404 Tasting Notes
This week, I got the most thoughtful and delightful package form Steepster’s sweet hearth Sil . She carefully chose and selected tons of teas for me try and I so thank her for that ;-)
This one was a special request. I really like French flavoured teas and the only ones I ever got to try were from the lovely Ysaurella last spring.
Now that I get to play with this legend of a tea, I say this: ALL IN!!! Why not? Yep, I put the whole sample in my giant 16oz mug and hoped for the best. And the best it was…What a nice fruity cup this is!
It tastes like creamy strawberries, with strong black tea as a base. I steeped 5 minutes and don’t regret it. I love that it is a tad bitter and assertive.
I know I’ve said it before, the French retailers know how to balance the flavours so that the beverage remains what it is suppose to be: TEA! Not pop or soda, just TEA with a kick, ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you so much for this opportunity, sweet (but evil for the cupboard) SIL :-)
In retrospect, the tea of 2013 for me was this one. I realize that it has made me feel better every time I’ve had it. It commends focus and keeps your mind interested and curious. It fully deserves your attention. And when I drink it, it gets it.
You need to spend some time with it in order to fully appreciate and develop its potential . That’s only my opinion but I have brewed it Western style a few times only and although it is still a terrific cup, I deprived myself of so many subtleties that can only be found and achieved through gungfu brewing.
I don’t think I own one tea (incuding flavourded tea) that has so much true caramel notes to it.
It’s a gem, and as long as it’s being offered by Butiki, it will remain in my cupboard as a staple…
P.S. It well deserves a rating of 100, but Steepsters’ Smileys won’t let me go over 99!!! Bad Smiley :-(
I’m almost done with my 1oz pouch of this, and I must say it is such a burst of delicious fresh strawberries and rhubarb, I’m so happy Sil won the contest with it!
It was my tea of the afternoon…one thing I really like is the tartness of it without being one of those hibiscus overdose!
The base being Khongea Golden Tippy Assam, it doesn’t get completely erased by the other flavours, you still know you’re having a cup of good quality black tea.
The smell is as wonderful as the taste is, which is pretty rare in terms of flavoured teas. It goes on the shopping list, cause I will reorder, that’s for sure!
Like I need another favourite morning tea. Really Stacy, get your act together and stop making my choices so darn difficult. I need a new favourite tea like I need to have my teeth pulled out one by one without anesthesia (ok, I’m pushing the envelope just a little here but you catch my drift).
Lol, no jokes, this is some bold breakfast tea I find myself in love with. It whispers at me «wake up girl, don’t smell the coffee, just sniff me and pouf! all morning laziness will go away, I promise.»
It just works, simple. But I hear you, you want some decent load of tea adjectives, don’t you? How bout malty, earthy, astringent, woodsy, fruity, tobaccowy (?? not sure about that last one but it fits well in my sentence, lol)
More. I want more. Hey, I HAVE more, good for me!
Daba, oh, Daba,
Couple of days ago I thought you and I were done for good, providing you don’t exist anymore and therefore I can’t restock on you :-(
But then, it occurred to me that I should put some order in my cupboard, and surprise! There you were, from the height of your 1/2 once, waiting for us to meet again!
I will cherish the tiny little bits and pieces I have left of you, but tonight, I can’t resist you! Come for a late night swim in the Gaiwan with me :-)
(See previous notes)
This tea is really amazing…as a blind test, one could never tell 100g sells for under $10! For real, what a bargain ratio.
It’s a sweet Yunnan, full bodied. It offers plenty of cocoa and honey, with earhty undertones, vague smoky notes emerge here and there. It reminds me of a milder keemun from Teavivre.
The leaves are more curls than what we usually call pearls. Cute nuggets that you can steep at least three times Western style. I made a gigantic pot tonight using my new Scandinavian pot and matching cup (Shelley if you’re reading, you know what I mean, lol)
I treated myself with so many good teas today, I feel fully satisfied!
Homage to Laoshan Black
Its taste feels like the most beautiful Bach sonatas and partitas will do to my ears when they trigger that flow of emotions causing tears to tickle my eyes.
It also rocks my world just like Led Zeppelin or Nirvana does.
The beauty of each sip takes my breath away, just like every brush stroke does on my favourite Van Gogh paintings.
The aroma makes me want to take off my shoes, go run and dance in the neon green grass after the rain…
It makes the ugly go away for a while…
It rights the wrongs…
If you haven’t been able to say that much about anything lately, have a cup of this miracle elixir.
Thanks to Verdant and the He family for bringing such an extraordinary tea to such an ordinary gal like me :-)
Another sleepless night in Winterland…I am reorganizing my cupboard (at last!!) and I am finding hidden treasures, teas I thought I had run out of. Like this beloved oolong of mine.
I am always amazed at this little chameleon, I keep drinking cause it keeps on giving and every steep is different and evolves into something else. But the main show is about the burnt caramel notes, that’s for sure. (See previous note)
It is simply magic as I’m watching the halo created by the reflection of a moon crescent, caressing the crisp diamond white floors of my land. It’s a city-less surrounding and some gal might be scared to be out here alone in the middle of the night. But it’s my home, and with my faithful canine protector always by my side, I feel 100% safe, that’s how I can put on my snow shoes and go walk in the woods at 1am, the moon as my lantern, the dog as my compass…