1892 Tasting Notes
It’s been a year since I joined the Steepster TOMC, so today I though it would be fun to sample the 3 teas from last October’s box. They are:
Zhu Rong Yunnan – I drank up all of last years, but luckily I have the newer rendition.
Xingyang Chrysanthemum blend – I no longer have this one either, but I still have some of the xingyang ‘07 Shu, so I added some chrysanthemum flowers to my cup. That blend also included coriander (which I could have added, but was being lazy), as well as burdock & juniper, which I don’t have at this time.
I followed the brewing suggestions & steeped all 3 teas, in side by side setups, so that I could get the full experience of the suggested pairing.
This is a gentle Sheng, with a sticky rice flavor to it. Around the 3rd steeping a strong numbing camphor sensation hit the tip of my tongue, by steep number 5 the rice taste had subsided, leaving a slightly metallic taste, along with the flavor of fresh straw & a pinch of salt. At this point the Chaqi was outrageous!
This is a pleasant gentle Sheng, & luckily I have enough to drink it a few more times.
Some of us have been talking about comparing all the ‘pearl’ teas to one another. This one is nice, bold enough, but with sweet fruity nuance. I steep 6 pearls in 12oz for 3 minutes, resteep for 5. The first steeping is sweet & malty, the second holds just a little bitterness but is still very drinkable. I think maybe last time I drank them I said I was gonna try a single steeping of 4 minutes, & I forgot to do that. Maybe next time…
Yeah, I’ve realized that I love Fujian Blacks (& Oolongs).
This is thick, malty, a little peppery, & I love it!
I woke up with a bit of a headache, so I brewed a cup of this tea & crawled into the bathtub. It is one of the teas from the first round of the BBBB, contributed by Tasty Brew, & although I’m not in love with it, it’s a pleasant cup, perhaps a little on the floral side today. I’ve written a better review of it previously, I’m sure.
Not really alot to say about this tea. I’ve been staying up way too late, & although it won’t knock me out, it doesn’t have any caffeine, so if I stay up again late tonight, at least I can’t blame it of tea!
I used 2 bags. I like licorice root, & it gave me something to sip during the block party. I like my neighbors, but don’t really know them all that well, even though I’ve lived here 12 years. Everyone is always so busy, including me. I found out this one chick who is a religious fanatic makes her own kefir & cultured veggies, just like me. I might get a kombucha starter from her. The guy across the street & a few doors down is a professional cellist, who knew? We might get together & jam. There were other revelations, and a good time was had by all!
I’m trying not to ingest any more caffeine tonight. I’ve been staying up til 2 & 3 am for several days, which is great for creativity, but not so good for getting things done in the real world.
I just realized my neighbors are all out in the street. Looks like we’re having a block party, & once again I didn’t read the email.
I sent the boys out with a bowl of homegrown cherry tomatoes to add to the food pile. I’m headed out there with my cup of tea. I don’t eat off buffets usually, too many things I’ll probably regret. But I’ll have this tea!
For some reason tonight this is not as lemony as I want it to be. I think maybe my taste buds are still jaded from my sipdown competition with Sil.
I enjoyed this tea earlier in the afternoon. It kind of reminds me of Laoshan Black, only less sweet & more dark chocolaty. It is delicious!
This tea has been known to send me into a Haiku writing Nirvana, and if it was snowing outside, that would probably be the case. But the reality is, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon & I haven’t really accomplished anything. Well, that’s the case if I don’t count the novel outline I spent 2 hours on in my bedroom, several tea blend samplings, fantasizing about a music video I want to make, making breakfast, & starting dinner in the crockpot. So I guess I have done a few things, but none of them, other than eating, are the things I had planned to accomplish today. I think I have enough caffeine in my system now, so I’m going to go do the most important one: Make a bank deposit!!
I’m trying to get myself to drink things that I don’t always drink, & I have this Yerba Mate sample from the Tea Spot, & it’s not in the database. And I’m tired of adding teas to the database, so here we are. I guess I’m being lazy here.
I’m also not really digging this tea, & I would hate for the first posting about it to be negative, so there’s another reason.
Anyway, it’s ok, probably good quality, but not my thing. Kind of bland & grassy.