3091 Tasting Notes
For the record, I’d like to say that I admire tea companies that make blends that don’t include a bunch of artificial crap. I’ve attempted making blends for myself in the past, & the sum of all of the parts is rarely as good as just drinking the plain cup of tea, as long as you have good leaf. Most companies start off with cheap leaf, layer in fake flavors, & people buy it, because the fake flavors are more potent than the real thing, they excite your tastebuds & make you want to say “WOW!”
Real flavors have a much more mellow presentation usually. So I admire Steap Shoppe, because they are using real tea leaf, with quality at that, real vanilla, real fruit, etc, & combining things creatively to get the flavors they are after.
Having said all that, I’m a person that would always rather drink a plain old awesome tea, rather than adding things to it, so don’t take my reviews too seriously regarding their blends. Please!
This one is ok. The flavors are very subtle, since the base is a white tea, & I personally don’t usually like orange in my tea much, but it was also fairly subtle as well.
Ackckck! Sil has pulled ahead of me! LOL!
Add to that, I can’t really drink too many cups of tea this afternoon, since I have a wedding to play at later! I wouldn’t want to be sitting there playing pretty music, on the verge of peeing my pants, so I’ll have to be careful, at least until after the gig is over!
I pulled this Assam out of the swap box I have from Sil, which WAS packed to the gills, but now it’s a little easier to move things around in there & find what I’m looking for. This tea is VERY bold! Initially it hit me right between the eyes with a sharp flute-like tone, along with a very low & bitter almost coffee-like bass, but there is some rich fruitiness emerging in the center & my tongue feels like it’s coated with velvet. This stuff is intense, a really potent brew!
I think that puts me at 245.
Welcome to day 2 of Sil & Terri’s sipdown extravaganza & sip off! :)
Good morning dear Sil! Were you surprised when you woke up to find that the tortoise had, at least momentarily, drawn ahead of the hare? Mwuahahahahaha!
I’m enjoying this first cup of the day in bed, as it should be. This is a sample from Sil, and it’s a bold cup, with a little more acidity to it that I usually like. The tip of my tongue is a tingle, & there’s kind of a brightness, like a brass ensemble playing reveille, with a strong tuba player.
This is not a tea I should be drinking on an empty stomach, & I can understand why people add milk & sugar to teas like this, but luckily we’re going to breakfast soon.
Final Sipdown of the day, while watching the Cardinals kick butt.
Who knows how old this teabag is, LOL, but it’s gone now. I enjoy a few of Yogi teas, with my favorite being the Egyptian Licorice. This one is ok. The main thing I like about it is the taste of Ginger. Otherwise, it’s a pretty mild tasting cup, with a nice warming sensation. Probably not something I’ll restock. This ends my day with 247 teas, Sil!
Did I catch up?
Bazinga Sil! LOL!
A student bought me a sampler packet of Tazo for a gift, awhile back. I put these out when I host tea parties for the Harp Society, & also for my students, etc, from time to time. Some people prefer the comfort of a bagged tea, I guess it saves them from having to think about measurements, etc.
It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, & for a bagged tea, it really isn’t bad. Even though there is green tea in there, it’s not very vegetal tasting, & the herbs have a soothing quality. It seemed like a nice tea to begin winding down with.
Here’s another silver sample packet that I got from Sil, which isn’t listed in the database, at least not from what I can tell.
The tea is Longyuanhao Yiwu Mountain 2007 Shu.
I’ve been enjoying steepings of this one & the bamboo flavored Henan Heicha for quite awhile this evening. The bamboo taste on the Heicha softened over time & it took on a sweet ‘rain’ kind of flavor.
This Yiwu has kind of a coffee taste too it, it’s rather bold.
I think it’s time for me to start winding down my caffeine consumption for the day, as I also drank a couple of cups of ice tea with lunch. It wasn’t a fancy iced tea, but it was good, especially with BBQ!
Just for the record, dear Sil, I’m currently at 250.
I have no idea what this tea is. It’s from Sil, & it was in a silver package that looks like one of the packages Verdant sent out in it’s special sampler awhile back. The label says, “2007 Henan Heicha”, so it’s a Dark Tea, something in the puer type family, but I couldn’t find any reference to it, so I’m not really sure who made it, or anything.
Flavor-wise, it tastes kind of like bamboo.
Another Sipdown, courtesy of my steep sister Sil!
This was the 2nd tea I took with me to teach at the University. It’s not my favorite smokey tea, but it was ok. Actually, it left me with a craving for BBQ, which I satisfied on the way home at a local joint called Sugar Fire. Now I’m sleepy & lazy! And I have a student coming any minute. No rest for the wicked, my Gramma used to always say.
Onward, through the fog…