2055 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning here, I can usually count on a Simpson & Vail tea as a reliable morning cuppa. I’m not getting as much grape flavor this time around but I may not have steeped it for as long as I usually do. I wonder who Duke Cardiff was/is? Couldn’t find anything with a quick search on Google, might be fun to find out. :)
2nd tea of the afternoon here. I ordered a package from Butiki and my greedy little hands were sad I did not get it today! I want to try the eggnog tea.. and the plum pudding… and …
This is a really good oolong and has some tasty flavors going for it. I am partial to drinking this with soymilk, which perhaps makes me a look. :)
I also need to watch my caffeine intake in the afternoon, so this might be my last cup for a while.
I got this one last year, but I think red robes stay good for a while, for at least 5 years.
I’ve had two steeps of this and it’s still as good as I remember. Dark and toasty with an underlying fruitiness. I am slowing down on tea purchasing, does anyone believe it?
Happy New Year afternoon! This is a sipdown as I finally finished a tin of this. It’s vey good when it’s cold brewed with a dash of soymilk.
I’m really not Southern but I’m making a big old pot of black eyed peas and listening to the blues tonight. I just discovered this amazing woman Marcia Ball. Having my tasty creole peas, good tea and lots of good tunes!
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.