385 Tasting Notes
Today was a good day. I was reunited with my beloved PTA. (Note to self: NEVER RUN OUT OF THIS AGAIN!! )
I received a humongous Butiki order….with other goodies inside.
Yes, I was the winner of the free mug and free tea during the contest, yay, and thanks to Stacy for allowing us Canadians participate :-)
So in her honour, I am having PTA in my new butiki lizard mug tonight!
I was so thrilled about the mug, I wanted it so much cause ya know, I am some kind of teaware freak. Oh, yes I am.
It is one of the most unique mug I have ever seen. I don’t know what kind on ceramic it is made of, but it has a mat finish, almost like a clay…and that mini butiki lizard, how cute!
I vote for it to become Butiki’s official mug!!
And the tea…oh this tea. Sour dough bread and chocolate covered raisins, with cinnamon dust. So good i could eat it!
It’s malty and sweet, with that certain je ne sais quoi those famous taiwanese black teas have.
I just love it. And with 6oz now in the cupboard, I feel more relaxed.
Thanks again Stacy for everything.
That’s what I call a great tea day, y’all. Very good for my inner happiness!!
Pic of the mug and tea:
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a friends birthday party…I brought this tea among others for her to try.
I bought a cute little tea pot for her cause she just started drinking tea. Everyone had to try to come up with the most creative idea to wrap her gifts. My wrapping won, here’s a fun pic of what it looked like:
When she saw this tea, she said the same thing as I always do (Mandy, close your eyes): Spider legs.
Beautiful long strands of yummy goodness.
She’s not used to this type of straight tea, but she was blown away by it. She said it tasted like baked goods and honey! I praised her for that :-)
It also tastes very fruity to me, like raisins with some kind of boozy notes. (And yes Stacy if you read this, I will submit that!)
Having this tea in the Gaiwan is the best way possible IMHO. I like to brew it “Fairy Style”. But since I have quite a few yixing pots coming my way, I am thinking of dedicating one just for my beloved PTA and TWMB! Cause why shouln’t they have their own brewing vessels?
They certainly deserve it!
Never underestimate the power of kindness…I know it doesn’t show much here, but I’ve been struggling with lots of serious issues for over a year now. I had an appointment I wasn’t looking forward to this morning, but I still went cause well, I don’t have much of a choice.
I showed discouragement in front of the person I was seeing…He told me not to worry, and this:
«Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars».
Just a few words, but one of the nicest thing anyone has ever told me…it gave me hope and made me feel special.
Just sharing as a reminder of how important it is to show kindness whenever we can…it’s easy and makes someone’s day look brighter in no time :-)
When I got home, I opened Steepster and had this tea cause someone else was having it and I really love it.
It’s my “cream of mushroom” pu’erh. Yes, big notes of cream and mushrooms.
It provides such a sweet and silky mouthfeel.
Just as I wrote in previous review, it has very distinct taste of turnips. The person who made me think of having this tea said they found ginger. I admit I never would have found ginger on my own, but by being aware of it, I searched for it and found it at the fourth steep. It is a little spicy in that way. Could be the power of suggestion, but I thought it was amusing to experiment.
It’s so very smooth, it’s like velvet for the mouth.
Thank you Mandala for another excellent shou…
I have noticed that lots of pu’erh lovers have a preference between the two. As I’ve been diving into the world of pu’erh, I ask this question: Is it possible to be both a shou and a sheng girl?
Cause as far as I’m concern, I just love them equally!
Pic of the day, Temple Stairs session:
New and improved S’mores!!!
So I can’t really handle smoke all that much. Not a Lapsang kinda gal.
But somehow, I enjoy this tea. I have to admit that I even liked the previous version…with its evil red rooibos and its much heavier smoke. (The smoke killed the rooibos though, yay!)
So what’s new? Rooibos: Gone!! Smoke: a lot less.
