3091 Tasting Notes
Harpy HolidaZe, everyone!
I placed an order with Stacy @ Butiki on thurs, & it actually came today! Thanks, Stacy! You are awesome!
My main reason for ordering was to get a few more of those cute little Earthen Gaiwans she carries. They are absolutely adorable & 2 of them will be for gifts. Of course, I had to get a little tea also, so one of the teas I got was this Plum Pudding. I don’t really get into a lot of flavored teas, & I have no idea what plum pudding tastes like. I added a little stevia to mine, and it is fruity, a rich stone-fruit taste. There’s also some orange, & a little cinnamon in there. It’s sweet & slightly tart, & delicious!
Actually it reminds me of the stewed prunes I used to make, which included prunes (of course), water to cover, a sliced up orange, & a cinnamon stick. You can also include a lemon instead of an orange. Let it simmer until the prunes plump up & the remaining juices are thick & sweet. You can also cook it in a crock pot over night. You can also include other dried fruits. I made a variation once that was dried apricots instead, with thin slices of ginger…
We used to eat these in the middle of a bowl of oatmeal, or on buttery toast, or in a bowl full of yogurt, or by themselves. Thanks for the memories!
The world didn’t end! Yeah!
This isn’t the tea I wanted. I wanted something dark & rich, velvety & heavy with malt. But I’m at Tony’s, & his selection isn’t so great, & I realized I had tossed this into my purse, so there it is. My first cup was with 1 tsp of tea, & it was ok, but not really all that exciting. That was this morning.
I’ve been kind of cranky this afternoon, & Little Terri wanted pancakes. Basically, she wanted to be indulged a little, & feel like she was getting away with something. So pancakes it was, & they were tasty, with just a little maple syrup & coconut butter. We also had a bacon & broccoli fritata.
I also just had another cup of Zhen Qu, using 2 tsp of tea. Much better! There is a really nice chocolate-ness to it, a little malt, & it’s very satisfying.
I feel better now.
It’s like both of the other teas have led me to this!
Of course, Golden Fleece has been reviewed here numerous times, including by myself, & it is a tea the is loved with much reverence, & prized by many as the perfect Yunnan. So what can I say? The mouth feel is so thick, so velvety, so sweet, like a buttery caramel with a hint of spice. It also has a savory quality, like a piece of toast with butter on it.
Tea of the Month Club – 12/2012
I’ve reviewed this tea before, & for me, it’s like a bowl of steel cut oats, cooked in the crockpot overnight so that they literally melt in your mouth. There is a pool of melted butter in the center, a pouring of cream, a light drizzle of honey, & a pinch of cinnamon. The mouth feel of this tea is so rich & creamy & amazingly mouthwatering. My tongue is literally bursting with sparkling sensations.
So, going back & taking a sip of the moonlight white, the contrast between the two is like a work of art.
This month’s Tea of the Month from Verdant included 3 Teas:
*Moonlight White 2011 Pressed Cake
*Silver Buds Yabao
I already have Winter Buds Yabao and Golden Fleece in my cupboard, so now I have more of both. I enjoy David’s little page that accompanies the monthly offerings. There’s always a bit of a story, as well as anecdotal notes about each & steeping instructions. This month’s suggestions are to drink the Moonlight first, followed by the Yabao & then the Golden Fleece.
I have not been a huge fan of white teas, but I am starting to develop an appreciation for them lately. The dry leaf is a pressed mix of earthy colors: beige, sage, caramel, & black. The aroma is light: delicately green with a powdered milk element.
After steeping, the wet leaf smells of both freshly sliced raw winter squash, AND roasted carmelized winter squash! WoW!
I’ve been sipping it for awhile, & it is quite pleasant. The early steepings had a bit of a sharp edge, a slightly acidic note, almost a plum taste, but that faded into more of a mellow & sweet carmelized winter squash, with butter.
The suggestion is to move on to the Yabao, as comparison. So I will!
This will hopefully be my last early morning posting at Steepster for awhile. Not my last posting, mind you, just my last early morning posting. Normally at this time I’m still peacefully dreaming my fairy music dreams, but lately I’ve had quite a few early morning gigs. Today is the last one of those. I still have a few xmas gigs, but I don’t have to get up so early to play them.
This is also my last cup (at least for awhile) of Shagadelic English Breakfast. It’s a bold & bright cup, worthy of it’s name.
Yesterday my youngest sister, Ginger, came for a visit. Some of you know my other sister, Liz, known on Steepster as MsWhatsit. Liz & I have shared a love for tea for awhile now, while Gin hasn’t really been bit by the tea-bug as much.
So we were hanging out all afternoon & evening, talking, laughing, etc. We share a variety of interests, including Reiki. She gave me my level 4 atunement, & the energy level was pretty high!
I shared some Shui Xang Wuyi Oolong with her, which I’d been sipping on during the afternoon.
I started telling her about the mind-blowing effects of Puer, & so we drank some. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
We started with Mt Banzang Farmer’s Coop ’03 Sheng
As the evening wore on, we moved on to Xingyang 1998 Golden Leaf Shu.
Finally, I did some steepings of Lao Tong Zhi 2012.
It was really fun to share all of these, & to see her reactions to them. We had such a good time, sipping, laughing, & just being sisters!