2898 Tasting Notes
Happy Birthday USA!
My first cup of the day, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I think each time I drink this tea I enjoy it a little more, as it really is loaded with nuance: malt, floral, incense, coriander, peat moss, shroom, brown sugar, plum, & even a little chocolate as it cools down. There are no trumpets blaring or tubas here, just the smooth sound/ taste of a woodwind quartet & some low strings, a soothing concert in the Fairie Wood. I’ve reviewed this several times, including writing a song. A pleasant earthy cup.
Sipdown (uh…304 I think)
I bought this in a sampler months ago. It’s not bad. There is a slight fishiness to it, but it is otherwise lightly sweet & earthy. I have enjoyed much tastier Shu’s, but I’m trying to work my way through my list, & this one was next alphabetically (by brand). And now it’s gone.
I started sipping on this earlier, Gongfu style, using 5G of tea to 4oz water. I did one rinse, which I sipped but discarded, as it was weak.
The dry leaf smells wonderful! Roasted Stone Fruit, raspberries, a hint of dark chocolate.
The wet leaf also has a very sweet & fruity aroma.
The initial flavors on this tea, however, were more like wood smoke or a woody incense. There is also a flavor of roasted nuts, predominantly hazelnut I would say, & a little bitterness. The fruit was there, but more in the background. Gradually those initial flavors subsided, making way for more of a sweet & subtle stone fruit taste.
I think I might try doing a cold brew with this, to see if the fruitiness becomes more prominent, although I enjoyed it as is.
A lovely cup of green!
I would probably write another Haiku to this tea, but I’m getting ready to go look at a house with Tony. That doesn’t actually mean we’re finally moving in together (after 13 years of each owning houses 5 minutes apart), but we are leaning more in that direction, & are both very interested in this house, as it appears to have the features we want, & it’s in the neighborhood we want to live in (which I already live in.)
To be continued…
This is currently one of my favorite Assams, along with #49 & Premium Taiwanese. All 3 of them are very different from one another, but all delicious.
It appears that my allergies are back. I haven’t been drinking my Nettles, & grass & weed levels are rising now that we’ve had so much rain!
Note to self: Start drinking Nettles again!