2859 Tasting Notes
This raw puerh comes from a trade with Tea Explorer.
The dry leave is brown with occasional streaks of green, very compressed like old adobe bricks, with a horse barn aroma that lingers in the sinuses, & I like it.
Warms, the leaf is less barn like & gives of a slightly sweet & marine aroma.
After a couple of rinses, the tea isn’t horsy or barnlike at all, more like fresh bread & greens, but in a subtle way. The leaf opens quickly & becomes a deep green, like steamed Kale.
I’ve been drinking it for awhile now, & its satisfying & smooth, with elements of roasted barley, butter, & light smoke. I used 4 G to a 5oz Yixing, but I think next time I need to up it, as I’d like it to be a little more robust.
Another Sipdown, this one from Cavocorax.
I made a 16oz teapot of it, a little on the strong side.
I drank some of it with breakfast & it is potent!
It amazed me how different teas can be from one another, & it’s especially fun to drink teas with very different profiles one after another. This Assam has a little of that ‘shiny’ quality, like a piece of black obsidian. It also has a fruity tartness, like not quite ripe plums, & a decent serving of Malt!
Now for some front porch painting!
Last night before bed I did my monthly tea count & analysis. It’s one of my rare left brain quirks, which keeps Ms Theresa happy, so here it is:
Total Tea Collection – 389
Whites (flavored & plain) – 7
Green (ditto) – 9
Oolong (unflavored, all varieties) – 32
Black – 85
Flavored Black – 13
Shu – 27
Flavored Shu – 1 (Sichuan Caravan)
Sheng – 56 “WHAT? When did this happen?” Ms Theresa Screamed. Little Terri looks back defiantly, “Relax, it’s mostly samples…& a few bricks…”
Trades for various awesome friends, of every tea type – 135 LOL, I love you guys!
Mate – 1
Tisanes – 9
Herbs (like elderberry, nettles, etc) – 20
So there you have it, the big reveal. They say the road to recovery begins with honesty, right? Lots of these are small quantities, but some are crazy hoarded amounts. I’m not going to weigh them, LOL, because if I did someone might check me into an observation ward of some kind, where I wouldn’t have access to my beloved teas, & then I’d truly go insane!
With so much tea, what do you drink?
Whatever you want!
So I started the day & the month with this one, a tea I truly love, although honestly, I love almost all of them, especially the black ones.
Is June already over? Really? Geez…
It’s time to update my tea list & straighten out my cupboard…tonight!
I feel like I haven’t drank enough tea this month! I’ve barely nicked my cupboard.
I started the day with this lovely tea. I gave it the 1min/2/5min treatment, & it was very tasty, but I prefer going with the shorter steeps.
Still, it’s like toast & honey in a cup, & it was great to walk around my garden with cup of tea, picking & eating a handful of blackberries & some red raspberries, bringing in a shallot & some asparagus to enjoy for breakfast. A wonderful start to my day!
I just spent the afternoon in my garden, which always feels so good.
I picked a basket full of cukes, so tomorrow I’ll probably start another batch of dills.
I gathered some asparagus for my dinner.
I dug up the rest of my Shallots & some garlics, & hung them up to dry.
I braided the garlics & shallots that I dug up a week or 2 ago.
For photos: https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I pulled a few weeds, watered half of the garden, & ate a few handfuls of red raspberries, all while talking on the phone with my mom for an hour!
Now I’m back at Tony’s house, enjoying a cup of this tea. Cavorcorax sent me several samples from River Tea awhile back, & it’s about time I start sampling them, right?
The name of the tea sounds like the name Troy would give to a 14 foot Alligator on Swamp People, LOL, but in reality it is a classic Assam, bold & malty. Probably something I should be drinking with breakfast, not at 6pm.
My preference with most of my YS blacks, including the 2013 version of this one, has been 5g + 4oz (rinse) x 15/30/45/sec etc.
OR 1/2/5 min.
Today I’m just going with simplicity: 1 heaping tsp in a mug for 3 min.
Any way you make it, this is a delicious mug of tea, toasty, malty, & rich with a creamy caramel & milk chocolate mouth.