3015 Tasting Notes
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.
Yu Lu & I have had a rough relationship. I’m sure it’s all my fault. I treated her like Laoshan Black, using way too much tea & oversteeping. I didn’t like her very much at first. I don’t drink her very often, because she is fussy & I am busy, & I am prone to getting sidetracked. I also can’t drink from her leaves on an empty stomach. Today is probably not the best day for Yu Lu, but as I open the package the dry aroma is just so wonderfully heady with chocolate, and sweetness, and we have gradually developed a better relationship, so here we go. I gave her a quick rinse that I drank (Yum), and then:
5G + 4oz adorable blue lotus porcelain teapot (that I LOVE) X 3 sec
That one went into my blue cup, & I steeped 2 more @ 3 secs & combined them in a pitcher. Sometimes I am amazed by just how much flavor you can get from leaves with short steeps! This tea is immediately mouth thickening & rich & sweet & creamy & chocolatey.
I started a third steep, my phone rang, it was one of my booking agents regarding a wedding…
Yeah, that steep went on for a couple of minutes or so, long enough to get a slight bitter & citrus edge to it, dammit. And that pretty much ruined my session, as the leaves had given up all their glory, & the next attempted steep was meh.
This is a lovely tea. Not my favorite tea from Verdant, but we have come to a point of understanding. She is definitely a tea for a day when I can actually do nothing for a little while. Or maybe next time I drink from her leaves I’ll work at my desk, & ignore the phone.