3091 Tasting Notes
I am far from a sipdown on this tea. I bought some, & also received some in the TOMC awhile back, so I’ll be able to drink it for awhile, BUT I wish I would have purchased a cake of it while I could. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Xingyang Shu I’ve tried, & hopefully Verdant will continue to unveil more Xingyang offerings. This one is lovely, sweet, & clean caramel with a hint of cinnamon. I should drink it more often.
The boys & I gardened from 8 – 10am, & then fixed a nice breakfast, accompanied by a large pot of Bilbo Brew. We’re almost at a sipdown…just enough left for a small pot.
Drew & I were talking about teas, & I ended up making a pot of Golden Fleece. He wasn’t into it, but Arianna really enjoyed some with me. This is, of course, another tea that I love. It is also an interesting counterpoint to the Laoshan Black, as 2 teas could be no more different than these two! Laoshan Black is like having a fudgy brownie, this is like a bowl of vanilla ice cream afterwards.
Every time I drink this tea, I’m like, “THIS is the BEST TEA EVER!!!”.
I really LOVE Laoshan Black, it’s just so awesome! Since I have so many black teas (32, not counting trades), I am drinking a different black tea each day, which I really enjoy. Otherwise I’d settle in on a few that I am totally in love with & drink them every day, & then they would lose some of their specialness. I will probably narrow it back down to maybe 14 at some point, & do a 2 week rotation, but a one month rotation is nice because each time a tea such as this one comes back around, I am reminded of why it is so awesome. The flavors really stand out!
Thanks to TastyBrew for this sipping experience. This is a decent tea, but a little too ‘bright’ for my tastes, the high end is very shiny on my tongue, like a shrill flute or high pitched brass instrument.
I didn’t really get the ‘malt dripping down the sides of your tongue’ bit, but there was a nice under-taste of cinnamon to it.
I’ve decided monday is my day to sample white teas. I don’t have very many of them, mostly in ‘sample’ size, so once a week seems good to me.
I’ve had this sample for quite some time, & it’s about time I drink it!
I’m not an expert or even a huge fan of white teas. For the most part, they tend to be kind of boring & lame to my tastes, but in an effort to be open minded, I will continue to sample one every week & try to develop more of a sense for what they offer.
I’ve also come to the conclusion that white teas are not always so much about taste, as about sensations. The earliest steepings had a lovely floral sense about them, with a hint of allspice I think. This developed into a crisp & slightly tart mouth, with a bit of a lemony taste. Later there is also an almost chalky sensation as well, which I think, if it were processed as a black tea, would become that resinous & malty tongue thickening bit that many of us love so much in our yunnan teas.
This tea also packs a decent ‘third eye’ energy. :)
The boys informed me that they polished of ‘Eleven’ as well, so I’m officially at 288 teas!