2341 Tasting Notes
Yes, I’m drinking this again today. Tony recently got an order of Rock sugar from Teavana’s internet sight (he won’t go into the store anymore), & included 4 oz of this for me. So you could say it is my resident tea at his house for awhile. It’s not a bad tea to start the morning with, as it doesn’t irritate my tummy. The chocolate quality is more in the fragrance & mouthfeel than in the taste, with a lingering thickness. I used to really love this tea. Now it’s just ok, & overpriced, but drinkable.
This is a sad sipdown, because this was the first Sheng puer I ever tried. Of course, I have plenty of others, & I feel like I still don’t know that much about Puer tea in general, other than the fact that they are intriguing, & I enjoy drinking them.
I’ve really enjoyed this one! It starts off as aromatic woods, develops a nutty & spicy profile, keeps giving & giving & giving, becoming sweet like the water of a sacred spring, & provides a powerful skull shining effect as well. I think my original postings regarding this tea were probably more informative, as well as more entertaining.
I’m sad to see it gone from my collection.
Since I polished off the teas from last January’s TOMC, I figured I might as well back track to November of 2012, right? There were 3 selections in that box, with the first one being this 2012 autumn laoshan green. It may be over a year old, but it is still every bit as delicious as it was when it first arrived. Initially it has that classic Laoshan green brean kind of taste, but in the later steepings it takes on a buttery winter squash taste, & a sweet & creamy oatmeal quality as well. It’s like a savory bowl of oatmeal with soymilk or maybe almond milk drizzled over the top.
I don’t know why I don’t drink these green teas more often. The ones from Laoshan village are so amazing!
Additional comments: The November 2012 box also included a package of Minnesota Northern Lakes Wild Rice, and adding a pinch to this tea makes the most wonderful Genmaicha. Just sayin’
I can’t believe I still have some of this!
I’m not currently a member of the TOMC, but I did really enjoy my membership! This is the 3rd tea from last January’s box, & I had just enough Yu Lu to make a potent cup, so that it’s a sipdown on both of them! There was a little almond milk in the fridge, so I added that, & I also borrowed my son’s Keifer grains, gave them a water bath yesterday to get all the milk out, and made a quart of coconut milk keifer, which turns out is ready, so I added some of that, & WOW! This is the most luxurious feeling Chai I think I’ve ever had! The coconut milk keifer is a little tangy, & so thick & creamy. I use canned coconut milk, not that grotesque crap they sell in the dairy case, & I love it! If you let it age long enough, it becomes yogurt which, for someone like me, is a rare treat indeed.
Verdant’s Chai spice is a little unusual in it’s spicing, & I’ve learned that I need to use quite a bit more than they recommend, because I tend to like my Chai a little strong. But this cup of yum, which is gone already, beats Starbuck’s Tazo Chai by a long shot!
While I was moving my office & sorting through the stuff on my desk, I came across a $30 Starbuck’s gift card from 2 years ago, buried among a variety of other things. WOW! It was a HoliDaze gift from one of my students, & a nice one at that! Of course, I don’t drink coffee, but Starbucks does sometimes have some really nice traveling tea mugs.
I left the house around noon to meet up with one of the local farmers that I get eggs & things from, went to the PO to mail a few parcels for a few steepster friends (you know who you are!), went to Kohl’s to spend my Kohl’s cash, & then hit Starbucks on the way home. My favorite travel cup from them is porcelain on the inside, stainless on the outside, & they had one on sale! So I got that, & just for old times sake, I had them fill it with soy chai. It’s been months since I had soy, & I don’t really care for the mouth of it, & my chai was lukewarm. Oh well…
Here’s another tea from last year’s January TOMC. I wasn’t that big of a fan of this one, I’m still not really sure why. It did have a tendency to irritate my tummy a little bit, especially in the later steepings. By all practical reasoning, I should love this tea. It has a lovely aroma, a chocolate element, & Jin Jun Mei sweetness (& I love my Jin Jun Mei!). There is nothing wrong with this tea, & I don’t even mind drinking it once in awhile, but for some reason we don’t get along as well as I get along with SO many others. That’s all I can really say.