2954 Tasting Notes
Good morning my tea slurping darlings!!
I’m in a really mood today! I woke up early during a thunder storm, drifted back to sleep until 9ish, had a hot headache (I ate at Qdoba last night, so probably from some preservative or other chem in their salsa), did some yoga & deep breathing, & although I can still feel something in my head, I decided I wanted an awesome breakfast. Pancakes, berries, maple, & homemade turkey apple maple sausages (let me know if you want the recipe, piece of cake to make).
I wanted a simple pot of black to tea to drink while prepping food, so I went with this one. I love the boldness, the smoothness, & the light smokiness. Now for breakfast!
Thank you, Angel & Teavivre for sharing a generous sample of this tea with me!
I sampled it this afternoon, using my test tube steeper & short steepings. The tiny long leaves opened up nicely & the resulting tea was wonderful, to my taste. The most noticeable quality was a light smokiness, a thick mouth, lush vibrant green taste, & awesome chaqi!
This tea is almost like drinking a raw puerh.
I continue to be very impressed & happy with the teas I get from Yunnan Sourcing, & this one is no exception. I sipped on it all morning, & although it reminds me of the Wild Purple of Dehong & Master Hans Wild picked Yunnan, that is more in the energy that the tea brings, than in the actual flavor.
The leaf material is beautiful, both dry & wet, & it features a light tanginess, but not as sweet & plum-like as the Wild Purple is. The most notable quality is a wonderful satisfying mouth & mind.
It’s been months since the boys & I placed an adagio fandom tea order, and there won’t be any orders placed in the near future either, because I have a box full of adagio fandom teas from Sil. She got this one from Smiracles, so thanks to both of you. This was one I definitely wanted to try, because
1 – it’s a Cara McGee blend, & some of her blends are really awesome!
2 – I’ve been experimenting for awhile with a ginger & lapsange combo, adding various other things, like vanilla, maple, etc. So this tea is right in there.
I’ve tried the Tiger Eye before by itself, & it was very tasty, so I’m glad to see it in this blend too. Of course, I added some Maple to the pot, how could I not?
I think this could handle even more ginger, but otherwise it’s a tasty tea!
It’s also a sipdown, although I didn’t really plan it that way!
A final note on last month’s sipdown extravaganza. I went from 401 teas to 264.
Last night I added in all the new teas (purchases, trades, & samples) & my new total is 392. At least I managed to stay below 400, right?
This tea is definitely an unusual one. It makes me think of so many things: coffee, black strap molasses, roasted grain, tobacco, & it’s also kind of sour/tart, reminding me of umeboshi plums. It’s also the first sipdown of the month! I think I have an unofficial goal this month of 1 sipdown per day, although I’m not gonna push it too hard, because I have other goals, & some fun creative ideas floating around in my head…
Thanks once again to Angel & Teavivre for this sample.
I put the entire sample into my testtube steeper, & steeped 15/30/oops! I got distracted & let this one go way too long/back to short steeps…lol
Tart & Tangy in a fresh & green way, with an instantly thick mouth, & an rich & resinous quality. The embodiment of spring, I shared steepings with a few students as the day passed. Delicious!
Another morning tea, enjoyed with breakfast. I love the name of this tea, which coupled with the taste, brings to mind a pipe smoking, tweed wearing, sherlock holmes looking character. LOL
Recently there was a discussion about whether this was a breakfast blend or an afternoon blend. For me, definitely breakfast! Although I’d be happy to drink a pot any time!