1165 Tasting Notes
Sipdown no. 48 of 2016 (no. 259 total).
The second to last of the Numi bagged pu-erhs in my stash. I made this my go-to work tea for the afternoon after the magnolia pu-erh.
My parting reaction, on the occasion of this sipdown, is largely the same as the reaction I had to the magnolia. Which is to say, it was pleasant while it lasted, but I don’t see myself buying it again. It was fun to experiment with when I was starting out, but I’m ready to get more serious about pu-erh.
Sipdown no. 47 of 2016 (no. 258 total).
I made a mistake with this one.
I was looking for a plain black tea to make into cold brew and was having a hard time finding ones I either hadn’t yet tried as cold brew or knew I liked too much to use that much tea at a time. I hadn’t ever tried this one so I pulled it out of the stash.
I didn’t read about it before starting to spoon it into the container and it wasn’t until I was five scoops in, I realized that the cold brew container was going to require all of this that I had.
Around the same time, I realized I was smelling smokiness in the tea. Doh. If I’d read the description I would have known this was “the original lapsang.”
So I used all I had off this for cold brew, and I don’t really like smoky teas in cold brew.
It’s not horrible, it’s just that I’m sure I would have liked it a lot more if I had made it hot.
Not rating it.
Sipdown no. 46 of 2016 (no. 257 total).
The thing the BF and no. 1 have has made its way to me. I had wanted to break open some new teas this weekend but since I couldn’t taste them at this point I decided against it.
This is good, it’s just more mint than ginger or tea by a lot so not overly interesting.
Sipdown no. 45 of 2016 (no. 256 total).
The BF and No. 1 both have some respiratory thing. No. 1’s involves a fever, sore throat and cough. The BF’s doesn’t seem to have fever, just everything else.
Knowing that the BF likes this one, when he asked for tea this morning I took the opportunity to record a sipdown.
Drink this for the strawberry, not the pu-erh. It’s pleasant.
Sipdown no. 44 of 2016 (no. 255 total).
I still find this quite wonderful. Though I’ve now had this for a while (and it has been opened for a while) the chamomile still tastes fresh and creamy and not like dry straw as chamomile sometimes can. The fruity flavor is sweet, and the hibiscus plays well here, taking the edge off the fruit which might otherwise be too candy-like.
This is something I will buy again. And now I’m one step closer to being out of herbal lockdown. I haven’t counted how many are left but I think it is just a few, not counting the Refresh and I Love Lemon that I stocked up on in the grocery store.
P.S. Bad day here. Kitty no. 1 is in the hospital. She’s 14 and they think it’s a kidney problem. I’ve been through this a couple of times before and it isn’t fun.
Sipdown no. 42 of 2016 (no. 253 total).
Not the most elegant exit for this tea. I made it, then didn’t have time to drink it before I had to run off to no. 1’s baseball game (he pitched two innings and gave up 0 runs!). I drank it upon my return. It’s better hot, but was ok cold. The spice note came out more strongly in the cold.
Not my favorite among the S&V well done florals. Unlikely to buy it again, but I wouldn’t refuse it if someone wanted to serve it to me.
Sipdown no. 41 of 2016 (no. 252 total).
Downed the last two bags at work today. Pleasant, greenish floral aroma and flavor. I steeped on the short side, so not a lot of heft from the puerh, but I could tell it was there.
I like this better than I rated it. Bumping a few points.
Still, not likely to revisit it as there are too many other teas to try and though pleasant, this wasn’t a standout.
Sipdown no. 40 of 2016 (no. 251 total).
This had been traveling with me to work in my Timolino on a daily basis until I scraped the bottom of the container today.
It was a great tea for work. Easy to drink and not boring even when drunk on a daily basis.
My appreciation for Dragonwell has grown tremendously, in large part because of this tea. I’ve discovered it’s a great choice for when I want something green and refreshing but don’t really want something vegetally sweet.
Sipdown no. 39 of 2016 (no. 250 total).
I took my stash of remaining mixed teabags to work before I fully appreciated the tea availability at work. They have a good selection of Numi bagged teas available for free. Even so, if the past is any indication, my only hope of sipping down the remaining teabags is to do it at work. I just don’t reach for them at home, and I’ve given up on doing loose leaf at work. Too hard to get leaves out of the filter.
So I started a bit of a sipdown campaign, and this was the first to go. Either it became a little tastier over time or I’m just more used to puerh than I was when I wrote my first note. I didn’t get the horsiness that I mentioned before. There is a sort of a loam flavor, and the leather is smoother than I recalled.
Moving on to the other three Numi puerhs I still have, starting tomorrow, probably.