3071 Tasting Notes
Just spent the afternoon watching back to back episodes of the Walking Dead, a show I had not gotten into up until friday night when Tony wanted to check it out on Netflix. We’ve been watching it on & off all weekend, sitting around in our PJs, drinking tea. Tony fixed amazing steaks for dinner, we had asparagus, & now were settling down with cups of licorice root tea to watch The Game of Thrones. Between last season & the one that starts tonight, I read the entire series of books, so there’s a little confusion in my mind as to where the story is, but I’m sure I’ll get over it.
I really enjoy this tea. It’s spicey & good.
I drank the resteep of tiger assam with breakfast, & an awesome breakfast it was. Almond flour pancakes, which I have down to an art form now, were perfect with a strong cup of Assam.
Now I wanted something different, & I remembered that I had some Fo Shou in my purse!
“Oh, I would love to love you…pigs might fly…”
I have not had a passion for smokey teas. The first few I tasted freaked me out. I’m still surprised that I bought this, to be quite honest. But I’ll try anything, at least once.
I DO like smoked foods: salmon, bacon, etc.
Anyway, I drank a cup of this while I was cooking breakfast. One thing I’ve discovered with smokey teas is that when they are sweet they take on a caramel-like flavor, or maybe its the taste of brown sugar that’s been given the flambe treatment. It wasn’t bad…
I used to enjoy an occasional Earl Grey over ice.
Then I didn’t.
I didn’t really like it hot either.
The bergamot seemed acidic, I don’t know what happened, really.
For a long time I didn’t like any earls…maybe they were just crappy ones that I was sampling.
But Tony loves Earl Grey, so I started picking up samples for him to try, to support his addiction. I took a sip of them here & there.
Then I started maybe enjoying them a little.
It started with the Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot, which Tony didn’t like. It tasted like lemon bars (think lemon curd on a pastry crust…delicious).
Then it was Jubilee from London Tea Room, his favorite, which is heavily laced with Orange, as well as bergamot. I didn’t like this one at first, it seemed really harsh to me, but then I started kind of liking it a little.
Some of them I still don’t really like. Maybe the bergamot is artificial or something.
So that brings me to Mount Gray.
I wasn’t sure if I should buy it. There’s 3 oz or so in the tin it comes in, that’s a lot of tea for something I might not like.
I bought it for Tony to sample. If I didn’t like it, he could have the whole tin.
He doesn’t get to have it. This tea is delicious. I will share it with him, of course, but the truth is, I love it.
The tea base is sufficiently bold & worthy, the bergamot is strong but not acidic, and not fake tasting, & there is a lingering aftertaste that I haven’t quite identified yet, but I like it.
My Damn Fine Tea order arrived yesterday evening! YEAH!
I got home from my gig at 9:00 or so to find the box awaiting me!
Before I even took my harp out of the car & changed out of my gig-clothes, I was heating water. I knew this Tiger Assam was the first one I wanted to try. LiberTEAS had written favorably about it monthes ago, & I kept visiting the A&D website, but for some reason I kept putting it off (could it be because I already have way more tea than any one woman should be allowed to own?)
Anyways, I used to drink alot of Assam, but lately I’ve been really heavy into the Yunnans. A few weeks ago I started craving Assam teas again, & wanted to build my collection back up. This is the start, & this one does NOT disappoint! It’s delightfully bold, smooth, & malty, with a little sweetness as well. I had another cup this morning, & just drank the resteep of those leaves, which was still suitably potent!
Thanks LiberTEAS for the great review. Thanks Andrews & Dunham for the Damn Fine Tea!
This is a Reserve TOMC tea for March.
After reading the tasting notes that came with the tea, I was almost ready to buy another oz, just because it sounded so amazing!
I saved it to be the last tea I sampled from the box, because of the awesomeness of the description. Also, I’ve been pretty busy, & I really wanted to have time to fully experience this tea.
So yesterday was the day. My grandkids were visiting, & since they are old enough to not be high maintainance, I had time to just sit around & relax. I opened the package & the dry tea smelled of chocolate & roasted dried fruit.
I preheated my Gaiwan, then dumped in the recommended 7oz, putting the lid back on to warm the tea. When I opened the lid, the aroma was amazing! Chocolate, roastiness, berries, and an ’after’aroma that lingered in my sinuses that was undescribable: floral, fruity, & I don’t know what else, but it was ‘thick’, & I continued to smell it, high in my sinus on the exhale. I was blown away. I sat there huffing the aromas from my Gaiwan for awhile.
Then I did the rinse, which I drank…duh! It was interesting…
I kept the steeps to 4 secs: they were strong at first, but I like my tea strong. Lots of roastiness, made me think of Big Red Robe.
I am at Tony’s, & my tea notes are at my house, so I don’t really have a lot of detail to share. I made it through maybe 7 steepings, & then my afternoon suddenly became complicated, causing my steeping sessions to end abruptly. Then I had to shower & go play a gig, so I put the leaves in a jar in the fridge. They will be there until Monday. This is the first time I’ve left damp leaves for this long, although I sometimes leave them overnight…maybe I should have dried them out? I’m open to advice here…
I’d like an opportunity to steep these out a little longer, & there is also enough in the sample for me to try again. I have to admit, although this was a nice roasty oolong, I didn’t experience all the flavors that the aromas hinted at. I got some of the chocolate, & some floral, but the raspberry never really came forward for me.
I think next week I’d like to compare this tea, the big red robe sample I have, and verdant’s Shui Jin Gui Wuyi.
The sipdown of this tea is complete.
A day or 2 ago I put the last of it in the frig for a coldbrew.
Interesting…definitely refreshing…I’m definitely getting the chocolate mintyness, & there is an undercurrent of banana, which is really the chamomile, but somehow it’s translating as a banana cream type taste.
So…it’s not something I’d reach for, but an interesting refreshing tea, with some really unique flavors in the background that I can’t even begin to describe!