3065 Tasting Notes
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.
The is from the July Reserve TOMC, & it is a sipdown.
I’ve been sipping on this one for awhile, probably about an hour or so. It has good energy to it, but I’m probably about done with it. How to describe it? Kind of woody, kind of sweet, kind of bland. I think the last time I drank this, the steeped leaf ended up in a jar of water in the frig, to become an refreshing Ent’s-draught, & I think this one is headed in the same direction.
This one is from Sil, who got it from the TeaFairy. Thanks Ladies!
This is my first tea ever from Tweed & Hickory. Sadly, I couldn’t drink this one. I took a few sips, & immediately got that burning sensation in my mouth, sinuses, throat & tummy. I also couldn’t taste it at all!
I checked the ingredients list, & they list natural flavorings only. Anyway, I’m sure this tastes fine to most people, & don’t let my review ruin it for you, as I have a lot of allergies, sensitivities, etc. Sipdown!
One of my adult students came for a lesson after Lisa left & I invited him to pick something from my main tea shelf. He picked this one. He picked the oldest one. This tea has been on my shelf for YEARS, so long that it predates Steepster I think, & R of T probably doesn’t even have it on their website anymore.
Anyway, we shared a pot, & he loved it, so I gave the rest of it to him. Sipdown!
Lisa likes Jasmine tea, so I sent her home with the rest of this one. There’s enough to try a cup steeped western style, & to try it in a Gaiwan. I kept enough of it for one western cup, which I’m enjoying right now. It really is a nice jasmine, & this last cup is really wonderful, but I know she’ll really enjoy it, & I’m freeing space on my shelves!
I also gave her a Butiki earthen Gaiwan (because really, how many do I need?).
I also sent her home with a few samples I’ve received in Verdant boxes, because I already have those teas anyway:
Huang zhi xiang phoenix dancong
Bai Mu Dan
I feel really good!
Lisa had never seen a Gaiwan, so I pulled one out & showed her how to use it, explaining the principal of more tea, less time (I really sounded like I knew what I was talking about too, Wow! HAhaha). We drank multiple steepings of this one, & I have to confess, it was so awesome seeing the looks of surprise on her face when every tiny cup (yeah, I finally got to use my teeny tiny hand painted porcelain cups!) tasted slightly different throughout the infusions. I need to open a damn tea shop!
The 2nd tea we drank was a 16 oz of this one, compliments of Carol Who.
This is one of the only teas from Teavana that I’ve ever really liked, & for awhile I really liked it a lot, so when Carol sent me some in my recent trade, it was a little nostalgic to see it there. It doesn’t appeal to me like it used to, & that’s ok cuz it’s a sipdown!
Have I mentioned on here before that I love my life? Oh yeah, like a gazillion times, right?
Today has been an ongoing tea-party here, a truly wonderful day. First my friend Lisa came over right after breakfast. Last time she came she left with a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. So today we drank some tea!
I let her pick the first one, which was this Keemun. I made a 16 oz pot of it, using the suggested parameters. It’s a decent Keemun, although not at the top of my list, still very drinkable & tasty.
Welcome to day 29 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I want to call this a sipdown, & in a sense it is one, in that this is the end of the tin.
The truth is, I already have a refill for it, somewhere in my bedroom/tea hoarding place.
This is like a rich & chewy molasses sweetened old world rye bread today, both sweet & savory, AND delicious!
This is a really tasty & gentle shu, absolutely free of wierd ammonia or fishy tastes. The early steepings were of sweet semolina, with a nice creamy kind of texture. Then it took on a coarsely ground whole wheat bread kind of layer, followed by a rich well aged peat, then a light aromatic wood like cedar. A lively sensation built up around the edges of my tongue, & although I got sidetracked & steeped some of the rounds much longer than intended, the flavor remained sweet thoughout, with no bitterness ever. Another sipdown!