3091 Tasting Notes
A few months back, Sloan had a big sale & I was in WANT mode, their teas sounded so wonderful. Luckily my dear friend & tea sister Sil saved the day (and my wallet) by offering to order some things & send me samples.
Thank you Sil!
As it turned out, I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the Sloan teas I tried, except this one, which she sent in the BBBBox awhile back. And of course, that’s probably because it’s just tea, a potent Assam without anything added or taken away. Very robust. I made a 16oz pot of it, poured myself a cup, & that’s all I got because my sons, Drew & Leif, each had a cup too. Now it’s gone!
I drank this over the afternoon, & although I enjoyed it, I don’t really have anything to share. It was tasty, building up to a sweet kind of creamy vanilla mouth, & some fruitiness. I don’t know what else to say, but luckily I have enough to drink it again, so hopefully next time I’ll have more to comment on.
This has been a busy morning! First I dropped my car off for an oil change, then I had consultations with 2 different brides & their mothers. The first bride came at 10. She drank ‘Refresh’ by Tazo, her mother drank Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach black tea over ice. I drank a cup of Laoshan Black.
The 2nd bride came at 11. We all drank Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black. They loved it!
This afternoon when I got home from my gig, I wanted shu. Plain & simple.
I have a sample of this from Garret, actually I have 2 samples, so it was time to give it a try. I used a Tbl of nuggets, in an 12 oz mug. I gave it a rinse, then a 3 minute steep, with a 5 minutes resteep.
Initially, it was kind of musty, but it had an earthy grounding element, a deep flavor, and a rich & almost buttery kind of mouth.
That’s all I have for now. :)
I’m not really much of a fan of flavored green teas. I made a travel mug of this to drink on the way to the wedding I was playing. It was an hour’s drive away from St. Louis, so it was nice to have a hot cup to sip. This is a nicely crafted tea, with a nutty & creamy flavor, & I still have enough to drink it a couple more times, but admittedly it’s not among my favorites. But I don’t hate it either!
I steeped up 2 teas to take with me today. This was actually the 2nd one, which I put in my insulated cup, so that I could drink it on my way home. Tea stays hot forever in that thing! Although I’m not generally a huge fan of earl grey type teas, I really enjoy a cup of this once in awhile, especially lightly sweetened. By the time the wedding ended, this was just right for sipping on the way back home.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Friends!!!
Tony & I just shared a decadent breakfast of Eggs Benedict with asparagus, crispy potatoes, & all the other stuff, including my kickaxx homemade hollandaise. YUM! A strong & flavorful Assam was required, of course, & this one fits the bill!
Now I’m off to go play a wedding, with a one hour drive in each direction. That will fill my afternoon, but it’s a lovely day, the leaves are starting to turn, & it’s a rather scenic drive.
Savor the moment!