2859 Tasting Notes
The Verdant Tea of the Month Club package arrived, & as always, I was very excited! I already knew that there would be a sample of Anxi Fo Shou Black, as we were given a heads up via email. I kind of assumed (wishful thinking) that the 2nd tea would be Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan, since it was also being newly unveiled. Imagine my disappointment at the 2nd tea being Yu Lu, which I have not really cared much for & already still had some of. Oh well…
Not to be unwilling, I gave it a go, per David’s instructions. To avoid muddying the waters, this was my first tea of the day. M
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 4 sec = a pleasant malty taste & creamy texture.
I resteeped several times, keeping all of the steepings short, & at one point the taste I don’t care for (see previous reviews) waved at me from a distance, but it wasn’t in my face. So now I know that this one only goes in the Gaiwan (no western brewing), & I can live with it.
100 Grams is really not a very big tea cake, however at 5 G per session, it will make tea 20 times, & of course each session will make many cups of tea to savor. I weighed it, & it actually weighed in at 92G, but my guess is that it was originally 100, & lost weight as it aged.
I started with a rinse, which admittedly, I drank, savoring the gentle essence of semolina & vanilla cake. The wet leaves smell of Kugle. What’s Kugle? It’s a dish made with buttery noodles & custard, which can be made either sweet or savory. I used to make it for my kids when they were young, everyone loved it so. In this case, I’m thinking of the sweet kind, with vanilla.
Here’s my impression of the steepings:
1. 10 sec: It’s so creamy & sweet, & it’s Kugle!
2. 15 sec: Even creamier & sweeter!
3 – 5 at 20, 25, & 30 sec were combined into a pitcher, to enjoy while I was teaching a student, & the flavors continued.
6. 45 sec: the butteriness is replaced by a golden sensation, as if my tongue were covered in a sleeve of pure thin gold. I know that sounds weird, but it’s the only way I can describe it. Still sweet.
7. 1 minute: It feels like I’m drinking cream. The flavor is of a brown crust of WW bread.
I had to leave for awhile, but when I got home, I ran through several more steepings, & could probably continue, but I have somewhere to be, so maybe tomorrow? This is a very nice tea!
This was the tea I chose to start my morning with. I drank 2 cups, then met someone at a coffeeshop & drank 2 hot chai with almond milk, then returned home & had one more steeping of this.
I’m a little overwhelmed: I’m surrounded in tea: Some puers I ordered from Mandala, Verdant tea of the months, plus some other samples from here and there.
Of course, it’s a good problem to have. I’m only overwhelmed at where to begin! Eenie Meenie Mynie Mo…here I go! ;D
As the afternoon passed, I became interested in drinking some sheng.
The first time I drank this, my formula was:
5G + 4oz @ boiling (rinse)X 4 sec. = Way strong!!
The 2nd time: 3G + 4oz @ boiling (rinse) X 4sec = ok…
This time: 4G + 4oz at 175 (rinse) X 4 sec = eureka!
This is probably how I’ll do Sheng from now on…at least this one!
It is very green in taste, like newly baled Hary, with the sweetness of clovers mixed in. There is also a resinous flavor and the sensation in my sinuses and roof of my mouth of Eucalyptus or camphor. This tea is young, but it has chaqi! I feel it in my neck, my 3rd eye, my sinuses, & my brain. This feeling came on very quickly, & I had a little bit of a headache briefly, and the desire to close my eyes & meditate. I took a few relaxing breaths & visualize a flower blooming on my forhead. I also did a little Reiki on myself, & the headache subsided.
Later steeping had a very mineral taste, almost metallic, the taste of iron.
My friend Barb called this morning to tell me that her food coop order came, & they had extra cukes & Kale, if I wanted them. Yes!
So she came by for tea, bringing the veggies, & this was her selection.
I used to be a huge fan of oolongs, with their floral essence & green backdrop. The first cup or 2 are always wonderful, but then I start to lose interest. Nonetheless, I continued to steep a cup here & there during the afternoon, in between other things.
This tea makes me think and feel the color yellow, and surrounds my tongue with a bright sunny sensation. Bright florals up front, with later steepings a little astringent. There arose the taste of blanched almonds & a mouth-feel somewhat like almond milk.
What more can I say of this tea, that I haven’t already said?
My son Leif (age 20) had breakfast with me this morning, & this was his selection!
Previously I’ve weighed out 5 oz, trying to get a mix of the Yanxin’s Reserve nuggets & the various other smaller components of the tea (licorice root, elderberries, ginger, & sichuan pepper).
This time I weighed out 5 oz of the puer, then added a few oz of the ‘other stuff’. I’ll do it that way from now on!
It’s been in one of my Gaiwans, & I’ve been sipping on it on and off, throughout the day. I just drank the final cup, and at this point the flavor is gone, but the bite of the ginger still lingers on.