2859 Tasting Notes
This is not really a review, it’s a sipdown notice.
The mother of one of my students is from Taiwan, & a few weeks ago she went for a visit & brought me back some teas, which I’m pretty excited to try out!
So today when they came for the lesson, I sent her home with some teas. I knew she liked jasmine, so I gave her the rest of this, which was the Reserve TOMC from LAST February, but is still very nice & fragrant. I also gave her samples of Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine & Fujian White Jasmine, & a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. She seemed pretty excited to try them all. I also gave her a head of lettuce, some parsley, & cilantro from my garden.
So, even though I didn’t drink the last of it, I’m counting this one as a sipdown anyway!
I’ve been practicing for a few hours. This is another weekend with a bunch of pieces that brides have requested, some that I know, some that I’ve never played, selections by:
Dave Matthews (crash, of course, I love that song & have played it before)
Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Adele, etc…
And another sipdown! This is from the July Reserve TOMC. It feels good to be letting go of so many teas, freeing really. I’ve written a pretty decent review of this one before, so that’s all I got.
I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, as I’m sure I’ve written a decent review of this at some point previously. This is, of course, from last summer, & was from the Oct TOMC.
I am taking 2 sipdowns here, one for this tea, & one for the minnesota Northern Lakes Wild rice, because I combined them to make a glorious pot of genmaicha to share with one of my students. Brewed in a glass pot, served in those tiny jello shot cups.
Good morning Steepsterites!
I actually drank 2 cups of this. The first one I oversteeped, ridiculously, but guess what, it really wasn’t all that bad, maybe a tad bitter, a little astringent, but not enough to make my empty belly get queasy while I was fixing brekkie, so no real loss.
But I went ahead & made a 2nd cup, simply because it was the LAST cup, & now I get to claim a sipdown. Of course, I’m sure I’ll restock soon, so it’s silly to log a sipdown on this tea, but I’m going to anyway, cuz I can!
First sipdown of the day!
I’ve been sipping this one over the afternoon. I want to thanks Nicholas for sharing this sample with me. He recommends a double rinse. I only rinsed once, & the first steep had a slightly soapy taste, so I dumped it (basically that counts as the 2nd rinse).
All in all, this is a lovely sheng, very mild & savory, although the aroma is fruity. It doesn’t have that crazy intense taste that some young sheng have, but the energy of it is very good. I was exhausted all day, & after several steeps of this I feel much revived & ready to practice for a couple of hours for this weekend’s gigs.
I’ve been working my way through a couple of sipdowns today, with this being one of them. It’s fruity & full flavored, but it has this one taste to it that I can’t really describe, but which I’ve been encountering in some teas, particularly some of the teas from Taiwan, which I don’t really enjoy. I have no word for it, & it’s not a quality thing, but it’s not for me.
Today is day 21 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza, although I admit, we sort of fell off of our pace a bit. Blame it on a busy weekend, a busy monday of gardening & teaching, a busy tuesday of recuperating…who knows, but today I’m going to get back on the sipdown track. The month isn’t over yet, & I still have lots of teas to polish off!
Having said all that, this is not a sipdown, LOL. Yesterday a friend came over, & while she drank a pot of lemon balm tisane, which was freshly picked right before I steeped it, I drank a small pot of this one. I hadn’t had it for awhile, & it was calling my name from the shelf.
I accidentally oversteeped it, but guess what, it was still tasty!
So this morning I made a bigger pot of it, & have been enjoying it while fixing breakfast, & while eating breakfast. I think I’m going to drop the leaf into a jar of water, stick it in the frig, & see how it turns out for later.
Basically, this is alot like laoshan black, only with an additional rich center-piece that reminds me of roasted pineapple & barley malt.
I made an 8oz cup, unsweet, to enjoy with breakfast, & a 16oz pot, sweetened with Maple, to enjoy for dessert! Now this tin is polished off, & it would be a sipdown, except I actually have another tin waiting in the wings. Oh well, at least now there is a little more room in the smoky teas box.