2913 Tasting Notes
Yay, I won the Haiku contest!! The winning Haiku was for this tea. I felt like I should do something to celebrate, so I picked the last of the peaches from my peach tree, made an amazing peach cobbler from this recipe http://www.ovenloveblog.com/grain-free-peach-cobbler-paleo-gaps/#comment-10526, & I also made peach coconut milk ice cream.
I just had my dessert, & enjoyed a cup of the Tippy Golden Assam with it, taking photos etc for my blog, Terri’s Airy Fairie World! My blog is new, I’ve only posted twice. Last night I posted a tour of my garden, with photos of lots of yummy things. If you’d like to visit:
If all goes well, my next post will include the peach cobbler & ice cream recipes, the Haiku, & a review of Khongea Tippy Golden Assam :)
Thanks, Stacy, for the fun contest & all your wonderful teas!
I think that leaves me @ 308.
This is one of the last teas left in the first box Sil sent to me, LOL, I plan to finally empty that one this week!
Nice strawberry flavor, decent black tea for a backdrop. I’m not really getting a sense of champagne, but I love Christopher Walken, so thanks Sil for sending me a generous sample!
I’m trying to drink things I haven’t drank in awhile, so I still have of this. Last fall I bought an oz of all of the fall verdant tea blends, this being one of them. Usually if I’m going to get a sample of something, I want to sample it more than once, so rather than get the 7G, I just go ahead & get an oz.
1Tbl + 8oz X 3min (resteep 5)
Although I love xingyang puers, this blend is just ok for me. I like the resteep better than the first steep, more of the puer comes out, along with the cinnamon. It’s a pleasantly sweet & refreshing cup for sure, but although I love fresh mint in a salad, & sometimes a few sprigs in a cool glass of water is nice, I’m not a big fan of mints in my teas usually.
Still, it’s not bad & I think I have enough for 1 more cup.
Thank you Sil for sending me a sample of this. I have only previously tried one of the flavored Matchas from Red Leaf, Caramel I think, & I didn’t really care for it as a hot tea, as a latte, or as a smoothie.
I followed your suggestions for a smoothie, & actually it is pretty good that way.
This is a lovely lovely tea. It has a very sweet honey like nature, some maltiness, & with hints of coriander & chocolate in the background, it’s like a breakfast dessert tea, or a nice afternoon tea to relax with. The flavors have a richness to them that is mouth filling, & even kind of creamy feeling. It’s really very good!
Yeah, I know, I drank this yesterday. So what? LOL!
Sure, I set a parameter for myself to drink ALL THE TEAS in my cupboard & there are still 29 unflavored blacks to get through this month, in addition to flavored blacks, greens, whites, oolongs, puers, etc, but little terri wanted to try this one again this morning, & we all know that she really runs the show (for those who don’t little terri, she is my inner child, who I’ve spent a good deal of my adult life getting to know. She is all about creativity, food, gardening, tea, music of course, & fun. You never want to confuse her with Ms Theresa, the office manager part of me, who likes to think she’s the boss, but spends most of her time locked up in some closet in my mind).
So this tea? I steeped 1 Tbl + 8 oz X 3 minutes
The resteep was for 5 minutes. I’d like to say more, but my first student just walked in the door, so I’ll just say I do like it.
Sorry, that’s all you get.
Today I got to meet a new student, along with her mother & sister. They are tea drinkers! Yay!! I made a nice big pot of this tea, & they loved it! There was enough for my next student to enjoy some too. I resteeped at 5 minutes & shared that pot with my final students & my son Leif. There is also a pint left over, which is in the frig chillin’ so that I can enjoy it cold tomorrow.
This is quite different from last year’s Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend. I SO wish I still had a few cups worth of that one, just because it would be fun to compare them. I actually have most of the components here so that I could mix up a batch of the old summer blend…Laoshan Black, I’ve got a couple of Big Red Robe type wuyi’s, Silver Needle, & Willow Grove Shu. The only thing I don’t have is the Wild Picked Jin Jun Mei (Oh….I miss it SO).
But why cling to the past? Embrace the day & what it has to offer!
This blend is rather different from last year’s. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good, & although I can’t really think of any real details since it’s been hours since I actually drank it, I did enjoy it & I hope to keep it around for awhile. It is pleasantly bold & earthy, with all the flavors that most of us love: Malt, cocoa, caramel.
There is also the Wuyi floral/incense after aroma in the sinuses that I find so sensual & alluring. I’m looking forward to the next cup!