2859 Tasting Notes
Yu Lu & I have had a rough relationship. I’m sure it’s all my fault. I treated her like Laoshan Black, using way too much tea & oversteeping. I didn’t like her very much at first. I don’t drink her very often, because she is fussy & I am busy, & I am prone to getting sidetracked. I also can’t drink from her leaves on an empty stomach. Today is probably not the best day for Yu Lu, but as I open the package the dry aroma is just so wonderfully heady with chocolate, and sweetness, and we have gradually developed a better relationship, so here we go. I gave her a quick rinse that I drank (Yum), and then:
5G + 4oz adorable blue lotus porcelain teapot (that I LOVE) X 3 sec
That one went into my blue cup, & I steeped 2 more @ 3 secs & combined them in a pitcher. Sometimes I am amazed by just how much flavor you can get from leaves with short steeps! This tea is immediately mouth thickening & rich & sweet & creamy & chocolatey.
I started a third steep, my phone rang, it was one of my booking agents regarding a wedding…
Yeah, that steep went on for a couple of minutes or so, long enough to get a slight bitter & citrus edge to it, dammit. And that pretty much ruined my session, as the leaves had given up all their glory, & the next attempted steep was meh.
This is a lovely tea. Not my favorite tea from Verdant, but we have come to a point of understanding. She is definitely a tea for a day when I can actually do nothing for a little while. Or maybe next time I drink from her leaves I’ll work at my desk, & ignore the phone.
I’m taking a break from sipdowns…whew!
I only have 9 teas left to sample from *NofarS*’ box. This has been an awesome collection of teas!!
SO, I want something really special, & Sichuan Caravan is a VERY favorite, it’s just such an awesome blend. Oh Ginger Root, oh licorice, oh elderberry! These are a few of my favorite things! The lovely sweet pastry like qualities of Yanxin’s Reserve Shu… I can’t believe I’ve managed to hoard something I love this much for this long, and admittedly, I’m getting ever closer to the end of my stash. That will be a sad day, but that day is not today, so just for today I’ll enjoy this cup of goodness, complete with re-steeps!
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I think I’m starting to get the hang of Darjeelings. I steeped this at 190, & it’s not bad. I think I gave it 2 mins. The aroma reminds me of something, but I just can’t say what it is. The tea a little on the astringent side, but also kind of sweet & savory at the same time.
Not something I would want to drink regularly, but worth trying.
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This is a nice Dragonwell, which I was sipping on while thinly slicing homegrown beets. This will be my first time fermenting beets, so we’ll see how they turn out! They are in a brine with orange peel, ginger, & caraway. Back to the tea, I really enjoyed the first cup, a nice contrast to the black teas I’ve had so far today, but I’m sorry to say I really oversteeped the 2nd cup…does anybody know how to spell astringent? ;)
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This is actually a pretty good cup of tea, especially considering that it’s suppose to be a blend of darjeeling & ceylon teas. It’s a little bright & floral, with a slightly metallic edge, bringing to mind the image of an old family teapot made of silver, polished on the outside, but tarnished on the inside with layers of patina from an endless number of steepings. As it cools, the astringency sets in…