2955 Tasting Notes
I have no idea who this guy Steve is, but this is a sample sent to me, which was sent to Sil from Cavo. My first couple of sips were boring, then I added a little sweetener & the tea lit up with flavor. Grapefruit, for sure, a warm ginger mouth, a whisper of vanilla, & lots of tangy fruity stuff. Not something I would normally drink, but like most of the teas conceived by Cara McGee, it’s pretty good, & I bet it would be especially tasty over ice.
It’s Day 9 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I stayed up til 2am, playing harp, paying bills, setting goals, & reading Sherlock Holmes. I’m getting close to the end of the collection, & it’s been fun, but I hope to move on after this weekend.
I’m having a nice morning. I slept in until 9:30 (I love being self-employed), then I woke up with Bach’s invention #8 in my head, so I sat at the piano & played a slow rendition of it. It’s been years since I played the inventions! I grew up on the piano, but I don’t really play it much, & I need to create time for it, because I still love THAT instrument too. If only there were more hours in each day!
I’ve visited Joseph Wesley’s website a few times, but never ordered. It seemed a little high brow for me, a little too polished/designer/sterile. Plus, I’d think naming a tea company after yourself would be kind of risky, like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your arm, LOL. Of course, Joe is really probably a really cool guy who just loves tea!
I’d like to thank boychik for sending me this generous sample. I divided it, placing 5 grams in my 4oz pot for a gongfu session of 15/30/45sec/1min/2min/3min, & a nice Tb in my 8oz cup for 3/5 minute steeps. I drank the gongfu brews first, & although it was nice, the flavor profile remained pretty much the same throughout. It was a lovely wheat toast, made from a darker molasses sweetened bread.
The 8oz cup X 3min was my preferred steeping, with a nice dense chewy kind of thick mouth, Boston Brown Bread with a touch of rye & dark molasses, lightly sweet & savory, & even a little tart, as if some citrus peel were added. It is also mildly astringent, & the resteep @ 5min tends towards a slightly bitter ‘hops’ quality. Not a bad tea, & a sipdown.
I’m ending the day with 350 teas in my cupboard.
I really want to start drinking a different Sheng every day, so that I can really get a feel for what I like. This one is tasty, starting out a little tangy, & fruity. It brings apricot to mind, & the later steepings make me think of lavender, which I don’t like as a tea usually, but this is a crisp clean tart lavender herbaceousness, not soapy or perfume-like.
The best part of this tea, which was mentioned earlier today on someone else’s tasting note, is the awesome energy it brings, the clarity of mind & heart. I sipped this before, during, & after a rehearsal this evening with a flute player, & although I would have loved the rehearsal either way, I do feel that the tea contributed a good vibe & nice sense of focus. My favorite piece of the set was Faure’s Pavane…god, I love that piece.
For those who would like to hear the piece, here’s a youtube video (no, it is NOT me, lol)
I’ve been drinking this while practicing this afternoon. It’s a fermented tea, & I want it to have the chi stirring energies of a Sheng, but it doesn’t. Flavor-wise, it’s red grape peels, maybe a little molasses, & a few sips reminded me of canned condensed milk, but a little sour, kind of like buttermilk in a way. It has a very dry quality to it as well.
Confession: I’m getting kind of bored with my sipdown extravaganza. Well, maybe not bored, just missing my regular black teas, LOL. On the other hand, I’ve made it through 49 teas, & it feels good to be making progress! I don’t really expect to clear out my entire stash, that will take the rest of my life, but it will be very freeing to get through all these samples.
For this one, I’m delving into the new box from Sil. So many of the teas in that box are in too large of a quantity for a sipdown, & are mostly flavored teas, but I wanted a cup of something with some substance to it, so I fished around & came up with this one, which is the final cup of a sample Ysaurella shared with Sil. I love how our tea samples can have a history of their own!
This is a nice roasty oolong. It doesn’t really taste like coffee or chocolate to me, but that is probably because of allergies muting my sense of taste. It is a tasty cup, & somewhat satisfying, so I’m enjoying it, & that is good enough for me!
You know, I initially had a rough time with this tea. I steeped it way too hot, & it came out bitter. But that was some time ago, & I’m glad I gave this tea another chance, because it is such a delicious treat if you follow Stacy’s suggested parameters, & even more so if you grace your cup with a little Maple syrup. I’ve recently started getting my Maple syrup at the farmer’s market, made locally from Missouri Maple Trees. Previously I’ve always gotten it from Canada, but I’m stocking up on the local stuff from now on!
From last may’s TOMC, this delicate & beautiful spring green has a gently fruity & floral quality, but please keep the steepings very short, as it easily become bitter!
Sipdown – 355
I’m dying to get out into the garden today! The weather is beautiful, I have a pile of plants that want to be in the earth, & hopefully today I’ll have time to satisfy them, but for now, I’m working on some flute & harp pieces for an upcoming wedding. The flute player is coming to rehearse this evening. First up, Faure’s Pavane…sigh… so beautiful, so haunting.
My 2nd & 3rd sipdowns of the day were combined into a jar overnight for a refreshing cold brew:
Silver Buds Ya Bao – Tea Source through Steepster Select
Silver Buds Yabao – Verdant TOMC from some month or other last year
The other visual difference between the 2 teas is that the Tea Source buds were longer & thinner. Otherwise they smell about the same.
The resulting cold steep? I think I like it. Not enough to purchase more of either tea, as I just haven’t found yabao to be all that interesting, at least for my tastebuds. It’s interesting to sample, but one of those novelteas that wear out quickly.
This cup is not particularly flavorful, but does have a refreshing woodsy kind of quality to it
356 to go.
It’s Day 8 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!!
I made it through 42 sipdowns in the first week, which I’m feeling pretty good about, since most of them are multiple steep teas.
I’d like to thank Charlotte Zero for sharing a generous sample of this tea, which is similar to lots #147 & 154 (I think those were the other lot #s I tried).
My tastebuds aren’t quite with it, most likely due to allergies, but it’s a very fruity & enjoyable cup!
358 to go!