2485 Tasting Notes
Good morning Steepster! Happy first day of May!!
Ms Theresa printed up our “Tea Collection” list this morning. It looks like my total teas is 243 (256 if I count straight out herbs like Astragulus, Elder Berry, etc, but we’ll leave those off the list.)
Of course, some of those are samples, & I’ve decided I need to get through the samples & quit hoarding!!
This one came from Sil, & it really is a tasty blend of yunnan & assam, somehow allowing the tastiness of both to shine in a really nicely balanced way! I have truly enjoyed it, & someday when I’m allowed to order tea again (today I have 12 days ‘clean’), it’s on my list to order from Upton! Thanks Sil!
I know I’m one of the only people on steepster that likes roasted chicory root. I also like this blend, which is pretty heavy on the cinnamon & ginger, nicely spicy, and thanks to the chicory it has enough depth to feel satisfying. I drank it in years, saw it on the shelf at the store, & because I’m trying to drink less caffeine in the evening, I figured, “What the heck, let’s get reacquainted”. And we did! Besides, I love the artwork on the box.
I bought a sample of this awhile back, & have drank it, but neglected to write a review. As I recall, it was nice hot, but maybe not as peachy as I’d like it to be. There is a nice bit of ginger though! I love Ginger! So today I used up the rest of the sample making sun tea while I was working in the garden. Then I let it chill & it’s very nice! I’ll actually finish drinking it tomorrow, because I’ve had enough caffeine for today, but I did want to log it, because it’s a SIPdown! :D
It’s been awhile since I enjoyed this tea. It really is a delightful oolong, with a light roasty flavor, a fruitiness like plums, & an undercurrent of caramelized brown sugar & hazelnuts. After awhile it takes on a roasted green bean-like flavor as well, bringing to mind laoshan black in it’s later steepings.
This tea combines the features of a smokey ‘caravan’ type tea with the bergamot of Earl Grey. It’s suppose to be a tribute to Winston Churchill, who was not a tea drinker. It was really a big ‘risk’ for me to purchase some of this, but I had to give it a try. It’s ok, but not something I will re-order… :p
This is the tea I took out into the garden with me today, & although I didn’t get nearly as much done as I had planned/hoped to accomplish, I did get a few things done. This is a lovely & gentle blend of Yabao buds, florals, vanilla, & goji berries. Mildly sweet & a little creamy, it kind of smells like cotton candy & marshmallows to me. As a dry tea, it is beautiful & looks like something fairies would drink.
After a weekend of practicing hard & running around playing gigs, I’m ready to settle in to some time at home. It’s been awhile since I had a cup of Golden Fleece! Where have I been? I’ve been drinking all these BOLD Assams, which I love, don’t get me wrong, but THIS is a wonderful cup of buttery goodness, so nurturing, so rich, like a cup of flavorful but gentle broth after you haven’t eaten for days. It’s like an invitation to relax & just breath!
1 Tb + 8oz X 1 min (2 min resteep) (3 min other resteep)
Sil Sample Sipdown!!
I’m sitting here waiting for the Game of Thrones to start. I’ve been enjoying sipping teas.
I have to say, rooibos freaks me out, LOL. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really creepy looking stuff. It looks like insect legs, or something. It looks like it’s made out of the same stuff beetles are made out of, shellac or whatever.
Regardless, I’ve enjoyed this peach & rooibos tea. Thanks Sil!