2859 Tasting Notes
From January of 2013’s Reserve TOMC, this is somewhere between a Sheng & a white tea, as far as it’s flavor & qualities. It starts out lightly tart & citrus like, gradually gets a creaminess to it, with a growing evergreen essence. It features a decent tea-buzz, both savory & sweet, bringing to mind Pine & Eucalyptus.
Sipdown – 365
From last year’s Verdant Reserve TOMC, the May edition, I started steeping this & realized that I’m just not really in the mood for a white tea.
Regardless, I’m sipping one steeping after another of this oh so pale golden liquor, with a light flavor of cream & sourdough bread. I really need an energy boost, & I need it now, so I’ll probably whip up something Assam like for me next selection. Meanwhile, sipdown.
This is a pleasant Lapsang, shared with me by (you guessed it) Sil.
The aroma of the leaf is highly smokey, however the actual brewed tea is not nearly as smoky as the aroma would have implied. This is a really tasty Lapsang, & although I’ve grown to love smoky teas, I appreciate the subtleness of this one. It’s also nicely sweet, & went really well with last night’s leftover baked sweet potato, which I chopped up skin & all, & fried in coconut oil with sprinkles of cinnamon, cardamon, & ginger.
I thought there was just enough of this for one pot, but it turns out there was enough for 2, so I drank the first pot plain, with the above mentioned breakfast, & I spiked the second pot with a little Maple syrup, & OMG!!! It’s funny, cuz I enjoy smokey teas plain, but every now & then a little dessert is in order, & I always forget how awesome smokey teas are with Maple. This maple syrup is made in Missouri, from Missouri Maple trees. I’ve bought 3 quarts of it at the farmer’s market so far, & am basically stocking up for next winter.
Welcome to day 6 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I’m starting the day with a tea from Sil (anybody surprised?) that I’ve had for quite some time, from one of our many awesome trades. I’ve been avoiding this one for awhile, not really sure why, maybe because it’s the first tea I’ve ever had (to my knowledge) from Camelia Sinensis, whose website I’ve loitered on quite a bit lately, drooling over teas I might order, & a yixing I really want.
I was originally thinking, “gongfu”, but then I read some of the other reviews. (I’m not ashamed to admit it. My ego isn’t tied into coming up with my own unique take on a tea, or being able to recognize some taste nobody else noticed, so although I don’t always read others’ reviews before drinking a tea, I occasionally do, to see what kind of steeping parameters they used.)
Having said all that, I went with 5G + 8oz X 4min. There was enough here to drink this tea one time, and that sounded like the most promising formula.
This tea is not particularly exciting to me. It’s very smooth, with a kind of vanilla feel. There is a gentle sweet spiciness to it, perhaps cinnamon, & kind of a bland wood taste, with a growing but light coriander in the background. So, although there is nothing wrong here, & it doesn’t taste bad, it just doesn’t really do it for me. But I’m still glad to have tried it, & maybe on another day (if I had more), I would be in the mood to enjoy a tea such as this.
Sipdown – only 370 to go!
My kids were raised on Traditional Medicinal teas, & all 4 of them (ages 21, 25, 28, & 31) still drink them, when needed. They aren’t always the best tasting, but are definitely not the worst tasting either, & really, they go down pretty easy.
I’m drinking this as a sipdown, because really, who knows how long this one has been in my cupboard? I’m the only one that drinks this respiratory blend, as I have a history of Chronic respiratory problems, but I haven’t had to drink it in a few years, ever since I removed the gluten & other grains from my diet, & started eating meat again. All of my autoimmune issues miraculously disappeared, along with the constant bronchial infections, low blood sugar, & some other things. Anyway, the most recognizable active ingredient here, which also makes it taste good (to my tastebuds) is licorice root! There’s also a mix of chinese herbs & eucalyptus.
I came across this lone bag of Egyptian Licorice while cleaning out my purse, & so of course I had to include it in the sipdown extravaganza!
I’ve loved this tea for a long time, & will probably restock at some point, because as far as an evening tea is concerned, this is among my most favorites, oozing with licorice, ginger, & a variety of other spices.
This sipdown is from the final Reserve TOMC. I haven’t ever gotten around to comparing this ‘reserve’ huang zhi xiang to the ‘regular’ huang zhi xiang, so I can’t really tell you if it was amazingly better or not.
It is an interesting tea, & has been my companion during this afternoon of teaching, yielding a gentle fruitiness, some incense after-aroma, & a building citrus mouth that to me is more like grapefruit than orange. It’s a lovely tea, & it’s a sipdown!