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.
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.
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