412 Tasting Notes
(Backlog from last night)
This week, an Instagram tea friend gifted me with one of the nicest care package I have ever received. Teas, teawares, gemstones, silk pouches….I was overwhelmed.
This person is a wonderful being…
Most of his teas are pu’erh, unique and very special cause you can’t just go and purchase them…they are for the most part private reserves.
Among all those puerh teas, there was a pouch that just caught my attention. Flowers!! Chrysanthemum buds that he blends himself with rose petals.
Not only is this blend the prettiest thing I have ever seen, but it also tastes like heaven. IF you like florals of course.
I am a notorious insomniac. He told me this might help me relax at night. I was skeptical, cause really, no infusion ever helped me before.
Well guess what…it did help! After quite a few steeps, my eyes became heavy and a soothing wave of relaxation started to flow inside of me.
I brewed it in a small glass gaiwan, and it steeped forever… I had to stop and go to bed.
This is such a nice discovery…Tea people are just the best peeps I know!
Well hello good Steepster people!
So I needed warmth…what better tea than this beautiful golden Dian Hong?
First, the look. I mean, have you had a close look at those buds? PURE GOLD!!
So soft and fury, I want to pet them ( ok, I admit…I did pet them…I am a first class TeaGeekette after all, why hide in shame?)
The brew is all glitters and gold, a beautiful sunny light in the glass pitcher.
I forget how good this is…I rarely have it cause, well, I just have so many teas!!
It qualifies for my “pudding-like” tea list, cause of how sweet and thick it feels in my mouth. Unlike any other Yunnan I have had.
The sweetness reminds me of barley sugar candies. I also get cocoa and sweet potato notes.
It’s very fragrant, I find a certain floral quality to it.
Not as damp and earthy as one might expect, but a little “mossy” and yeasty.
Full of beautiful nuances and complexity, this tea screams for gongfu brewing. And it’s so forgiving, you can’t mess it up, it never gets astringent or bitter.
I had a lovely session earlier…another wonderful tea from Whispering Pines :-)
Here are some pics:
I know I have professed my love for this tea many times…but what can I say? I just can’t get enough of it.
So friggin good.
Sweet dried fruits with big caramel notes, I always want moarrrr!!!
Gongfu this baby, and you have a whole new dimension of flavors.
This was my first tea of the day, using my brand new little cutie pot.
Have a lovely teatime everyone :-)
A wonderful tea friend spoiled me by sending me a beautiful mystic crystal. I like to honor my tea with such good vibes and energy…
Pics of the session:
Instead of sleeping tonight I’m having my favorite sheng.
Trippy qi, this gives me the happy warming feeling I seek when drinking sheng pu’erh.
Exquisite and remarkable. It’s such a wow tea.
Beautiful golden elixir, it heals all wounds.
Slightly smokey, super sweet with notes of apricots, mossy and earthy with a fresh minty finish. Capture of nature in the form of tea.
I think that’s why I love it so much…it reminds me of the pure moments of joy I feel when exploring and hiking in my forest.
I feel safe right now, cause I still have two unwrapped cakes besides this one. Yay me!
Pics of the session:
So I know that I haven’t posted much lately, but I do miss my Steepster peeps greately :-)
My friend boychik asked me on Instagram to post this pic on Steepstser. She also inspired me to drink my beloved PTA tonight, so here’s a quick review of a tea I have reviewed many times, cause well I just can’t get enough of it.
One of my favourite black tea. It’s rich and malty, bready and sweet. Fruity with hints of spiciness, cinnamon. I don’t know how I will live without this one. I might have to blackmail Stacy for the name of her supplier!!
I haven’t responded yet to the big news today but did see it. I love Stacy and Butiki and will miss her and her teas greatly. But I understand that life calls for new challenges sometimes and I can only applaud her for making such a hard decision and wish her good luck with everything.
(And Yo kiddo, if you read this, go get that capybara!!! ;-)
Pic of tonight’s session (made a huge pot!)
(Backlog from a couple of days ago)
Thanks to Sarsonator who generously sent me a huge quantity, I was able to sip on this wonderful oolong during the week end.
I’ve had this TGY from previous harvests before. Verdant does oolong very well…
It’s a beautiful tea, very flavourful and what I have come to expect from higher quality TGY.
Creamy, buttery and slightly nutty. It smells like popping kernels!
Nice floral mouthfeel going on. It has also a refreshing citrusy finish.
It lasted many steeps gongfu style.
I made my session extra special by inaugurating new teawares that I love very much. (Allan, looking at you, enabler!!!)
Here’s a pic:
My head hasn’t been quite where it should be at lately… So I’ve been drinking lots of shou.
For some reason, shou helps me find my balance. I’m very passionate about it, and wish to convert as many people as I can to it.
It gets a bad wrap sometimes. But once you get passed the misconceptions and open your mind to it, it’s so rewarding…
Of course there are bad ripe pu’erhs out there and you must find the right ones.
This is the right one.
So smooth and warming. Not heavy on the earthy and leathery notes, perfect shou to try if you’re a little afraid of them.
Temple Stairs is a go to tea for me, and tonight I’ve been sipping on both the tuocha and the loose version of it. (Thanks Sarsita for those cute mini tuos!)
Thank you Mandala for helping me find my centre tonight…