2339 Tasting Notes
This has been a long day & I’m tired. I practiced for a few hours, I played a gig, I drank this tea while I was practicing. Usually I’d go with a gongfu session, but I wanted to stay focused on playing, so I just did a 3 minute steep, & it was tasty. I wish I had more to say, but that was hours ago.
This morning I told Sil I wasn’t going to be ordering much during the black friday sale. That was before I visited the Verdant website & found out that Golden Fleece is back…sigh…ah, the golden fleece…
Needless to say, that was the beginning of a binge that wound through 4 tea companies, emptied my playpal account, & has Ms Theresa yelling from somewhere in the back of my mind. I will probably never be allowed to buy tea again, & I probably already have enough tea around here to last for the rest of my life.
So I made myself a cup of this. It’s a lovely tea, but for some reason today it tasted very beanie to me, & I wasn’t picking up on the sweet flavors I got as much last time. Most likely it has something to do with my tastebuds, rather than the tea. It was still an enjoyable cup, enough that I went back for a resteep.
God I love this tea!
I started off drinking it in bed this morning, with resteeps, & once the leaf was spent I made more. I’ve been drinking it while planning & executing a rediculous black friday order from verdant. Let’s just say I will be well stocked on all of my favorite black teas from there for quite some time!
Happy USA Thanksgiving & Happy Hannukah!
I spent the day making food, as did my daughters. It took 2 kitchens, 3 chefs, & 2 sous chefs (my sons), then we transported the food made at my house to my daughter’s house (1 block away), & the feast was on.
Meanwhile, I DID drink tea, several pots full, most of which I’ll have to review the next time I drink them, but I also tried a delicious experiment, which I’ve been dying to share all day. Here it is:
1.5 Tb Laoshan Black + 1.5 Tb Shui Jin Gui Oolong + 1 cinnamon stick + 1 vanilla bean (after I used the seeds in something else), chopped up.
All of these were combined in my 16oz green cash iron dragonfly teapot.
Steep 3 minutes, and Oh My God!!! I also tried adding a little maple…
And of course, there were the resteeps…sigh…
I’m grateful for tea!
I keep planning to give this one the gongfu treatment, but once again I’m just drinking it in the mug.
1Tb + 3 min (re-steep 5min)
This is a very smooth & complex tea, with a satisfying taste & body, a sweet taste that in some ways reminds me of the sugar cane taste of a good Dian Hong, but with a clarity & vibe of a sheng.
I stopped by Traveling Tea yesterday to get somemore of the Pumpkin ginger spice she makes (All naturally flavored using locally grown organic pumpkins that she roasts & then dehydrates herself…it is delicious!).
In an effort to support local business, I bought an oz of this limited edition Yunnan Forest. It is organically grown, & is a decently bold & earthy brew, very smooth, tongue tingly, slightly bitter, with hints of cedar & a lingering sweetness. Oh, & it packs a punch!