3015 Tasting Notes
I have to confess: I have a tendency to overleaf it with Stacy’s black teas. If she says ‘2 tsp’ I usually go with a loose Tbl, as those teas are so crazy shaped that there really is no way to measure out a tsp with them. If she (or anyone else on any tea…) says ‘a level tsp’, I usually go with a heaping one. On this tea (& the Assam leaf, even more so), I’ve learned to follow instructions, LOL. This is not a wiggly irregular shaped tea, the strands are thinner & shorter, so it is more well behaved.
Anyway, it’s a lovely boldish Assam with a light astringency & a nice malty flavor, with a hint of citrus to it. (Or maybe that came from the lemon pancakes I was eating?). Very rich & delicious. I steeped 4 minutes. Next time I need to remember to go 5, so I can see how it changes.
I had originally planned to enjoy this yesterday after several steepings of Lao Tong Zhi ‘11 Sheng, but the day got late, dinnertime came, & I decided to wait. So I’m enjoying it now (still listening to the ladies play harp duets). This is a very nice fully flavored Shu, no fish or ammonia, reminding me of vanilla wafers, & also reminding me of the noodle kugle I used to make for my kids a long time ago. That kugel was rich with eggs, vanilla, cinnamon. This Shu has a richness like that, a smooth vanilla mouthfeel, a mouth watering sweetness, & it’s just plain tasty! It’s also rather bold!
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 2min (xingyang workshop method)
Subsequent steeps t 2 min, followed by steeps at 3 mins as needed.
I haven’t drank this one for awhile.
I have 2 ladies here practicing their Harp duets & I always serve them tea. I served this one, in part because I’m really trying to make it through my entire menu of teas by the end of the month, which won’t actually happen, LOL, but at least I can make it through all the black teas then. Also, I haven’t drank this one for awhile, as ceylon teas tend to not interest me much, they tend to upset my stomach if it’s empty (along with white, green, puers & oolongs), and so I figured it was time to give it a try again. After breakfast!
It is, of course a much more gentle brew that what I tend to go for, very light & ‘clear’, with a taste closer to the ice teas of my youth, but today I’m really noticing a very lovely apricot flavor to it! Perhaps I originally judged this tea unfairly, for today it is quite nice! The ladies are enjoying it too. :)
First tea of the day! I really enjoyed these pearls this morning, with their essence of malt & chocolate. I needed a black tea that wouldn’t upset my tummy on an empty stomach, because I had a student right away & didn’t have time to eat. This one worked just fine, using 6 pearls & steeped at 4 min, then 5, then 6 minutes. I made it through the first cup during the lesson, drank the 2nd while fixing breakfast, & the 3rd with my meal. A good start to a busy day!
I feel that I have accomplished very little today, but it’s been a nice relaxing afternoon, just sitting around sipping teas. Sometimes I need a day like this, & it’s been way too long, IMO.
It appears that I’m the only person who has ever reviewed this one, & it’s been quite awhile since I drank it. This is one of those Shengs that is still young, & I always have to remind myself to limit the amount of leaf to 3G, & keep the early steepings short! Otherwise it’s way too intense. I wrote a pretty comprehensive post regarding this Sheng awhile back, so for those who want a full on review, I’ve attached the link.
My daughter Ari came over with her son for lunch. We made deviled eggs, raspberry almond flour muffins (heavenly), & a salad of Mizuna, radishes, & raspberries (all from my garden!) tossed with hazelnut oil & mango vinegar. Ari picked this tea to have with lunch. Perhaps sitting on the shelf for 6 months has done it some good, as it was much better than I remember it being. Ari loved it.