2517 Tasting Notes
Sipdown # 77. This one comes from Awkward Soul, & the rest of it will be headed towards Sil, probably in the next week. It’s tasty, kind of like a gingerbread cookie, dipped in chocolate, & then enjoyed with a stout cup of Assam. I can get behind that! Though it tends towards bitterness as it cools.
Welcome to day 11 little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to sustain this sipdown thingy for this many days, & although not every tea I’ve drank has been a sipdown, most of them have, & it feels good to be letting go of all of the small quantities that have been sitting around waiting to be drank.
Sipdown #75 was Maharaja, from American Tea Room. I am entering it here because I can’t get the ‘review’ button to work on Maharaja’s page. It’s a very bold & a little tart Assam, sent to me by Sil, & it really hit the spot this morning! I love it when I can actually feel the caffeine coursing through my veins!
Sipdown #76 is this Kenyan from the Milim Estate, Capital Teas. This one came to me from Sil, who got it from Dexter. Thanks girls! Although some of the Kenyan blacks I’ve tried have been very bright & kind of grapey, this one is much more earthy & a little sweet, with a nice wood taste.
Final Sipdown of the night, #74.
This tea traveled from Dexter to the Great Canadian TTB (I think), then to Sil, & then to me!
It’s actually fairly tasty, especially with a little sweet added. The flavor of almond is especially nice, but after I took a few sips I was looking at the ingredients list & realized it has Mate in it. Not wanting to stay up past midnight tonight, so as a precaution I dumped the rest of it into a jar & stuck it in the fridge for the night.
As an aside, my ending teacount for the day would have been 342, but I receive a box of samples from a friend, adding 13 new teas to my cupboard, so I’m ending with one tea more than I started with today, LOL, 355. It would be nice to end this week with 300 teas, but I’ll also be happy to complete the goal set earlier today, which was to get through 100 sipdowns (only 25 to go in that case). Really, it doesn’t matter either way, as long as I enjoy the journey!
Sipdown #73, another tea from Sil & Kaylee. Thanks girls!
You know, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like this one, I mean, plain old Rooibos? I’m not always a fan of rooibos blends, but actually this is pretty good! By itself, it has a light almost bready kind of taste, with a hint of cinnamon. Who knew?
Sipdown #70, another oolong from KS. I’ve been sipping these oolongs all afternoon. I set up 3 gaiwans side by side, because I wanted to compare them, but it didn’t really happen, at much. This one reminds me a bit of sourdough bread, & is also lightly vegetal & floral. Of the 3, I think I like this one the best, although, as I said before, I will always prefer the more roasty oolongs. Still, I’ve enjoyed sampling these. Thanks KS!
Sipdown #69, another Oolong from KS. Thanks!
I all I really have to say here is that although I’m sure the quality of this tea is high, as are all of Teavivre’s teas, I don’t think I care much for Osmanthus. I don’t hate it, but it leaves a lingering flavor of orange baby aspirins in my mouth & sinuses. The oolong has a green vegetal taste to it, and although this tea was interesting to try, and I’d drink it again, it isn’t something I’d strive to keep in my collection.