2945 Tasting Notes
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!
…sigh…it’s so nice to relax in bed & sip a cup of this. This really is one of those teas that isn’t just a beverage, it’s an experience. The aroma alone is so rich & satisfying, like dark chocolate melted over some fresh from the oven pastry. This first cup is so complex, not just in flavor, but also in the mouth: a very dark chocolate, so satisfying, interlaced with essences of cedar, clove, blackstrap molasses, & the tartness of hibiscus. My tongue feels thick around the sides, with a bright shiny tingle on the tip, LOL.
I’m gonna resteep these leaves, dedicating the 2nd cup to my tea sister Sil.
Then I’ll contemplate breakfast…I’m thinking asparagus, eggs, hollandaise, & almond flour biscuits…
I love Sundays!
A sipdown! I haven’t had one in days!
This was a generous sample that was sent to me from Michelle months ago. This isn’t the first time I’ve sampled it, but I think this was my first milk oolong, & it is a pleasant cup, very gentle, lightly floral, & there is a milky quality to it. On rare occasions I add coconut or almond milk to tea, but I personally would never ever add milk to an Oolong. Nonetheless, this is a nice tea, & now it’s gone. Thanks Michelle :)
This was my first tea of the morning. I’ve reviewed it many times. It’s a nice bold & malty cup with a rich oaky flavor & a slight citrus edge. I really enjoy it, & it resteeps pretty nicely too.
It’s been another busy day. Tony & I had tea, then we went to our favorite breakfast place, & then to Lowe’s, where I bought a new weed eater & a new stove. The oven on my 13 year old stove hasn’t worked right for about a year now, & lately has gotten even worse. Here’s the one I bought, if you’d like to see it. They marked the price down an additional $200. It’s still a little pricey, but I cook a lot, everything from scratch, so IMO its well worth it. I always feel like I should get the best quality I can afford, & Frigidaires are made in the USA. I like to get my tea from China, but not my appliances.
One of my 3 favorite Wuyi Oolongs. Hazelnut, stone fruit, & toasted caramel. Thank you!
Today my youngest grandson turned 7! Tomorrow he starts first grade!
This week he also lost his 2 front teeth! I just finished teaching for the day, enjoying repeated steepings of this amazing delicious tea. I have a few more steeps to go, & then we’re off to my grandson’s birthday get together. Time flies!
We’ve been having problems with our internet for a few days, & today especially. I don’t know if it’s due to the polarity shift that the Sun is going through, or what, but I haven’t been online much, & when I have been it seems to get interrupted about the time I start to do something, so this will be short (plus I’m feeling a little grumpy & little Terri needs a nap, although there won’t be time for that either).
I have to admit it. I’m just not really into Yabao. I have a bunch of it here too. I’ll pull some out once in awhile, run through a few steepings, but it doesn’t really hold my attention for very long. It’s just not that interesting. Master Han’s Yabao is at least more interesting than the others, it’s got an amazing dark lacquered look to it, & more flavor, but it’s just not really what I want right now. I only drank it because it’s the last selection from the tea club for July, and the Aug club package is on it’s way. I did make it through 6 Gaiwan steepings I think, & then dumped it into a larger cup, filled it with hot water, & put it in the frig. I’ll leave it there until later & see how that comes out.