2859 Tasting Notes
No gongfu session this morning, as I have things to do. So I’m changing it up a bit, starting with a cup of this assam. I’m drinking a 5 minute resteep of the leaves right now, & although it doesn’t carry the full richness of the original cup, it’s still smooth & better than anything I would get in a teabag. Not bitter in the least, nor astringent, just memories of malt, dark chocolate, & a lingering tanginess like plums.
Moving on to my green, white, & yellow tea collection, I started the month with 27, & have drank 13 of them. So anybody can see where my focus lies, LOL.
I made the mistake of going with 10 sec steeps on this, & for me at least, it quickly became bitter & undrinkable. Last week I gave it 3 sec steeps, & it is much more lovely that way. I’ve made note of this in my tea journal, so I won’t make that mistake again!
I started the month of April with 95 black teas on my shelves.
26 of those are in various boxes from various friends. The other 69 are actually teas in my collection. (These numbers don’t include flavored blacks, BTW). My goal every month is to drink every tea in my collection at least once. It never happens, of course, because I have way too much tea to ever be able to pull that off! However, so far this month I feel pretty good about my progress! Of the black teas in my personal collection, I’ve drank all but 21 of them, & of the tea trades I’ve drank all but 16, for a total of 58 out of 95, which I think is about 55% (if I remember the math formula correctly). Maybe I can get it to 75% by the end of wednesday….
This is nice black blend, probably my least favorite of the damn fine teas, but still very tasty & worthy of being enjoyed.
Little Terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza will begin this Thursday, May 1st.
We (that would be little terri, Ms Theresa, & myself) don’t plan on some crazy mass drinking schedule of 15 teas per day, just for the sake of polishing them off, but rather, a relaxed month (maybe less) of savoring that last cup of anything that is in small quantity. Ms Theresa is compiling a collection of teas, & will attempt to create a daily sipdown schedule, carefully curated to make each day interesting, varied, & productive. We aren’t sure how long this extravaganza will last, but our goal is to drink up all the odds & ends, the remnants of various TOMC bits & pieces, the lingering random packages from various friends (Mostly Sil), & the ultimate goal is to get our crazy tea collection under control. Please feel free to join us!!
Now on to this tea, my morning gongfu session:
5G + 4oz (rinse) 15/30/45/60 sec
This first round, poured into separate cups, starts out fruity, tart, bright, & spicy. It brings to mind the sweet tartness of plums or cherries, & coriander. My favorite cups were 45 & 60 seconds, where the flavor & mouth was so rich & thick, filled with everything this tea offers.
2min: Still a nice full flavor, although a bitter tannic quality has arisen, like white willow bark tea (from which aspirin was invented).
3min: Nice cup! Still sweet & rich, no longer bitter, but starting to mellow out.
4min & 5 min: less sweet, almost has a root like quality to it, kind of woody-earthy. Still plenty of flavor.
OMG, Stacy, this is the best Darj I have EVER tasted!
Please, sir, I want some more…
I came home to discover that my Butiki order has arrived!!!
Yay!! I started this order a week ago, & Stacy asked me if I’d to sample some of the new teas, giving me a list of what I could choose from. I ended up buying an oz of each one, because they all sounded so amazing, & I’d rather get an oz than a 1 serving sample any day. So I basically doubled my order, LOL.
I immediately made a cup of this one. It’s rich with malt & chocolate, but also fruity & bright. I haven’t been drinking as many assams lately, & this is a welcome potent cup of awesomeness. Thanks Stacy! You can always count on me to buy more tea!