1871 Tasting Notes
Another bubble bath tea, for the long soak I deserve.
I think this one is much better with a 4 minute steep. The banana flavor becomes more present.
I’ve enjoyed this blend, and it’s a sipdown.
One of two teas I brewed for the bubble bath.
I accidentally let it steep 4 min, instead of 3, & although it was a little bitter, it was still drinkable.
I drank several short steeps of this while I was practicing this afternoon, in sets of 3: 1 in the cup, 2 in the pitcher. The first round looked like this:
5G + 4oz adorable blue lotus porcelain teapot (rinse) X 5/10/15 seconds.
These cups were lovely, light chocolate a sweet caramel.
2nd round 30/45/60 seconds. Also a tasty treat, with building flavor
The 3rd round was just meh for me… that is when the gravely gut starts, so onward to another tea.
This is still my least favorite of verdant’s black tea offerings. Maybe I just haven’t found the right steeping parameters…sigh…
Sipdown! I think that puts me at 185!
It’s been quite awhile since I drank this one, & since my first student of the day especially likes greens, I made the final pot of it to share with her. I don’t always care much for flavored greens, but I really enjoyed this one today, as did my student. Gentle greens with strawberry, naturally flavored, & subtly so.
1T + 16oz preheated teapot X 2 min @ 170 = lovely!
I laid in bed until 10 this morning. It felt so good to really get a deep sleep, & this drizzly overcast kind of weather is really conducive to sleeping, at least for me! Once I got up & did my yoga, which felt SO good, it was time to start teaching (11am). This was the tea I chose, doing multiple gongfu steepings, & I think my taste & smell are a little off this morning, as it seemed to lack a little depth. It is a more savory tea, for sure, with good energy, but maybe it just wasn’t what I was looking for today.
I enjoyed several steepings of this during the afternoon. It’s a really yummy one, with the buttery sweetness of semolina, & an earthy base note that is soothing, like a walk in a cool autumn forest. The later steepings have a bit of a cooling effect.
I will definitely have to restock this, as it is a delicious roasty wuyi oolong, with yummy chocolatey maltiness, very rich & fruity.
I drank this one earlier today while I was practicing, but at this point in the day, I can’t really say that much about it. I know I enjoyed it, & it had a thick maltiness to it. I brewed it western style, but next time I hope to take my time with it, doing multiple short steeps.
This is a nice keemun: earthy, fruity, & floral. It is not my favorite, but I have enjoyed it!
It’s drizzly outside, raining on & off. My house is heated with radiators (water, not steam), so it’s nice & toasty in here. I’ve been practicing on & off all morning, taking breaks to teach when a student shows up, & now I’m finishing off my lunch. I’ve drank some other teas, & will try to post them, but for now, I wanted this one, & I’m loving it! This cool weather really makes me want something smokey & rich, & this is it!
Some Lapsangs taste like somebody added liquid smoke to the tea, or like you’re at a BBQ. Not this one. The smoke is subtle, & it’s buttery & sweet! A nice caramelized brown sugar taste, & I didn’t even add maple syrup! Delicious!
Thanks, Sil, for the sample, & if you want to split a larger quantity with me, or with our BBB, THAT would be awesome!