2859 Tasting Notes
This tea was my companion in the garden this morning. The task at hand was to water the Northwest Quadrant & dig up the rest of the garlic. While doing so, I came across a burrow of baby bunnies, in a little hollowed out place under the straw. I admire their cuteness, but didn’t touch them, & gently layer the straw back over them & went on with my work.
I grew 6 kinds of garlic this year! My whole house reeks of freshly dug garlic, & that is awesome! There’s lots of hanging & braiding to do, & hopefully I’ll never have to buy garlic again!
Lovely tea, by the way. I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, so that’s all I’m saying.
I don’t have time for a long review here, where I wax poetic about the glories of this tea.
Let’s just jump to the chase & say that everything you’ve heard about this tea is spot on. The initial aroma reminds me of a really high quality vanilla pipe tobacco (although I don’t know for sure if I’ve ever actually smelled one), & then you start drinking it, & it’s awesomely wonderful, vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate sauce drizzled over the top, the kind that hardens into a shell. What I love about it most is that the black tea underneath isn’t some woosie generic, it’s bold & thick chinese blacks. And yeah, it resteeps like a dream, & I’m taking all those resteeps for once. And the sweet aftertaste lingers…sigh…
I’ve said enough!
When I place an order from YS, I’ve sort of fallen into the habit of picking out a few puerh to sample. There is a sidebar on the right hand side of their page that lists their new featured products, and this was on that list awhile back, so I got a sample.
I started drinking it yesterday, ran through several steepings & then today after breakfast I gave it a rinse to refresh it & have been drinking it ever since. The dry aroma has that well aged hayloft aroma, but also the promise of a meadow of sweet clover. It really smells good! It’s a very ‘clean’ tasting tea, with a decent energy to it, & although I enjoyed it, it sort of seems a little generic to me.
(Don’t shoot me, I know nothing, Jon Snow!)
Maybe it’s just that the greenness is aged out of it, so although it has a hint of citrus & doesn’t taste bad in any way (obviously, since I have been drinking it on an off for about 24 hours now), there is also nothing that stands out about it, for me. I didn’t find any changes in the flavor profile, for instance.
Of course, what do I know? :)
Again I’d like to thank Green Terrace for sharing samples of their teas.
I drank this earlier in the day, using the western steep parameters, & it is a classic Oriental Beauty, with notes of Honey, courtesy of the Leaf Hoppers. It’s a pleasing gentle cup, also with elements of floral, fruit, & wood, along with a lingering sweetness.
I have enough left to go with a gongfu session next time :)
This cup of tea accompanied me during my 2nd round of tomato trellis tying this morning. I have 2 varieties of plum tomatoes this year: some Italian heirloom that I bought 2 of because I detest roma’s & couldn’t find my beloved favorite, & the next day I found my beloved San Marzano (another italian heirloom), so I bought 3 of them. Both are heavily weighed down with fruits, & I’m starting to pick some of the San Marzanoes! Soon I’ll have bucket loads of both, & the making of sauces, roasted toms, etc will begin!
Like many others here, I took advantage of Green Terrace Tea’s offer of 3 free samples, & I’m glad I did. My teas arrived on Saturday, & I’m enjoying this one now.
This is a lovely tea, a very gentle tea, that brings to mind a creamy bowl of oatmeal, with some peach or apricot jelly stirred in, & some honey drizzled on top. I’m thinking apricot, as there is a slightly tangy quality to it. All of the flavors linger nicely. This is not a bold wake up! kind of tea, but is more like a homey breakfast, very soothing & comforting.
Thanks very much for the sample, Green Terrace Tea! I’ll share the remainder of it with my dear Tea Sister, Sil.
Unless she got her own…
I was up bright & early both yesterday & today, & out in the garden, trellising tomatoes.
This isn’t their first trellising of the year, but a much more critical one, as there are tons of fruit already set, & I’ve been neglecting them for a few weeks, so their was serious Urban Sprawl going on. Through a serious of branches, bamboo, string, rope, etc, some of them are now in a much more organized way.
I carried a cup of this around with me during the first round of tying things up, a pleasant wake me up, but it turned out to not agree with my tummy, so when I started getting queasy I had to come in & fix myself some breakfast before I could finish my cup.
Still tasty though!
I drank a lot of tea yesterday, while I spent the day putting down the last coat of noxious primer & the first coat of porch paint, but they were all teas I have reviewed before, so I’m ok not posting about them.
This is my first cup of the day, my 2801 review, & I just took the last sip. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but am having trouble coming up with anything to say…
I don’t really feel like it is similar to PTA, it’s a bit more masculine, if that makes sense. The aroma is fruity, the flavors I tasted were malty, fruity, with an almost candied fruit kind of taste on the edges, chestnut, & an interesting almost coffee-like bittersweet chocolate too.
Keep in mind 2 things:
- I used this strainer a couple days ago for red queen cupcake, & although I soaked & rinsed it thoroughly, there still may be some flavor contamination (although it’s damn good contamination), &
- I spent the last 2 days breathing paint & primer fumes, & although the paints I’ve used are low VOC, the unavoidable primer I had to use is not, & it’s awful. I’m pretty sure I have lung, sinus, brain, liver, & kidney damage now.
How anybody ever develops a glue sniffing habit is far beyond me to understand.
I spent another day working on my front porch. Lots of caulking, & finally covered the floor of the porch, stairs, etc with primer. My porch looks like a Cinderella porch right now, IMO, there is so much White everywhere! But that will change tomorrow when I lay down the actual real paint. If you want to see my latest progress:
So I got my Butiki order yesterday, including an oz of this tea.
I arrived at Tony’s after a full day of work, covered with paint, caulk, etc, made a cup of this tea, & crawled into the bubble bath.
The aroma of this tea is heavenly! It immediately brought to mind the image of a dessert I’ve never had, but I had a very clear picture of it in my mind. I’m talking about a beautiful clear glass serving dish filled with layers of ladyfinger cookies soaked in espresso, strawberries, whipped cream, & a dusting of dark chocolate powder over the top.
This tea IS that dessert, not only in the aroma, but it also tastes like I imagine that dessert would taste.