2324 Tasting Notes
I’ve been really happy with almost every tea I’ve tried from Yunnan Sourcing, & it’s also been fun sharing them with my BBBB Sisters. And by the way, girls, I’m still covered on my box offerings for at least a couple of months, & there is another box, somewhere between here & China, with a few more goodies in it. I’m hoping it will arrive in time for my birthday :)
This is a gorgeous tea! Beautiful buds in the straight ‘needle’ shape, in shades of gold, caramel, rust, wheat, & with an occasion hint of olive drab (one of my most favorite colors in the world). Opening the bag, the aroma of Maltomeal drizzled with honey rises to greet me this morning.
5G + 4oz porcelain blue lotus teapot X 15/30/45/60seconds etc…
Someday I’ll probably have a yixing for yunnan black teas. But I still LOVE this little porcelain pot (thank you Garret!), it’s so adorable sitting in a lineup with my yixings, like their cute little sister, & for now it’s become the gongfu pot for blacks for me.
I prewarmed the pot, dumped the hot water into cup #1, put the leaf in the hot pot & closed the lid. When I opened it, the already aromatic tea was even more so, & the sweetness of the inhale was, dare I say, ecstatic? The delight of breathing in the sweet aroma of this tea almost cancels out the need to actually drink it…sigh…almost!
Thick, malty, honeyed, buttered toast, maybe a hint of floral. I need to remember to shorten my steepings next time, maybe 10/20/30 etc, as it did develop a bit of a sharp edge around the 4th or 5th cup, which didn’t render the cup undrinkable & then that faded, replaced by rich bee pollen. The dark chocolate was more of a mouth-feel than a taste, that gradually built up over several steepings. The flavors of this tea were present from start to finish, not really changing much, just growing & then fading. I think I’m on my 8th steep, the color is still dark, the flavor still satisfying, though not as sweet at this point. I’ve loved every sip.
Another offering from the February TOMC, this one is more like sourdough bread & green beans, LOL. I enjoy oolongs, although my taste tends more towards the roasty ones. The Tieguanyin & Dong Ding types & other ‘greener’ types are nice from time to time, mostly as a change of pace from the other teas I drink. Anyway, this has been a nice cup, I think I have enough to drink it one more time.
I’ve been working my way through last February’s TOMC, drinking cups of this & the other selections. The initial aroma of this tea is sweet & fruity, kind of like baked bananas with caramelized brown sugar on top. The tea itself is pleasant, with some floral taste, a creamy feel & some fruity qualities. I’ve reviewed it before, probably much better than today.
Yes, this tea is no longer available.
Yes, I still have some, LOL.
Yes, I want to get Hugo’s newer black breakfast blend.
No…sigh…I have not done it yet…
I need to do it before I drink all of this, just for comparison’s sake.
So, I accidentally oversteeped this today, which really brings out the Ceylon aspect. I need to not do that next time.
This is one of those teas I like to drink by the pot, & I was in the mood for making a 16oz pot of tea when I woke up. So I did. Some people would find this tea to be smokey, & it is mildly smokey, & stylish, in it’s own way, like this one guy who used to come to my gigs about 20 years ago at this one coffee house. He had a style all has his own, some kind of french impressionist era/middle eastern/hippy fusion. He was very learned when it came to the arts, or at least fancied himself to be so, & he played the sitar. He’d sit there listening with his eyes closed, sipping tiny cups of expresso, twirling the corners of his mustache, & smoking kreteks (clove cigarettes). During my break he’d have pseudo-intellectual conversations with people, discussions regarding the virtues & failings of anything from the artwork on the wall, to books they had read, musicians they had heard, etc. There were a lot of interesting people that hung out at that coffee shop back in the day. When that place closed down, as most places along those lines eventually do, who knows where everyone went?
I got some of this one with my last mandala order, & enjoyed multiple steepings of it late yesterday afternoon. When I have students coming & going, I enjoy setting up a yixing of something I’d like to drink, so I can just keep adding water, rather than having to pick out another tea over & over again. I didn’t really take notes, & the main things I remember was the aroma of a well composed cedar forest (or some other wood), & the flavor was delicious, but again, I don’t really remember much about it, although I remember it being sweet, some fruitiness, & creamy at times, & most importantly, I DID enjoy drinking it! Again & again!