2480 Tasting Notes
Happy new year to all my tea loving friends, both near & far!
This has been such a fun year, sipping teas with all of you, reading reviews, buying (way too much) tea, & swapping teas with new friends! I’m so glad to be part of this community, grateful to Jason & the other Steepster crew members, & am excited to see what this next year brings in our Tea World.
This has been an incredibly busy HoliDaze season for me, & it all culminates in my family celebration tomorrow, so I’ll spend this afternoon doing my end of the year stuff: cleaning house, final purchases for my business, tying up loose ends. I like to end the year feeling like I’m caught up & on track. Nothing like waking up on New Year’s Day to a clean home, cooking a bunch of food, & having all of my kids & grand kids in one place!
So I’m starting the day with this blend. The first cup is always surprising for me. I expect it to be much more potent & dark than it is. There is an underlying chocolate essence, but the main taste is more from the white tea, kind of a thick & malty hot breakfast cereal mouth, & then a lingering bright floral after glow.
I drank multiple steepings of this during the afternoon, while I was cleaning & rearranging my sun room, then watering all the plants. This is such a lovely mild & sweet tea, with a thick & creamy feel initially, & with an excellent mind clearing kind of energy to it. Later steepings take on a lemony quality as well. This is one of those that can be steeped over & over & over again in the yixing. I’d still be drinking it now, if I was still at home.
Drinking a pot of this with my breakfast, and I don’t know why, but it has taken on a bitterness that I’m not enjoying. I noticed it the last time I had it, but I thought maybe I was being a ‘bitterness supertaster’ that day. Apparently not. The sweet qualities I had previously enjoyed are also not as present. I’ve never had a tea change like this, & I’m not sure why. It’s not ancient (as in having been in my cupboard for any real length of time), it’s been in an air-tight tin as well.
Die hard tea junky that I am, I went ahead & drank the whole pot, leaving a bitter strip up the center of my tongue. I have enough to drink this a few more times, so I’ll dial back the steeping time next time & see if that helps, although I know for a fact that I’m using the same parameters that I’ve used with this tea all along. NEXT!
Yum, Stacy! Yum Yum!
First off, I’d like to say that when Stacy unveiled her Irish Breakfast awhile back, I felt like it was my custom brew. Although I love my teas as straight varietals, I also do enjoy a good breakfast blend, combining the qualities of 2 or more leaves. So I’ve enjoyed that blend, & actually I still have some of it, but was bummed out to hear that it was gone, & that the Hattialli (which I also have a very small stash of) was gone as well.
So Stacy made up a new blend, & this is it. I haven’t really compared the 2 yet. My order came yesterday, & this is my first cup (which is actually already gone!) First impressions? Bold, Rich, chewy, Malty. There is a dark & hearty rye bread taste. It’s rugged & a little wild, with an edgy ceylon brightness that lingers as a citrus note. It might be just a tad heavy on the brightness…maybe.
Nicely done, Stacy!
I played a beautiful wedding today, one of those really heart-felt weddings where the groom has tears streaking down his face, tears of joy. I love it when the groom can’t hardly talk because he’s so emotionally effected. It was beautiful. The day was also beautiful! 58 degrees & sunny! A perfect day for a 45 minute drive (each way).
I drank a cup of this tea before I left the house. It’s a rich & bold Assam. I love the name Mokabari. I’ve loved that name ever since I first had a Mokabari estate tea. Every time I see this tea’s name, I’m like an exotic parrot, pronouncing it over & over again, in slightly different ways. I’m like that with interesting words. It’s one of my quirks.