2913 Tasting Notes
This is a sample that Garret sent with a recent order. Thanks you SO MUCH, Garret!
I never drink as much Puer as I’d like to. I just don’t have time to do multiple short steepings all the time. My solution is to go with 7Grams steeped 3 minutes in my mug. When it comes to Shu, this almost always results in an amazing cup of tea. I resteep adding a minute, & again adding another minute, etc until the tea has nothing left to give.
So, that’s what I did. I’m on the 3rd steeping now & it is still rich & dark, sweet, & delicious!! The sample is generous enough that I’ll get to try it again using shorter steepings, & I promise I’ll give a much more detailed report then, but for now I can say that I’d like to pick up a cake of this, plus I’ve been eyeballing another yixing pot on the mandala site, & some other things, LOL. It’ll probably be another month before I can afford to buy anything (well…there is the Butiki order that I need to finalize tonight…but after that, I need to go back to the Hiatus Group, cuz I’ve been bad!).
I brewed a nice big cup of this to drink en route to my tea party gig at the retirement home this afternoon. I’m resteeping the leaves & I think I’ll put it in the frig for tomorrow. Yeah…that sounds good. :)
This would be a sipdown, except I already have another bag of this, lol. I wouldn’t want to run out!
I didn’t really care much for this today.
It IS a nice bold earl, very flavorful. The base tea is nice, and it seemed like a good idea as an after breakfast cup, lightly sweetened.
It’s probably me. I probably used too much leaf.
Oh well, I am trying to drink everything once a month, & although I’m not really accomplishing that goal, I’m trying to get to the ones I didn’t drink last month, & most of them are flavored teas. I’ve noticed I don’t have trouble getting through the really nice full leaf teas.
This one will probably end up in the ‘Tony box’, since he loves the Earl.
I’ve enjoyed this tea for awhile now. I need to remember to try 4 min instead of 3 next time, & because the leaves are a bit unruly, I usually go with a ‘loose’ Tbl.
Not much else to say, as this is the 8th review & I think I’ve said it all. :) I guess the fact that I keep drinking it should be testimony to the fact that I enjoy it, right?
I apologize in advance for this lame review.
I enjoyed a nice long session with this shu while I was teaching this afternoon. It is a sample of the loose version, sent to me from Garret.
It’s very tasty, but I didn’t take any kind of notes or anything. I just kept going back & resteeping. Thanks Garret!
I do enjoy a good jasmine from time to time, & this one is really wonderful, IMO. I don’t have any revelatory tasting notes to reveal about it, I think I’ve written a few reviews by now. But I really enjoyed a couple of steeps this morning before heading out into the garden. I returned to the house with a couple baskets filled with produce: Turnips, Leeks, Arugula, & fresh dill, which became a soup for my lunch; Lemon cucumbers & dill seed heads, which will be brined with garlic (I ate a couple of pickles from the batch I started last week, & they are so tasty!); a regular cuke, broccoli, beets, a watermelon radish, tomatoes (sungold, cherokee purple, & san marzano), parsley, scallions, a nice big pile of shallots, & an even larger pile of Basil. Time to make some Pesto!! The most surprising thing I found: There were some volunteer purple potatoes from a few years ago, & I’ve sort of ignored them all summer for the most part, occasional offering a drink of water, but mostly just leaving them to do their thing. I decided to take a closer look, as they were starting to die back, & ended up with the front of my t-shirt as a sling, loaded to the max with purple potatoes!
While I fixed my lunch, I enjoyed several more steepings of this tea, breathing in the perfume of the Jasmine, so relaxing. I am not a perfume person, perfumes make me sneeze & effect my breathing, but the natural scent of jasmine flowers doesn’t have that effect on me, & I’m really grateful for that.
One of the things I love about having a large collection of teas is drinking something different every day. I think if you drink the same tea every day, after awhile monotony sets in & you don’t really taste (or maybe even remember) what made that tea so special to you to begin with. I noticed a long time ago that when eating sweets, I actually only tasted the first 2 or 3 bites, & then it was Cone Head Mode, “Consume Massive Quantities”, mindlessly cramming it down my throat, tasting nothing. It can be the same with other foods, beverages, & all aspects of life.
I want to be present & savor the moment. Drinking a variety of teas help me to be here now, to sip & savor, & to love the variety/creativity that is life!
I like this tea. It is bold & manly, even a little smokey, but there is also a sweetness to it, a little brightness as well. Good Morning!