408 Tasting Notes
Having GO at the end of the day is as satisfying as having GO in the morning.
I wasn’t planning on having it now, but a tea friend invited me to have a cup with her, so I did :-)
And let me tell you that it made a very satisfied fairy out of me.
It’s such a comfort tea, no matter what the season is. I drank it all summer long, and we’re about to spend our first autumn season together.
A pure vanilla dream it is, with plenty of chocolate gooeyness. If someone can’t get the chocolate in this well…sorry but I am totally judging you!!!
So I’m a little late to the party on this review.
I had this earlier today with the TEAplets. But I was unable to focus on writing my review. Now is a better time.
I was lucky enough to receive the gift of tea from Sarsonator: this beautiful Mandala cake. She made this very special for myself and MzPriss (who was also given the same cake) as it wasn’t even available yet on Mandala’s website. That’s what I call a REAL surprise!
Now how thoughtful and generous was that? Thank you so much Sarsy, I am so grateful!
Right from the get go, I had a feeling it would be a good one. The cake looks amazing, as if every single leaf was placed strategically to create a little work of art.
It broke very easily, no need to fight it, loosely compressed.
I used 8g for a 5oz yixing clay pot.
First, I love the golden liquor it produces. It’s thick and almost oily as I pour the first steep in the pitcher.
The leaves are barely awake, and already they render a taste that completely seduces me. We all agree: it’s remarkable.
Stone fruits, mostly soft and ripe apricot. Super sweet and silky, heavy mouthfeel of honey.
In later steeps, that sweetness turns into maple water. I also get juicy apple notes. It’s not smokey at all, and that astringency normally present in young sheng is nowhere to be found.
Around steep seven, I get a certain acidity, but i think I just let it steep too long. It’s very potent.
I had dinner, and went back to it. It kept giving and giving.
Thank you so much again Sarsy, and thanks to Garret who helped make this surprise happened, you are such a classy guy!
As usual, for those who love to watch:
This was pretty tasty this morning.
Toasty chocolate cereals. Oh, yum. I mean, this is really chocolaty and nutty.You know me right? I kind of get very “enteasiast” when I like something.
If I like, I like…A LOT.
And I kind of like this blend…a lot…so I kinda ordered…a lot.
So this morning, I told myself I’d better start drinking the life out of it…cause really, did I mention I have a lot?
Get this, it’s really worth it…
Only september 3rd and we can already tell fall is in the air here. It was a little chilly today.
So I made a GIANT mug of almond milk chai latté of El Dorado.
This is my favourite chai.
It is classic and perfectly balanced, I can taste all the spices individually without having one that stands out too much and overshadows the others.
The snaily yums base paired with the magic WP vanilla makes it so naturally sweet… But I admit that by adding just a drop of maple in it, it brings me to heaven on a wednesday!!!
I can see myself drinking loads of this in the months to come…in my super large latté mug!
Here’s a pic (Note to self: that mug is way to heavy to hold in one hand)
Oh look! Steepster is behaving :-)
Let’s post a review!!
This was one of very few teas I hadn’t tried yet from WP.
I was curious, cause although Keemun are sometimes not my favourite teas to drink when too heavy on the smoke, the taste profile of Pine Peak seemed very different.
Well I agree: definitely not your usual full bodied keemun.
It’s much lighter, and I had to steep longer (for my tastes) and add a bit more leaves to achieve a satisfying cup. Once I did that, it was super tasty.
No trace of smoke or strong earthy notes here.
This is the fruit and grain keemun type. I get raisins and barley mostly. It is sweet and a little malty.
There is some kind of light pine taste to it, a little woodsy especially as it cools down.
I see myself drinking this on a regular basis, as a very nice everyday cup.
It’s raining this afternoon, took out my happy ladybug teapot, girly tea time!“Peak” of the session:
It’s 2 am and I just spent the last four hours going back and forth inside/outside the house. There were possibilities of auroras tonight, that’s why. I feel very lucky to have witnessed them more than once in my life…
I was telling friends earlier that auroras had been life changing for me… totally worth being patient for. I wish for everyone to witness them at least once in their lives.
Unfortunately, they didn’t happen tonight.
Oh well…another night hopefully.
Now I’m drinking this tea and shockers! It’s good.
This is a mouthful of fresh evergreens and creamy buttery oolong.
Dame Vanilla adds all kinds of velvety and fruity notes to the blend.
I don’t have a bunch to say, see previous review.
I will just nom it till it can give no more.
And that’s all.
Day 10 of Steepster’s disaster…
I know not many will read this. But I still have to give some love to my favourite teas.
This is one of them.
Drinking this makes all the wrongs right.
Ok…it won’t fix Steepster. But that’s about the only thing it won’t fix!
Mmmm….salty caramel. I don’t really like you for real, you’re too sweet and sticky. But in my cup of tea? Yes please!
Can’t believe how a straight tea can render such decadent notes.
Aila and I… Foreverrr!
This tea embodies what I love about oolong.
First, the dry leaf is green, I mean, really green. Emerald City green.
Anticipation. A premiss of what is about to happen. Cause I just know it won’t disappoint.
The dry scent is floral and a little spicy.
I do a quick rinse to bring the leaves to life.
And boy to they come alive.
First steep and I already get tons of flavours. It’s as green as can be for oolong, vegetal and very floral.
Nice buttery and creamy mouthfeel going on, with a touch of spice. The finish is so fresh, like an evergreen breeze.
I did multiple infusions, and the later steeps lost that floral imprint in the mouth as more piney notes emerged.
And the leaves took so much room in my little gaiwan as they expanded, just beautiful!
Another amazing product from Eco Cha. All three oolongs I have purchased from them are fantastic.
(Backlog review from last night)
Having Second Breakfast at midnight. That’s right, I live dangerously.
What…Is there a warning somewhere that stipulates this tea should be drank only in the morning?
There, didn’t think so.
Nice fruity and malty cup, mmmmm! So good!
Crusty bread, salty caramel and cocoa notes. Sweet and mellow, but not lacking in the taste department, au contraire.
I know I’m having it at night, but I will have it in the morning eventually and it will be very kind to me.
Some breakfast teas are like a slap in the face, waking you abruptly like a loud beeping alarm clock, screaming at you «Wake up, sleepyhead!!!»
This will take a more gentle route. It will just rub your shoulder softly and whisper in your ear «wake up sweetie, today will be a lovely day…»
It’s that kind of tea. It knows how to treat you right.
Took out the big mug tonight…just needed the right gear for it:
I love shou. and I think shou loves me.
It gave me a bunch of hugs and kisses this afternoon, yes it did!
I spent good quality time with it, all rolled up in a blanket. It’s been a rainy day here again. This shou was the perfect companion.
This is leathery, I love leather taste in shou.
It’s a little musty, spicy and woodsy.
It’s rich, thick and syrupy…smooth and mineral.
It’s a reliable dude, and I’m glad I purchased a cake.
Here’s some Phatty shou in a blanket for you: