3091 Tasting Notes
This is not a sipdown, but it had to happen.
I have a new harp students whose parents are from China, & her Dad & I have been talking about tea. He likes Tieguanyin, so I served him some of this one today. He loved it!
It really is a wonderful TGY, such lovely florals & aroma, & it was fun to share it. This one is from the Reserve TOMC, last June.
I’ve been drinking this one for a couple of hours now. It is a very mild Sheng, starting out with a creamy vanilla texture, then gradually taking on a sweetness, a light floral, & then giving way to more of a mineral quality.
It also has great Chaqi, very restorative, & uplifting! I’m in a great headspace!
Much thanks to Nicholas for the sample!
I have 3 grandkids:
1 lives here with my daughter, half of the time. He’s with his dad for the next week.
The other 2 live a block away. They are here now, playing the newest Mario cart with their uncle & eating pizza. We have an established tradition of drinking tea, so my grandaughter & I just polished of a pot of this yumminess. So pretty, so delicate, so delicious.
Welcome to day 30 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yup, my month long festival of sipdown is coming to a close! I’m actually glad, because I have new teas to drink, special teas that I miss drinking, etc. Tomorrow will be the final day of clearing my shelves of anything old, small, or just unloved.
I’ve been working on updating the database, & as I’ve said before, I’ll probably end the month with more tea than I started with, haha. I started with 401, & although I didn’t set any actual goal, I think I’ve been kind of aiming for 250.
This is a really interesting tea, & if you let it warm up in a hot cup, the aroma of plums is outstanding! I could sit around just huffing this, & I did for a few minutes. Something nice to wake up to. Going with short steeps, the tea itself build through layers of Congee rice, sweet plum, a little tartness, & an amazing chaqi. Some of the steeps make me think of Plum Sake, even though I’ve never had anything like that, LOL.
It also really reminds me of a sweeter sister to Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan. It has a very similar energy, & a rustic wild quality to it, but coupled with a lovely sweet aftertaste of plums.
It’s silly for me to count this as a sipdown, as I have a new shipment en route, but the newer version is from Spring 2014, so there you go. It’s legit.
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!