2483 Tasting Notes
I’ve been having horrible allergies all day. After chanting the merits of Nettles as an aid for allergies & getting several people to drink them, I’ve been slacking on my own Nettles consumption, & my allergies hit me with a vengeance today. Luckily nettles work fairly quickly, if you actually drink them, & I started drinking them again this afternoon. The tree & grass pollens are ridiculously high, and I played an outside wedding today, so I feel irritated from head to toe, eyes watering, can’t quit yawning. But I feel a lot better than I did earlier today. I’ll need to be consistent with my Nettles for awhile.
This evening I enjoyed a cup of this Egyptian Licorice tea, which I’ve been drinking for years. It’s naturally sweet & pleasantly spicy. I’ve written more extensive reviews of it, I think. It’s tasty!
I finally got a chance to dig into the TOMC bundle, & this was the first one I wanted to try, as I love Dian Hongs.
I didn’t take any notes, just brewed multiple steepings back to back. On each steeping I poured half into a tiny cup & the rest went into a pitcher. Those tiny cups cool quickly so that I could have a small sample of each. Then I went & sat down & relaxed, drinking from the pitcher. Then I started the process again, refilling the pitcher 3 times over the course of a few hours.
I can’t say that the flavor & aroma were all that different from Golden Fleece: rich & buttery, with a breadlike aroma, very croissant-like. Later there was a hint of chocolate, but it wasn’t really all that present to me. A tasty tea, a visual novelty, a pleasant relaxing break after a few hours of gardening.
So the other day I used the rest of the sample in the TTB-A to make a cold brew of this, & then promptly forgot all about it. I think that was on Friday. I’m drinking it now, with a little stevia, & admittedly, it’s delicious! Very refreshing, kind of like koolaid for adults. It doesn’t really taste like wine to me, but that’s a good thing! :D
My grand daughter Julianna (age 8) came over for a little while after school & we did the same kind of sampling that Leif & I did earlier:
4 oz Gaiwan + 1/2 tsp or so tea, steep the usual time for each tea.
We drank our of tiny cups, & I let her pick any teas from the TTB-A that she though she might like. Here’s what we drank:
Oriental – Mariage Freres
Classic Phoenix Oolong – Element Tea
Bossa Nova Oolong – Teagschwinder
Coquelicott Gourmand – Damman Freres
Hazelnut Mate – Fava Tea
Candy Cane – 52 teas
I believe that’s everything we sampled! She was kind of a grumpus when she arrived, but by the time she left she was happy as a lark! :D