2341 Tasting Notes
After sampling 7 small cups of tea from the TTB back to back this morning, I needed something a little more earthy & grounding to drink before I headed out to play my gig. I have a whole collection of both Shu & Sheng Puerhs that I haven’t been drinking much lately. I don’t know why.
I will chalk it up to busyness/laziness. I just haven’t been in the mood or had the time to pry off & weigh a chunk of tea, go through all the motions of multiple steepings, etc. My focus has been more on trying to sample everything in my 200+ stash of teas & samples at least once a month, & on sipping down as many of the smaller quantities as possible so that I can start narrowing it down to mostly the teas that I love the most (there will still probably be 200 of them, LOL).
So, I wanted Shu, but I didn’t want to ceremony today. Just a nice cup to ground me & cleanse my pallet, more or less. That’s when Tuochas are so nice, & this one in particular is a fairly nice one. Earthy, rich, & sweet, with hints of chocolate & the earth.
Just what I needed.
No 12 from TTB-A
I have to confess, I’m really enjoying sampling teas in this way!
These little cups hold just enough tea for a quick sample, & if it’s something I don’t care for, I don’t feel so bad dumping it out.
The one is not getting dumped! It’s tasty!
And that’s enough sampling for now, I have a gig in a little while, the monthly tea party at the nursing home. Time to get ready.
No 8 from TTB
I probably should have waited to drink this, as my sinus are still irritated from the momoko.
I’ve never had iced wine, never even heard of it until I joined Steepster, LOL. Of course, I gave up alcohol (& other substances) 29 years ago, so things that are suppose to taste like wine mean nothing to me.
However, I suspect that this will be really good as a cold brew. I think there’s enough in the sample to try it that way, so why not?
So in order to get through the TTB quickly, I’m using my 4 oz gaiwans to brew half cups, that way I can sample a bunch of tea in small amounts. I’m still going with western parameters though.
This tea initially seemed like it might be kind of nice, but after a few sips my mouth began to feel strange, & my sinuses feel the way I feel when someone wearing perfume enters the room, so I’m guessing there are artificial flavors in this.
No 6 from the TTB-A
The boys & I drank a pot of this with breakfast, & it was tasty, but just not my thing I guess.
My main passion in tea is straight full leaf varieties. They contain so much flavor, so many nuances, that I’m generally very satisfied with them. Once in awhile I head off on a tangent of flavored teas, momentarily enamored with the idea of decadent desserts, but I think perhaps I’m reaching my point of saturation, where flavored teas are concerned. Artificial flavors make my tongue hurt. I absolutely can’t bring myself to drink anything that contains glitter, little silver balls, or other crazy decorative things. Most flavored teas, even the ones with natural flavoring, require some stevia to really bring the flavors out, & sitting here, with a TTB full of dessert teas mainly just makes me want a big mug of ASSAM or YUNNAN of OOLONG or PUEHR. Something that really actually tastes like it’s suppose to.
My apologies to anybody who might be offended by my tea bigotry.