2327 Tasting Notes
Saturday Sample Sipdown #2
Thanks to Amanda for this sample. Not something I would buy, but it was ok.
My original review of it, written in character on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, is here:
Saturday Sample Sipdown #1
First off, thanks to Amanda (not to be confused with Momo) for this sample. When I first joined Steepster back in sept, she was one of the first people who offered to trade with me.
I love peaches, I love vanilla. Although there are no actual peach pieces in this, there was a little peach flavor. The tea base was weak, the vanilla was more prominent, but the most noticeable flavor was a buttery caramel taste. Not bad, but not particularly satisfying.
Tony placed his first tea order last week, & he included a tin of the English Breakfast for me, as he knows I love my breakfast tea. That was really sweet of him, he’s the most wonderful man I’ve ever known. (no, he’s not reading this, it’s actually true).
The tea is ok, but nothing to write home about. I’ll drink it when I’m at his house, but it’s not something I would buy.
But he’s still wonderful! I love my Man :D
Tea of the Month Club Reserve – February ’13
In the spirit of experimentation, & in an effort to use up some of the samples I have sitting around, I brewed this Laoshan black & another one that I got in a trade with Invader Zim in 2 separate gaiwans simultaneously. Zim gave me “Mr He’s finest 1st Spring Picking Laoshan Black.” I believe she got it in the Davids choice box, from ’12. SO….
The look: ’12 is a little darker, I think. ’13 is more curled up.
Aroma: Dry, they both share a chocolatey profile.
After steeping they both smelled roasty & chocolatey. ’12 smelled like a dark chocolate pudding. ’13 smelled chocolatey as well, but with a noticeable green bean aroma.
They both received a rinse, with 12 having a sweeter rinse water, & 13 a little beanier.
The first 3 steepings were at 10 sec each, then 1 minute, then 2 minutes. Throughout the steepings, they both tasted great, with 12 having a slightly roastier flavor & depth throughout, & 13 having a slightly vegetal green bean taste (that actually became more of a long bean taste) throughout. They were both sweet, chocolaty, and tasty. 13 had a very creamy texture, like silk soy creamer.
Both were sweet & tasty, although admittedly I probably prefered 12.
I have so many awesome black teas to sample now, including Mr He’s first picking Laoshan Black (TOTM-R for Feb), & last year’s Mr He’s finest 1st Spring Picking Laoshan Black (given to me by Invader Zim in a trade, which she received in her David’s Choice box). So why am I drinking this? Because it’s awesome! Because I like to start the day with something wonderful. Not to say that those others won’t be wonderfully awesome too, but I have to establish a baseline somewhere, & this is it. Good morning everybody! :D
Oh, how I love thee
Let me count the ways
you’re like a wonderful chocolate croissant with a very thin veil of orange marmalade & a splash of rosewater…sigh…
Sadly, this is a sipdown. I have hoarded this tea long enough. It is time to let go, with a deep & devout hope that David will repeat this wonderful blend for those of us who have loved it.
Please…I beg you…
Damn, this IS GOOD!!!
Savory, peppery, malty awesomeness!
I’m on the 2nd steeping now. After the awkward moment of realizing I’d accidentally dumped this leaf in with the watermelon xylo leaf (F^@K!) & all the time it took to separate them, I OT’d a little, so the first cup was pretty strong. The main feature of that cup was the pepperiness & roasted barley, & the resulting jolt of caffeine has me feeling more energetic than I have in days! :)
For the resteep I dropped the strainer into a larger mug, & although it’s still quite bold, I do tend to like my teas that way, so we’re good. Now I’m getting more of the buttery toast flavors, with that smooth linen feel & a nice mouth watering tingle.
Now to select something for my bubble bath…hmmm…
Boy did I screw up!
I measured this out, then I thought I’d also measure out some Jin Jun Mai, but I accidentally put them in the same cup! ACKCKCK!
It’s all Theresa’s fault (nobody really likes her much). She distracted me with her endless list of “You have to do this today”, & "you need to (blah blah blah).
Luckily they look very different from one another. This one is beautiful sage with hot pink amaranth, the other is black & brown & smaller leaves. I meticulously picked them apart, & although there may be a pink flower in the Jin Jun Mei, no harm done.
Delicious & a sipdown!