2859 Tasting Notes
Another Sipdown from NofarS!
Every time I drink Yabao, it makes me think of a creamy bowl of steel cut oats with soymilk drizzled over the top. In the background is the taste of cedar or maybe pine, but only mildly.
Yabao is a tea that I don’t really get excited about, or have cravings for, but then I make a cup once in awhile, & even though part of me is saying, “this is really boring”, it’s also really nice. Kind of like white tea, in a way. It’s got a creamy texture to it, a bland milk-toast kind of character, but there is something homey & relaxing about it. I probably should have a cup more often.
Today was my first lesson with one of my college students, who is here from Colorado! Turns out she likes green tea, so I steeped up some of this! We had a great time sipping, playing music, talking, & all that. It usually takes a lesson or 2 for me to really evaluate where a student is at, & so today was a nice start! While she was warming up I ran through several short steepings, combining them into a teapot to share. There was a little left after her lesson, so I put it in the frig, & it turns out that this tea is pretty refreshing cold!
This is an interesting looking tea, sent to me from NofarS.
It appears to be a silver needle white, or something similar, that is maybe wrapped around something like a nail to dry, so you have these lovely spiraled pale silver/green banana curls that are roughly an inch long. Once water is added, the expand & open to become pale green budsets. The liquore is a beautiful apricot liquid with the taste of…
wtf? It tastes like soap! I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking I didn’t rinse my teaware, right? wrong! I never use dish soap on my teaware, just hot water. Also, just to make sure, I washed everything with hot water again, resteeped (2 times!), & it still tastes like soap. I’ve only encountered this with one other tea, another tea that I was kind of excited about trying (mainly due to the presentation). I think it was called Blue Unicorn, or something like that.
Oh well…gotta try all the teas, right? Sipdown (because I’m sending it to Sil, LOL)
I might have to keep this one, LOL.
It was in the Here’s Hoping TTB, unopened!
So of course I opened it & had a cup! It was very nice! Almost like have a cup of Matcha, so fresh & green, a little bitter, perhaps, but thus is life. Tea Sipper, let me know if you want some of this, since the box will be headed your way.
I used to drink lots & lots of green tea: Dragonwell, Sencha, Matcha, Bilo…then I discovered black tea, & I’m sorry to say that my love affair with greens ended. Like a dejected lover, my green teas haunt their shelf, hoping for a stray glance & smile, an occasional moment together. Once in awhile I indulge them, reflecting on our pasts & knowing that we can never go back. However, I do still enjoy their company once in awhile.
I can’t same the same for my ex-husband.
Yesterday afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed this oolong, sent to me by NofarS. Thanks so much!
I steeped 4oz in my green oolong gaiwan, which is a lower wider gaiwan & it nice for giving the leaves room to open. The dry tea is super dark green nuggets, some almost black. There is a vaguely floral & vegetal aroma, so I was thinking this would be a floral tasting green.
My formula: 4 oz of tea – short steeps in rounds of 3 – pour the first one into a cup, & combine the 2nd & 3rd into a pitcher. This works nicely for me on most gongfu style teas, as I can’t just stand over the stove forever. This way I can brew some tea, go sit & teach, or whatever.
The first round: 4/6/8 seconds – Not floral at all! The taste was a little bready, light a mild sourdough, but not actually sour.
2nd round: 10/12/14 – the first cup was a little salty, but then the tea in the pitcher had a real nice sweetness to it, like honey drizzled over sourdough, but not really the flavor of honey, just a sweet taste.
3rd: 16/18/20 Still sourdough bread, only actually a little sour now, & still sweet. Also, at this point a floral hint started rising.
I think I did another round, but didn’t take notes.
And it’s a sipdown!
I think I’m secretly trying to create my own personal tea group here in St. Louis. You know, people who love the same teas I love, that can get together once in awhile & place orders (Don’t worry, Sil, I won’t forget you). The same student who said she likes white tea also got a sample of this one, another lovely white.
Yesterday was a busy day! I had students from 9:30am – 7pm, with almost no breaks. Plus it was one of those days where certain students or parents want to linger into what little break time I have gabbing. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy my students & their parents, & sometimes it’s nice to hang around with them, but on a long day like Wednesday (& that is my typical Wednesday), I really need a half hour once in awhile just to chill out & drink a cup of tea alone. That didn’t happen.
But I did drink my share of tea, so now I’m gonna attempt to piece together some posts! I shared a robust pot of this with one of my adult students, who was in the mood for a nice strong black tea. She loved it!!! (of course)
I’m pretty sure I’ve decided that this is my favorite black tea of all time. Of course, then I start thinking of all the other black teas that I love with all my heart, & I realize that although I am true to my man, I’ll never be monogamous when it comes to tea. There are just so many amazing teas out there!!! If I ever make a list of my top 10 most favorite (of all my favorites) tea, this one will be on it, along with 9 others, all jostling for the top.
Incidentally, this tea is on sale through the end of today at 25% off. Even though I already have a pretty good supply of it, some of the minions living in my head (led by little terri, of course) are screaming that we need to get MOAR!!!!!
Oh, I just realized this was my 1400th tasting note! :)