2516 Tasting Notes
I am suddenly surrounded by Dragonwell teas! I have several options:
Mrs. Li’s Spring Harvest Shi Feng 2013 – Verdant TOMC May
Mrs Li’s 1st picking 2013 – Verdant Reserve TOMC
Dragonwell style autumn laoshan green 2012 – Verdant
Org. nonpareil ming qian dragonwell (TeaVivre)
Org Superfine Dragonwell long jing (TeaVivre)
There is also an older Tin of Dragonwell from long ago when I was in love with Dragonwell & ordered a bunch of it. Once I got more into black & oolong tea, it sort of disappeared into the back of my cupboard, & was only re-discovered recently. It’s probably not very good, I think it’s 10 years old or so…
So…I have all these dragonwells. Luckily I enjoy them, but probably not often enough, & rather than allow them to join that tin & become relics, I need to start drinking them. I’m also curious to figure out how much they really differ from one another.
This one has a pleasant green taste with a hint of smoke.
And now it’s gone.
Sipdown! After all the sipdowns that went into making yesterday’s ‘Suicide is Painless" ice tea blend, that puts me at 290!
My first tea of the day, & the first several sipdowns, I hope. I’d like to clear my cupboards out a bit, maybe narrow it down to my most favorites (stop laughing Sil, I know you are!)
This Irish Brekkie is ok, but not good enough to invoke images of Collin Farrell in a bathrobe saying, “Pass me a cup, Love” & winking.
This tea is so popular at my house that it’s almost gone! We bought the 6oz tin, & we’ve probably only got about an oz left, if that!!
Anyway, it was the tea of choice for Game Night, along with the raspberry muffins we pigged out on. Drew, Leif, & I played Pirates of the Caribbean Monopoly. I went to jail almost immediately, & every time I got out, I ended up back in there! It was 6 times in jail before I finally made it around the board & passed go. I rolled doubles 3X in a row on 3 different turns, I landed on the ‘go to jail’ square 3 times, I drew 2 cards that send me to jail. I also drew one card that got me out. Needless to say, I think I only passed go 4 times in the whole game, & I was the first to fold. Leif had a glorious win, however, & was quite pleased with himself.
Drew & I also played a full 6 rounds of Yatzee. We each won 3, but I ended up with the highest score. Then we played competition Solitaire. He won 2 out of 3. And so ends Game Night, which we plan to alternate with movie night I think.
This is one of the Reserve TOMC offerings.
The dry aroma is incredibly sweet, & brings to mind the color orange, like the Day Lilies blooming in my yard.
I love the color green, it is my most favorite color, & one of my favorite things about Tieguanyins is the amazing almost irridescent green. This one looks pretty much the same as other TGYs: Beautiful!
I followed the recommend steeping parameters, using my test tube steeper (I LOVE that thing), as it allows me to control the steep time a little better.
The first steeping was a pale yellow, delicately floral, & in my mind I saw a field of buttercups.
The second steeping became even more floral & sweet, & I thought of when my kids & I used to make candied violets.
The Third steeping created a scene (in my mind) of tiny spring flowers: violets, wild strawberry, wild onion. Tiny flowers bloom all over my yard & my neighbors yards in the early spring.
Beginning with the 4th steeping, the florals began to gradually diminish the be mixed with a growing green flavor & a creaminess as well.
This is a lovely Tieguanyin. As with the other Reserve TOMC teas, I’m not sure that it’s really that spectacular, but it was a pleasure to drink.
I’m enjoying a lunch of yesterdays leftover Potato & Lovage Frittata with some homegrown radishes & asparagus. A tasty black tea is just what I needed to complete the meal.
This Nilgiri is from an amazing assortment of mostly black teas that I got in an awesome trade with NofarS. This is only the 2nd tea I’ve sampled from the box, not because I don’t want to drink them, but because it’s just so hard to pick one. They are all beautifully packaged, I might add, & I’m truly grateful for the trade, Nofar! I’m also grateful that neither of our boxes got stuck in customs! Yay!
This is a medium bodied tea with some brightness too it, kind of fruity in the sense of blackberries. Not particularly bold or bassy, no bells & whistles, but it’s a pleasant cup & nice with lunch.
Leif & I wanted a large batch of ice tea to drink all day, filling the gallon jug with the spigot on the side (which we forgot always leaks…I hate those things). So we didn’t have enough of any one thing, but we had lots of odds & ends that we never drink. Here is the list of teas that were combined & used up:
Tarocco Ruby Orange – Teavana
Wild Sweet Orange – Tazo
Lemon Zinger – Celestial Seasonings
Mango Tango – The Tea Spot
Earl of Grey – The Tea Spot
Organic Tangerine White – Frontier
Lemon Verbena – from my herb garden
Sweetened with Stevia
The resulting brew is Fruity, tart, & tangy! Also very refreshing when you come in from the garden!
Leif & I did some gardening, pulling weeds & re-trellising some of the raspberry canes. My raspberry patch is really crazy & happy, & very productive, so we also picked more berries. Tonight is our first official “game night”, so I think I’m gonna make an almond flour cake with black raspberries in it, topped with coconut whipped cream & red raspberries. I still have to pick the black raspberries, later when it cools off a bit.
Anyway, it got too hot & sunny, so we came in & made an iced version of the last of the watermelon xylo, adding a little stevia. It was so yummy & refreshing, & very quickly gone!
Sadly, yes it is true. I split this oz with Sil, & I’m sending a sample from my half to TastyBrew, so this is it.
However, I will re-order this one, as it is very tasty. I went with the western brewing parameters & the flavor is thick, rich, & a little spicy with essence of chocolate, caramel, & coriander. A delicious & unusual black tea, with the earthiness of a Qimen, but it’s own unique flavor.