2895 Tasting Notes
This oolong is from the Reserve TOMC, January.
The leaves of this one are so beautiful, with a rich burgundy cast to them, & of course they are wild looking! The aroma today reminded me of peaches, maybe roasted peaches, & red fleshed plums.
The warm aroma of this one is so heady with fruit & a hint of cinnamon, & the tea itself has such a juicy fruity flavor, again of peaches & plums. My mouth is left with a sweet stone fruit aftertaste, like I just ate a bowl of cobbler. This tea also makes me think of umeboshi plums.
Later the flavors are briefly chocolate & fruit, & then as the leaves wane, more of a mineral taste, but even then there is a lightly salty rich brothiness to it. This has been a beautiful tea, & I only have enough to enjoy it one more time, but enjoy it, I will!
These are cute little mini tuos, just right for a 4oz or so Gaiwan. I’ve also used them in an 8oz cup, using 2 tuochas. It steeps into a nice dark brew, very smooth, although not as rich as some. There is a pleasant cocoa-ness to it, like powdered chocolate, & mild sweetness.
For me, this tea requires longer steepings. The initial 1 minute steep was pretty watery, but the next couple (each at a little longer time) were fuller. This tuo also does not have the staying power of some of the others I’ve tried. I can only really get a couple of decent cups from it.
I am far from a sipdown on this tea. I bought some, & also received some in the TOMC awhile back, so I’ll be able to drink it for awhile, BUT I wish I would have purchased a cake of it while I could. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Xingyang Shu I’ve tried, & hopefully Verdant will continue to unveil more Xingyang offerings. This one is lovely, sweet, & clean caramel with a hint of cinnamon. I should drink it more often.
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!