3091 Tasting Notes
This will not be a long review, as I’m suppose to be practicing. My Annual Birthday Gig is this Saturday night (I’ll be 54 on sunday), & I’m working on a new tune to add to my performance, ‘Butterfly’ by Herbie Hancock. Playing Jazz on the Harp is challenging, & this piece definitely has it’s difficulties, but it looks like it’s gonna fall into place!
After weeks of reading reviews about this puer, I finally bought myself a Phatty Cake! I’ve been sipping on it for a few hours now, during my breaks & it is quite tasty.
So this is a really nice Puer. Rich, creamy, sweet, deep, & dark. It makes me want to sing, “That’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh”. I used 5 G, & will probably go a little stronger next time, because I’m like that. This started out with a smooth vanilla feeling, & a hint of ginger, gradually adding layers of flavor: raisin, wood, a sprinkle of salt, a little spice.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can’t drink anymore tea tonight!
And I have to get back to my practicing!
I had some free time this afternoon, & spent part of it partaking of this yummy oolong! I can see why it has won awards, it’s amazing!
The dry smell is sweet & fruity & there is a bit of a caramelized aroma too.
Garret (Mandala Tea) suggested preheating a Gaiwan, then dumping out the hot water, putting the tea in, cover briefly, and then smell. He was talking about puer at the time, but I decided to try it with this tea. Thank you Garret :)
Oh my!! The aromas were intensified, so that now I’m smelling fruit loops, only the best fruit loops you’ve ever had, or maybe a tropical smoothie. Yummmmmmm!
I can’t tell you how many rounds of steeping I went through, but they were so good. The early ones were especially sweet, tropical, & floral. Gradually a rocky taste & a light roasted flavor crept in as well. There was a little astringency in a few rounds, but mostly this was a mouth watering, tongue tingling delight! I also got some nice 3rd eye opening sensations, & interesting sensations in my ears, neck, sinuses, & shoulder blades.
Thank you to David & Verdant for this wonderful offering. I will savor every cup!
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.