2918 Tasting Notes

This is the 2nd tea in this month’s TOMC.
The appearance is long graceful strands in a deep chocolate brown, with shades of mahogany & sage here & there.
The dry aroma is rich, sweet, & fruity, with almost a wine like scent.
I preheated the gaiwan & then warmed the leaf in it, & the aroma was of a rich apricot & incense.
Once I steeped the leaves, they smelled like an even richer apricot liquor with an incense overlay that lingers in the back of the sinuses, reminding me of Big Red Robe.

Although I previously haven’t been a huge fan of Dancongs, I am loving the lingering honey & fruit perfume of this tea (and I hate perfume!).
This was a very tasty brew, with fruity & floral elements.

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The Verdant TOMC bundle box came over the weekend, & today was the day to dig in & do some sipping. This was the first tea to sample.

This tea is in nuggets that vary in shades from a brilliant moss green to an almost black jade.
The dry aroma is of newly mown grass with a floral overlay.
The wet aroma is a cooked green veggie, winter squash, apricot, & floral essence.
I followed the suggestions to rinse, etc.
What resulted was a mildly floral & sweet cup with a soft bread-like flavor. It kind of reminded me of a rich french bread.
Very pleasant.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2918 tasting notes

I shared a pot of this with one of my students today. It really is a sweet little tea, not bold, more along the lines of a Dian Hong mouthfeel & butteriness, but with a floral essence to it. Very nice!

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Now for a really bold cup! This is a real contrast to the Yunnan I drank first, almost harsh in comparison, but not in a bad way. To me this is not a malty tea, but more of a deep fruity flavor, like blackberries, with a brightness to it.

My verdant tea bundle box came! Oh…where to begin?

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First tea of the day, so smooth, I love the thick tongue sensation of this tea. It’s an earthy sweet potato type taste, with a little black pepper thrown in. A really nice start to my day, beautifully re-steepable.

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I’m also taking this in my thermal cup to sip during my gig. YUM!
I deserve another treat, right? :)

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So happy to see the return of this blend! Of course, I immediately placed an order! I’m drinking this on my way to my gig this morning. I deserve a treat, right?

Sil

i should have gotten you to send me a SMALL sample of this one. I pretty much hate floral and bergamot, but i wonder how the black balances this out. We’ll have to do another swap later hahaha

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Good morning Steepster! I should be sleeping, but I have a gig at noon, so I’m starting my day with a cup of Damn Fine Tea. Bold, Beautiful, & I’ll be taking the resteep to the bubble bath (because I drank the first cup too fast)

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
2918 tasting notes

I threw this in my purse sometimes yesterday afternoon to bring to Tony’s, & a little while ago I remembered it was there. I tend to love anything that tastes like Peaches, & most of the people I’ve traded with have read that in my bio & sent me every Peach tea under the Sun. I probably need to update my bio to take that Peach bit out, because I’ve learned that most Peach teas disappoint. Usually the flavor is fake tasting, or it’s more of an under-ripe peach flavor. I’m also not a huge fan of rooibos.

This Peach Melba, which is not a true melba, since there are no raspberries in it, is non-the-less probably my favorite rooibos blend to date :) In the bag, it smells wonderfully peachy & juicy, mouthwatering really. In the cup it’s not quite so, but it is still very tasty & comforting, with a mild peachy taste, a creamy feel, & I have to say, the flavors meld nicely. I think maybe Peach is a complimentary mix with Rooibos.

Thanks to Sil for sending me this sample (& many more). :D

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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