2970 Tasting Notes
Yesterday afternoon after Ari left I went on a black tea binge. In part, because I hadn’t had enough black tea to start my day properly, in part because I have a collection of tea samples to get through:
1. Assam Melody – I’ll give a proper review later, but for now I’ll say it’s Malty, Bold, somewhat acidic, and mouth watering.
2. Yunnan Gig – Cocoa brown, mahogany, and gold finely twisted strand, with a bright but malty, caramel buttery taste, and a cocoa powder finish.
3. Yunnan Noir – cool looking little cocoa brown rolled leaves, twisted into little knots, with highlights of gold. Nice deep malty taste, hints of chocolate and a peppery finish.
Ok, now that I’m caught up, this Yun nan that I just finished drinking is yummy, tasty, and smooth. It is a proper start for another busy day. I’ve already reviewed it on my tealog in greater depth, I think, so I’ll end by staying Thank You once again to TeaVivre. This is part of a sample they sent me, which I’ve enjoyed immensely.
Now, on to play a 4 gig, and then my weekend begins!
My breakfast with Ari was really nice, & a great chance for us to play catchup, as we haven’t been able to hang out much lately. As a mother, I’m happy to have my children getting out into the world and having their own lives, no empty next syndrome going on here! But at the same time, my kids are my best friends, and it’s nice to get to sit with them, individually, & just enjoy a morning together.
I let Ari pick the teas for breakfast, and her tea selections all tend to lean towards ‘dessert’, whereas I usually start with something bold. Now that she has gone back out into the world, I’m having a pot of this tasty Assam, which is a little malty, robust, and satisfying, and then it’s off to the Chiropractor.
To me, this smells like that evaporated canned milk.
Taste-wise, I’m not really tasting a chocolate malt. It has a real buttery texture, is kind of bright and different. It’s like I taste something familiar, but I just can’t pinpoint what it is…
Ari says it reminds her of the chocolate banana smoothies I used to make, so maybe that flavor is banana. Ari gives it a thumbs up :D
Awhile back I ordered some teas from Adagio, including several sample size teas, this being one of them. I’ve been drinking a lot of Puerh lately, which doesn’t make me any kind of expert, mind you.
The dry leaf doesn’t really have much of a scent, compared to some of the Pu’s I’ve been drinking, but my nose detected that faint saltiness, more as a sensation. There’s enough in the package to steep this a couple of different ways, so that’s what I’ll do. The first steeping was as directed on the package: 1 tsp in an 8 oz cup for 3 minutes.
It’s really not bad! It’s not as heavily nuanced as some of the Puerhs I’ve tried, but it isn’t overtly fishy or barnyard-like either. I re-steeped, & it was just ok. This would be good for someone wanting to try puerh out without having too intense of an experience the first time around. It’s dark, mellow, and a little tingly.
Thank you to Rachel for this tea sample!
This is an interesting tea! First off, the aroma of the dry leaf is unlike any other tea I’ve smelled: tart, a little sweet, & something I just can’t quite pinpoint.
The flavor is tart, sweet, somewhat astringent, and a little bitter. It brings to mind cranberries, and reminds me of some of the grapey wine-like Darjeelings out there, in a way.
This is the 2nd of my Bathtub Teas today, NOT meaning that it tastes like bath water, LOL, but that I drank it while I was in the bathtub, while reading pep talk letters from NaNoWriMo.com on my iPad and breathing in the aroma of Roses & Chamomile. TMI, I know…LOL
This is like drinking c warm cup of spiced butter. I know that sounds gross, & it isn’t. This tea probably has the butteriest mouth-feel of anything I’ve ever drank, and some yummy spices as well. I didn’t really taste much chocolate, but it was a tasty cup!
First, Stacy, I love this tea! This is my last cup, and I’ll be ordering more soon!
I have students all afternoon starting at 1:00, and a gig tonight, so I’m headed off to the bubble bath with 2 cups of tea to enjoy. This is one of them, which I’ve reviewed already plenty of times. I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, & even less of a fan of flavored green & white teas, so for me to say, “I love this!” really means something!
This is a lovely warming cup of soothing gentleness.
It reminds me of banana pudding, the kind with vanilla wafers in it.
4oz tea + 4oz Gaiwan X 10 seconds = tasty treat!
I steeped in rounds of 4 cups at a time (each 4 oz), adding a few seconds to each steep. The second round of 4 cups were given 20, 22, 25, and then “oops”, probably a whole minute or more for that last cup, as I got sidetracked. Most were drank straight, but I sweetened the last 2 with a trace of stevia, and it really brings out the fruity flavors even more! They were all delicious!
It seems to me that most people tend to favor the orchid type Tieguanyin oolongs, which I also enjoy, but I love this darker variety. I’d love a blend of this tea, peaches, maybe some Ginger…
But I also love it just the way it is. I also love the stories behind teas, and here’s a fun one from the Verdant Site.