2914 Tasting Notes
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! :)
Here’s another sipdown from NofarS.
I haven’t drank very many yellow teas. The dry leaves are a mix of gray, beige, & brown, with an aroma that reminds me a bit of Sheng, only milder. I steeped about 3G in my glass test tube steeper @ 175F, & the leaves opened up beautifully, taking on colors of green, apricot, yellow & beige. The color of the brewed tea starts off yellow, but then warms to an apricot color. Maybe I’m imagining this, but the early steepings even had an apricot essence to it, along with a mild sheng-like taste. I’m getting several steeps out of these leaves, & it’s a pleasant brew. A little bitter on the tip of the tongue on steep 3 & 4, perhaps, but the later steepings have a shiny tongue tingling sensation & it has good energy to it, if you know what I mean. With that, I’m headed out to water the garden & pick some produce! Hopefully I won’t get lost out there ;)
I’m still working on the last of the teas I have from my awesome swap with NofarS awhile back. Only 7 teas to go after this one!
This tea is ok, but really rather bland. Not roasty, not sweet, not even floral. Maybe a little bit of a bready sour dough taste, but nothing really stands out about this one in any direction.
This is the final sample from the BBBB, sent by Sil.
The Badaxx B*t@hs Black Box
The Bodacious Babes Black Box
Call it what you like, LOL
Honestly, I took one look & said…“Cherry” :p
yeah, I really did stick my tongue out.
But actually, it’s not bad! The cherry is fairly laid back, so it doesn’t go all medicinal on me. The Puerh is kind of a bland one, but oh well, after it’s not bitter! So I guess it wasn’t me! Or maybe I addressed my bitterness, & the super tasting went away?
Want to know what my bitterness was? My kitchen floor was a disgusting filthy mess. I’m not a great housekeeper, & with all the gardening & cooking & tea drinking that goes on in my awesome kitchen, the floor is rarely pretty. So I steeped this tea while I swept. The I let it cool to taste while I mopped (it only took 5 minutes? Why do I always think it’s going to take so long?) Then I drank my tea while the floor dried, which actually took longer than the mopping. Go figure.
Can you spell ASSAM?
I think I am in super taster mode for ‘bitter’ today. Most of you probably know this, but there are basically 5 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, & Umami (the savory taste). In Ayurveda & some other Asian cultures there are 6 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, & Astringent. Anyway, this is a bold & somewhat bitter cup, & the last tea I drank was also a bitter cup. Either I’m really picking up the bitter taste today, or I’m over-leafing, or I’m just drinking bitter teas, LOL.
Sometimes when I am tasting the bitter taste, I take a moment to ask myself, “Am I feeling bitter/resentful towards anyone or anything?” (including myself) If I am, I take a few moments to wish that person happiness, prosperity, good health, etc. If there is something I need to do or say, the best thing is to just do it or say it, & then let go & move on. In this way, tea contributes to my mental state, but giving me a moment to reflect, by reminding me that I have choices today.