3091 Tasting Notes
I crammed my little blue lotus pot about half full of these leaves. That is my favorite way to drink this tea. The first several steepings were very short, the tea quickly packed with sweet bright flavor & sensations. Gradually I’ve steeped it longer & longer, as it moved from Grapes & Malt to sourdough bread & olive oil. I’m in the later steepings, & it has the pepperiness of a green olive oil, & reminds me of crispy potato chips fried in olive oil, sprinkled with salt & pepper.
I’m still trying to resolve my grumpy demeanor. I really woke up in a funk! I’ve eaten well, I’ve enjoyed some amazing teas. I even went to my chiropractor today. He has a crazy amount of Russian Sage growing in front of his office, was talking about needing to thin it out. I thinned it out for him, bringing home a trash bag full, as I’ve wanted to plant Russian Sage for quite some time now! Right now the plants are having a big drink in a bucket of water. Guess who is allergic to Russian Sage? The pollen got all over me while I was pulling plants, resulting in much sneezing, some wheezing, itchy eyes, etc. But the aroma of the sage is so amazing, so just for today I’ve decided it’s a small price to pay. It will look beautiful edging my driveway.
“Yayyyyyy!!” Shouted at the top of my lungs, “Zhu Right is BACK!”
And just in time! I’m such a grumpus today! I slept very deeply last night, the kind of deep sleep you have when you’re sick, & although I am not sick, I’m cranky & probably should take a nap.
Note to self: Drink a strong infusion of Elderberry this afternoon, just in case you’re fighting off a virus you don’t know about.
Anyway, my day is saved! I opened the front door to find 2 Boxes with my name on them! Not one, TWO!!. In the first box, this awesome tea. I immediately had to have a cup, 1 TB in mug, steep 3 minutes. It’s a wonderfully deep & strong cup of dark fancy designer 97% chocolate from somewhere exotic, with a little expresso, some sweet spices, and Re-Steep @ 5 min. I’m SO grateful that I get to drink this today!
Box #2: “YAY!!!” Every bit as exciting as the Zhu Right, it’s my trade from Sil, the most awesome tea friend Ever! I just posted a pic of the yummies she sent on my FB. Sarah, you Rock!
This tea is at it’s best if you overleaf a bit & steep for 4 minutes.
You get a nice blend of the earthy keemun, the sweet banana, & some nuttiness from the walnuts. I feel like I’m drinking a delicious banana-bread! Drew & I are enjoying a cup of this with breakfast, & his only comment is, “Banana-ey”. He is a young man of few words. He likes it.
I love this tea!
I have loved it for a long time.
Everyone was bummed out at breakfast because of the Bilbo Brew sipdown, & so I made a big pot of THIS, handing out cups of it’s chocolaty awesomeness. Everybody is in love!
This tea has a nice bold bass, a wonderful chocolate essence, & just enough Shu to give it an earthiness, although not in an obvious way. If you didn’t know there was some Shu in there, you might miss it. Overall, I love the bass, I love the boldness, I LOVE the chocolate, & it packs a pretty good punch too!
I drank a cup of this earlier in the day. It’s a very delicate tea, almost more like a white tea, lightly flavored with Jasmine & juicy peach. I’m usually not a big fan of flavored greens, but this is a really gentle brew with an authentic peach taste, very enjoyable.
Thanks again to Angel @ TeaVivre for this generous sample!
Master Han has a couple of new Puers that Verdant recently added to the webpage, including another Sheng. I’m curious to see how it will differ from this one, & it’s coming in the TOMC box, so I’ll get to find out! I’m hoping my TOMC will arrive by next monday, as I’m leaving town Tues AM, flying down to Orlando area (Apopka) to visit my Mom & Dad for a week. I still need to figure out which teas I’m bringing!
This one came in the TOMC box in March, along with Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan Black, and Xingyang’s Golden Buds 2010 Shu. Some months of the TOMC interest me more than others, but that was a particularly nice month!
This tea starts out lemony, with a tangy green-ness of a fresh peppery olive oil. It maintains some tartness as it leans towards a sweet grapey fruitiness, & in the later steepings it reminds me of Kolkannon, an Irish dish of potatoes & Kale, in this case drizzled with a bit of olive oil & a pinch of salt.
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.