2898 Tasting Notes
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I’m more of a fan of plain teas than flavored, but I enjoy a good cup of dessert from time to time, & since I rarely eat actual sweets, my desserts tend to be teas. This one is quite tasty!
We’re watching the last inning of the Cardinals vs Oakland baseball game, Cards leading 7-1 (last night we lost). I brought a bag of stevia back from the kitchen, just in case I wanted to add some. I drank the first half of the cup without, & it was really very good that way, with an unsweetened cocoa kind of thing going on. Then I sprinkled a pinch of stevia in it, & that brought out the Toffee more. The Hazelnut is present, but more as a bitter element than a nutty taste.
My cup is empty & the game is over. We won!
This tea is from my awesome black tea swap with TastyBrew! Thanks!
I was looking at the Upton website recently. It’s rather overwhelming, they have so many teas! So this one is a pleasantly sweet honeyesque cup. Not particularly bold, but definitely tasty, with a little roastiness, a little bit of that Keemun even-ness & earthyness, but the aftertaste also reminds me just a little of the leafhopper bitten teas, & I guess that is due to the honey taste.
While we were out to breakfast, I drank 2 cups of Numi’s China breakfast, but then I wanted something else. Luckily I always carry some of this one in my purse, along with my Handy Dandy Blue Tuffy Tea Steeper (theteaspot).
I love this tea! The rich flavor of German Chocolate Cake? Hell, yeah!
Any time of day! I also love the resteep-ability of this one. I dump the entire package into my brew basket & give it 3 minutes. It awesome, smooth, sweet, rich, slightly bold, mouth filling. Resteep at 4, & then again at 5. Not a hint of bitterness or astringency. Perfect.
Mine & Tony’s favorite breakfast joint has the Numi Box, which has been depleted for weeks. We went to breakfast this morning, & they finally refilled it, so I had a few cups of this.
This is decent for a bagged tea, with enough of the yunnan taste & texture to satisfy. It also features an interesting light Shu-like aged straw essence, as if they mixed a little Shu in to give it some additional depth.
This is delicious!
The first steep was a little light…hint of dark chocolate powder.
The 2nd steep was deeper, richer, like putting a pinch of gourmet dark chocolate powder on my tongue & swirling it around in my mouth. Almost a powdery sensation.
3rd steep adds a hint of sweet semolina.
4th steep is the one I’m drinking now, still nicely rich, with a mouth that reminds of condensed canned milk with cocoa powder stirred in. I’ve never actually had that, LOL, but that’s what it makes me think of.
I’ll continue sipping this for a few more rounds. It is a nice richly satisfying Shu, without any of the musty or ammonia-like smells, it has a certain earthiness to it, a deeply grounding sensation more than a taste. Next time I’ll probably give it the full on 3 minute treatment, as I’m one who tends to surrender to the dark side!
I was initially hesitant over buying this one. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but then I read Aweward Soul’s review of the ’12 version, & I immediately thought, “That sounds interesting”. Since I was placing a Mandala order anyway, I figured I might as well try a sample.
And I like it! It’s like Sheng Lite, in that it doesn’t have the bite that some Shengs have, if you know what I mean. It’s a milder version, but still very nice. There is a sweet crispness to it like fall fruits, a creaminess that comes after several steepings, & my tongue is thick with the resinous sensation.
After much contemplation, well not really too much, but at least some contemplation, I decided to season my new Yixing pot with this one. It is my favorite of the Wuyi Oolongs I have, with it’s wonderfully nuanced flavors & aromas, & it just seemed like the right choice!
So into a hot water bath my new pot went last night, following Garret’s instructions. After it cooled, I dried it because by then it was pretty late! This morning was a little busy, but this afternoon I filled that pot with leaves & started brewing robustly. Most of the steeps went into a small pan, but some of them made it into my cup. Once the pan was full enough (& I’d also filled a small pitcher for personal use) I used chopsticks to pull the leaves out of the pot, dropping them also into the hot pan of tea. Then I gently lowered the pot & lid into the hot tea, where they are almost finished cooling.
I am in love with these 2 miniature pots! I’ve been drinking Master Han’s Wild picked Yunnan all day from the Blue Lotus, just another cup here & there, & it’s still good, and I’m thinking of straining my yixing soaking brew & pouring it over ice. :D
I went a little off the deep end a few days ago & bought a bunch of stuff from Garret @ Mandala, including the porcelain blue lotus teapot I’ve been pining for & my first Yixing, which I plan to use for Oolongs.
And some teas….sigh…
The pots are adorable, even smaller than I pictured them, & I’m in love.
The artwork on the Blue Lotus pot strongly resembles one of the upcoming tattoos I want, I mean when I first laid eyes on it, it was like…how did they know? So I obsessed for awhile, & finally got it. I haven’t gotten the tattoo…yet…
So…the tea! I’ve drank & written about this tea multiple times, both western style & Gongfu. Today, I’m steeping it in my little Blue Lotus pot, which just happens to hold the perfect amount of water to fill my favorite blue cup.
I’m using the green dragonfly pot to hold hot water, so that I don’t have to stand around the stove. It holds about 4 steepings-worth.
On my 7th steeping now, & what can I say that I haven’t already said?
This is not a chocolaty tea, not a sweet tea either. It is a wild & savory cup of mind-opening Qi-moving elixer, with a flavor of potato chips cooked in olive oil & sprinkled very lightly with a pinch of salt.