2859 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Carol Who for sending me this sample. This tea is chopped up so fine, it nearly resembles coffee grounds. I treated it like I would treat ’Grampa’s anytime tea’ or ‘Crimson Horizon’, both Kenyan teas (I think) from Butiki. Although this tea is not from Kenya, but rather from Myanmar, it still reminds me of those african teas, both in it’s finely chopped appearance, & in the resulting cup, with was robustly bold & tart! It also packs a pretty good punch, & although it isn’t something I plan to stock, it was what I needed today.
A sipdown sample from Ms. Stacy that I drank earlier today. The color of the dry leaf is in beautiful shades of green, very luminescent, & although it isn’t rolled tightly into the ‘spring snail’ shape that most bi luos feature, the flavor is very nice, with a rich savory green taste, somewhere between spinach & asparagus, & a lingering thick mouth, a feature that I tend to love.
Welcome to day 13 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
For all the people I owe tea trades to, I did some serious tea measuring, box packing, etc.
I know I’ve been taking a long time to get this done, but I think you will all enjoy the results!
Thanks for putting up with me, & my crazy busy lifestyle.
Yesterday I drank the final steepings of this Sheng, & I really went for the gusto (for me, anyway) by loading my little 4 oz yixing with 6G of tea. I gave a 5 second rinse, & then several 5 second steeps, but when I say 5 seconds, it really translates to 10 seconds, because it takes another 5 seconds to pour the tea into the cup. I did my steeps in rounds of 2 separate cups, sipped side by side for comparison. I also added time as I went along.
The initial cups had a creamy texture & taste, with a growing savory roasted mushroom quality, which I really enjoyed.
Gradually the creaminess faded away, & a tanginess rose up, along with the taste of olive leaf. This eventually transformed to Cedar, eucalyptus, & a shiny sensation.
The later steeps were like a fruit water.
One more comment about yesterday. In the process of packing up teas, I released several members of my cupboard to much more appreciative audiences (don’t worry, none of this tea is old). Anyway, that puts me at 330, which I know sounds like a lot of tea, but for me, it’s coming along nicely, LOL.
I only have a few minutes between students, so I’m cramming several sipdowns into this post. The first one is from KS.
Affair of Shui Xian & Rou Gui – Life in Teacup
I know it is lame of me to post it here, but there isn’t an entry for it, & I don’t really have time to create one. So lets just say that I’ve been drinking it for a few hours, & since I do enjoy both Rou Gui & Shui Xian oolongs, it’s no surprise that I also enjoyed this one, which features a blend of both.
My other sipdowns (so far) for today are not true sipdowns, as I’m not drinking the teas, I’m sending them on to a friend, but I’m still counting them because I’ve drank them plenty of times before, & they will no longer be in my cupboard:
Longyuanhao Yiwu Limited Pressing 06 – Verdant
Haixintang 06 Stone Pressed Sheng
Moonlight White Pressed Cake
Tian de Ren Bulang 06 Sheng
First picking Budset Jingshan Green
He family 2st picking Laoshan green
Ms Li’s 1st picking shi feng dragonwell
he family Hand pressed 1st picking laoshan green
Only 336 teas to go!
Oh! & autumn harvest laoshan green, so make that 335!
First sipdown of the day, first sipdown of the week!
I took the weekend off from sipdowns. I just really needed to enjoy some of my favorite teas, so that’s what I did! Now I’m ready to dive back in, clearing out teas that are taking up space, teas that have been around for awhile, remnants of tea clubs, etc.
This has been a tasty tea, rich & fruity, and while I have enjoyed it’s company, & may eventually reorder, I don’t plan on making it a permanent resident. I was originally enamored somewhat with it’s interesting qualities, but the truth is, it just doesn’t really fit the profile of the kinds of teas that I really love. At least not today.
But that isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it! It really is tasty, it’s just not a tea I crave.
Before I get started on day 12 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!, I needed a cup of something black & beautiful, something tasty, something I hadn’t had in awhile. Last week I think I polished off all of my black tea sipdowns (at least for now), so although this one isn’t a sipdown, I’m getting close to the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, & I might polish it off later this week. Of course, if I do, it will only be a temporary sipdown, because while many teas in my collection are just visiting, this one is a permanent resident.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, past, present, & future!
Everything I’ve drank today is something I’ve reviewed several times, all favorably, so I’m just gonna post a list:
- Imperial Breakfast Blend – Verdant – enjoyed in bed, while reading another tale of Sherlock Holmes, I’m about 80% done with the collection.
- Malty Irish Breakfast – Butiki – with the breakfast Tony made: a scramble of eggs, green onion, asparagus, & lettuce (all from my garden), & a side of bacon. (no pancakes…)
- Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha – Verdant – I made a cup of this to take along & drink during the Mother’s Day Tea I played for at a local nursing home.
- Finbarr’s Revenge – Devotea – I treated myself to a few gluten free cookies & a pot of this tea. A perfect after-the-gig late afternoon pleasure.
I’m not sure what I’m drinking next, but I’m gonna grab something & take it over to Tony’s.
I want to again thank Charlotte Zero for sending the rest of her stash of this tea to me.
I went with gongfu steepings at 15/30/45/60 sec, & then 2/3/4/5 min.
This is such a wonderfully savory tea, so malty & delicious, & I’ve reviewed it so many times. I really needed a treat like this, & am starting to feel revived, which is good, because in a little while I have to leave the house again. My student at UMSL has her senior recital tonight, & I’m bringing my harp for her because it really is an amazing sounding instrument.