2480 Tasting Notes
Sipdown no. 97, & yes, I’m going for it, tonight!
Sil sent this one to me, mainly for my man, Tony, who loves earl Grey. I am not a huge EG fan, although occasionally I manage to enjoy a cup. I figured before I gave this to Tony I should drink one cup, so I did. As far as EGs go, this is actually very drinkable, with a real bergamot flavor, nothing phony about it. As it cooled, it did take on a vegetal taste, but I still managed to polish it off. The rest is in Tony’s tea cupboard now. I’ll let you know if he makes any comments about it when he drinks it.
Today is day 16 of my sipdown extravaganza, with only 5 more sipdowns to go to reach my goal of 100 sipdowns, but I spent the day at the Ritz Carlton, away from my tea collection. I had to set up pretty early from the Bridal show, with a couple of hours to kill, so like last year, I treated myself to breakfast. Sadly, this year the food was disappointing, & the service was even worse. This is the tea they serve, & it was ok. Not a bad cup, but no real character to it. I drank 2 pots. It took 10 minutes for the first pot to arrive at my table, & I have no idea how long it had been steeped. It took even longer to get the 2nd pot.
I drank a couple of steeps of this one this morning, while I was milling about getting ready to go play a Bridal Fair. I tried to post about it this morning from the Ritz Carlton, where the event was held, but their internet sucks, basically, & I kept getting cut off in the middle of the post. As always, I love this tea, & on a busy day like today, it’s nice to start with something that I love, something that is reliable, something delicious.
Sipdown No. 95 was a reserve TOMC tea from about a year ago. I made the final cup of it this evening, & then I remembered that I had planned to compare it to the Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that Verdant currently is offering. Oh well, that won’t be happening, cuz I’m at Tony’s.
This is a delicious rich smoky cup, with a natural sweetness, like caramelized brown sugar. It would be wonderful with Maple Syrup added, but I drank it plain, & it was wonderful anyways.
I drank a satisfying cup of this when I woke up. Then we went to breakfast, where I was stuck drinking bitter swill. Now I’m back at Tony’s, watching a movie (Runner Runner) & enjoying another cup. Some Assams are just a cup of black, all brute strength. This one has a nice strip of sweetness up the center. Thank you :)
Oh, & today is day 15 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Let’s drink some tea!