3007 Tasting Notes
First tea of the morning. I really love this tea, but I realized this morning after brewing in the mug that I love it so much more when I choose Gongfu over Western. So many of the buttery sugary subtleties that make this tea such an awesome experience are muddled in the cup.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy my tea this morning, of course, I’m just saying it would have been better if I had used my Gaiwan.
Here’s a Sipdown from the HHTTB. I figured there wasn’t much left in the package, so I might as well give it a try. It’s ok. I’m not really getting much from the Shu, it’s mostly just flowery. I do like some florals, roses & jasmine included. I love lavender, but NOT in tea or food, just bubble bath or the essential oil aroma. Luckily, the lavender isn’t particularly prominent in this blend. Anyway, it’s a pretty blend, but not something I’d ever purchase.
Here’s a sipdown from NofarS.
Since most of the HHTTB teas I brought with me this weekend are flavored, I thought it would be nice to bring something along to use as a pallet cleaner in between them, kind of like the way they serve sorbet in between courses at fancy restaurants. I keep a Gaiwan at Tony’s, so after a rinse I combined a couple of steeps (10 sec, 15, 20, & 25) into one mug to sip on while we watch Lonesome Dove. I’m not used to sheng in the tuocha form, & although I’ve had sheng that were more amazing, this one is pretty nice! And convenient, since I don’t have a scale here. Thanks Nofar!
The Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box arrived yesterday! WOW, it’s HUGE!
I immediately sat down with my laptop & 2 additional boxes. I put all the teas on my futon, (photo coming soon), & then made a list of all the teas, dividing them between the 3 boxes:
“No Thanks” went back into the original box. This is anything with artificial flavors, or just something I have no interest in, for one reason or another.
“Sample” I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. These are teas that might be interesting to try once, but once sampled will most likely end up in the “No Thanks” box.
“This one is mine” Originally titled, “I’m keeping this sh*t!” I guess you know that those are the ones I’m keeping to drink after the box is back on it’s way.
I’m at Tony’s for most of the weekend, with the exception of leaving for part of tomorrow to go play a wedding. I brought several of the tea samples with me, & I included the fig formosa in the sampling category because I love figs, especially fresh figs, & I figured, “Why not”. Unsweetened it is meh ;p
Sweetened, it tastes like grapejuice. There is oolong in there, but I’m not sure where. There are lots of flowers. Definitely going in the “no thanks” box.