2352 Tasting Notes
I love the tea sampling program from Teavivre. Angel has been very generous in sending me teas to sample, & although I haven’t bought everything I’ve sampled, I’ve found & purchased several teas that I love.
The quality of all of Teavivre’s teas is excellent, & this one is no exception. It’s very smooth, with a natural baked bread kind of flavor, along with a green floral kind of taste to it. With Oolongs, I tend to favor the darker roasted Wuyi kind of profile, but this one is very nice!
Today is Tony’s birthday! He is the most wonderful man I know, & I love him!
(Psssst…don’t tell him I told you, but he’s 62 today! )
This is another tasty & bold Assam from butiki. The texture reminds me of bee pollen melting in the mouth, it has a very rich kind of feeling. The taste is lightly sweet, a little nutty, definitely bassy, with a lingering tongue thickening sensation, and a light chocolate aftertaste. I got this as my free tea with my recent butiki order, & I’m glad I did. It’s a potent Assam, right up there with the Khongea tippy golden, though I think this one may be sweeter. I’ll have to compare them at some point.
Note to self: some teas are not good for me to drink on an empty stomach: greens, ceylons, Khongea Tippy Golden Assam, & this one. I had to eat an emergency apple, & now I feel better. I need to remember to reserve this one to drink with or after breakfast!
Final Comments: I made an awesome brekkie for Tony’s Bday, including scones. So I made another cup of this to enjoy with scones, because, at least in my opinion, scones require something bold & deep.
Thank you Garret for this generous sample. I finally got a chance to try this one out, using 4G in a yixing, with short steeps. The aroma of the wet leaf was heavenly & springlike. The tea was very mellow & mild, none of that intensely brash sheng here. This is a very sweet & creamy sheng, & I’m grateful that I have enough to drink it again!
When I was in college there was a co-ed group of kids who rented a house together & called it the GDI (God Damn Independents) House, a non-frat that would accept anyone, male or female. Their only real activity that I know of was partying, & although I was quite the partier, I was even too independent to join them. I’ve never been much of a joiner, although I did eventually join NA, LOL, & Steepster, of course.
I tell this story because in my mind, Master Han is the GDI of tea growers. He’s also the great Han Solo of tea growers. I’ll buy anything he comes up with, & I do. This is the tea of the morning, brewed in my 4oz blue lotus porcelain tea pot, with a quick rinse & multiple steepings in rounds of 3 (one in a cup, 2 in a cheap white porcelain cream pitcher I got at Target). My formula:
7G tea + 4oz teapot (rinse) X 15sec (+ 15 sec per each additional steep)
I’m not sure how many rounds I’ve done so far. This tea starts off bright like a ceylon, kind of grapey, & settles into a sourdough bread mode. It is very different from the profile I tend to prefer, but is very savory & satisfying, a rebel among black teas, daring to be different & unique. It also packs a pretty awesome tea-buzz!
I’m gonna finish sipping a few more cups, then it’s off to the shower & then to UMSL (University of Missouri St Louis), for my student’s Jury. She will play the Hindemith Harp Sonata, 1st movement. Here’s a link, if anyone would like to hear it! By the way, that is NOT my student, LOL, & we’re only playing the first movement this semester. Next semestor we’ll finish the 2nd movement (which is brilliant!), AND her senior recital as well!
I got a sample of this with my recent order, in an effort to have some non-caffeine teas around to drink in the evening. This one is very similar to the other one I drank tonight. Both contain hibiscus, ginger & licorice. The other one also contained rose petals. This one has Valerian, an herb that I happen to love for it’s sleep enhancing effects, although the aroma can be pretty intense. Anyway, this isn’t bad, although the hibiscus is a little bright for my taste.
I’ve just spent the last hour or so going through my main black tea collection (not counting the numerous samples, I keep them in a different place). I had a lot of recycled tea canisters, & part of my project included dusting them out well & refilling them (& relabeling them as needed). I ran out of canisters before I ran out of tea, but it is a start. Some of the canisters carried the aroma of their previous contents, so I didn’t use them. Anyway, it is a start.
This has been a long day! First I woke up at 5:30, drank a cup of Imperial Breakfast (Verdant), brewed a resteep to go, & left the house at 6:30 to go play the final early morning Harpy HoliDaze gig of the year. When I was setting up to play in the lobby of the building I spilled my tea.
I cleaned up the mess, played for awhile, & one of the catering people offered to fill my go mug with hot water. Great! He filled it, I dropped in some of Mandala’s blooming black, only to discover that the ‘hot’ water was lukewarm.
I finished the gig, came home & brewed a quick cup of Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng (Yunnan Sourcing), drove to Maryville University for my student’s jury. I had a few sips along the way, & was really looking forward to enjoying that tea, only to discover when I arrived that I had somehow spilled the whole cup in my car.
This has been a long, mostly tea-less day..sigh…
This Da Hong Pao is my reward! Such a lovely oolong, peachy, roasty, so satisfying.
Thank you Angel of Teavivre for saving my day! :)