1874 Tasting Notes
I have no idea what this tea is. It’s from Sil, & it was in a silver package that looks like one of the packages Verdant sent out in it’s special sampler awhile back. The label says, “2007 Henan Heicha”, so it’s a Dark Tea, something in the puer type family, but I couldn’t find any reference to it, so I’m not really sure who made it, or anything.
Flavor-wise, it tastes kind of like bamboo.
This is a lovely kind of fruity oolong, gently sweet & smooth, with a nice roasty wood flavor. I pulled this one from the HHTTB, & it’s a sipdown Sil!
Another Sipdown, courtesy of my steep sister Sil!
This was the 2nd tea I took with me to teach at the University. It’s not my favorite smokey tea, but it was ok. Actually, it left me with a craving for BBQ, which I satisfied on the way home at a local joint called Sugar Fire. Now I’m sleepy & lazy! And I have a student coming any minute. No rest for the wicked, my Gramma used to always say.
Onward, through the fog…
Earlier today I loaded up a couple of go mugs with tea. This was in one of them. It’s the final remnant of a sample Sil sent to me awhile back. It starts off kind of watery tasting, even though I let it steep long, but as it cools a little there’s an espresso & chocolate liquore taste to it. Not too exciting, just ok.
Another sipdown from the HHTTB!
I used to drink a lot of green tea. That was before I surrendered to the Dark Side! But, the truth is, I still really love green tea. I don’t know why I don’t drink it more often.
This one is delicious! It looks like a Dragonwell to me. The flavor is nutty & green, & it leaves a wonderful fresh sweet aftertaste, especially under the tongue. There are also pleasant tongue numbing/thickening sensations.
I’m not sure if this is the White Peony I’m drinking, but it’s the only one I see listed under the Mandala tab, so I’m putting my post here!
This is from the Here’s Hoping TTB. It’s a sample, labeled 2013 White Peony. Although white tea isn’t always my thing, it’s very nice, a pleasant departure from my obsessive black tea drinking, & really has a refreshing quality to it. It’s not as bland as some of the whites I’ve had, or else I’m just getting more tuned into to the subtleties of the white tea world finally? Probably not.
It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I started a sipdown box a few weeks ago & have been working my way through my collection, moving teas that were at the end of their stay to the box. Not everything in the box is something I love, but this one is pretty nice! Rich & earthy Shu combined with the tanginess of orange. It’s tasty & I probably need to visit the London Tea Room sometimes soon. It’s downtown, but St. Louis is not that big, so it’s really only about 15 minutes from my house.
My next sipdown come courtesy of Angel & TeaVivre!
This is a lovely Dragonwell, sweet & green, with an almost cheesy taste too it. Everything I’ve enjoyed from TeaVivre has been of excellent quality, & this tea is no exception! Delicious!
A sample from my dear tea sister Sil. Not bad, & I admit, it was kind of nice with breakfast, kind of like having an apple pastry of some kind along side my eggs & stuff, but probably not something I’d keep on hand.
Thanks for the opportunity to try it though, Sil!
Sil probably thinks I’ve been sleeping, but actually I took a shower, fixed breakfast, had a student, AND drank a few sipdowns all the while.
This one is from the Here’s Hoping TTB. I sampled it while the box was here, & thought I liked it, and since there was only a cupsworth left, I kept it. Today it’s really not my things, but that’s ok, cuz now it’s gone, baby! Gone, I say!