3008 Tasting Notes
I love working from home!
I slept in until 8:30, such a luxury these days. It felt good just to lie in bed & gradually unfold into the world, sunlight streaming through my south window, filtered by the plants that reside there. I knew I wanted some kind of golden yunnan type of tea, with a laid back gongfu session, using my golden yunnan yixing & other beautiful teawares.
5G x 4oz yixing (rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4/5min
And breathing…lots of slow deep relaxed breathing.
This is such a lovely tea, perfect for waking up to. It’s not bold & brash, it’s comforting.
Dropping the long beautiful leaves into a preheated yixing, the aroma of honey & malto-meal immediately rises to greet me. I breath it in, & exhale, saying, “Thank You”.
The tea itself becomes toast with butter & honey. Sweet, rich, satisfying, delicious.
I savor every drop.
I was feeling in need of a perk-up earlier, so I decided to pull out one of the many YS Sheng samples I haven’t tried yet. The dry leaf is predominantly in shades of gray (50? no not quite, heh), with strands of beige & olive, & an aged but sweet hay aroma.
Warming the leaf brings out a sweet creamy barley shroom soup essence…hmmm…!
I’ve been through several steepings, but I can tell there are still quite a few to go.
This starts out with a very appealing taste that I can’t quite pinpoint. It’s fruity & sweet. It kind of reminds me of fruit loops a little bit, ha! In fact, for a moment I was afarid that my cast iron kettle, which I had combined a few steeps in, was contaminate by somebody brewing some flavored blasphemy in it, so I poured a few steeps directly from my yixing into a cup, & the taste continued down the sweet & fruity path! Yay!
A little tart, definitely sweet, a little floral…I’m really enjoying it, & would sit here & continue to steep it out, but I’ve got somewhere to go.
I’ll take this back up tomorrow…
Yo Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum!
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When I opened this sample , it was a nice sized chunk of the tea cake, in shades of olive, gray, & wood. The dry aroma is that of grass, a day or so after you’ve mowed it.
It has a nice green fresh kind of scent.
The early steepings gave up a light wheat bread taste. The aroma of the wet leaf in my yixing smelled sweet, tart, & juicy, with a the promise of things to come.
Over the course of the evening & many steepings, a tangy flavor developed, like a mild sourdough bread. There was one pour that that bitter, another was astringent.
The later steeps were sweet & rather like a golden mushroom broth, with a buttery feeling.
This has been a lovely day, so far. I got up at 7:30, did taichi & yoga, & it felt so good to have time to just breath & stretch. Then it was out to the garden, where I picked a carrot, a parsnip, some egyptian walking onions, a radish, a few turnips, some tomatoes & peppers, & dandelion greens. My garden is a mess! I’ve had so little time, it really is a wreck, with tall weeds everywhere. I’m gonna try to get out there next week & get at least part of it under control, but I guess when winter comes all the weeds will die, & I can start next spring with a clean slate, LOL. Meanwhile, it is still producing! I have lots of fresh herbs, all of the aforementioned veggies, the fall raspberries are starting to come on (I ate the first small handful), & there are sweet potatoes, crowder peas, brussells, & butternut squash that will be ready soon.
I came in & made a pot of root veggie stew for breakfast, using some homemade chicken stock from my freezer, & added a cut up chicken thigh. I love soup for breakfast, and I got to sample the first cup of my continuous brew Kombucha! Yay! I’ll never buy the bottle kind again, cuz it is SO much more amazing! It actually reminded me of a fizzy apple cider :)
Teas I drank today:
Multiple steepings of Imperial Mojian – YS
I shared a pot of Two Tigers with wedding clients during their consultation – Devotea
A large mug of Elderberry brew, fairly strong.
And now this one, a much hoarded Wuyi oolong. I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, & it really is very nice: roasty, fruity, with a heady aroma that rises into the sinuses & lingers.
I woke up this morning & it was still dark outside. My alarm was set for 5am & hadn’t gone off yet. I laid there for awhile, luxuriating in being able to stretch & doze on & off a little. Some voice in my head (Ms Theresa, most likely) made a comment about going ahead & getting up, so that we’d have a little extra time to get ready. Needless to say, I ignored that voice, until suddenly I realized that the sun was rising.
It turns out, I forgot to turn on my alarm, & it was 6:15. I scrambled!
Luckily, I barely got to the school on time, but it was a long day, & the 6th grade group was especially obnoxious today.
Now it’s night time. I wanted more tea, but not more caffeine, so I’m using a teabag that one of my students gave me. It’s from the English Tea Shop, & it’s called ‘Happy Me’.
It isn’t listed on steepster, & I’m not adding it, because I can’t read the ingredients list, & I just don’t feel like adding any teas tonight. I taste chamomile, lemon &/or orange peel, coriander, cardamom, maybe a little apple…
It’s not bad, actually. A little fruity, a little sweet spice. Not something I’d ever purchase, but warm & relaxing. That’s all I want right now.
I’ll start out by thanking Angel & Teavivre for this sample.
This is a very fresh Raw Puerh, being from 2014. The aroma, upon opening the packet, is very fresh & green, like a barn full of newly baled Hay that includes Clover in the mix.
The main features of this tea are a tangy apricot fruitiness, a little grassy & brassy at first, with an instant tongue tingle. The middle steeps are a little peppery & bitter, but then it smooths out nicely.
Tasty & smooth, kind of creamy even. The vanilla is nice, esp if you add a little maple.
I was more enamored with this tea the first time I tried it, and it is nice, but the price is too steep for me. I realize the price of vanilla beans is way up there, & I appreciate Brenden’s use of REAL vanilla though! :)