2580 Tasting Notes
Happy Sunday everyone…
Thank you Teavivre for sending me a sample of this tea. I really would love to have a nice dragonwell in my tea collection, but the good ones are pretty expensive! I was glad to try this for review.
I decided to gong fu this so I put the entire sample in my gaiwan and have been doing short steeps of around 1 minute. I am using the “Summer” gaiwan by Red Blossomm Tea:
This yields a very light colored tea liquor that is packed with flavor. I am definitely picking up chestnuts with vegetal notes of peas and artichoke. There was a tiny bit of bitterness with steeping for 60 seconds, but that disappeared when I tried steeping for 30 seconds. I preferred the latest steeps a bit more because they were on the sweeter side.
This is definitely a fresh tea that has lots of flavor, I’ve had some really boring dragonwells that seemed stale and flavorless but this is yummy and it resteeps well. I like it a lot!
My boyfriend and I were out late last night celebrating Halloween so we’re having a lazy day. I thought some green tea would be good to revive us. This is one of 2 shinchas I got from Den’s earlier this year and I definitely will be looking at buying more next year. Sweet, vegetal, grassy taste with a thick mouthfeel. Very soothing and refreshing… see previous notes for more details.
Tea of the afternoon, it’s been a long day as I barely got any sleep last night and had to go to a job interview and then travel home to the mess that is San Francisco due to the Giants parade. I did manage to get a nap in before being woken up by helicopters and now I’m seriously considering moving to the country. But first, I have a presentation to give and tonight is my final night of the 5 week class I’ve been taking.
I decided this would be a nice afternoon tea for me. I used boiling water and it seems a tad more in the bitter and perfumey side than I remember. I should try to remember to use water below the boil because this doesn’t seem as good as the first time I tried it, though I am picking up a lot on the vanilla notes in this blend.
I got this tea from Marshall’s when I was buying a totebag and it was a bargain. I’ve never seen this in any stores, so I don’t know where it is normally sold. It has a nice mango-y flavor with a bit of saffron. Golden yellow color. It’s not too easy to taste green tea in this blend, Not too bad for a paper teabag but I was hoping for a stronger flavor. I might try two teabags next time.
It’s been quite a while since I had this tea and I thought I’d steep some up this morning. It just occurred to me that it might be nice to have another little yixing for gong fu preparation of red tea (I have a bigger pot for this purpose). Maybe someday!
So I just steeped this one for one minute and it’s a nice contrast to all the yunnans I’ve been drinking lately. Definitely has a fruity taste with notes of orange and cherry. Reminiscent of a cognac or bourbon but without the booze, of course. Nice and smooth, no need for additions of any kind. Delicious. The red tea sampler for jing tea shop was very nice, I would definitely like to buy more teas from them someday.
So I’m glad the Giants won the World Series, but am equally glad that baseball season is over after the fans trashed our city last night, boo. I have a job interview on Friday now at the same time as a million people are streaming into town for the parade. I am tempted to try and re-schedule the interview but would that make me look bad? It’s just another thing to have to worry about. :-/
Tea of the afternoon. I’ve had this one for a while so it’s good that I’m finally able to finish it off. This is a nice shu blend, the ginger and galangal mix well with the elderberry, though today I am wishing it was a bit stronger on the berry. The orange is definitely a nice touch. this blend appears on the “archived” selection of Verdant’s site so it looks like this won’t be available again. I enjoyed trying it even though pu’erh nuggets are not really my favorite when it comes to shu.
I found this matcha at the Bi-Rite supermarket in San Francisco. Usually I get my matcha in Japantown, but I figured I would give this a whirl. The price was reasonable – approximately $18.99 for 3 oz.
I would say this is much more a food grade matcha than a ceremonial matcha, which is fine because I mostly will use it in smoothies and lattes. I did want to try it plain at least once, however. It isn’t bad plain, it has a strong seaweed and grassy flavor. I should really get some ceremonial grade matcha for drinking plain.
My favorite part of matcha is just the preparation, here’s my matcha bowl which was whipped with the standard type chasen:
Thanks to boychik for this sample. I ended up steeping it for 3 minutes at 205 f and that was definitely overkill because I got really intense tobacco notes that made it difficult for me to drink this without milk. I also noticed spicy pepper-y notes and a bit of the sweet potato type of flavor that seems characteristic of yunnans.
I tried a 2nd steep for 90 seconds and now it seems like it doesn’t have enough flavor… it could be I steeped all the flavor out of it at the 3 minute mark. :) Anyway the 2nd steep isn’t bad but I’m still getting tobacco notes with some caramel. Tobacco isn’t really my favorite flavor in tea.
this doesn’t seem to be my favorite yunnan to date but it isn’t terrible. If I had more tea I feel like I could hit a sweet spot with the brewing parameters. I wish I had more to play around with but probably not worth placing an order.
Decided to break this out today as the after lunch tea. I definitely recommend keeping the steeps short with this one, like 30 seconds or less because it doesn’t really need that much.
Shu is the perfect after lunch tea in my opinion. I wrote a fairly extensive tasting note on this a while back so I won’t repeat the whole thing. Notes of pipe tobacco, earth and a fruity essence. I love this little cake, it’s so cute.