1852 Tasting Notes
Last night Ari was looking for a tea to make, “one that was easy”, she said. I pointed out a few plain old blacks, & also the chocolate O & Bolder breakfast. She started sniffing, & this was the one. She made a 16 oz pot of it, & then must have gotten distracted, cuz when I got home from Tony’s last night, about 1/2 the pot was still there. I poured it into a glass, put it in the fridge, & just enjoyed it chilled with my lunch. I’ve always enjoyed this blend of black teas, plus shu pu’erh, plus chocolate! YUM! And it’s really tasty cold, BTW!
I am not as huge of a fan of Tieguanyin as I am of the more roasty oolongs, but I do enjoy all of them. This one is from the Oct TOMC, which I am finally getting around to sampling this week. The dry leaf is irregular nuggets, in shades of gray & moss. The aroma is of a jar of jasmine rice that hasn’t been opened for awhile, plus a green aroma.
5G + 4oz porcelain gaiwan (rinse) X 3/4/5/6 secs = the first round
I shared this one with my green tea loving student, who hasn’t tried oolongs yet, & she had the greatest look of surprize when she took the first sip & smelled the cup :)
The first round of steeps was delicate, with a light buttery brown sugar sweetness, very lightly caramelized.
2nd round: 9/12/15/18
I’m really getting the kettlecorn reference here, with a hint of incense as well, more in the sinuses, what I like to call the ‘after aroma’, something I really enjoy in some Oolongs. The flavor of this tea really spreads out in the mouth, touching all of the taste buds & the palate, with a very full kind of essence.
3rd round: 21/24/27/30 seconds
Both sweet, & a little savory woodiness, with a sweet cinnamon & raisins aftertaste & after aroma that lingers, invoking a slice of cinnamon toast in my mind. A lovely tea, that I probably wouldn’t crave, but will definitely enjoy from time to time.
Regarding my steeping parameters, I put the 1st steep of each round in a cup, combining the next 2 or 3 in a pitcher. Then I go sit somewhere & enjoy them.
It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I have had it for awhile, but it’s been sealed up in an air tight tin, & miraculously, it still tastes very nice! I’m sure if I compared it to a fresher version, I would probably notice a difference, but I’m not doing that. I made a pot of this to share with one of my college students, who favors green teas of all kinds, & she loves it!
Sipdown? Where did all this tea go?
I guess I drank it & shared it with friends. That is, after all, what we do with tea, right? Still, it’s hard to believe that my tin of Tiger is empty! I wish they sold a refill, that would be perfect. Maybe I’ll send them an email about it. If not, their tins are awesome & can be filled with something else, with a homemade paper label added. My shelves are full of such things!
A wonderfully substantial Assam, with a growl & a bite! I will miss you…at least for now!
This morning I’ve been enjoying 2 different Jin Jun Mei’s from Yunnan Sourcing. I used the same steeping parameters for both:
1 heaping tsp of tea + 10oz X 3 min/re-steep in 8oz @ 5 min.
The leaf size on this one is slightly larger, with a much higher golden tippiness. The flavor is immediately butterier, with a thicker feel, & a richer maltiness. The resteep is sweeter, with a lingering fruit pastry kind of taste. I’ve enjoyed both of these teas, with this one being a little more favored, & it will be fun in the future to line up all of my Jin Jun Mei’s in gaiwans, for back to back steepings!
I love Jin Jun Mei. I’d like to drink all of the Jin Jun Mei’s in my collection, together, comparing their colors, fragrance, taste, nuance, etc. Maybe during the HoliDaze I’ll set aside a day for that, but for today, I’m drinking 2, from the order I received yesterday from Yunnan Sourcing.
I started with this one. The leaf is small & thin, having the characteristic ‘eyebrow’ shape, with spots of gold, but mostly a dark almost black color. I steeped a heaping tsp in my mug for 3 minutes, followed with a 5 minute re-steep in a smaller mug. The resulting cups were sweet, with a feel that I get from Jin Jun Mei that always reminds me of Bee Pollen. A little malt, a little fruit (not sure what kind, but with a slightly bright tanginess), & a floral sense as well.
A tasty sweet yet savory cup! Next time, Gongfu!
My box from Sil came today, AND my order from Yunnan Sourcing also came. This is the first tea out of Sil’s box, from a mutual order we placed with TeaVivre. I have long awaited these little pearls. Delicious!
Photos of both boxes: https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
Note to self: When ordering from Yunnan Sourcing, don’t go with the cheap shipping unless you want to totally forget about your teas by the time they arrive. Just sayin’
I am really behind on my TOMC sampling!!
This one is from October, & I’m just now finally getting around to trying it. It’s lovely! Nuggets with tails, in shades of medium to dark Jade green, the dry aroma is sweet & fruity, the wet aroma is a gentle banana rice pudding kind of smell.
5G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 3/6/9/12/15 etc…
This is a very delicate cup of gentle fruitiness. In the earliest cups I tasted homemade dehydrated bananas. Not the crunchy ones like you get from the store, but the chewy caramel textured ones you get when you dry them yourself, much sweeter, & a real pleasure to eat. The color is a very pretty spring yellow. Over the next several steepings (12 in all) the tea took on a sunny quality, a lightly fruity (peach?) & sugarcane taste, with a creamy vanilla texture. Near the end it reminded me of banana rice pudding.
I went with a little more leaf on this one, but then I forgot to set a timer, & got sidetracked a little & over-steeped it. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to have made a difference! It’s still delicious. I’m still thinking of a not too sweet dried fruit, dipped in chocolate.
I have to say that when I think of Assam, I’m thinking of something bold & malty, something that will wake me up, something from the Assam region of India. Transplanting assamica tea plants to other parts of the world, other soils, etc, makes for interesting & in this case tasty, variations in those teas.
The first sip of this today was a little bright & floral, as if I’d just woke up & someone turned the lights on, if you know what I mean. But after a few sips the rich maltiness & earthiness of the other 2 teas came into play, & I was a happy camper! This really is a lovely breakfast blend, with so many nuances going on in every sip. It’s bold enough to satisfy, sweet enough, & both grounding & uplifting at the same time.