2859 Tasting Notes
The boys & I gardened from 8 – 10am, & then fixed a nice breakfast, accompanied by a large pot of Bilbo Brew. We’re almost at a sipdown…just enough left for a small pot.
Drew & I were talking about teas, & I ended up making a pot of Golden Fleece. He wasn’t into it, but Arianna really enjoyed some with me. This is, of course, another tea that I love. It is also an interesting counterpoint to the Laoshan Black, as 2 teas could be no more different than these two! Laoshan Black is like having a fudgy brownie, this is like a bowl of vanilla ice cream afterwards.
Every time I drink this tea, I’m like, “THIS is the BEST TEA EVER!!!”.
I really LOVE Laoshan Black, it’s just so awesome! Since I have so many black teas (32, not counting trades), I am drinking a different black tea each day, which I really enjoy. Otherwise I’d settle in on a few that I am totally in love with & drink them every day, & then they would lose some of their specialness. I will probably narrow it back down to maybe 14 at some point, & do a 2 week rotation, but a one month rotation is nice because each time a tea such as this one comes back around, I am reminded of why it is so awesome. The flavors really stand out!
Thanks to TastyBrew for this sipping experience. This is a decent tea, but a little too ‘bright’ for my tastes, the high end is very shiny on my tongue, like a shrill flute or high pitched brass instrument.
I didn’t really get the ‘malt dripping down the sides of your tongue’ bit, but there was a nice under-taste of cinnamon to it.
I’ve decided monday is my day to sample white teas. I don’t have very many of them, mostly in ‘sample’ size, so once a week seems good to me.
I’ve had this sample for quite some time, & it’s about time I drink it!
I’m not an expert or even a huge fan of white teas. For the most part, they tend to be kind of boring & lame to my tastes, but in an effort to be open minded, I will continue to sample one every week & try to develop more of a sense for what they offer.
I’ve also come to the conclusion that white teas are not always so much about taste, as about sensations. The earliest steepings had a lovely floral sense about them, with a hint of allspice I think. This developed into a crisp & slightly tart mouth, with a bit of a lemony taste. Later there is also an almost chalky sensation as well, which I think, if it were processed as a black tea, would become that resinous & malty tongue thickening bit that many of us love so much in our yunnan teas.
This tea also packs a decent ‘third eye’ energy. :)
The boys informed me that they polished of ‘Eleven’ as well, so I’m officially at 288 teas!
I was going to have a cup of Premium Taiwanese Assam this morning. I sleepily measured out the tea, the water was hot, the tea was steeped, then I sat down to drink. I was thinking to myself, “Something is different. This seems to have lost something.” It wasn’t as sweet. It wasn’t as chocolatey. It wasn’t bad, it was nicely bold & deep, but not what I was expecting. Then I realized I’d made a cup of the ‘upgrade’ by accident. Nothing wrong with it, nothing missing, it’s just not the same tea.
This is a sipdown!
I’ve really enjoyed this Brew, & sadly, there is only enough for one more pot of it…sigh…to be shared with good company in the form of my sons.
Irish breakfast, green vanilla (the only flaw in this recipe, IMO. When I experiment with my own version, the green will be left out), sweet potato, & cinnamon. Yum!