2913 Tasting Notes
Welcome to Day 2 of Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
(Sil & Cavo, I know you are both laughing at me, but THIS is for REAL!)
First Sipdown of the day is this Sweet Honey Black, which I acquired in a wonderful trade awhile back with TastyBrew, thanks!
This really is lovely tea, & although it lacks a bold bass note, & gratefully there is no crazy high end, it is very full & rich through the middle, kind of like a Keemun. However, in my opinion the taste is nothing like a Keemun, but more like a refined leafhopper black, like Mi Xian. It is sweet, honeyesque, with a fruity apricot taste & the smallest hint of coriander. A really pleasant cup!
Sipdown #7, ending the day at 311 teas, I think. They may not be entirely accurate, actually, because there were a few teas I restocked from Butiki, but I’ll settle out the numbers at the end of the month.
This was a generous sample from Sil, a nice fruity blend, also a decaf, which allowed me to drink one more cup of black tea into the evening. Thanks Sil!
Another Sipdown :)
I probably shouldn’t be drinking this right now, LOL, because this black tea really packs a punch in the caffeine department. Oh well!
The description of this tea says it’s earthy & rich & somewhat like a Yunnan. There is definitely an earthiness to it, a warm cereal quality, but truthfully, this is a much bolder & gutsier tea, much more like an Assam in my opinion. Interestingly, since I drank the Wanja Purple tea earlier today, I am also noticing a similar flavor in this one that I can’t quite identify, but that I noticed in that other tea as well. It’s vaguely familiar…cranberry! That’s it! Maybe that is the terroir of the Kenyan soil?
I’m counting this as a sample sipdown!
I requested a sample of this in my most recent order from Butiki. I particularly enjoyed it sweetened, but it probably won’t be something I’ll order, as the Guranse is rough on my stomach. But I do like the almost fizzy soda quality of it, & the flavor combo is awesome!
The 3rd sipdown of the day! (315)
The aroma of this tea is so nice & fruity, like stone fruit mostly, but also with a raspberry essence. There is also a really nice dark chocolate aspect, as well as hazelnut, especially in some of the middle steepings. Near the end it takes on more of a woods & rock kind of flavor. There are still plenty of steeps in these leaves, but I’m going to put them in a jar of water in the frig & let them brew there for awhile, as I think this will be tasty cold!
Another Sipdown! (316)
So, I’m digging through trades, looking for nearly tea packets, & came across this one. This is from a long ago trade with Rachel, who I haven’t seen on here of late, but just in case you’re lurking, thanks Rachel!!
This is the only Purple tea I’ve had so far. I steeped 1 tsp in my 16 oz Teapot at 160F for 4 minutes. The resulting tea is pale, with a flavor that is hard to describe. Kind of tart & fruity, in a way like slightly under-ripe fruit, if that makes sense. There is nothing bold & gutsy about this tea, it’s more of a refined kind of thing, but it does give my tongue a shiny tingle on the tip & sides, & I’m feeling some good energy as well. Time to go water my herb garden & dwarf citrus, followed by all of my house plants. I also need to pick some veggies. Communing with the plants, yeah that sounds good to me. :)
First Sipdown of the week!!
This is a pleasant cup, a little bit on the astringent side, but not bad. There is some sweet potato in there, a little clove maybe, & it’s although it’s not my favorite Keemun, it’s not bad, and now it’s gone!!
That puts me at 317 teas in my cupboard, I think. I added a few from butiki over the weekend, oh, and the verdant bundle…
So I’ve decided today is Sipdown Monday. I’m gonna look through each category of teas & try to finish off the ones that I don’t have much of. I really want to drop my numbers to something manageable, so I can actually drink everything on my list at least once a month! LOL :D
Hmmm….I’m not totally sure how I feel about this tea. Initially it seemed pretty blah, watery & weak in spite of a 6 minute steep, so I added more tea & let it go a few more mins. Still not particularly exciting, so I added sweetening, & the flavors began to bloom into one of those dark chocolate bars that you pay top dollar for, a chocolate bar with ground expresso beans in it. Yep, that’s pretty much it. Even as I was thinking, “this is meh, I should just dump it & make something else”, the flavors were building, getting richer, creating that satisfying sensation of having eaten that expresso chocolate bar. I drank the entire cup.
BTW, I spent the afternoon creating my 3rd blog post @ Terri’s Airy Fairie World, which includes a review of sorts of Butiki’s Khongea Tippy Golden Assam, & a few yummy gluten/dairy free recipes. Here’s the link: terrlangerak.wordpress.com
Shhhhhh, don’t tell my sons, Drew & Leif, but I have a secret stash of this tea still at Tony’s house, hehehe. Tony gives me all his empty Ahmad tea tins, & a few months ago I filled one with this tasty tea, brought it to his house, drank a cup & forgot all about it. Today I’m enjoying a cup.
This blend of Irish Breakfast, sweet potato black, & Vanilla green is bold enough to stand up to breakfast, & nicely sweet, smooth, & mouth filling. It is especially nice with a plate of almond flour pancakes, drizzles with maple syrup, but today I had it with a more savory plate of eggs, almond flour biscuits, homegrown broccoli, & hollandaise. Yum!