2329 Tasting Notes
I drank this yesterday evening, so I’m piecing this together from my notes (written on the envelope the tea was in).
The dry aroma of the leaf brought creamy tapioca pudding to mind, & with the first sip I saw the color of butterscotch (not the taste). Where do these images come from & why? Who knows, but I do enjoy being like this, so onward…
I brewed this one in glass, so I could watch the nuggets bloom & then dreamily unroll themselves like sacred scrolls. Most of the leaf tips are red-tinged.
The texture was buttery, sweet, a little starchy.
It made me think of a dessert I used to enjoy often: sticky rice topped with mango & drizzled with coconut milk. Again, it doesn’t really taste like it, although the fruitiness was a little like under-ripe mango, slightly tart. Subsequent steepings brought out more florals.
I love the aroma of the dry leaf with this one. I breathed it in & it is beautiful! The tea itself is delicious, almost like a trip to the Sushi bar. The flavor is a robust Matcha almost, with the additions of Nori & the sea. There is a rich umami to it, a smooth vanilla-like mouth (not taste), & the first cup was slightly tart too!
I don’t know why I don’t drink Dragonwell more often. I used to drink it, & various other greens, daily. I loved green teas so much that I included a line about them in one of my original songs, aptly titled “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song, here’s a link:
Here’s the verse:
in this moment…
note by note
the whole of life.
just this moment
sip by sip
this is life.
Drinking tea, like playing music
subtly alters both mind & mood
from the Sky Between the Branches to the Dragonwell
Journey within, return renewed.”
Of course, back then I was drinking green teas from Rep. of Tea. They were a new company, & the only interesting tea company available in the local stores. They were my first experience with loose leaf tea, & although IMO the quality of their products has declined, or maybe I’ve just developed more refined tastes, I’ll still be forever grateful because their teas were amazing to me back then.
OK…sorry to blather on about other things. This is a lovely Dragonwell, with a nice thick mouth & a ‘yellow’ flavor, & when I say that, I don’t mean it tastes like yellow tea. I’m just getting the color yellow in my weirdly twisted senses. I don’t why I see yellow, because the flavor is VERY green. It’s nicely robust, with a nutty earthiness to it. I don’t know that it’s any more outstanding than the other Long Jings in my collection, but it is satisfying, & there is a brightness, almost a metallic feel (not taste), but not in a bad way, that lingers on the tongue long after the cup is drained.
Bubble Bath Tea #1 – Yum Yum!!
I say that I’m not a big fan of flavored teas, & in particular I mean artificially flavored teas. Sometimes I have wierd reactions to them, like my lips & tastebuds puffing up a little. It doesn’t usually last a long time, but it’s wierd & unpleasant.
Even teas with ‘natural flavoring’ can be suspect, because you never REALLY know what is in them, & I have a lot of allergies.
This tea is delicious. I have no problems with it at all (or with anything I’ve gotten from Butiki so far), & although I don’t drink it often, when I do I’m in love. And usually in the bubble bath.
So far today, I’m going with favorites. Of course, there are far too many favorites to drink in one day, but what can I say? This was my after breakfast cup, while soaking up the sun in my awesome sunroom, contemplating the wonders of the universe, reading some inspirational stuff, & just breathing in the moment. The biggest decision I have to make now is, “What do I want to drink in the bathtub?” Cuz that’s where I’m headed next.
I enjoyed a pot of this with my breakfast, a decadent plate of almond flour (gluten free) pancakes with a little maple. I use this recipe, which is the best one I’ve found so far:
I substitute maple syrup for honey in the recipe, cuz I tolerate it better
I also add the following:
1 tsp cinnamon
generous grating of fresh nutmeg (like 1/2 a nutmeg, or maybe 1/3)
a little extra water if needed
Of course, now I’m worthless, so I think a bubble bath is in order.