2946 Tasting Notes
Another morning of drinking a quality black tea gongfu session!
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/35/45/sec 1/2/3/4/5 min
This is a lovely malty & sweet cup! The earliest steepings featured a creamy vanilla sensation, which quickly transformed into a rich toasty flavor & a thick mouth. This one shares some qualities with the Jinggu Golden strand that I drank yesterday, as if they were brothers, but of course, it has a personality of it’s own. My favorite steeps were by far the during the first 2 minutes, as the unfolding of a tea & it’s flavors & sensations excites me, but even the last cup had value, with a creamy kind of flavor.
I rarely do gongfu sessions first thing in the morning, but I think I need to change that, because my taste buds are probably at their best. (Although having allergies, I feel that my taste buds aren’t at full function, like I’m missing alot of nuances right now). With that in mind, I pulled out this tea.
This is a beautiful golden tea, with the leaves looking so robust that they remind me of insect legs. Not much dry aroma, but if you heat the leaves up in a warm little pot, they begin to give off an essence of honey & buttered toast.
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec = buttery caramel with a growing bass note, ultra smooth bee pollen, & the beginings of a tongue tingle! I love tasting the leaves as they open up.
1min: My favorite cup, so satisfying
2min: tingly almost metallic tongue, spreading to my throat & sinuses & I feel as if my sinuses are opening, as if my circulation has improved.
3min: Making my mouth water & my throat a little dry…kind of a strange combo.
4min: I rarely go this far with a gongfu sessions, but am enjoying the moment. The taste has remained pretty much the same throughout all steepings, & although it’s beginning to wane, there’s actually still plenty of flavor here.
5min: Just a light taste of honey & wood, almost like an elixer of life.
6min: This final cup is sweet, kind of like agave. I have a pretty good tea buzz going.
Time for some Taichi.
I’d like to thank Angel & Teavivre for this sample, which I got with my order awhile back.
My instincts were screaming, “Yixing!”, but for some reason I decided to follow the actual brewing instructions written on the sample package, which I usually tend to ignore. The suggested brewing parameters: 10G (the entire packet) + 8oz water X 1 – 2 minutes.
This is way more sheng than I ever use! But what the heck, I have 2 of these, so I can gongfu the other one.
I went with one minute, & although it was pretty intense, it was very drinkable! To be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever done a sheng this way, & I’ll definitely drink the other sample with short steeps in my yixing, it was interesting to try, & frankly, I was curious to see how it would be. It was potent! I went through several resteeps, adding a minute to each, & even though that was hours ago, I’m still as high as a kite, if you know what I mean!
I swear I’ve reviewed this one before, but maybe I drank it & didn’t post a review. Or maybe it was one of those days where steepster wasn’t acting right & my review got eaten?
No matter. This is from one of my many trades with my dear tea sister Sil, or maybe from our BBBBox (still from Sil, either way).
I made a pot of this to share with a student & her mom, & they loved it! It is a mix of cherries, berries, & caramel, & although I am not particularly enamored with it, it is still very drinkable. I have just enough for one more cup, so I’m putting it aside in the sipdown box for little terri’s next Sipdown Extravaganza, coming soon! :)
Earlier today I was in the mood for some Shu, so I reached into my box & came out with this one. I can’t find a listing for it, & so here we are again, in the Random Steepings page:
Palace Grade Puerh Lincang Gong Ting – Silk Road Teas
I originally kept this tea from the first TTB I was part of, a year or so ago. I was pretty new to puerh, & honestly by the time the box got to me, it was about the only thing in there that was interesting. Anyway, I went a little heavy on the leaf, as I was close to a sipdown with this anyway. It’s earthy & a little musty, but no ammonia or other horrible aromas, LOL. I packed it into my yixing, gave a rinse, & multiple short steepings. Nothing particularly special stood out, but I got some good energy from it, enabling me to be a lively & good humored harp teacher all afternoon!
Beautiful & fluffy to look at, in pale shades of cream & sage. I went with the test tube steeper, which is my preferred method for greens these days, & short steepings. A delecate tea with essence of cucumber & lavendar. Probably my least favorite green from Verdant, but a good palate cleanser after drinking my beloved black teas all morning, & a nice segue to something else.
It’s been awhile since I had a gongfu session with this tea, & it really is one of those teas that required that type of brewing. So after spending my morning alternating between household maintenance projects (watering plants, etc), & coaching a college student for her senior recital, I sat down for a session with this one. It is definitely a more manly type of Yunnan tea, there is an edge to it that gradually developes into a bassy-ness. This is a more savory tea, with a lot of altered states qualities to it, if you know what I mean, & it reminds me of a quote, but I can’t quite remember it, so maybe I’ll quote it next time.
One of the teas that Sil included in the BBBB last round. Sil sent me another box packed full of tea samples, so I figure I better start polishing off some of the teas I still have from her previous offerings. This one is ok, but not something I’d want to keep around.
Yesterday I thought of one of my dearest friends, who moved to AZ several years ago. We were very best friends when our kids were young, attended one another’s home births, baked bread together, etc, but we sort of lost touch with each other after a few years of her moving. I called her, & it turned out that she was going to be in St. Louis today! We met up for lunch, & spent the next couple of hours playing catch up. I’m really glad I listened to the voice in my head that told me to call her!
Now Tony & I are sitting around watching Cardinals vs Cubs, Cards leading 4 to 3 right now in the 6th. I love baseball!