3003 Tasting Notes
I have a new friend. His name is Scott Wilson. I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me, but his name is on the box that came in the mail yesterday.
My son Leif called out, “Hey Mom, who is Scott Wilson?”
“I have no idea.”
“Well, you have a package from him. It’s from Portland, OR.”
“Hmmmm….maybe that’s the awesome garlics I ordered to plant in my garden this fall?”
Yes, I did order some amazing sounding garlics with names like Duganski & Spanish Roja. I ordered garlic bulbs like I order tea (like I do almost everything), with wild abandon. There were a few I really wanted that were already sold out for this year…dammit!
“Oh well,” I told myself, “just start with a few, & add those other ones next year.” I think I started with 5, LOL. I’ll plant them in separate areas of my already huge garden in a few weeks, along with the multiplier onions I bought. I’ll also move my shallots & egyptian walking onions to a new ‘neighborhood’ in the garden. I’m still fighting myself over whether I should order the french gray shallots…I have shallots, of course, but they are not ‘gray’ shallots…
Meanwhile, it turns out the box was from Yunnan Sourcing!!!! My first ever order from there. So Scott is my new friend, even though we may never meet, because he sent me tea! Hi Scott! I’m sending you a hug!
This is one of the teas I bought to share with my Bodacious Babes! The purple tea I drank yesterday is another. This is a really lovely tea tea, sweet with a honey essence initially, & then the flavor leans to a rich maltiness. It’s not an incredible bold cup, but if I wanted that I’d be drinking a cup of Assam! This tea reminds me of Golden Fleece a bit, both in appearance (although not as golden), & in taste (although perhaps not quite as nuanced). I’ll have to drink more, of course, & I can!
I’m not really sure how to describe this tea, except to say that I really enjoyed drinking it!! I was watering my garden, carrying this cup of tea around with me. I came in for a re-steep. It was so delicious!
Next time I’m thinking I might try a gongfu session, just to see how that works out.
This has been an awesome afternoon! My son Drew & I went out to lunch, & then I came home & spent the entire afternoon sipping teas like a crazy woman, packing up teas that I promised to send out (almost a month ago), slow roasting tomatoes from my garden, straining both milk & coconut milk Keifers & starting new batches for tomorrow, & drinking more tea! The tea I want to share with my Bodacious Babes arrived, & that’s ready to go! I still haven’t drank much from the HHTTB yet, so I may hang onto that box until next week. Maybe. I’d really like to mail it tomorrow. By the way, it is Huge! Tea Sipper, you’ll never have to buy tea for a year, LOL, maybe longer, as long as you are willing to just drink the stuff that’s in there.
So in the middle of roasting tomatoes, picking & slicing peppers for the pepper steak that’s in the crock pot, measuring out teas, etc, I’ve been sipping. This is a really interesting looking Sheng from NofarS.
It’s not really all that Sheng-like in my opinion, very mild, reminding me of the oaty taste of Ya Bao, but with a tangy twist of lemon! I’ve been sipping cups of this, along side cups of a shu from NofarS as well. I often enjoy the contrast of a Sheng & a Shu, sipped side by side. Other times I’ll sip a sheng for an hour or so, & then break out a Shu. I love them both, & the contrast between the bright ‘raw’ flavors to the super mellow smooth earthy taste is awesome!
Another Sipdown from NofarS!
Every time I drink Yabao, it makes me think of a creamy bowl of steel cut oats with soymilk drizzled over the top. In the background is the taste of cedar or maybe pine, but only mildly.
Yabao is a tea that I don’t really get excited about, or have cravings for, but then I make a cup once in awhile, & even though part of me is saying, “this is really boring”, it’s also really nice. Kind of like white tea, in a way. It’s got a creamy texture to it, a bland milk-toast kind of character, but there is something homey & relaxing about it. I probably should have a cup more often.
Today was my first lesson with one of my college students, who is here from Colorado! Turns out she likes green tea, so I steeped up some of this! We had a great time sipping, playing music, talking, & all that. It usually takes a lesson or 2 for me to really evaluate where a student is at, & so today was a nice start! While she was warming up I ran through several short steepings, combining them into a teapot to share. There was a little left after her lesson, so I put it in the frig, & it turns out that this tea is pretty refreshing cold!
This is an interesting looking tea, sent to me from NofarS.
It appears to be a silver needle white, or something similar, that is maybe wrapped around something like a nail to dry, so you have these lovely spiraled pale silver/green banana curls that are roughly an inch long. Once water is added, the expand & open to become pale green budsets. The liquore is a beautiful apricot liquid with the taste of…
wtf? It tastes like soap! I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking I didn’t rinse my teaware, right? wrong! I never use dish soap on my teaware, just hot water. Also, just to make sure, I washed everything with hot water again, resteeped (2 times!), & it still tastes like soap. I’ve only encountered this with one other tea, another tea that I was kind of excited about trying (mainly due to the presentation). I think it was called Blue Unicorn, or something like that.
Oh well…gotta try all the teas, right? Sipdown (because I’m sending it to Sil, LOL)
I might have to keep this one, LOL.
It was in the Here’s Hoping TTB, unopened!
So of course I opened it & had a cup! It was very nice! Almost like have a cup of Matcha, so fresh & green, a little bitter, perhaps, but thus is life. Tea Sipper, let me know if you want some of this, since the box will be headed your way.
I used to drink lots & lots of green tea: Dragonwell, Sencha, Matcha, Bilo…then I discovered black tea, & I’m sorry to say that my love affair with greens ended. Like a dejected lover, my green teas haunt their shelf, hoping for a stray glance & smile, an occasional moment together. Once in awhile I indulge them, reflecting on our pasts & knowing that we can never go back. However, I do still enjoy their company once in awhile.
I can’t same the same for my ex-husband.
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!