2341 Tasting Notes
This oolong was from the April Reserve TOMC. It’s a little roasty, a little incense, pleasant thick mouth. This one has the rock taste more than some of the others I’ve enjoyed, & is not nearly as sweat as the others. I’m wondering if it’s the same Wuyi Qilan that Verdant now offers on their webpage? If it is, I still have some in my Wuyi Oolong box. If it isn’t, then this is a sipdown.
I guess I’ll never know…
I need to start drinking the teas from the Verdant Reserve box!! So today, I’ll go with this one, from April. I love Fujian teas, without a doubt! I also love Jin Jun Mei especially, with several in my collection now. Is it any surprise that I also love sweet potatoes? I eat (at least) one almost every day. I grow large quantities of them in my garden, I have some growing in a planter in my sunroom, & I also buy a lot of them when I run out of the homegrown ones. Everyone in my house loves them: baked, diced & fried in coconut oil, spiralized & dropped into soup as ‘noodles’ (especially nice in coconut milk curry…sigh…). There is nothing more wonderful than a leftover baked sweet potato, sauteed/caramelized in coconut oil with cinnamon, ginger, etc. It’s the best dessert I know. Add a drizzle of coconut milk keifer…sigh…
I love sweet potatoes, so I love Jin Jun Mei, with it’s earthy sweet potato aroma & flavor, a little peppery-ness in the later brews, & in this case, a little bitter undertaste, but I don’t mind that at all. I’ve been steeping this since I got out of the tub, first while making my lunch, & now for dessert. The later steepings are like boston brown bread, rich with a molasses taste!
I can’t really say if it’s any more amazing than the other Jin Jun Mei(s) in my cupboard, but it seems to resteep forever, & it is delicious.
This was my 2nd ‘long hot bath’ tea, because face it, one cup of tea is not enough! Lovely rose black, gentle & soothing. Just the right amount of rose, & yes, there was a sweet full rosebud floating in my steeper basket. I steeped 2 minutes, with a resteep of 3. The 2nd cup features more rose flavor, actually!
What goes together better than hot tea & a long hot bath?
I think this is my favorite of all of Mandala’s Black tea offerings. It is SO sweet, rich, & delicious. So satisfying. I’ve written several reviews of it already, so I won’t go on & on, except to say I’m grateful to enjoy a cup, & I should do so more often.
I’m very happy to report that the mini fruit trees in my sun room are starting to bloom!! Yay!! The Key Lime tree has buds emerging & the first one opened today. There isn’t much in the way of fragrance, the flowers on that tree don’t fill the house with their essence like the Meyer Lemon does. But it’s so nice to see them! The Olive tree has clusters of flower buds emerging along all of it’s branches! It’s the newest member of my little group, & I’m very excited about it! The Meyer Lemon hates winter & also hates being indoors, so it’s not a happy camper right now. It’s also in need of a pruning. The Kumquat is covered with fat juicy fruits. If you’ve never had one, they are the size of a large olive, but basically they are a miniature orange. They ripen during the winter, & I eat one or 2 a week, as a special treat & source of vitamin C. No flowers blooming there yet, but I can see signs that it’s thinking about it. :)
I finally got a chance to try short steepings of this tea. It’s beautiful, with big sturdy buds in shades of Gold, rust, & a light charcoal highlight. The aroma is really that of Honey, like raw honeycomb, straight from the hive, & sweet malt. Flavorwise, it’s like Imperial Mojiangs brother, with some similarities but a more robust profile, if that makes sense. There’s a beautiful honey & pollen taste, especially on the tip of the tongue, a rich maltiness like a bowl of maltomeal, nice thick mouth, & great energy!
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1min/etc…
This is Sil’s signature blend, so I’m drinking this to honor my dear Steepster Sister!! No real reason, just cuz she’s awesome! I’m also copying Cavo, cuz she drank it earlier today :)
This is interesting to drink once in awhile. It always starts out tasty, & for a strawberry & cookie (teddy grahams?) tea (I have no idea what rhubarb tastes like),the base is pleasantly bold, but I think the tartness & slight bitter edge grows as it cools, & the tart hibiscus mouth lingers…& lingers… :)
I just received a massive amount of tea! Happy Birthday to me! Actually my birthday is next week on monday, so Happy Early Birthday!
I got my trade with Lala, my Steepster Select Box, & my Yunnan Sourcing order form last month! Just in time to celebrate!
This tea: I got a sample of this from TTC awhile back. I love their sample sizes because it’s enough tea to really try it out, but not so much that you end up with too much if you don’t like it.
This one is not something I’ll probably re-order, but something I wanted to try, more for the novelty of it, & also because I wanted to try several of TTC’s teas in general & I do like roasty Oolongs.
I used the same gongfu parameters that I used with my other 2 teas today, more or less:
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (Rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1min/2min/3min
The pre-warmed leaf gave off a light sweet incense aroma. After a couple of steeps, the wet leaf really smelled of charcoal & incense!
I shared the first 4 steeps with a student, & her main comment was that she felt like we were drinking incense, but in a good way, LOL.
There is a light sweetness to this cup, like a hint of dried peaches, & definitely an incense quality, which is something I enjoy in roasted oolongs. With successive steepings the cup becomes more savory, lightly salty & umami-like, & the charcoal becomes more apparent in the taste. I think I can probably get another 4 steeps out of this, but I’m actually wanting something sweet now, so I’ll let these leaves rest for awhile. I can always give them a quick rinse later, & then steep some more.
I’m having a great day! I just booked a wedding for May, sitting at my desk in my pajamas, eating breakfast. Contract sent, now more tea!
I love my job!
Here’s another tea from the first round of the BBBB.
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1min/2min/3min
I warmed this one up in the hot but dry teapot. The aroma is very different from the Imperial Mojiang, but then it should be! Side by side, these 2 teas are like night & day!! The Mojiang is all golden & this is a deep purplish black! Night & day, indeed!
Opening the lid to my teapot, the aroma is more herbaceous, almost like a sheng, but with a hint of…cherry? Maybe sour cherry, but just a hint.
There’s something about this tea that reminds me of a Sheng. It’s a tartness, & a clean almost lemony mouth, & the Chaqi is outrageous! There is a sweet cherry, there is a little chocolate in the background, & there are savory aromatic herbs. I don’t know that eucalyptus is the herb I would pick, but maybe. Anyway, the flavors build up beautifully, complimenting one another. And now I’m wondering is YS has made any sheng from this leaf…that would also be an amazing tea, I think!