3091 Tasting Notes
First tea of the morning, enjoyed while fixing breakfast.
First steep = 4min
2nd steep = 5min
Both were delicious, smooth, with a nice thick sensation, flavors of Malt, a little chocolate, & that hint of coriander. And NO astringency! Upon finishing the 2nd cup, I have a tingle on the tip of my tongue & thickness along the sides. A wonderful way to start the day!
Another tea from Sil, Thanks! You’re slacking on your reviews, sister, get with it! ;)
THIS is more like it!
I’m enjoying these teas from Taiwan Tea Crafts. I’ve decided I like the Assams from Sun Moon Lake. They all share a rich fruity flavor that is very different from the Assams I’m used to, but in a really nice way. This one is really lively in the mouth, with a full sensation, & a nice high note that reminds me of Apricot.
Another tea from Sil. :)
So, when I opened the bag, I was like, “Oh crap…rooibos…meh…”
But I made a cup anyway. The aroma was a turn off for me, & the first couple of sips were a little to bright for me, too intense.
I almost dumped it out.
I’m sitting around watching old episodes of NCIS. I let the tea cool for a few minutes, taking an occasional sip, & it sort of grew on me a little, at least enough to drink the rest of the cup.
It’s wierd…I don’t really know how I feel about it. I have mixed feelings. The flavor has the intensity of cough syrup, that would be the combo of rooibos & hibiscus, then there is the fruity currant, which I like. There is a pleasant creaminess from vanilla & some white chocolate as well.
So I don’t really like it. There’s something over the top & fake about the taste, that lingers in the after-taste & gives me a queasy feeling.
Hmmmm….I’m not really sure how I feel about this one. I’m not used to finding Fenugreek in a tea, & admittedly, I’ve never been a real fan of it. I guess it’s interesting enough to finish the cup, with a rich mouth, but it IS a sipdown, so I doubt I’ll ever drink it again.
Thanks for the sample, Sil.
Look what I found in Tony’s cupboard! I also found some Vanilla Caramel Assam (Butiki) AND a secret stash of Bilbo Brew (Adagio)!
We’re hanging out having a PJ day, being couch potatoes. Right now we’re watching “Ray”, for the third time. Jamie Foxx is so awesome in this movie.
This is tasty, malty, & a little fruity.
This is another tea from my trade with Sil, & my first tea of the day.
The other sun moon Lake blacks I’ve sampled were rich with fruitiness, both in the flavor & aroma, & very smooth. They are very different, really in a lovely & unique way. If I understand it, this is one of ose same teas, aged 30 years. It is very smooth, & the fruit flavors have transmuted to root veggies: notably beets & carrots. There is also an earthy taste, like a root cellar, hinting at a Shu puer, but just a hint, with a touch of salt. It’s mellow & grounding.
This tea is one of the best blends out there, in my opinion.
It’s a wonderful combo: loashan black, shui jin gui, toasted rices, & cacao nibs. Could anything be better?
I’ll let you in on a secret. I love it plain, but if I sweeten it, I start to resemble someone with tourette’s syndrome, cursing like popeye the sailorman. Adding sweetener brings out the chocolate, the roastiness, the caramel, & this is so damn !$%^&_(^Q*&%$! GOOD, that I can’t describe it without muttering obscenities.
I let Tony have a sip, & he, who doesn’t like Laoshan Black (blasphemy!), did a double take, took another sip, & wanted to keep the cup. I didn’t let him.
Happy Birthday Sil!! I hope you have an awesome day! :D
Maplewood, the part of St. Louis that I live in, is the first suburb west of the city, a historic district right on route 66. We have a couple of Art Walks per year, & last night was Let Them Eat Art, a play on Bastille Day. It is considered one of THE things to do in St. Louis in July. Artists everywhere, painting, sculpting, making jewelry, or whatever they do to be creative. Musicians (including myself), bellydancers, Ladies dressed up as Marie Antoinette with crazy bouffant hairdos (one year there was a chic with a bird-nest woven into her hair with a canary in it, I swear its true!), a dog costume contest, burlesque show, hoola hoopers, face painters, you name it, we got it. The whole event is vaguely french themed, kinda, sorta, & the whole city gets involved. It’s a family event, all the restaurants have specials, and it is sub-titled “the night of a thousand cupcakes”, with free cupcakes for all! Let them eat Cake!
I played my Electric Harp & sang at Kakao, an amazing chocolate place. That’s where I always play for these events, LOL, & Brian, the owner, always sends me home with a bag full of amazing dairy free dark chocolate & other confections. Last night there were morello cherry jells, dark chocolate with pepper & salt, cowboy pecan brittle with chipotle pepper, some other things, & my most favorite, the dark chocolate marshmallow pie. I ate a bite of each thing (ok…I half the marshmallow pie…so frik’n awesome), then handed the rest of it off to the boys. I just can’t really eat that much sweets, & I’m a little hungover from the sugar this morning. http://www.kakaochocolate.com/
The gig was fun, I love what I do for a living.
This tea is tasty. It’s not my favorite of Stacy’s teas, but I enjoy it from time to time, & now it’s gone.