2966 Tasting Notes
Good morning Steepsterites!
I’m enjoying the 2nd steeping of this lovely Golden Monkey, with its malty sweet potato profile, a nice start to a busy day. I drank the first steeping while I fixed my breakfast. There is also a buttery texture, it’s the ‘sparkly’ sensation I get from some teas, it’s like my taste buds take turns twinkling like stars. I don’t really know how else to describe it, but I like it!
This is a wonderful tea to relax with, hanging around in my ‘roadie’ outfit (jeans & T shirt) before I head out for a very busy day. I have an Electric Harp gig at Whole Foods Grocery from noon til 3:00, where I’ll be dressed in a long red xmasy outfit with what I call Angel Sleeves (the kind that drape down), playing a mix of Holiday music (xmas, Chanukah, classical, peace & snowy weather related), along with my usual mix of Jazz, Rock, Originals, & Blues with vocals. Hopefully I’ll sell a bunch of xmas CD’s so I can buy more tea! (you can get yours at www.harpsinger.net)
After that gig, I’ll grab a bite to eat, change to a long black velvet outfit with draping chiffon sleeves, & go play a church service gig with the choir & orchestra. I’ll be done around 9pm, I think. Just in time to drive to Tony’s & watch SNL!
Thank you, Angel & TeaVivre for this delicious sample!
It’s Tony’s 61st birthday!! I’m taking him out for dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant at 7:30. Meanwhile, I’m finally getting around to sampling this Sheng. The dry leaf has a spicy smell to me, with a hint of vanilla!
This tea is very clean & bright tasting, almost lemony in the way it makes my mouth feel! My mouth is watering like crazy, & I have that sparkling sensation. It’s crisp & sweet & fresh & mouthwatering!
I’m on the 3rd or 4th steeping, & it’s so juicy! There’s also a spicy edge & not only that, I’ve been kind of drowsy all day, with low energy, no matter how many cups of tea I drank. Now I suddenly feel exceptionally alert! I feel very focused!
Which is good, because I have an orchestral part to learn tonight! For the next 2 evenings I’ll play a cantata with a church choir & small orchestra. These gigs are fun, but they always send the music at the last minute. So for the next hour I’ll be sipping this tea & practicing!
Thank you to Angel @ TeaVivre for this sample!
It’s been a busy day, running around doing the things self-employed musicians have to do when they aren’t performing or practicing. I’ve drank a fair share of black teas, but didn’t really have time to comment on them, & I’m not in the mood for backtracking, so onward…
This is a really pleasant Shu! I steeped for 1 minute, 2nd steeping for 2 minutes, & will probably try for a few more before I release the leaves to my compost pile.
It’s very dark! I like that in a tea!
It’s ultra smooth, creamy even, & sweet with a raisin bread-like taste & a hint of vanilla.
I needed this…(sigh)…
I found myself craving a cup (or 7) of a nice dark Shu, & this one was handy. I followed the xingyang workshop recommendations, & it is wonderful. Deep, rich, smooth, sweet, creamy, spicy…the perfect end to my tea drinking day!
This shu isn’t in clumps, like the other ones I’ve tried. It looks like coffee grounds, & has a nice spicy aroma. Once it’s wet it really smells good, it’s an addictive aroma of vanilla sweetness!! YUM!
My confession: I have not been a huge fan on Dancongs. They always seem to get bitter so quickly! I’m not the most coordinated person, & when it comes to steeping something for 2 seconds…well, lets just say that I tend to over steep. I was extra careful with this one.
The dry tea smells of fresh laundry! It has a very ‘clean’ smell, like fresh linens!
I’ve spent the afternoon sipping on this tea, & rather than make extensive notes about each steeping, I’m just going to comment on it as a whole. Things I’ve noticed:
*A floral taste, along the lines of ‘orchid’, but with more of a ‘wood’ influence. There is also a mineral flavor.
*a metallic sensation, especially on the sides of my tongue. It’s a very ‘bright’ sensation,& cooling, which I suppose could be compared to ‘snow’, now that I think of it.
- The tip of my tongue feels extremely ‘awake’ & bright. I’m thinking the word ‘tantalized’ might fit. Again, this could be compared, in a sense, to what it might feel like if I stuck my tongue into a snow ball for a minute, LOL.
- There is also a sweet, mouthwatering sensation under the tongue.
I’ll go back to sipping now…
Thank you David, for this month’s offerings!
I’m having an awesome day! Here’s the teas I drank so far, but don’t really have time to write full on reviews, as I was on the go:
Zhen Qu (butiki)- a little malt, a slightly floral bouquet, next time I think I’ll make it a little stronger.
Mi Xian Black (butiki) – sweet notes of honey!
Imperial Breakfast blend (verdant) I can’t believe I still have some of this! That was the tea in my ‘go’ cup this morning, as I rushed out the door to UMSL, to attend my Harp student’s Jury.
Matcha – with lunch, another stir fry, accompanied by a heaping serving of my newest home made Kimchi! This is a really potent batch too!!
Now I’m home, I’ve eaten, my students will start coming. Time for some serious steeping!
This is another one of the teas from the Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve Club. I was sort of holding off on reviewing it, waiting to see if someone else wanted to take the lead on this one, so that I’m not being the first to review everything. But I can wait no longer!!
The dry tea has a slightly green smell. I give a quick rinse, & a short steep, emptying the Gaiwan into my cup. The wet leaves smell like almond essence & …banana pudding? I have my face in the Gaiwan, just breathing…in & out…& a miraculous sensation of sugar occurs in the back of my soft palate, I’m smelling sugar! I linger…I’m smelling a bowl of banana pudding with those yummy almond sugar cookies dipping in it.
The tea itself is a beautiful butterscotch color, with a sweet almond essence, along with a floral note & sparkling sensations on the back & undersides of my tongue. I’ve been enjoying it for a few hours now, just steeping & sipping. It’s very nice, but I have to confess that I’m not always the greatest at short steepings, & this one can take on some bitter & drying qualities if you let it go too long. I got sidetracked & that happened with one cup.
Se La Vie
(I’m sure I spelled that wrong, I don’t know French)
Home from my gig, feeling a little drained, I made a quick lunch stir fry of chicken, bok choi, spring onions, ginger, garlic, toasted sesame oil & fish sauce. My home-made Kimchi & Sauer Kraut are both bubbling nicely, and the Kimchi will be ready tomorrow! So I polished off the last of the jar of Kimchi that was in the frig, drinking the juices that remained in the jar. It was a tasty lunch, & the only tea that felt appropriate was Matcha. Creamy, dreamy, & Green!
Getting ready to head out the door to play an early morning gig, with a cup of this in hand. I love the body of it, the depth: malt, a little chocolate, spice. A morning cup to enhance my playing, & I’m gonna need a little enhancement, as I bumped my middle finger yesterday (right before my gig) and split the nail, painfully peeling it back a bit. I trimmed it as far back as I could, but it kept catching on a string & ouch! I had a few bandaids in my purse, but they don’t stand up to harp playing very well, so neither lasted very long.
I have a 2 hour gig this morning, & a rehearsal tonight. I have a roll of white bandage tape in my purse, the finger is wrapped to protect the nail, & although it’s throbbing, “the show must go on!”