3015 Tasting Notes
One of Sil’s contributions to the BBBBox, which is currently headed my way to thwart all of my sipdown efforts. I’m sipping this one while warming up for the first of 2 weddings that I’ll be playing at today. I’ve still got about a half an hour before I need to get dressed (have I ever mentioned that I mostly live in my pajamas?), but this will be my last cup of tea this morning, as I don’t want to be water-logged at a wedding! This is earthy, bold, & actually very bright, with a kind of oaky tannin quality to it.
Another one from Sil
Drew & I shared a pot of this with breakfast. I’ve finally got the hang of making darjeeling, which mostly entails keeping the water below 200F. This is one of the more green types of Darj, vegetal, with a floral aspect & a citrus that leans towards lime.
Not bad, but not something I’d crave.
Sil was overly generous with this one, so the rest of it is in a jar with a quart of water in the frig. We’ll see how it does as a cold brew.
Sipdown – 391
Every time I order tea from Stacy, I plan on getting a sample of this one, just to try it out. But the she always tells me about these amazing teas she ‘just got’, & I end up sampling them instead. So I finally got around to getting a sample, & this is a pleasant evening cup, with the apple like quality of chamomile, & a little citrus.
I used to go through tons of this tea, in the summer especially! I loved this iced forever, but I’m not as into it as I used to be. I don’t know if the tea changed somehow, or if it is me, but I’m no longer enamored. However, it does still make a decent iced tea, & was the perfect refreshment this afternoon while toiling in the garden.
AND it’s a sipdown! 394 :)
This is my non-sipdown tea of the day. I’d like to personally thank Angel of Teavivre for sharing a generous sample of this tea with me. The parcel arrived a few days ago, & for my first sampling I followed the suggested parameters, resulting in a very potent vegetal tea, with a bit of a bite. Today I’ve been sipping it with shorter steepings, using my test tube steeper, for a more gentle cup. It’s the embodiment of spring itself: a beautiful golden brew that is crisp, fresh, & delicious.
As an aside, I completed my 2nd goal of the day, which was to get those 4 elderberry plants in the ground. Now on to goal #3, which is to run through the music for tomorrow’s weddings one more time.
Goal #1 (start pot of stew) is complete! I’ll add things to it as the day passes, so that by evening it will culminate in a very large pot of stew that can be eaten for dinner & savored over the weekend as well. My next goal? Get outside & plant those 4 elderberry bushes! I’m still a little sketchy as to where I’m planting 2 of them, and I need to remember that from now on I should choose a place to plant something first, then decide what to plant there & get the plants. My previous method has been to buy a bunch of plants, usually on a whim, & then frantically scramble to figure out where they should go & get them in the ground. Experience is teaching me that is not the best way to do things, but I am admittedly a slow learner…sigh…
About a year ago Sil & I placed our first Taiwan Tea Crafts order together. We had a great time on FB together, drooling over the TTC website, discussing the teas we wanted, & I pretty much gave her free rein on whatever sounded good to her. When she got the order, she split everything up & sent me my half. It was glorious. The teas are delicious, and even though we got them in small quantities, I’m still polishing mine off.
This one is a rich infusion of honey, sweet woods, stone fruit jam, & coriander, with a lingering incense quality. I’m sorry to see it go. Sipdown – 395
Now out to the garden!
This is a great tea to enjoy with breakfast, especially a substantial breakfast!
I enjoyed this final pot (until I order more, that is), which is bold & bright, malty & floral. The earthiness of the keemun, the richnessness of the Assam…so good! It’s a little heavy on the darjeeling for my taste, very bright, like trumpets blaring out, “Wake up & do something!” But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it! Sometimes we need to challenge our tastebuds a bit, exploring the edges of what we love.
I am now fueled & fired up to get some things done. I have 3 goals today. The first one is to start a crock pot of stew.
Sipdown – 396 teas to go…
Welcome to day 2 of little terri’s Ultimate sipdown Extravaganza!
I’m starting my day with a sipdown gongfu session with this tea, from last may’s reserve TOMC. This is a golden dian hong, rolled up into the bi luo style, with a dry aroma that is lightly earthy & creamy, & brings to mind milky milk chocolate. I put it in the hot little teapot & let it sit for a moment to warm the leaves, & the aroma bloomed into honey & canned condensed milk!
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45/60 sec.
I like to do my gongfu sessions in rounds of 4, back to back, so that I can see the color of the steepings, side by side, & taste them that way as well.
This first round presented an immediate yunnan thick mouth, light cream & honey, & the 2nd cup was, “Oh yeah, Baby! Bring on the milky cocoa!” My favorite cups were 3 & 4, a rich & substantial cup of honeyed deliciousness, with a growing tongue tingle.
2nd round: 1.5/2/2.5/3 minutes
This set started out a deep mahogany, so rich, thick, & satisfying. As the bass note expanded, the cream faded away. In the final cup there was a hint of bitter wood.
3rd round 4/5 min
I only did 2 cups, as the color & flavor have faded down to a pale caramel color & I was ready for a change.
This brings my total to 397.