3091 Tasting Notes
I used this tea to refill my Kombucha crock yesterday evening, & it smelled so good that I decided to drink a cup this morning.
This tea starts out with what I would call a robust flavor that builds & thickens in layers on the tongue with each sip, developing an Old World Sourdough Rye kind of savory chewiness to it. There is some astringency, but not unpleasantly so, & there’s a gentle floral in the aftertaste that initially brought to mind honeysuckle, but as the cup cooled a bit it reminded me more of geranium. This tea feels especially wonderful in my throat, with a sweet & rich umami brothiness, & the chaqi is very lively in my head & throat.
Given the choice, I prefer the Imperial Gold Needle Yunnan over this one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this one as well. I enjoy them both. This one is a more masculine gold needle than the other, more robust, not as golden in appearance, but still beautiful, not honey sweet, but still quite delicious. It provides a very satisfying malty rich cup,with a dark chocolate undertone. And who doesn’t love malt & chocolate?
I’m headed out to see my hand surgeon…hoping to get the pins removed today…
I’ve been neglecting my oolong tea collection lately, really for awhile. No real reason, except that I have a ridiculous amount of tea & I think in the hotter weather I don’t crave oolongs as much. During the early spring I find myself drawn to green teas & the greener more floral oolong types, & now that Fall is fully upon us, I found myself wanting a roast sweet oolong. At first I thought I’d go for a Big Red Robe, but then this one caught my eye. I am fortunate to have stashed a bit of this away, and I really need to start drinking it more often, because it is SO DAMN GOOD! It’s sweet & roast, kind of cakey, dark dried fruits, caramel, apples sautéed in a skillet until they are caramelized (I think I need to make some of those apples tonight, that sounds really good, it’s been too long…). There’s a bit of a charcoal essence, & incense too.
You could say this tea has a lot going on! And it does! Layer upon layer of nuance, revealing itself with each steep. I don’t think I’ve even tried a western style steep with this.
Maybe next time.
This is by far my most favorite Tieguanyin.
I’m getting down near the end of this one, & although I originally loved it & purchased large quantities, I’ve come to feel that it is best when it is fresh, & the flavors get a little stale after a month or so in the cupboard. This is no surprise to me, & one more reason that I am for the most part not a big fan of flavored teas.
Charlotte Zero, who I haven’t seen for awhile, sent this to me several months back. This is the 2nd time I’ve tried it, & I’m just not really into it. I made sure the temp was right this time, but it’s just not working for me, it’s very bitter. Maybe I’ll try the last bit as a cold brew during my up & coming Sipdown Extravaganza. I haven’t set a date for that yet, I’m thinking I’ll start it on xmas day though, simply because all of my xmas gigs will be over with & I’ll have a few weeks off. What better time to sip your way crazily through 100 or so sip downs? In preparation, I’m amassing a pretty good collect, & it will be glorious!