3004 Tasting Notes
This has been a rough & non-productive week for me, for the most part. My desk is piled high with unfinished business, I did almost nothing in my garden all week. OK, I did pick some asparagus, onions, & lettuces, & today I finally went out there for an hour & weeded the gazebo, where hopefully tomorrow I’ll plant grapes & kiwi’s. But that’s really pretty much it. Allergies suck!
This tea, on the other hand, is a lovely oasis of delight. I sipped it over the afternoon, & I know I should give some description of it, but I’m brain dead, & I just can’t think of anything to say. Except it is lovely.
Time to rehash my day, through tea :)
This was the gong fu cha of the morning. The black leaves are small & tightly twisted, with an aroma of chocolate.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec
This first round of 3 steeps featured roasted grain, sorghum molasses, & a quickly building satisfying mouth of hot cocoa, with an unbelievably creamy texture.
In the 2nd round of steepings the flavors began to fade, until I was left with sweet wood & a slight lingering incense feel.
A perfect start to my day :)
Ah, Jin Jun Mei! Thank you Wang Yanxin!
This was my morning gongfu session tea, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The dry leaves are tiny & twisted, in shades of black & mahogany, with an aroma of honeyed toast. Warmed, I also smell hints of chocolate.
54G + 4oz (rinse) 10/20/30/45 sec, then 1 min/2/etc
Even at 10 seonds, this is immediately rich & satisfying, with flavors of sorghum molasses, sweet potato, toast, & malt that build with each successive steep. So thick & delicious, a real treat.
I’m still fairly early in the steepings of this, but it’s putting me the perfect taichi frame of mind. I’m ready to go move some energy, if you know what I mean.
I’ve written a much better review than this one previously, & I stand by it. This is a lovely textured sheng, light & savory, with hints of lime, unglazed clay, & a creamy vanilla feel that is coming up now. I’ll have to return to this one later, as I brave the pollen count to drive to class.
Does anybody want to buy my Harley? 1200C sportster, in excellent condition. I just can’t find time to ride anymore, plus my allergies make me tippy, if you know what I mean.
This is a lovely tea. Beautiful brown leaves, like dark chocolate, with mahogany highlights. The dry aroma is like dried apricots & fragrant wood.
per Mandala’s suggestions: 1 Heaping Tb + 8oz X 30 sec
Beautiful Wuyi aroma, sweet & roasty good. Hints of sea salt caramel in the cup, with a sweet cinnamon after taste & aroma.
45 sec – a little bolder, slightly tart & tangy, with a growing taste of raisen, makes me think of cinnamon dusted pastry, or maybe cinnamon raisen bread.
1min – a sweet & mellow cup of goodness. This is the cup I’m on right now, & it is tasty!
I am accomplishing nothing today, it seems. It’s a gorgeous day, I only have 1 student at 4:30, & I could be doing great things in my garden. However, yesterday my allergies were so horrendous that even though I finally broke down & took a Zyrtek, which I reserve for emergencies, I just can’t bring myself to go outside. So I’m sitting here in my PJs, drinking tea. I did prune my lime, meyer lemon, & kumquat dwarf trees, all in the sunroom. I watered a few plants.
I’ve also been sipping a pot of Nettles, a natural anti-histimine herb, which usually calms things down, but was no help yesterday. I added some Lapacho powder to it today, on the suggestion of the Herbalist I get my herbs from, to help balance out my immune system, so hopefully (over time) it will quit over-reacting to everything in the air.
I’m trying to drink a green or white tea each day, so today it is this one, from last May’s TOMC. The tea features huge bud sets, stems, & leaves in shades of pale off white, beige, sage, cream, gray, & Black.
5G + Test Tube steeper (I love that thing!) X 5 sec = Immediately sweet & creamy, with a texture of lightly soured cream, and/or a white sourdough bread.
5sec = A fuller version of the first steep, with a slightly chalkie quality added
5sec = Sweet, with an almost cheesy = yeasty after tase & feeling, like a more robust & tangy mature sourdough.
10sec/15sec/20sec = Admittedly, these next 3 steeps became a little boring for me, gradually becoming more savory, with a rocky quality in the final cup.