3004 Tasting Notes
The last sipdown until later this evening, as I’m gonna be leaving to play at a wedding in a little while, & I need time to dry out a little, if you know what I mean!
The wedding is at this neat old lodge in Grafton, Ill, & I was thinking it was about an hour away, but I just realized it’s actually more like an hour & a half, so time to get moving! Here’s the website of the place, located north of Alton, IL, & also north of Elsa, IL (big attraction for Christian Scientists, they have a college there), along the Great River Road (big tourist attraction, especially for Bikers). It’s a gorgeous day, so there will be hundreds of motorcycles along the way. By the way, anybody wanna buy my Harley? 1200 Sportster, 05. Her name is Ruby, kind of like this tea, & she is lava sunglow red. I never have time to ride anymore…
The tea: Another one from Sil. It’s tart, rich, & spicy, but again confirms that although I enjoy some teas from Taiwan, I much prefer teas from Yunnan & Fujian more. There is this underlying taste to some Taiwanese teas that doesn’t always sit well with me. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t drink a cup of this, if offered, however.
Another sipdown, this one from Sil in the most recent box she sent to me.
This is a tasty black tea, & although I tend to associate the words Dian Hong with amazing golden tipped (or completely golden!) teas that taste of sweet potatoes, honey, malt, etc, , I know they aren’t all like that. This one isn’t. The leaf is much darker, the steep is redder. The tea is fruity like plums, but not as sweet & plum like as the Purple tea from YS that I reviewed yesterday. Nonetheless, this is a delicious tea in it’s own right, & I might have to add some to my next Teavivre order…
I want to really go for it today on the sipdowns, but I have to leave in awhile for a wedding at Pere Marquette lodge over in Illinois. It’s roughly an hour drive, so I probably shouldn’t drink anything else this morning…sigh…oh, maybe one more cup of something…
Welcome to the final day of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
31 days of emptying envelopes, baggies & tins! I did a preliminary tea count yesterday that takes into account all of the new teas I ordered this month, & I’m pleased to announce that I will still be under 401! Of course, you can never have too much tea, right?
I saved this final serving of Anxi Fo Shou for today. This is, in some ways, a sad sipdown.
This is such a rich & awesome tea. The first couple of sips don’t seem quite so, but then this chocolate-ness starts building & filling your mouth with every sip, & then lingers on, long after the cup is gone. I steeped everything I could get out of this, & now it is gone. Probably forever…sigh…
But, gratefully, I’ve encountered many amazing teas since I first fell in love with this one. When it comes to men, I’m happy with only one.
When it comes to tea, I guess I’m kind of a …well, lets just say I’m a little wilder in the free love department when it comes to teas, especially black teas. I have many lovers…
“Love the one your with!”
Farewell, Anxi Fo Shou.
I have loved you, but our romance has ended, you are gone.
Fear not, for although there will be many others,
Your memory will linger on…and on…
This is not a sipdown, but it had to happen.
I have a new harp students whose parents are from China, & her Dad & I have been talking about tea. He likes Tieguanyin, so I served him some of this one today. He loved it!
It really is a wonderful TGY, such lovely florals & aroma, & it was fun to share it. This one is from the Reserve TOMC, last June.
I’ve been drinking this one for a couple of hours now. It is a very mild Sheng, starting out with a creamy vanilla texture, then gradually taking on a sweetness, a light floral, & then giving way to more of a mineral quality.
It also has great Chaqi, very restorative, & uplifting! I’m in a great headspace!
Much thanks to Nicholas for the sample!
I have 3 grandkids:
1 lives here with my daughter, half of the time. He’s with his dad for the next week.
The other 2 live a block away. They are here now, playing the newest Mario cart with their uncle & eating pizza. We have an established tradition of drinking tea, so my grandaughter & I just polished of a pot of this yumminess. So pretty, so delicate, so delicious.
Welcome to day 30 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yup, my month long festival of sipdown is coming to a close! I’m actually glad, because I have new teas to drink, special teas that I miss drinking, etc. Tomorrow will be the final day of clearing my shelves of anything old, small, or just unloved.
I’ve been working on updating the database, & as I’ve said before, I’ll probably end the month with more tea than I started with, haha. I started with 401, & although I didn’t set any actual goal, I think I’ve been kind of aiming for 250.
This is a really interesting tea, & if you let it warm up in a hot cup, the aroma of plums is outstanding! I could sit around just huffing this, & I did for a few minutes. Something nice to wake up to. Going with short steeps, the tea itself build through layers of Congee rice, sweet plum, a little tartness, & an amazing chaqi. Some of the steeps make me think of Plum Sake, even though I’ve never had anything like that, LOL.
It also really reminds me of a sweeter sister to Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan. It has a very similar energy, & a rustic wild quality to it, but coupled with a lovely sweet aftertaste of plums.
It’s silly for me to count this as a sipdown, as I have a new shipment en route, but the newer version is from Spring 2014, so there you go. It’s legit.
My final sipdown of the day, I have written a very extensive review of this Sheng before. This one is from the March Reserve TOMC 2013. It tends more towards the savory, with a citrus edge. I’m several steeps in, how many I can’t say, but it has a nice reviving effect, which is what I tend to need in the afternoon.