I’m a pretty good player, but Tony is amazing. He shoots more than I do. I will continue to strive to be a worthy opponent.
Now we’re home, watching Cardinals baseball & working on fixing dinner.
I’ve been putting off sampling this tea, sent to me by SIL because I though it would be a potent Lapsang Souchong type, & although I have grown to enjoy some smokiness, I thought it would be really smokey, & I’m more of a light smoke person. The funny thing is, it isn’t really smokey! It’s a nice bold blend of teas…Keemun, Darjeeling, & maybe some Oolong. A nice full flavor & mouth, if you know what I mean.
Enjoying this cup after a freestyle mix of Taichi/Quigong.
Such a lovely contrast to the Keemun.
So completely different.
Bright, sweet, vanilla & honey & cream. Tingling tongue, nice Chaqi.
They have 2 things in common, no, make that three:
- They both have a hint of mushroom in their bassnotes
- They are both Tea
- They are both from China
(To be sung to the tune of ‘A Thousand years’ by Katie Perri, because I played that song at a wedding Friday evening, along with Halo, Fireflies, Dog Days are Over, Don’t Stop Believing, & a few others. I can’t get it out of my head, & admittedly, these lyrIcs are not a perfect match, but it’s early, so forgive me.)
First cup of the day.
I don’t really have much to say that hasn’t already been said before…
This is a pleasant earthy cup
And now that I’ve drank it up I know I’ll reach for something more.
Earthy, fruity, a little peat moss
Slightly floral, hint of play dough
Oh we love these things
Yes we love these things
Wafting incense, subtle nuance,
Much less smokey than other Keemuns
We all love our teas
How we love our teas….
I’m still working on Sil’s Super Stash of Sipping Splendor
This one has a label that says, “Smokey Black Tea from China”. There’s no company listed, so it ends up here in the Random Steepings heading.
I remember the first time I tried a smokey tea…it totally freaked me out! Now that smokey flavor has grown on me.
This tea has a nice Keemun-type profile, a moderate amount of smoke, a caramelized brown sugar sweetness, and a smooth & creamy vanilla-like mouth feel. A pleasure to drink. Thanks Sil!
Sipdown from Sil’s Sample Box
This is nice, bold, malty, & naturally sweet. There’s a little bitterness, but I’m finding that appealing today. I’m near the end of the cup, & I just noticed an almost beer-like aftertaste, as if there were hops in there. I haven’t had a beer (or any alcohol) for about 30 years, but don’t worry, the flavor isn’t gonna cause me to go out on a bender or anything. :D