2855 Tasting Notes
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.
Started the day with a 3 minute steep of this one, with it’s notes of Boston Brown Bread, which I guess really translates to Molasses. I was gonna return for a 5 minute steep, but my son drew, who has really been getting into tea more lately, had dumped it (what???), & was the steep basket for something else. Teas he’s been enjoying a lot:
Spring Cherry – R of T
Jasmine Pearl – Art of Tea
Bolder Breakfast – Tea Spot
My other son Leif went to Teavana & bought himself a few teas, his current favorite is Strawberry Rose Peach Tranquility (blend of 2 blends). I took a sip, & although it’s not something I’d be into stocking, it’s actually not bad.
This is a sipdown of last year’s version, from the TOMC in June.
It really reminds me a lot of a cup of thin matcha, but with a creamier texture, & a cream & floral taste to it. I went with western steeps for this final cup, 5 Grams in 8oz, 1 min/1.5/2min
I’m on the 2 min steep now. There is a lovely clarity to it, whatever that might mean to anyone, LOL.
The last time I reviewed this sheng, which was a reserve TOMC for last August, I had just gone into the studio with a local rapper, Spaide Ripper, to record a song called Angels.
Coincidentally, he just contacted me & the CD is almost ready for release, & he’s planning to make a music video, which he wants me to be part of. Cool! I’m not really a huge rap fan, but he’s a pretty cool guy, a family man, & we had a great time in the studio. So, you know I’m in!
I spent most of the morning sipping on steeps of this Sheng & gardening. It’s a smooth & savory one, with a hazelnut butter kind of a taste to it after awhile. The earlier steepings are potent but smooth, with a spicy taste that reminds me a bit of Cannabis, which I haven’t smoked in over 30 years, but did smoke a lot of back in the day, & yes, I inhaled…every time!
sipdown – 316