2404 Tasting Notes
I haven’t had this in so long and I’ve no idea why. I got it about 1 1/2 years ago and haven’t made too much headway into the tin ever since. I think it might be the floral, the combination of lavender and rose is fairly overwhelming but I think this has actually mellowed out a bit with age so perhaps I’ll enjoy it more now than I did when it was new… it certainly smells glorious but I’m not a big drinker of floral teas.
I detect something spicy in here as well, interesting. Perhaps it’s the black tea?
I’m back at home after spending the weekend with my boyfriend. Somehow it seems sad to come back to an empty house and be by myself again. Anyway I was thinking about tea on my way home and what I wanted to have for the afternoon cuppa. It’s been a really warm day and I was thinking green or maybe oolong but I picked this out for some reason.
I’m not really big on chocolate teas generally, to me they seem disappointing but I thought this might perk me up. When sugar and soymilk is added to this, I like it much better and it has a creamy, nutty flavor. The chocolate seems somehow “chalky” to me however. Overall it isn’t bad, especially for a dessert type of tea. Probably wouldn’t rush to restock this when the current supply is gone.
I still have quite a bit of this sample left that I purchased from PuerhShop.com, but I don’t know how well it is aging in a ziploc bag.
So this tea is 5 years old now and I think it is aging nicely so far. It still has a bit of wildness in the finish of the flavor, but is mostly mellow with nice woodsy flavors and a bit of smoke. I am drinking this out of the xiying teapot this morning, it’s been nice to revisit this one. I would consider buying a cake of this but maybe I should work on drinking more of the teas I have :)
Just sipping on this tea while I tried to break inertia and get a new blog post down today:
I got this puerh from Aroma Tea maybe 2 years ago? It isn’t on their website but they have a 2010 version that looks kind of similar. I was sold a piece of the cake that has long, pressed white tea leaves. It will be interesting to see how this ages. Right now it reminds me of a yao bo, with some hay like qualities and a nice sweetness that is reminiscent of peaches. When steeped for longer periods it also has a nutty quality which is very nice. So far, 3 steeps and counting. Now I really need to go do something productive today.
Ugh… I definitely overdid it on the caffeine yesterday because I couldn’t fall asleep until 2 am and then had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. I had to start the morning off with a coffee and now I’m drinking this brew, which I haven’t had for a long time.
Mark T. Wendell has some very solid teas, especially black teas. I’m surprised they aren’t more popular on Steepster. I was thinking about ordering some of their assam recently, but there’s so many places for me to buy tea in San Francisco it seems a bit ridiculous to have it shipped all the way from Massachusetts unless I’m ordering a bunch of stuff.
Anyway, this is a blend of black teas with formosa oolong, and that gives it a lighter and more fruity taste. This is a good afternoon tea, or a lighter morning tea. I find it very flavorful. This morning I am getting lovely malty notes. I shouldn’t be neglecting this so much, it’s really a delightful cuppa. I’d get this again if I place another order with MTW.
hmm, I doubt I really need any more caffeine today but I just have so much tea & I want to be drinking more of my pu’erhs right now. It’s been a VERY warm day here in the city by the bay… now that the weather has cooled down and I’ve had dinner it seems like a nice shu is in order.
After a quick rinse I brewed this up in the yixing teapot. I haven’t had this in quite some time. It has a fragrance of coffee and fresh earth. It isn’t as sweet as some shus I’ve had, but I don’t think it’s quite as fermented either. I did 2 steeps at around 30 seconds and am getting a very mellow tea that’s got elements of dark mushroom and chocolates. I am perfectly happy letting Mandala pick most of my puerhs for me so I don’t have to guess anymore about which ones are good. Yes I am lazy but all it takes is a few bad ones and money wasted…. this is nice. :)
This was my big indulgence for the day, I was being spendthrifty, which is not good for someone who’s unemployed but somehow it needed to be done and it was difficult to resist! As I am looking at the website for Market Hall Foods, I see that their price for a tin of this is about 1/3 cheaper than at Chantal Guillon so I don’t think I will be looking at CG for my future tea purchases. Even Dean and Deluca is cheaper. sigh
Generally I have found the MF teas that I’ve tried to be not worth their hefty price tags. I really wanted to try the Plein Lune, which was out of stock. I ended up getting this based on the smell of the dry leaf, and I don’t have a good vanilla tea at the moment.
I don’t know how long this cup steeped for because I forgot to set the timer. I was definitely not disappointed in this one. It has a smooth, almost velvety texture and the flavor is definitely vanilla as well as caramel. This is a really nice tea for the afternoon, or for an after dinner tea. I can drink it plain but it was also nice with a splash of soymilk. Doesn’t need sugar at all in my opinion. It doesn’t seem as “fakey” as a lot of vanilla teas I’ve tried. It’s elegant, even the name is elegant to me. It’s nice that I’ve found something from M.F. that I’m really fond of… but still not sure it was worth the price I paid for it. I will savor this one as an elegant treat. It will go very nicely with cookies, I think. I’m a happy camper! I need another cup of this now…
I had lunch with a friend in Hayes Valley today and couldn’t resist stopping into the shop Chantal Guillon, which has a large selection of macarons, and more importantly: Mariage Freres teas. I ended up getting this to go and I have to say it was a disappointment. I didn’t get the flavors that others picked up but I feel my cup was underleafed, perhaps. I had one teabag for approximately a 12 oz. cup of hot water. To me it just seemed very light, with faint cocoa and nutty notes. I wish I could try making this myself without having to buy a whole tin of it. Not giving it a rating for now.