1900 Tasting Notes
Happy New Year’s Steepster!
I thought I’d start my day off with this yummy tea, it’s one of my favorites. Lovely day. :)
I’ve been busy today – made corn muffins that just came out of the oven that I plan to have with the black eyed peas I’ll make tomorrow. I decided to have one of the corn muffins along with this tea. The flavoring isn’t as strong as it used to be, but that’s because it’s taken me a while to drink it. :)
I also wrote a new blog post about tea in Baltimore if anyone wants to read it:
Thanks to Verdant for sending me a free sample of this tea – sorry I am just getting around to trying it now. Dancongs do not tend to be a favorite of mine but I thought I would try this with an open mind. :)
I did a quick rinse and then dumped the whole sample into my gaiwan, did a quick rinse. The wet leaf smells fruity, a lot like an oolong.
I steeped the tea for around 30 seconds and got a very light colored infusion. Aroma smells a bit of honey and caramel which is very nice. The flavor of the tea is fruity, reminds me of sesame but also has a slightly bittersweet aftertaste that really cleanses the palate. It is quite oolong-y in character as others have mentioned.
2nd steep I think might have been around 45 seconds, but I lost track of time looking up recipes for black eyed peas. :) It’s interesting that the fruity notes are fading and I am getting a bready/malty sort of quality, but the bitterness is too strong here so I think the shorter steep is a better idea.
This has been a fun tea to try and Verdant has some interesting selections.
Tea of the morning here — finishing off this nice sample from Harney and Sons. I think keemun might be growing on me a bit, but I definitely like it better in a blend. This is rich, dark and hefty. This time I am picking up a bit on the slight piney-smoke.
Happy New Year’s Eve! Not sure what I will be doing tonight, in San Francisco NYE is so crowded and it costs a fortune to go anywhere and forget public transportation or trying to get a cab. Might spend a quiet evening with family or at home drinking tea. Have a great one!
I found this tea in Baltimore and couldn’t resist picking it up.
It is brisk but not bitter, I am drinking mine with milk so I think that helps with the briskness. It isn’t my favorite Ceylon but is still pretty good. Slightly woody and earthy. I did try sipping on it plain and it was okay that way but I think I prefer it with soymilk. I also forgot how long I steeped this for so it got pretty strong, might try and steep a little less time in the future because it probably lost a lot of its subtlety.
Back from the East Coast – very tired after an early morning flight but can’t sleep for some reason, so I think it must be time for a nice cuppa. I finished reading this book “The Red Princess” about the tumultuous life of the Russian princess Sofka Dolgorouky. This seemed like a good tea to drink after finishing the book! Nice for a foggy day in SF. Is anyone else on Goodreads? Let me know!
Tea of the mid-morning here… I got this for Dad last Christmas and he has barely touched it, I don’t know why. I think he likes the cheap stuff in the teabag. :)
Even though this is a year old it is still pretty tasty, broth-like and reminds me of spinach. I like it! See previous notes for more details.
I am drinking this at my parent’s house and don’t have too much to say, it is barely worth writing about. Anyway the weather is yucky, snow/rain so I thought I’d have a cuppa. This seems like a Chinese green tea, mildy vegetal and slightly astringent. Would not recommend but I bet it’s cheap. ;-)
Merry Christmas evening Steepster!
This is the 2nd year I’ve gotten Teavana tea gifts from by brother. It isn’t my favorite place to buy tea, but I will not look a gift horse or a gift tea in the mouth. :-P
This is one I haven’t had before and thought I’d brew some up tonight after a long day filled with food & presents. I am tasting mostly lemon in this with a little bit of strawberry and apple. It’s pretty tart but probably very full of vitamin C. My gift also included a bag of the rock sugar so I threw a few of the little pieces into my cup and that made this more palatable. I actually liked this better than I thought I would but I’m not sure I will need anymore once this supply runs out. I bet it would be good mixed with green tea so I might need to try that.
My gift to myself included a subscription to the BBC History magazine on the Kindle so I might have to curl up later with that and some more tea. :)