2859 Tasting Notes
I stopped by the local health food store to get something. I haven’t been in that store in ages, & now they are carrying bulk teas from Frontier, a company I used to order herbs from. I bought small amounts of several different teas to try, including this one.
It’s not as bold & Malty as I expect an Irish Breakfast to be, but it’s also not bad! Next time I’ll use more leaf…
Meanwhile, my Butiki order arrived! YEAH!
Turn the kettle on baby, momma’s gonna steep some tea!
I got a sample of this & a few other black teas in my order from the Tea Spot, & it won’t last long! I drank a cup this morning, complete with re-steeps, & I don’t know how to describe it!
~ The aroma & taste remind me somewhat of a Keemun, in that there is a little of that (very light) smoke & brown sugar essence.
~ The mouth feel is ridiculously smooth & creamy, almost like I’m drinking goatmilk, but thinner, like the purest water ever.
~ It’s bold, with almost a coffee-like background, a little chocolatey, mouth watering, & did I mention ‘smooth’? It’s as smooth as silk!
Next time I get the tin…
And Sil, the answer to your question is “Yes” :D
Headed out to a rehearsal in a few minutes.
I actually started with Qu Hao Silk by the Teaspot, but I’ll have to ‘add a tea’ & tell you about it later.
This will be a busy day, rehearsal 10 to 12, a few errands, students 3 – 5, sound check 7:00, concert at 8:00. More info on my FB, for those who want to hear a sample of the style of stuff we’re doing.
I love this Tiger!! I need a good Assam to get me going today, as I stayed up practicing until 2:00, again!!
Update: I’m at the rehearsal. I’m not playing during this number, so I’m sipping my Assam & reading reviews on my iPad. I just realized that THIS was my 666th review!
There must be something auspicious about THAT, right? :D
I don’t always get along with Bergamot flavored teas, but lately I’ve been getting them for Tony to sample, since he loves Bergamot, & sampling them myself, & some of them are better than others.
Like other flavorings, Bergamot can be aweful, using chemicals to create the flavor & aroma. I think that’s why some Earls are definitely a “NO” for me, creating an acidic feeling that I hate.
I like this Earl Grey! First off, the base is a mix of Ceylons & Assams, a really nice blend that is a malty, sweet, bright, & smooth, with more substance than your typical Earl. I like that!
Also, the bergamot is REAL bergamot oil from Italy! It says so on the package, which is nice because so many flavored teas don’t really tell you if the flavorings are real or artificial.
One more thing: I steeped this 4 minutes. 2nd steeping was 5, & for the 3rd steeping I combined the leaf from this & #49 for 6 minutes. All 3 cups were awesome, & the bergamot held up nicely into the 3rd steeping.
Admittedly, I don’t always resteep teas, especially flavored teas. I may even try a 4th…
Two of my tea orders arrived! Yeah!
This is the first tea I’ve ever had from Steven Smith Teamaker.
When I was in 6th grade I had a crush on a boy named Steven Smith, LOL.
Anyway, this tea is VERY assam! Malty, caramely, fruity in a bright wine like way, & there is an undertone of allspice here too.
It also resteeps very well!
Right now the peach & apricot trees in my garden are thinking of blooming.
I have a longstanding love affair with peaches, & in the past have really loved certain peach teas. More recently I’ve felt disillusioned with them. Several of my tea trades included every peach tea you could imagine, & some were better than others. With peach you often get a VERY artificial flavor. So I’m not as into peach tea as I used to be.
Having said that, this is actually pretty tasty! The first time I had it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Today, I’m loving it. Peach, Mango, & spices. I needed something dessert like, & this is a nice treat.
My son Leif really likes this, so it’s almost gone…
I’m enjoying another round with this oolong, which was part of the January Reserve TOMC. I went through the process:
smell dry leaf
drop leaf into hot gaiwan & cover
smell again – ahhh…the best fruit loops ever, kind of tropical! Plus a really heady fruity incense.
The early steepings are tropical & floral, mouthwatering the there is that incense sensation, tickling my sinuses.
Next I started noticing a tongue & sinus kind of tingly numbly sensation, & cooling too…kind of like mint or camphor.
I’m suppose to be practicing right now. I have a performance with an ensemble tomorrow at webster U: guitar, harp, bass, cello, viola, 2 voices, drum set & mallets/hand percussion. I’ll get to it in a minute.
Now after each sip there is a meaty umami kind of flavor & sensation down the center of my tongue, followed by a wash of salivation around the sides, & that sparkly sensation.
I honestly can say that this is probably my favorite Adagio blend of all.
A nice strong Irish Breakfast laced with vanilla & Hazelnuts? Yeah!
I made a whole pot of it, again drinking the first cup straight, & adding ‘cream’ & stevia to the rest.
There’s just enough left to send to a special friend…if she wants it?