392 Tasting Notes
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This note is a major backlog. On Christmas morning, I had just enough of it left for a good cup. It was a sample from dear Steepster friend Ysaurella.
You know when a blend is created without any pretension and that its sole purpose is to offer you a special moment?
This is what Noël is all about.
Solid base, subtle spice blend, well balanced, not too much of it, just enough of that … I love cinnamon, but it’s not a shy ingredient… unless it’s on a bun, I do not like when it takes over everything else. In this case, it’s there to support all the other components. Lovely scent of orange and vanilla that you can really taste, so good!
It’s such a perfect tea to drink during the Holidays, i could have drank it during the whole season! If I had more…but it came to an end after one cup sadly :-(
I should probably mention that it’s good for all year around. Ysaurella’s first note about this tea was beautiful and very touching…I think she should always drink it in July instead, and create good happy summer memories with it :-)
Thank you so much for another delicious French tea, my dear Ysaurella :-)
I’m back, I’ve missed you dear Steepster friends this week :-)
I’d like to thank Sil for incuding such a good one for me…This is right up my alley, beloved Taiwanese blacks!
I did many infusions this morning, using the new glass yixing pot I got on boxing day for peanuts…
The tea is gorgeous, it rendered a relatively light colour compared to other taiwanese black. It feels round in the mouth, like most teas with hints of honey do.
It has a very distinct smell and taste, if I can pin point properly that very faint sourness I get, I’d compare it to rye bread to give you an idea, that’s very pronounced when you smell the wet leaf and easier to identify. That’s what I do when I’m trying to get notes in the tea, smelling the wet leaf gives me a much better idea and helps me define the taste. But it is so relative and personal, what feels like rye bread to me, might feel like almond to someone else. That’s why I find reading about tea somewhat poetic…
All in all, this tea is superb and gave me great joy this morning,
Thank you so much Sil for knowing I would aporeciate this!
Another cupboard staple.
I tell you, this tea is so refined…
If tea had a gender, this would be a beautiful sophisticated mature woman. She would wear couture and just a drop of channel no.5. She would also cary along the scent of buttery French pastries that she would have picked up on her way home at a famous bakery.
Therefore, her «sillage» would present itself as slightly and delicately flowery, with big notes of decadent rich creamy butter and cookie dough.
That’s the imprint this tea leaves in my mouth.
Just nothing else to add.
Tonight I’ve decided to treat myself with some pizza. I ordered a vegetarian, with extra, extra, extra olives.
When the delivery guy handed me the box, first I thought, hmmm, good looking dude. Then, I smelled the culprit: pepperoni.
I don’t do pepperoni. Haven’t eaten pepperoni on pizza in ages. The guy apologies and offers to bring another one. I see that I got my extra, extra, extra olives and decide I don’t feel like waiting another hour. I say, nah, forget about it, guess it won’t kill me for this one time only.
I tried to remove them, but not such a good idea when you want your cheese to remain on the pizza. So I ended up eating most of the pepperonis. Now I have a funny belly feeling (remember my KD binge last week? Very reminiscent of that!)
So pu-pu is in order! I go through Sil ‘s package and fetch this. I’m so happy she threw it in our recent swap.
I’m salivating once the hot water hits the leaves. The aroma. Yum.
This tastes as if caramel and vanilla happened to grow on the tea, as if they’re not an addition to it, but part of it. that’s how natural it feels…I get no almond, but it’s ok, I don’t want it.
It provides a round and a full mouthfeel. Sweet but not overly.
I’m drinking it au naturel, but I can understand how well it could sustain milk or creamer.
The perfect tea to end a meal and make the belly happy!
Thanks for another hit, Sil :-)
P.S. How sweet, as I was writing this, cute delivery pizza guy came back…he brought another pizza for free, extra-extra-extra olives, no pepperoni!! Lol, who’s hungry???
I’m no «math-magician», but here’s some full proof equation:
Assam + Taiwan
Sil (swap) = Love
Thank you so much Sil for this one, whoa! Fruity, raisiny, bready, almost boozy assam, perfection in a cup! It does resemble Taiwanese Assam from Butiki a lot, though I find Butiki’s a bit fruitier.
It’s a homerun, thank you Sil for giving me the chance to try this amazing tea:-)
I love florals… but Jasmine is a hit or miss depending on how well it’s balanced, a bit like how overwhelming bergamot can be to earl greys.
When I discovered Jasmine Dragon pearls from Teavivre, it was a no brainer, favourite jasmine ever! Then later, this silver green became slightly superior for my own personal likings.
I had to play a lot with it in order to find my sweet spot. 85c, no more than 1.5 min on first steep. That’s how my cup gets filled with sweet jasmine blossoms just in the right amount, not soapy or too perfume like. When I close my eyes and let it invade me, Jasmine’s scent really fills my head with spring and summer thoughts…
Then I open my eyes, and realize how winter has invaded me instead! Not complaining, still beautiful, even though it’s such a looong season here!
This week, the mild weather brought Mr. Huge Raccoon around. He stayed as a tolerated guest for a few days, feeding himself on bird’s seeds before probably going back to sleep until spring.
And this morning, looking outside sipping on this tea, I was amazingly surprised by a new comer, Mr. Squirrel. Now why would I be amazed by a vulgar and common squirrel you ask? Well this Mr. Squirrel should be renamed Mr. White… Yes, a white squirrel. Don’t know about your part of the world, but we don’t see white squirrels around here. And it’s not of a whitish kind a grey, try a stunning beautiful winter white furry ball!
The strangest thing is, I don’t think it’s albinos, cause the eyes are not red, which correct me if I’m wrong, is one of the criteria.
You know how I love to post pictures and links, so here it is, not my greatest shot, but it was early and I zoomed in a rush, before I scare him away:
He escaped in the woods not long after that. Hope he will return…but maybe tomorrow will be Mrs. Deer’s turn, lol!
Love my country life!
This was my tea of the morning (no incident today, y’all, smooth easy going morning…)
I probably like Darjeeling as much as I do Assam. Some of them are as effective in the morning as any bold Assams.
This is another one I purchase by the tin (when I say by the tin, I mean 100g or more).
I only slightly prefer SF to FF cause they usually hold more of that fruity muscatel taste I like so much. I also love the fresh citrusy astringency this one offers (not bitter) that activates my tastebuds. That feature is usually more present in the FF I own. So this tea makes the Dajeeling worlds collide!
I’ve said in previous note on this tea that it feels like my favourite pair of denim: it hugs me in all the right places. Well nothing has changed.
I’m in love with this tea and always surprised it hasn’t received more reviews.
(See previous note)
Today was a very good day, I was at home with the cats and dog. I watched some old Seinfeld episodes and laugh really hard. «Master of your domain» and «Goerge’s world collides» for those familiar with the show…OMG, a gem.
Laughter is the best therapy. If your a cat lover like I am please don’t hesitate and click this link. If you’re not a cat lover, don’t click cause it will make you hate them even more. I don’t want that!
A special friend sent it to me 2 days ago, and i can’t explain how much it amused me. Still does. Thanks, you know who you are :-)