1859 Tasting Notes
First cup of the day, trying to wake up. I have a bit of a headache & will have to wear sunglasses, as I’m having the photo sensitivity problem this morning. Otherwise I’m good! I’m relaxing in my PJs with this tea, listening to Tony play some Blues guitar. What could be better, right? He recently added a 3 string cigar box guitar to his collections, & although he doesn’t like performing in public, & just likes to sit around playing for his own (& my) enjoyment, he’s a damn good slide player. I did get him to play a couple tunes with me one year at my birthday gig. Maybe I can talk him into playing some blues with me at this year’s birthday gig (which I’ve been working on setting up this week).
This tea is delicious, a sweeter Assam, not so bold, but rich in the mid-range. I just realized I only steeped 3 min, & the suggestion is 3.5, so maybe later I’ll drink another cup & give it a little longer.
For now, time to put some clothes on & go to breakfast.
Enjoying a cup of this before I actually start moving towards getting ready to go. I went with a Tb this time, I think I gave it 4 minutes, & it’s a nice rich & dark cup, not particularly bold, but nicely full mouthed & malty.
I’ve had students all morning, & have to get ready to go play a wedding shortly. I wish I had more to say about this tea. I drank it during the morning, & I enjoyed it. The dry leaf smelled like dried fruit, at least I remember that, right?
“What a lovely way to start my day! Thank you for bringing me a cup of this, little terri” Ms Theresa said, in an unually good mood.
Little terri just smiled. And sipped. She knows a good thing.
I made a cup of this, with a little maple syrup, & brought it with me to my gig today. I love the combination of smoke, ginger, & maple. Tasty!
I’m backtracking. After breakfast my day got busy. First there were a few students, & then this evening I played a 3 hour gig at a retirement home.
Somewhere in between those 2 things, I enjoyed a lovely cup of this sweet tea. I wish I had more to say, but I have written several reviews regarding this tea already, so that’s it for now.
Hmmm…for some reason this tea didn’t come out quite as expected…
It seemed like the time went off kind of quickly, so I put the brew basket back in the cup for a few more minutes, and yes, that’s better. That’s more like what I was expecting! Bold, tangy, bright, & a little smoke. Much much better.
Hey Sil, did your TTC order come yet? I think you’re gonna love the samples I’ll be sending you from mine, because I think I’m gonna love them! Since we love most of the same teas…well, except for that Jin Jun Mei thing…& the occasional floral…heh… ;)
So this was my first tea of the day, & I want to thank my tea sister Sil for turning me on to this company. It was fun going a little nuts during their recent sale, but I didn’t really go any more nuts than I usually do. I’m really looking forward to trying some of the sample sized I bought, & I got enough of this lovely black tea to enjoy for a little while. It’s a very sweet & fruity tea, perhaps not as bold as some of the teas I love, but unique & tasty in it’s own right.
I steeped 1 Tbls in my mug for 4 minutes, resteeped for 6. The resteep is, or course, not as exciting as the original cup, but still flavorful in it’s own way. To this tea I say, “Welcome to my collection!”
I’ve been drinking multiple steepings of this Dancong since about 4:00, alongside the Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong, to see if I can really tell a difference. I can!
I used the same steeping parameters with both, 4G in Gaiwan, rinse, then 2 sec for the first 3 steeps, adding 2 seconds per steep.
To me, this one smelled like ripe cherries, tart apples, flowers, & sweet incense.
The other one smelled of tart pink grapefruit, apricot, & a thicker incense.
Both teas were sweet, & delicious. I found this one to be a little more refined, in that the the floral & incense aromas were very delicate, but amazingly heady, & the cup was sweeter in general. The other tea had a stronger & denser incense to it overall, with a red grapefruit mouthfeel early on.
Quite honestly, I think they both have more steeps left in them, & I may try refreshing them tomorrow with a quick rinse, & then go for a few more cups!
I’m having a ‘tea comparison’ day. This morning it was Keemuns, this afternoon it’s been Jin Jun Mei. I have 2, but I’m only actually writing a review about this one. The other way (which will remain nameless) is there for me to have a way to see how this Jin Jun Mei stands.
Both teas were steeped identically, with equal amounts of tea @ 1min, 2min, 3min. Then I sat & sipped them side by side to see how they differed. The ‘other’ Jin jun mei was & is delicious, just for the record, with a thick feel & flavors of honey, malt, & butter, liked butter & honey on toast. There’s also some roasted sweet potato in there.
Wang Yanxin’s Jin Jun Mei is perhaps not as malty/toasty, but sweeter, without a doubt, & with a chocolate taste to it as well. It also presents as a more refined cup, although I’m having trouble defining exactly what I mean by that.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed them both, & on any given day would be very happy with either one. I have just enough of this one to drink it one more time, & I have some other Jin Jun Mei’s coming, so I may do a Jin Jun Mei Marathon at so point in the future, LOL.