2895 Tasting Notes
Earlier today I had an appointment with my chiropractor & also ran to the bank. Although I’m not hugely into flavored teas, sometimes when I’m driving I want to sip on something sweet. So I made a cup of this, which I spiked with stevia. A long time ago I used to drink coffee, & I especially enjoyed it with Hazelnut & Caramel, so this tea gives me a bit of a flashback to those times. They were good times!
This is a sample sent to me from Stacy @ Butiki.
I’m not a huge Darjeeling fan, at least I haven’t been in the past, others I have tried had an acidic taste, as I recall, but I’m trying to be open minded, so when I placed my most recent Butiki order, I asked to sample some Darjeeling tea. This was one of 2 teas Stacy sent to me with my order. It is actually quite nice! A gentle, mouthwatering cup with essence of peach & some floral qualities.
Thanks Stacy, you’re awesome!
I’ve been working on polishing off some of the teas in my cupboard, mainly the ones that I don’t really have that much left of, and also samples that have been sent. So I was sorting through things, & look what I found! Yay!! I’ve been hoarding this one, & still have enough to enjoy it a few more times. So this is my breakfast tea of the day!
I went with the western brew: 2 t in 8oz @ 1.5 minutes. Now I’m on my 2nd cup, steeped at 2 minutes. The 2nd cup is even better than the first.
Rich, Dark, Chocolatey, spicy. This tea delivers it all. Now I remember why I was hoarding it :)
I sort of feel like I’ve become the official secretary for the Reserve Club: taking & uploading photos of tea, typing in David’s comments. I’m been placing them in the Verdant (Special) folder. I didn’t create that folder, but it seems like the right place to put them.
This tea has large & full, irregularly twisted leaves in colors of mahogany, brown, & Black. It looks wild & appealing.
The dry aroma was a little tart & reminded me of pickled plums (Umeboshi). I heated my Gaiwan, put the dry tea in there to warm up, smelled it again, & it was of tart plums & carob. After the rinse, it smelled of grape peels, & a toasty earthy wine.
The early steepings of this were tart, like a plum wine with a little smoke added. A nice fruity taste lingers after you swallow it!
In successive steepings the flavors continued to develop: Rich, warming, sweet, a little toasty.
The later steepings included a rock taste & a hint of chocolate.
This will not be a long review, as I’m suppose to be practicing. My Annual Birthday Gig is this Saturday night (I’ll be 54 on sunday), & I’m working on a new tune to add to my performance, ‘Butterfly’ by Herbie Hancock. Playing Jazz on the Harp is challenging, & this piece definitely has it’s difficulties, but it looks like it’s gonna fall into place!
After weeks of reading reviews about this puer, I finally bought myself a Phatty Cake! I’ve been sipping on it for a few hours now, during my breaks & it is quite tasty.
So this is a really nice Puer. Rich, creamy, sweet, deep, & dark. It makes me want to sing, “That’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh”. I used 5 G, & will probably go a little stronger next time, because I’m like that. This started out with a smooth vanilla feeling, & a hint of ginger, gradually adding layers of flavor: raisin, wood, a sprinkle of salt, a little spice.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can’t drink anymore tea tonight!
And I have to get back to my practicing!
I had some free time this afternoon, & spent part of it partaking of this yummy oolong! I can see why it has won awards, it’s amazing!
The dry smell is sweet & fruity & there is a bit of a caramelized aroma too.
Garret (Mandala Tea) suggested preheating a Gaiwan, then dumping out the hot water, putting the tea in, cover briefly, and then smell. He was talking about puer at the time, but I decided to try it with this tea. Thank you Garret :)
Oh my!! The aromas were intensified, so that now I’m smelling fruit loops, only the best fruit loops you’ve ever had, or maybe a tropical smoothie. Yummmmmmm!
I can’t tell you how many rounds of steeping I went through, but they were so good. The early ones were especially sweet, tropical, & floral. Gradually a rocky taste & a light roasted flavor crept in as well. There was a little astringency in a few rounds, but mostly this was a mouth watering, tongue tingling delight! I also got some nice 3rd eye opening sensations, & interesting sensations in my ears, neck, sinuses, & shoulder blades.
Thank you to David & Verdant for this wonderful offering. I will savor every cup!
This is Josie Jade’s pick to read with the book, Anna Karenina.
It’s also really nice! It’s smokey, with a rose aftertaste. I thought I would want to sweeten it, but actually I like it straight.
Again, I’d like to commend & thank both Josie & Serenity for this wonderful idea, & for sending out the tea samples to everyone!
And now, I’m taking my cups of tea to the bubble bath, as I’m still only at 75% on the book. Time to soak, sip, and read!