2973 Tasting Notes
Here’s my first cup of the day.
I went a little crazy on the amount of leaf, So it’s really very bold & kind of brash today. I’m feeling the brightness & astringency of it in my sinuses, & my throat is getting dry. The flavors are of malt, oaky tannins, & sourdough rye bread. I know I’m making it sound bad, but it’s actually quite good, LOL! I much prefer the premium Taiwanese Assam, however.
Sipdown of the day #5
I went with a heaping Tbl & steeped 4 minutes this time. That extra minute made all the difference, as the toastiness of the rice enhances the already roasty laoshan black flavor, & I can really taste the chocolate too. The resulting cup was sweet & wonderful!
Definitely a re-order…sigh…in june…
Sipdown #1 (for the day).
This Tea was shared with me by Sil, so once again, thanks my friend!
Not bold or malty, but a mild cup that it somehow sweet & a little marine-like. What I’m getting is a slice of a good quality french bread slathered with lightly salted butter. Yup. There is also a hint of stone-fruit in the background.
I’m enjoying a cup of this as my first cup of the day. It’s a big departure from the bold Assams & mouth filling Yunnans that I usually start my day with. The initial flavors while still hot are making me think more of green tea, with essence of spring shell peas & asparagus, which seems really strange.
Letting the cup cool down a bit…
Now I’m starting to get the hint of peach. This is probably more suited to be an afternoon tea for me. It is nicely mouthwatering too. I mistakenly brewed it at boiling (oops!), but it didn’t ruin the flavor at all. No bitterness or astringency, just a mild & pleasant cup.
I still haven’t tried this blended with either of the TOMC teas from Feb, but was looking for something without caffeine, & also trying to work my way through ALL of my teas this month, so I gave it another try by itself. It’s ok. I had forgotten there was frankincense in it, but during the last couple of sips, a perfumy taste arose & I began to feel a bit quesy. I had the same problem with the Earl of Anxi.
My son Drew & I LOVE Dr Who (& who on steepster doesn’t, may I ask?)
So of course, we had to have this blend last season, sob…
The boys & I are in sipdown mode, so Leif made a nice big pot of this to drink during breakfast with our pancakes, & it was spot on! Slightly bold from the Irish brekky, a little blueberry, & little earl green. Fruity, tangy, & daring! I loved Amy & Rory… ;_; I miss them…