3005 Tasting Notes
I followed the instructions on the verdant site, to brew this tea gongfu style. The wet leaf is of an old ancient pine forest, deep and earthy, black as night. It’s a smell I love.
The flavor is both bright and dark, if that makes sense. Very earthy, a little drying, slightly sweet, and there is the ‘fresh’ sensation of mint, but not the flavor.
I’d like to say, at this point, that I’m hypersensitive to a lot of weird things. A few days ago I drank a puerh that made my head feel numb. This one is doing the same thing, only in a much crazier way. I don’t feel that I’m in any danger, but I am going to put the tea away for now. I am going to describe what’s going on, because I want to know if anyone else has ever experienced anything like this from drinking puerh.
As a preface, a little personal history. In my youth I did a lot of hallucinogens, especially of the fungal nature. (I’ve been drug free for 29 years) Having said that, right now I feel like I’m on a mild shroom trip. My entire brain is tingling, especially in the 3rd eye area (front and back), & I feel a little numb mentally, but also strangely alert. If I didn’t have students coming soon, this would be a good time to go sit in meditation. With my eyes closed, this actually feels really good. With my eyes open, I’m having some photo-sensitivity (which I have sometimes anyway). I’m not having any other visual distortions, but the tingling/cooling sensation is also spreading, first down my spine, and also throughout my body.
Again, I don’t think I’m in any danger, I just feel weird. Maybe this is what they call ‘Chaqui’?
It’s been a busy morning! I started with Shagadelic English Breakfast (Tea Spot), then a cup of English Breakfast (Butiki).
Then it was time to start teaching, so I broke out the Gaiwan.
This Aged Traditional Anxi Tieguanyin has been a really tasty treat!
It tastes like I imagine Bananas Foster would taste, a roasted background with bananas and vanilla creaminess (especially if you add a pinch of stevia, which I usually do after I’ve drank several cups plain).
I only have enough to drink this 2 or 3 more times…I will miss it. Today I’m making one 4 oz cup at a time, sipping and enjoying. I have no idea how many steepings I’ve been through so far, but each one has been tasty. I started with 5grams of tea in a 4 oz Gaiwan, for 6 seconds, but have gradually upped the time, & now I’m steeping for a minute or something like that, and it’s still tasty!
I’m trying to get rid of a headache by slamming down several cups of black tea, this wonderful Keemun being one of them. I’ve already reviewed it before, but I’d like to say that I really love the backdrop of rose petals that I taste (although it doesn’t have rose petals in it, it just has a taste of them). I’ll need to order some of this, because it is tasty!
By the way, last nights gig was way fun and awesome, a fundraiser for the local stray dog rescue organization. I played my usual mix of originals, jazz, & rock on my electric harp, and my favorite belly dancing troupe was there as well. I’ve known the gal who started that troupe (& still dances AND still looks awesome doing it) for 30 years (from back when I used to dance…former life). There’s a photo on my FB, https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak My friend Lois is the awesome chick in blue!
So, I have a 4 hour gig to leave for now, and I needed one more cup of something to go. This is it, bold, malty, awesome! Enjoy the day!
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.