2339 Tasting Notes
This sample tea came from the February Steepster Select box, which shows how far behind I am in trying out the samples that I have — it’s now the beginning of June.
I couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the other reviews and I saw a lot of dismal thoughts about this one. I confess that 2nd flush darjeelings don’t tend to be a favorite of mine, but I’m up for trying any tea at least once.
I noticed the wet leaf smells very “woody” — almost like musk — when I took the infuser out of the teapot. The tea liquor steeps up to be a medium orangish-brown in color. As far as the flavor is concerned, Upton’s flavor description seems to be spot on. I would also describe it as woody with a hint of muscatel. There’s a slight astringency in the finish but it is palatable.
I liked this better than most of the other reviewers did; though I still don’t plan to put this on my shopping list anytime soon. A pinch of raw cane sugar makes a nice addition to this.
I started my writing class yesterday which is very interesting so far. Maybe I’ll get inspired soon to write some more blog postings. :)
For some reason I haven’t been drinking a lot of puerhs lately. It’s not often I break out a shu and even less often I break out a sheng, even though I have two boxes of each. I should really remedy that situation! One reason is for this oversight is I usually drink puerh tea in the afternoons, but lately I haven’t been drinking any caffeinated teas after noon. However, today I have my first writing class tonight and I thought it would be beneficial to be more alert than I normally am… ;-)
I did several steeps of this in my yixing teapot. I’m getting some interesting notes that remind me a bit of coffee or bittersweet chocolate. I recall I liked this cake a lot when I first tried it, and it still seems really good to me. I gave up on wanting more after the 4th steep but I’m glad I revisited this.
Sadly this is a sipdown… I seem to be finishing a lot of teas lately but don’t worry, I still have plenty more! I would like to replace this someday when I am working and can afford to stock up on a few favorites from Verdant. I love the roasted chocolate notes of the Laoshan black. It is truly divine!
Just decided to polish this one off tonight while I’m watching my grammar class on Udemy. I’m trying to use my unemployed time to further my education and I’m also starting a writing class at UC Berkeley extension tomorrow.
This is a lot more flavorful when it’s been steeped for around 7 minutes, it’s still not going to be a repurchase for me however.
This morning I am working on sipping down more samples and so have decided to finish off this 10g sample from Norbu. It looks like this tea is sold out as I don’t see it on their website anymore. Also it looks like Norbu decided to discontinue the 10g samples altogether which is kind of a shame.
Anyway this is enjyoable, a lightly smoked tea with some sweet notes, it also seems somewhat flowery to me today. See previous tasting note for more details.
Tea of the afternoon. I hope this doesn’t keep me awake since I’m drinking it in the afternoon and lately I’ve been a bit more sensitive to caffeine. I just had a hankering for something warm and dessert-like and it’s been a while since I’ve had this. Adding a bit of raw cane sugar really helps to bring out the caramel notes in this tea. Enjoyable but probably won’t be a repurchase. I wonder if I can go without buying more tea until I actually get another job…lol
I’m back to San Francisco after spending a portion of my weekend at Harbin Hot Springs. The sun and splashing around in the hot water definitely seemed to make my arm feel better. Coming back to SF, it feels foggy and FREEZING! High temperature today of only 61 degrees?!
Anyway I thought I’d brew up some of this sample I got from Verdant. I don’t remember how long I have had this, it could have been years already. I usually appreciate yunnans and this is good this morning, very mellow, no astringency just lots of malt and chocolatey goodness. See previous notes for more details.
Tea of the morning here. I forgot I had this one and in my stupor this morning I accidentally steeped it for too long (3 minutes). Even so, it is still good and reminds me of bittersweet chocolate. I will have to remember to steep this one for less time next time. I need to get into the habit of writing a note or putting a sticker on my teas for the optimal and preferred steeping time. I hope everyone has a good weekend. :)