3071 Tasting Notes
On Sunday Tony & went to the big import store (Global Foods) to get refills of his beloved Ahmad Earl Grey. They have a huge selection of teas, mostly bagged, but I did find a few loose leafs, so I figured I might as well give one a try. I’ve never heard of this brand, & I do enjoy Keemun.
My first session was on Sunday, using 1 tsp + standard mug X 3 or so min.
The dry leaf doesn’t smell very promising, especially when compared to some of my other keemuns, & the resulting tea was ok, but not particularly exciting.
Today I gave it a 2nd chance, using 1T + mug (10 – 12 oz) X 2.
Much better! It’s not going to make it to the top of my list, but is very drinkable, with a red wine & brown sugar kind of taste.
This morning I’m dipping into the trade I had with Stephanie. So many interesting teas, & yet I’ve barely tried any of them. So I’m starting with this black tea from Nepal. I’m not sure where it came from, but it reminds me in appearance of a Darjeeling type, so I went ahead & treated it as if it were, allowing the boiling water to cool for a few minutes. The resulting cup is pleasant enough: a little tart, sweet, & floral. More of an afternoon tea than an accompaniment to breakfast, but not unpleasant in any way (although I think if I’d gone with boiling water the level of astringency would have been undesirable).
Although I am not an early riser by nature, I’m starting to get used to it again, & I have to admit, there are some perks to being the first one awake in the house! First off, we are quiet people at my house. No TVs blaring, the main sounds here during the day are birds in the (very over run & out of control) garden & the music of various Harp students coming & going, along with my own practicing. It was still dark when I got up & the cicadas, little frogs, & other noise makers are at full force right now, so there’s this undulating constant sound that starts around sunset & continues until sunrise, & I love it.
We’re also busy people, everyone always going in their own direction, so it’s been nice this morning to see each of my children (except the one who’s still sleeping) & my grandson, as they grab food & find their way out the front door.
I’ve also been enjoying the luxury of this tea. For the last week I’ve been on the run, grabbing the food I made the night before, brewing teas to go, heading out the door…
it’s so nice to just sit here & sip…
1 T + 10oz X 3/5
I’ve also started a load of laundry, & started getting ready to start my continuous brew kombucha, however I have no sugar in my house, so I’m at a standstill on that project until the store opens at 8:00.
Good Morning Everybody!!
I’m not usually up this early on a day I don’t have to teach at the school, but it’s going to be an exciting day, so here I am.
“Why exciting?” You ask.
“Because Sil is in St. Louis!!!” little terri blabs! She’s so excited that she was jumping on the bed all night :)
Of course, she is working by day, but tonight we get to hang out for awhile, & tomorrow we get to hang out ALL DAY, or at least most of the day. YAY!!
Here’s a brief survey of the teas I dragged to school with me yesterday, all teas that I’ve already reviewed many times, all teas that are worthy of their own review & tasty:
Malty Irish Breakfast – Butiki – sad sip down…sigh…
Dinjoya estate assam – also Butiki
Premium Grade JIn Jun Mei – YS
Feng Qing Gold Needle Yunnan Dian Hong – YS
and once I got home:
Vanilla Citrus Spice
That’s all of my tea drinking day yesterday rolled into one.
One more offering from Dag Wedin. This is a Raw Puerh, with beautiful large budsets, & a tangy spicy aroma! I went ahead & used the entire 7G sample in my yixing, combining 2 pours at a time in my favorite cups (or at least one of my favorite, there are so many).
Green beans, orange peel bitterness, fresh eucalyptus, & some kind of floral, a thick sensation, cannabis after-aroma, accompanied by a great tea buzz, the wonderful head clearing kind. I really believe teas such as this are beneficial for allergies, & this will be a pleasant head-space for my taichi class tonight.
Another tea from Dag Wedin
5G + 4oz (more or less) X 45/60
A small leaf black, somewhat broken. the warmed aroma was sweet, with shades of roasted barley & sorghum. The 1st steep was kind of minty, in the way that some taiwanese hong yun are. Flavorwise, it was not as sweet as I expected it to be, more of a black strap molasses & rye kind of taste, with noticeable acidity.
The 2nd steep was basically bitter, & for me, undrinkable.
Still worth sampling though! Thanks Dag!
Another sample from my trade with Dag Wedin. I’ve had these teas for awhile, a few months or so since we did our trade, & it’s about time I got to sampling them!
I’m mostly working from home today, with students coming & going, & then a nursing home Tea gig in the afternoon, followed by more students, & then Tai Chi class this evening, so I can slip in a few tea reviews here & there.
So this tea? I don’t drink a lot of Darjeelings, & have never been a huge fan of them. I don’t know why, they are pleasant enough, but I think the main reasons being that they tend towards astringency (IMO), & they don’t sit well on an empty stomach for me.
Luckily my stomach isn’t empty, & I have learned that if I brew a darj at a lower temp, it’s less likely to be astingent. The dry aroma of this tea almost has a minty quality, & in my opinion that carries over into the actual cup of tea, not quit mint, but an herbaceousness that leans in that type of direction, if that makes sense to anyone out there.
“Hello….is there anybody out there?”
Anyway, I can see why people enjoy this type of tea, I’m picking up some interesting layers. Cinnamon, lemon, & a rich floral quality, also a sweet kind of pastry quality.
Good morning Steepsterites!
How I’ve missed you all. I’ve been peeking in daily to read a few posts & see how the site is coming along, & I see things are still not back to normal, but I know that eventually it will all be sorted out.
I started the morning with Teavivre’s Organice Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black tea, which is always such a yummy treat, & which I realized I’m getting close to running out of!
Then it was on to an offering from my swap with Dag Wegin, who I haven’t seen here for awhile. This is ‘Emperial Long Jing’, but I have no idea what company it is from. It is tasty, however, with a pleasant green-ness, a thick tongue, & a lightly tart sweetness that really brings to mind tropical fruits, particularly Mango (which I love).
Thank you, Dag, wherever you are!
Enjoying this cup of tea & a sweet slow morning :)
It’s been a while since I’ve done a taste comparison, but I have several black bi luos in my collection now, maybe 4 of them.
Funny, but without even lining them up, I can tell you that this one would most likely rank # 4, simply because the other 3 are more golden, sweeter, creamier, with an aroma of honey. Comparing those other 3 ( from WP, YS, & Tribute) would probably not be easy, on the other hand!
That is not to say that this isn’t tasty, because it is! Like other black gold teas, it features malty chocolatey goodness, along with qualities of earth, leather, & a dark crusted bread.
This is the sipdown of my Autumn 2013 supply, but I believe I have a small bag of the Spring 2014 waiting in the wings :)
Happy Sunday Everyone!