3048 Tasting Notes
This is Josie Jade’s pick to read with the book, Anna Karenina.
It’s also really nice! It’s smokey, with a rose aftertaste. I thought I would want to sweeten it, but actually I like it straight.
Again, I’d like to commend & thank both Josie & Serenity for this wonderful idea, & for sending out the tea samples to everyone!
And now, I’m taking my cups of tea to the bubble bath, as I’m still only at 75% on the book. Time to soak, sip, and read!
Some time ago KaiMatcha offered a “buy one get one free” promo on Steepster, and I did. But I still had some of the Teavana matcha, which I felt I should finish drinking before I opened anything new, so the Kai went into the freezer. I kind of wish I’d made my last cup of teavana & this at the same time, so that I could really compare them, but I didn’t. Oh well…
Could this possibly be greener? Could it possibly be greener than any matcha I’ve ever had? This is so green, so joyful, so heart opening! The aroma is so ‘fresh’, that’s the only word I can think of to describe it. I don’t sift my Matcha. This foamed up beautifully, & the flavor is heavenly! It’s like the freshest greenest sweetest greens you’ll ever eat, & in the background, sunflower seed butter! No, it’s sunflower seed sprouts, that’s what it is! I haven’t grown those for awhile. Usually I grow them in my sunroom, especially in late winter, & they are so cute & tasty!
Anyway, the mouth-feel is very creamy, & as it cools I feel like I’m drinking cream, & it is lovely & sweet. I take the last sip, and there are NO clumps in the bottom of the cup at all! Wait…I feel it…another Haiku!
Dreary Winter day
Early morning reverie
Sipping cup of Spring
Another Sip Down!
It’s been a little while since I had a cup of Matcha with breakfast, & honestly, I don’t know why! It’s so perfect, so delightful, so beautifully green! My first Matcha posting on steepster included a Haiku, here it is, for your reading pleasure (if you so desire).
This is my first Mandala Tea!
The Aroma of the dry leaf is very mushroomy, very savory, with a chocolate background & a hint of ammonia.
My formula: 5G + 4oz (rinse)
1. 10 sec = a very dark brew with a savory earthy flavor, definitely mushroomy!
2. 20 sec = The flavor of shroom is still present, but a creamy vanilla sweetness begins to rise
3. 30 sec = creamy & mildly sweet, with a lite milk chocolate at the very back of the tongue as I swallow
4. 40 sec = Chaqi sensations are creeping up on me! The flavor is the essence of vanilla pastry.
5 – 8 were combined in a pitcher. This tea kind of reminds me of Yanxin’s Reserve, at least in some ways.
9 was allowed to steep for 2 or 3 minutes…and it was nice too!
Next time I think I’ll try it with more leaf.
It will be interesting to see how this one ages.
Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve Club – January
I opened this package thinking I’d see something along the lines of Silver Buds Yabao, but this tea doesn’t look anything like that! Instead it is beautiful roasty looking leaves in shades of mahogany, olive, & cocao. I can’t quite describe the aroma. I want to say vanilla, but it is not vanilla. It is almost a ‘cereal’ kind of scent.
I followed the verdant instructions: 5G + 4oz (rinse) X 3-4 secs.
It kind of reminds of of cream of buckwheat cereal. A creamy vanilla like texture, a mild sweetness. Not something I would get excited about, but a pleasant departure from the norm.
This is not the exact Chai Spice recipe from the Chai Spice that came in our January Tea of the Month package, however it has many of the same ingredients, with the addition of goji berries, so I’m just going to use it, because they have the same name. So there!
I just enjoyed a lunch of Greek sliders, baked sweet potato with cinnamon, & cukes. I wanted to follow that with something sweet & spicey. I combined 2 t of the chai spices with 8oz water, simmered for 5 minutes (really probably 6), added 1 t of Yu Lu, steeped for 3 minutes, meanwhile I heated up a cup of almond milk, then added it at the end.
Unsweetened: ginger & a touch of salt
With Stevia: oh baby! It really tastes reminiscent of a ginger snap cookie.
Sometimes when I’m sampling teas, I like to talk about each round of steepings, noticing how the tea changes as I go along.
I’m not in the mood for that kind of left brain tea drinking today. Luckily, I have several samples of this varietal, so there will be time to drink it that way. Today, I’m more in a right brain mood, & have other things to do (while I drink tea). So I’ll just give my overall impressions here.
Per David’s instructions: 5G + 4oz water (rinse) X 4 – 6 sec
I drank the rinse water, as I often do, LOL. Not bad!
The first steeping I drank alone & the immediate impression was German chocolate cake accompanied by a cup of coffee, no doubt about it! It is a deep flavor, a very earthy taste, roasted & malty, a rocky essence, but with a sweetness & a sense of buttery-ness as well.
Then I combined several steepings in my pitcher, because I just can’t keep returning to the kitchen over & over again. I have things to do!
I’ve refilled the pitcher & am sipping that now, taking a break. The buttery sensation has somehow worked it’s way into my sinuses, & this is one of those mouth watering teas, giving my tongue a bit of a thick feeling.
Steeping 8 or 9 (lost count) I’m drinking this one separately from the others. Now the chocolate & malt are mostly gone. Very mouth watering, very tongue tingling, there is a sweet creamy taste.
10. (more or less, which I allowed to brew for 1 minute) Rock, chocolate, & a really interesting aftertaste…
I wasn’t as mindful during this tasting as I like to be. Before I sample this one again, I think I’ll drink some Big Red Robe & other Oolongs, & then come back to this one.
On to lunch…
The Verdant Tea of the Month Club package arrived, & as always, I was very excited! I already knew that there would be a sample of Anxi Fo Shou Black, as we were given a heads up via email. I kind of assumed (wishful thinking) that the 2nd tea would be Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan, since it was also being newly unveiled. Imagine my disappointment at the 2nd tea being Yu Lu, which I have not really cared much for & already still had some of. Oh well…
Not to be unwilling, I gave it a go, per David’s instructions. To avoid muddying the waters, this was my first tea of the day. M
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 4 sec = a pleasant malty taste & creamy texture.
I resteeped several times, keeping all of the steepings short, & at one point the taste I don’t care for (see previous reviews) waved at me from a distance, but it wasn’t in my face. So now I know that this one only goes in the Gaiwan (no western brewing), & I can live with it.