3004 Tasting Notes
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! :)
I’m having a laid back day at home, with the agenda of getting a lot of desk things done, but to be honest, I haven’t really accomplished a thing, LOL. Except breakfast & students.
I don’t remember if Angel sent me this sample, or if I requested it.
The dry fragrance seemed familiar in that, “I know this scent, but can’t quite place it” way.
I preheated my tiny teapots, then pre warmed the leaf, & the aroma bloomed to a sweet fruity floral that immediately said, “Lychee” in my sinuses & mind.
I went with the gongfu suggestions: rinse/15/25/35/45/60/75/90
What makes this tea particularly special is the fragrance & after aroma of lychee & honey.
What’s an after-aroma, you ask?
That’s when you breath out after the sip & you can feel & smell the aroma up in your soft palate & sinuses. I love it. I love teas that have it, especially roast oolongs.
This feature was especially prominent in the first couple of steeps. The 2nd cup featured a bitterness & the tea energy went right to my head, like I could feel the tea energy moving around in my head, opening sinuses so that my ears started popping. By the end of the cup I also had that tongue buzz going on too.
This tea transformed into rye bread, with lychee still in the background, & continuing on, a hint of spice, cloves perhaps? The texture was a little powdery, kind of odd.
The later steeps had a creamy quality, a sweet agave liquor, with a hint of lychee still in the background.
An interesting tea!
I got a sample of this with my last order from Tribute Tea, and although I enjoyed it, I can’t really say much about it, because I was teaching & perhaps not as attentive as I could be.
I can say that it was good! I can say that it was a little tangy, a little on the savory end of things, with a slight bitter edge, kind of like citrus peel.
This is a lame review, I know, but thus is life!
I’m heading out the door with the following teas in tow, to be drank in the order listed:
Hong Yun Black – Butiki
Chinese New Year aka Yunnan Golden Tips – Andrews & Dunham (I found a nut shell in there)
Black Beauty – Mandala
Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha – my dessert after lunch
Thus begins my day…
Wow! This is spicy! It’s also tasty! It also contains several herbs that are on my ‘Favorite Herbs That Are Good For You Too’ list: I drink Nettle leaf for my allergies. It’s one of the best antihistamines out there. I drink Elder berry as an antiviral, & also because I love the taste. And I love love love Ginger in tea & in food. The blend is rounded out with Rose, Rooibos, Elder flower, Cinnamon, Clove, & Stevia leaf. It is a little heavy on the clove, for my taste, but otherwise, I like it.