3008 Tasting Notes
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.
Backtracking – this was my first cup of the day, which I thoroughly enjoyed, including a resteep which I drank out in the garden while clipping weeds. My favorite garden tool is a pair of fiskar scissors. I just clip weeds at the surface, then leave them laying there to decompose.
This is a lovely tea, but I can’t really comment on it’s profile, other than maltiness, as that was hours ago!
My dear friend BoxerMama informed me the other day on Facebook that I’m neglecting my duties on Steepster because I still haven’t reviewed the June Reserve TOMC teas yet. :D So here I am, & I can’t believe the month is almost over & nobody has reviewed this tea yet! I cringe to be the first, as I’m lousy at comparing 2 teas of the same variety. I can pick out tastes, like honey, musky, malty, bitter, etc, but I’m not so good at comparing teas, especially not 2 teas picked from the same plants.
So what can I say? My main comment is simply that I have concluded that I don’t like using the brewing method that Mrs. Li recommends. I have tried this method several times, including today, & it just isn’t for me. It almost always results in a bitter & astringent brew. I think I came to this conclusion once before, but today I thought I’d try it again. My mistake.
My preferred drinking method for all of these green teas from Verdant is to use 1/2 the amount of leaf & steep it in my glass test tube steeper (which I love). I wish I had done so today.
I enjoyed this with 2nd breakfast, which was basically 2 leftover pancakes (gluten free, almond flour), reheated in the toaster & slathered with coconut butter & a drizzle of Maple Syrup (slurp! I love maple syrup!). That treat required something with a bit of rustic-ness, which I feel this tea satisfied. It’s got a interesting musky low end, that complimented the sweet nuttiness & creaminess of the snack perfectly.
This is my first cup of just plain old black tea this morning. I’ve enjoyed the flavored teas with breakfast, although if Leif hadn’t been with me, I’d have skipped those in favor of something plain.
This is a rich & earthy, kind of middle of the road cup. It lacks the gentle smokiness that I tend to expect from a Keemun, but is still a nice ‘middle’ kind of feeling tea. No real high or low notes, if I were to assign a musical ensemble to represent it, it would probably be Cello, Viola, Clarinet, Oboe, & Bassoon, with some Marimba & Timpani thrown in. It would be a haunting lonely sound, but not necessarily sad. Like a cool walk in the woods. Nothing exciting going on, just communing with Nature.
Good Morning Steepsterites!
We had an amazing storm here last night, it was literally raining buckets! My ears kept popping, & for a little while I had an ear ache. I’m sure gmathis & my sister MsWhatsit will concur that it was a pretty wild evening. The Cardinals baseball game was delayed until about 10pm (they lost).
I had trouble sleeping & finally got up this morning at 9:00. Battled the birds in my yard over raspberries (they were all pretty pissed off that I ruined their berry picking extravaganza this morning). I think they got plenty to eat, & I came in with about a quart of berries!! Yeah! Nothing like homegrown berries! Here’s the photo:
So, on to Tea! Leif picked Tardis to have with breakfast, which I’ve reviewed plenty of times. For those who have not tried it, it is Earl Grey Bravo, Blackberry, & Vanilla. A perfect selection for this morning, given the berry picking theme! Today it was especially nice, as the vanilla seemed more present.
We followed that with Plum Oolong. Tony has 3 favorite teas:
Earl Grey (any will do, but he is currently partial to Ahmad)
Jubilee (London tea room…basically earl grey with orange added)
and this Plum Oolong. He gets it from Kaldi’s, a local coffee roaster that opened a coffeehouse several years ago. Kaldi’s has blossomed into several coffee houses, & their coffee is available all over the place. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I understand theirs to be quite good. They have also branched off to include teas, for people like me, & for awhile they offered Numi bagged teas, but now they offer looseleaf. I have no idea who they are getting their teas from, but I have to admit, this is a tasty plum oolong, with hunks of fruit in it. It resembles the plum oolong offered by the Art of Tea. The flavor is tart & tasty.