2859 Tasting Notes
I love this stuff!
I don’t drink it all the time, but I did buy a case a few days ago.
As a person who believes that we are all walking talking SCOBYs (that means Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast), I think it’s important to make sure the cultures you’re made of are healthy. I think Kombucha can support that health, but with my own personal history of addiction, I was a little nervous about drinking Kombucha at first. Some brands are pretty ‘hoochie’, if you know what I mean, but GTs Kombuchas have been consistently awesome. This is really the only flavor I like, being a ginger fanatic, but it is VERY good! I drink it occasionally with a meal, especially when I’ve been going out to eat too often, or when I feel that my immune system is fighting something. Both of those apply this morning. I’m also eating a bowl of my homemade Kimchi, for the same reason. It’s loaded with life, very tangy!
It was going to be a busy day, so I felt that I should start it off right, by pampering myself a bit. I steeped a mug of this, and while I enjoyed it, I re-steeped the leaves & took it with me to drink in the car. I love the velvety smooth texture of that (I know that is probably a cliche, but it’s true!). I love the way the leaves feel when they are dry, they just feel so amazing! Like spider legs or something. It’s such a rich, buttery, sweet, creamy cup of goodness, I just had to have it this morning. I had an awesome day! My gig at whole foods was fun, the church gig was fun too. I love my life!
I had a craving for this tea this morning. I didn’t have time to hang around, savoring awesome 4 oz cups of awesomeness. So I steeped several Gaiwans-full of this, back to back, sipping on a few & combining the rest into my pre-heated 16 ounce thermos. This was taken to my gig @ whole foods, where it stayed reasonably hot & was sipped on throughout the first 2 hours of my gig. I’m in love with the boston brown bread & coffee-like flavors of this tea. It has a deep molasses flavor too it, and the spiciness of cinnamon. It is wonderful.
Good morning Steepsterites!
I’m enjoying the 2nd steeping of this lovely Golden Monkey, with its malty sweet potato profile, a nice start to a busy day. I drank the first steeping while I fixed my breakfast. There is also a buttery texture, it’s the ‘sparkly’ sensation I get from some teas, it’s like my taste buds take turns twinkling like stars. I don’t really know how else to describe it, but I like it!
This is a wonderful tea to relax with, hanging around in my ‘roadie’ outfit (jeans & T shirt) before I head out for a very busy day. I have an Electric Harp gig at Whole Foods Grocery from noon til 3:00, where I’ll be dressed in a long red xmasy outfit with what I call Angel Sleeves (the kind that drape down), playing a mix of Holiday music (xmas, Chanukah, classical, peace & snowy weather related), along with my usual mix of Jazz, Rock, Originals, & Blues with vocals. Hopefully I’ll sell a bunch of xmas CD’s so I can buy more tea! (you can get yours at www.harpsinger.net)
After that gig, I’ll grab a bite to eat, change to a long black velvet outfit with draping chiffon sleeves, & go play a church service gig with the choir & orchestra. I’ll be done around 9pm, I think. Just in time to drive to Tony’s & watch SNL!
Thank you, Angel & TeaVivre for this delicious sample!
It’s Tony’s 61st birthday!! I’m taking him out for dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant at 7:30. Meanwhile, I’m finally getting around to sampling this Sheng. The dry leaf has a spicy smell to me, with a hint of vanilla!
This tea is very clean & bright tasting, almost lemony in the way it makes my mouth feel! My mouth is watering like crazy, & I have that sparkling sensation. It’s crisp & sweet & fresh & mouthwatering!
I’m on the 3rd or 4th steeping, & it’s so juicy! There’s also a spicy edge & not only that, I’ve been kind of drowsy all day, with low energy, no matter how many cups of tea I drank. Now I suddenly feel exceptionally alert! I feel very focused!
Which is good, because I have an orchestral part to learn tonight! For the next 2 evenings I’ll play a cantata with a church choir & small orchestra. These gigs are fun, but they always send the music at the last minute. So for the next hour I’ll be sipping this tea & practicing!
Thank you to Angel @ TeaVivre for this sample!
It’s been a busy day, running around doing the things self-employed musicians have to do when they aren’t performing or practicing. I’ve drank a fair share of black teas, but didn’t really have time to comment on them, & I’m not in the mood for backtracking, so onward…
This is a really pleasant Shu! I steeped for 1 minute, 2nd steeping for 2 minutes, & will probably try for a few more before I release the leaves to my compost pile.
It’s very dark! I like that in a tea!
It’s ultra smooth, creamy even, & sweet with a raisin bread-like taste & a hint of vanilla.
I needed this…(sigh)…
I found myself craving a cup (or 7) of a nice dark Shu, & this one was handy. I followed the xingyang workshop recommendations, & it is wonderful. Deep, rich, smooth, sweet, creamy, spicy…the perfect end to my tea drinking day!
This shu isn’t in clumps, like the other ones I’ve tried. It looks like coffee grounds, & has a nice spicy aroma. Once it’s wet it really smells good, it’s an addictive aroma of vanilla sweetness!! YUM!
My confession: I have not been a huge fan on Dancongs. They always seem to get bitter so quickly! I’m not the most coordinated person, & when it comes to steeping something for 2 seconds…well, lets just say that I tend to over steep. I was extra careful with this one.
The dry tea smells of fresh laundry! It has a very ‘clean’ smell, like fresh linens!
I’ve spent the afternoon sipping on this tea, & rather than make extensive notes about each steeping, I’m just going to comment on it as a whole. Things I’ve noticed:
*A floral taste, along the lines of ‘orchid’, but with more of a ‘wood’ influence. There is also a mineral flavor.
*a metallic sensation, especially on the sides of my tongue. It’s a very ‘bright’ sensation,& cooling, which I suppose could be compared to ‘snow’, now that I think of it.
- The tip of my tongue feels extremely ‘awake’ & bright. I’m thinking the word ‘tantalized’ might fit. Again, this could be compared, in a sense, to what it might feel like if I stuck my tongue into a snow ball for a minute, LOL.
- There is also a sweet, mouthwatering sensation under the tongue.
I’ll go back to sipping now…
Thank you David, for this month’s offerings!
I’m having an awesome day! Here’s the teas I drank so far, but don’t really have time to write full on reviews, as I was on the go:
Zhen Qu (butiki)- a little malt, a slightly floral bouquet, next time I think I’ll make it a little stronger.
Mi Xian Black (butiki) – sweet notes of honey!
Imperial Breakfast blend (verdant) I can’t believe I still have some of this! That was the tea in my ‘go’ cup this morning, as I rushed out the door to UMSL, to attend my Harp student’s Jury.
Matcha – with lunch, another stir fry, accompanied by a heaping serving of my newest home made Kimchi! This is a really potent batch too!!
Now I’m home, I’ve eaten, my students will start coming. Time for some serious steeping!