It’s still got a lot of character, but it’s smoother and more accessible than its precedent version. The light smoke marries really well with the chocolaty base and the cinnamon. This is not a s’mores “flavoured” tea, it’s a blend, so do not expect the taste of real s’mores. It’s more the idea of s’mores…cool summer nights, campfire, good times, good fun, great company.
For me, this represents the outdoors transformed into a comforting beverage. It’s not delicate and girly, but rather manly.
In conclusion, this tea is like a good handyman, something reliable that you can always count on, cause it does the job just right!
Recently I ordered a shitload of Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. 8oz. cause I like it. A lot.
Since I was getting a little insecure about my Laoshan Black supply, I also got 2oz of the new harvest, just to make me feel better.
When the order arrived, in the box I found a huge 8oz pouch of LBCG and also a 2oz pouch of the same. So 10oz total of LBCG!!! But no LB :-(
I emailed Verdant, and in no time, they had this matter resolved. They let me keep the extra LBCG and shipped the LB that was MIA in no time. They were so nice and professional as usual, and I got my LB today! Thank you Verdant for handling this so well, I really appreciate it :-)
Now this tea. I’m having it in my black tetsubin reserved for black tea. I don’t use it as often as the one I keep for green, but for some reason, LB just tastes better in that pot.
Last harvest was missing a little bit of that rich chocolate flavour I thought. (Though always super tasty, LB is not always consistent from one harvest to the next I find)
But chocolate is back in force now!
Oh, it’s so yummy. Crusty sour dough bread notes, honey and dark chocolate. It’s medium bodied, but still super rich and flavourful.
The pot keeps it warm, and similar to a yixing clay pot, you don’t wash tetsubin, you just wipe it or quickly rinse it, so over time, it retains some of the flavour. That’s probably why I get the best results with it for LB. For me, it’s best brewed this way or western style. It’s one the rare tea I find that doesn’t taste as good gongfu style. Go figure, maybe I’m just weird.
Pic of this morning’s session:
I was just gonna sit with this tea , enjoy it and be happy.
But it has put a spell on me and I feel compelled to write another review.
Ever since I’ve been using my Vanilla Dream yixing pot, this tea keeps getting better and better. Having this gives me the same warming feeling a good quality sheng does. Yes, it’s as rewarding. Any sceptical tea purists in the house? Well let me tell you how much you are missing on if you’re a non believer. This tea is a “whoa” inducer, goes straight to your senses.
This blend is innovative and completely unique. It almost creates a new flavour that doesn’t exist, making it almost impossible to describe. Sweet, savoury, salty, spicy, but not quite umami. The vanilla bean renders a rich and heavy mouthfeel. To make things even more complex, a fresh eucalyptus finish emerges at the end of the sip…mix that with the minerals of the clay pot, and you get a taste that lingers in the mouth forever, just like any good oolong or sheng pu’erh would. Complexity at its best…
Although I don’t drink much heavy liquor, I would compare Port to a fine aged whisky…something you can’t put a price on cause every time you drink it, you feel lucky you got the chance to experience such a gem.
This sencha is a such a lovely tea.
It represents everything I love about green tea. It is sweet, a little grassy with a salty marine breeze at the end of the sip. It’s very clean, and if prepared right, brings zero astringency to the cup.
Once wet, the leaves turn into a vibrant emerald green, just stumning!
I’m having it in a tetsubin pot tonight. Beautiful tea, beautiful teaware.
Because I know some of you like to watch, here are my pics:
There’s a saying that goes like this:
«In doubt, go for GO» … That’s what I did. And I did good.
Oh, and since Steepster is on an Instagram craze, here’s this morning’s big mug pic of GO
What better tea to drink while writing my love letter to Whispering Pines Tea for the contest?
This tea started it all…my addiction to WP. I remember when I read that description, I knew this it was going to me mine!
I just love it. The taste is perfection. It flows like a silk ribbon in my mouth. Sweet salty caramel, cocoa, dried fruit compote, slightly floral…I can’t get enough of it!
It’s an explosion of liquid happiness.
I never want to be without this. Ever.