3001 Tasting Notes
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!