2913 Tasting Notes
Although I don’t celebrate Easter, I hope everyone who does has a wonderful one, & for those who don’t celebrate it, have a wonderful Sunday!
It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this one. As I opened the tin that I’ve been storing it in, the aroma of Honey Grahams cereal rises to meet my nose. It’s a smooth, gentle, creamy aroma. The cup is also smooth and gentle, like honey Graham crackers dipped in cream.
This has been in my cupboard for some time. For way longer than it should have been, actually. Luckily, it still tastes good! Tony & I shared a pot of it this afternoon, & he enjoyed it too. It’s not very often that I come up with a tea that we both enjoy, so maybe I’ll keep it at his house, & start making a pot of it every weekend until it’s gone. :)
Tart & tangy. I’m a little nervous, because the last time I drank a strawberry tea, I think I had an allergic reaction to it. I’m not positive it was the tea, & even if it was, I’m not positive it was the strawberries, as I’ve never had a reaction to strawberries before, but I definitely had a reaction to something, in the form of a terrible rash.
More will be revealed…
Edit: I’m happy to report that I didn’t have a reaction, so at least I know it wasn’t the strawberries in that other tea. And of course it might not have been the other tea even…allergies suck!
I really do love this tea! First off, just looking at the leaf is mood enhancing, as it is a beautiful reddish black, with some orangish tips here & there. The warmed aroma is heavenly. The tea itself is so mouth filling & satisfying, with a long linger.
Today I went with 4 minutes, with a 6 minute resteep. Usually I go with 3 min with a 5 minute resteep, which I like better. Next time I need to try 1, 2 & 4 minute steeps, which is actually what Garret recommends. I’ll need to get more of this…again! :)
This morning’s black tea gongfu session was with this one.
5G + 4oz X 15/30/45 sec/1min/2min/1min…
This started out lovely – a warm crusty bread, honey, malt, bee pollen…
But I increased the steeping time to quickly & it became bitter. When I backed it off, it was more enjoyable. In previous gongfu sessions with this tea I went with shorter steeps of 15 second intervals, & I’ll hopefully remember to keep it that way in the future, with this one!
A lesson learned :)