2475 Tasting Notes
I’ve claimed sipdowns of this tea twice! First I drank a Sample Sil had provided, then I received another sample from Garret. And then Sil sent me some more!
Not like it’s a problem, or anything, because it is a tasty cup, & I enjoyed a whole pot of it today with my lunch. See previous reviews for further comments, because I know I’m not really doing this tea justice today.
This is one of two teas I steeped in to-go cups (porcelain lined stainless).
I drank this one on the way to the university, lightly sweetened to bring out the vanilla & caramel goodness. I love that this one is made with the premium taiwanese assam as a bass, it gives it a nice full background.
Starting the morning with this one, from a tea order Sil & I shared awhile back.
Such a wonderful sweet mouth thickening cup! I still haven’t tried this one gongfu.
I’m trying to get motivated, because one of my college students has her Senior Recital Hearing today at 12:30. She’ll play the recital for myself & 3 other faculty members. There are forms for their comments, & of course, they have to give the go ahead for the actual recital, which takes place next month. It’s mostly a formality, & I’m sure she’ll do great.
That’s the main thing on my agenda today :)
This Shu has an almost moist pliability to it. It starts out a little musty, with a peatmoss type personality. After a few steeps, that mellowed out, & it’s an ok tea, but doesn’t really have that much personality, if that makes sense to anyone out there. It also didn’t really hold out for long on resteeps.
Regardless of my lame comments, I’m grateful for the opportunity to give it a try, thanks to Tea Explorer, & I have enough to drink it one more time. Who knows, maybe my tastebuds are just lame today, right?
When I think of a Russian Caravan tea, I always expect something kind of smokey & thick textured, but that is not the case with this one. Really it’s more like an english breakfast, at least in my opinion. Still a tasty cup of tea, but not what I was expecting at all!
Thanks to Sil for this generous sample. The rest of it will go into my sipdown box for some future extravaganza (unless somebody I owe a box to would like to try it? just let me know)
Thank you Charlotte Zero!
I love Jin Jun Mei teas, & this one was a staple in my cupboard for awhile, but then Verdant no longer carried it, & eventually I ran out. I have several other Jin Jun Mei’s as well, mostly from Yunnan Sourcing, & it might be nice to compare them at some point, but just for today, I’m enjoying this rare treat, sent to me generously from Charlotte Zero.
The prewarmed leaf aroma is toast with honey, & it lingers in the sinuses nicely. The tea itself is a honey wheat toast, with butter & honey. I love that kind of taste profile in a tea. The later steepings are less sweet, & take on a more savory peppery quality, as well as a linen texture.
I’m drinking this again, even though I drank it a few days ago, because:
1 – It is quite tasty, & seemed like the perfect cup for this rainy day.
2 – I wanted to polish off the sample Boychik sent to me! This doesn’t qualify as a sipdown, because I have an entire tin of this in my cupboard, but at least it is a sample sipdown, so that’s one less baggie sitting around, right?
Thank you to Lee for sharing some of this tea with me. I do enjoy a good shui xian, & today is the perfect day for a cozy tea such as this one. We are having spring thunderstorms on & off, so the air is heavily humid, with that gloomy overcast kind of sky that makes me just want to go back to bed. I only have one more student today, & not until 4:30, which makes this a perfect afternoon to do a variety of small projects at my desk, while sipping an endless stream of teas! My kind of day!
When I opened the bag this tea came in & breathed in its sweet & floral essence, every voice in my head (especially Ms Theresa’s) said, “Yixing”. But I followed the suggestions of 1.5 Tb to 16 oz for 2 minutes. It was tasty, with a gentle essence of a creamy caramel flan with maybe a little burnt brown sugar on top, but I honestly wish I’d either used less water or a longer steep, so I switched the leaf over to my yixing for the resteeps.
We live, we learn :)