2973 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Alpha Kitty for this sample, which came as part of our Steepster book club trade.
Tony & I just got back from brunch, & this is a nice afternoon tea: black tea with flavors of strawberry, lemon, & some florals. What’s not to like? Although I tend to drink most of my teas unflavored, I also like variety. This is sort of a hot strawberry lemonade, & would probably be really tasty over ice in the summertime. As I usually do with flavored teas, I added some stevia. There is enough left in the sample for another cup, which I’ll have at home another day, with the addition of french vanilla coconut creamer. I think that will be the icing on the cake!
Yesterday evening I drank some of Verdant’s Handpicked Spring Teaguanyin. Today I’m drinking the Summer version, which has much more of a green bean type veggy taste, & a richer floral essence, with a creamy flavor of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight & turned into almond milk. It has a bright yellow flavor to me, with images of sunny flowers. I walked through my snow & ice covered garden for a few minutes today, thinking about what I want to grow this year. This was a nice tea to come in & enjoy, an early taste of summer.
AlphaKitty is one of my tea swap buddies from the steepster book club, & so Thank you, Alpha! I’ve had Tower of London one other time, & it is a sweet & juicy fruity treat with a nice black tea base! One of these days I’ll probably place an H & S order, & this one will be on it!
I’m making a 2nd cup & heading for the bubble bath!
I’ve probably written more reviews about this tea than anyone else on steepster. I love it. Ginger, Licorice, elderberry, Yanxin’s ’04 puer…wonderful! Everything is so perfectly balanced.
I started some in a Gaiwan yesterday evening to entertain & reward myself while working at my desk, & I plan on returning to that Gaiwan in a little while, after breakfast.
Theresa was a real task master yesterday, keeping me working in the office until midnight & beyond! We did get some things done, although there is always more.
I’ve been looking through my piles of samples from various places, & also trying to get myself to use up greens & green oolongs, to make room for the new ones that will be coming soon! So I had a sampler packet of this one. It is a delightful tieguanyin, brightest green, tighty pressed into little pieces that unfold amazingly to totally fill my Gaiwan. it is light, sweet, floral, fruity, & veggie-like, & quite honestly the epitome of spring!
I have a lot of desk work to do. I hate doing it. I try to stay in the Zen of the moment, pick one thing, & just do it. Then pick another, etc. But I really have to be in a special mood (i.e. Theresa has to be in charge), & because little Terri & I are rebels (without a clue), we avoid my office like a plague. Also, we are ADD, so any interruptions sabotage our efforts. And there is just SO MUCH to do, so we all get overwhelmed.
Today there was no excuse. I kept trying to make excuses, I just wanted to drink tea in my PJs all day. Suddenly Theresa remembered that somewhere in a box I have an electric stainless steel kettle from when I taught Harp in the Visual & Performing Arts school. Somehow I’d forgotten all about it, but I even knew where it was. So Theresa & I made a deal. We get to drink as much tea as we want, in my office, as long as we’re also doing some kind of ‘work’.
I have this tea in a Gaiwan on the 2nd floor with the tea kettle, a cup, & my strainer. We’ve been sipping it & smiling all day. We haven’t really accomplished that much, but we did finally do a CD count, calculate my sales tax for the year, & fill out all the forms. It’s only 3 weeks late (a little over a dollar in penalties).
I love the German chocolate cake-iness of this tea! I took a break for lunch, had a cup of Mi Xian, & now it’s back to my office. Next project, Theresa?
Since I stayed home & none of my students are coming, I’ve been working in my office.
I just took a lunch break, & now I’m enjoying a cup of honey & apricot goodness, otherwise known as Mi Xian Black. I’ve reviewed it in more detail a few other times, so I’ll just say that although this is not a tea that I would crave, it is a tea that I enjoy from time to time.
I do want to mention that I noticed something about this tea that I haven’t picked up on before. There is just a little bit of an orange peel taste to it, faint, but definitely there.
Golden Fleece, I love you!
You are so amazingly beautiful. As a dry tea, you have such a different appearance from any other Dian Hong I’ve tried, & I have tried quite a few at this point. Holding you in my hand, you have so much more texture & substance than your colleagues.
Your aroma: buttery & nuanced.
Theirs? There is none.
I’ve been drinking from your leaves for an hour:
a lightly salty buttery broth
a silky flavorful lightly salt honey caramel broth with a hint of cinnamon & a mild tongue-numbing & thickening sensation.
a buttery sweet mushroom mirin broth, with lingering thickness & sweetness in the back of my throat.
Thank you for adding a little sunlight to this wintery day.
Plans are made to be changed.
It appears that the inch or 2 of snow we were going to get, that would have turned to some form of ice later in the day, went straight from snow flurries to ice. Dammit!
As I stood on the precipice of my doorway, debating on whether I really needed to run errands before my massage, Tim (the awesome massage DuDe) texted, “Lets resched, it’s sleetin like a MoFo!” (Yes, that’s really the way Tim talks, LOL).
So there you have it. I’m back in my PJs, sipping a cup of Tony’s favorite. I bought a few oz at the London Tea Room the other day, as I thought it would be a nice one to share with my Steepster book club pals. The funny thing is, I used to not care much for it, but it has grown on me. It’s an earl grey type with the addition of orange. Although they denied it at the store, I think it also has grapefruit in it. I think an addition of vanilla would be nice. It definitely requires stevia. Anyway, it’s bright, acidic, & fills the mouth with the taste of juicy orange (& a little grapefruit), & that flavor lingers, to brighten up a wintery day.