2971 Tasting Notes
Earlier today I loaded up a couple of go mugs with tea. This was in one of them. It’s the final remnant of a sample Sil sent to me awhile back. It starts off kind of watery tasting, even though I let it steep long, but as it cools a little there’s an espresso & chocolate liquore taste to it. Not too exciting, just ok.
Another sipdown from the HHTTB!
I used to drink a lot of green tea. That was before I surrendered to the Dark Side! But, the truth is, I still really love green tea. I don’t know why I don’t drink it more often.
This one is delicious! It looks like a Dragonwell to me. The flavor is nutty & green, & it leaves a wonderful fresh sweet aftertaste, especially under the tongue. There are also pleasant tongue numbing/thickening sensations.
I’m not sure if this is the White Peony I’m drinking, but it’s the only one I see listed under the Mandala tab, so I’m putting my post here!
This is from the Here’s Hoping TTB. It’s a sample, labeled 2013 White Peony. Although white tea isn’t always my thing, it’s very nice, a pleasant departure from my obsessive black tea drinking, & really has a refreshing quality to it. It’s not as bland as some of the whites I’ve had, or else I’m just getting more tuned into to the subtleties of the white tea world finally? Probably not.
It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I started a sipdown box a few weeks ago & have been working my way through my collection, moving teas that were at the end of their stay to the box. Not everything in the box is something I love, but this one is pretty nice! Rich & earthy Shu combined with the tanginess of orange. It’s tasty & I probably need to visit the London Tea Room sometimes soon. It’s downtown, but St. Louis is not that big, so it’s really only about 15 minutes from my house.
Sil probably thinks I’ve been sleeping, but actually I took a shower, fixed breakfast, had a student, AND drank a few sipdowns all the while.
This one is from the Here’s Hoping TTB. I sampled it while the box was here, & thought I liked it, and since there was only a cupsworth left, I kept it. Today it’s really not my things, but that’s ok, cuz now it’s gone, baby! Gone, I say!
Welcome to Sil & Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza & Sip-off Duel!!
Sil is, of course, an earlier riser than I am, so she has a bit of a head start, but it’s on until midnight Sunday night, and I plan on drinking me some Tea! We both started at 262, & Sil posted the rules earlier, so I’d better start sipping!
My first tea of the day? This Gold Bud Black is pretty good for a start, & it’s a sample from Sil, my sipdown sister! An appropriate start, I think!
I drank this all evening, on & off.
I was busy, so I don’t really have any notes to share, but I wanted to drink it, since I drank the original Phatty Cake yesterday. I can’t really give a comparison of the two…but I love them both. I think the original is sweeter, but they are both tasty.
What I can say is this was a wonderful bold & rich contrast to the last couple of steepings of the Huang Zhi Xiang Dancong I was drinking all afternoon. The Dancong had me so dopey & mellow, & the Phatty Cake woke me back up a little. I drank several steepings before dinner, & several more after.
Yesterday I put the leftover leaves in a jar of water in the frig. I added tonight’s leaves to the same jar, as I didn’t really feel like the water had absorbed much flavor. I’ll drink their fusion tomorrow.
I’ve had this sample, & another sample from Verdant with a different label that I’m pretty sure is the same tea (High Mountain Dancong Huang Zhixiang) for awhile. The September reserve club also included a Huang Zhi Xiang Reserve Dancong, but that one is from a different batch.
I’ve been drinking this on & off all afternoon. I drank the first several cups while I was teaching from 11 – 12. It was rich & tangy, with an amazing fruity & incense aroma. Then Drew took me to lunch (it’s great when your son says, “Hey mom, wanna go to lunch? My treat!” I love that!)
After we came home I gave it a rinse to reheat the leaves, & then I drank another several cups. Now it seemed more savory & woodsy. Then I wandered out into the garden for a couple of hours. Now I’m back, enjoying it again. These final cups have a peppery quality, but also a sweet liquore to them. I have no idea how many cups I’ve had all together, but my tongue is thick & tingling, & I think I see a long hot bubble bath in my future…yes…there I see it…