1768 Tasting Notes
Oh my! This is such a treat! And it ceases from the generous K S. Many thanks!
It is after two a.m., I can’t sleep, and I can’t put down the book I am reading. (The Art of Racing in the Rain, gmathis!) Since I can’t sleep, most likely because of all the caffeine I imbibed earlier, isn’t it a great idea to get up and make MORE TEA?
This one has been teasing me, though, so I had to have it. I was determined to try the white buds puerh first, and I did that, but I sniffed this one you see and it started tantalizing me. This is amazingly sweet and good.
I don’t think I have ever had a berry flavored Sencha, so I am thrilled with this one. Smooth, sweet, and fruity fruity fruity. And I am finally getting sleepy, so maybe the L- theanine is kicking in. Sam and I will head off to bed now. :) Right after I check Tin Roof Teas website to see if they have this…
At last, the moment I have been waiting for! I wanted to taste this one when I could concentrate on it, treat it with careful attention, and squeeze every last possible steep out of it. This is a gift from K S. Thank you!
The leaves seemed to have a sweet, fruity smell. Either that is the melon K S was referring to, or the bag picked up a little of the scent of the Superfruit Sencha. If the latter is the case, I am pleased to say that I believe the taste is unadulterated. As I pour the hot water over the leaves, there is foam, like suds, but I didn’t use soap on this pot and as usual I rinsed it several times before using it tonight. Each steep got a new little froth at the top of the pot. Odd thing to happen, but this doesn’t taste soapy at all, so I have no idea what it is doing.
I have only had one or two shengs. This one is smoother than Ziyun Puerh Maocha, but has that same top note of brash youth one finds in shengs. It is in the aroma only, not in the taste. It really looks and almost smells like a sturdy white tea, but the sheng flavor is there for certain. My first impression was that this isn’t quite like anything I have tried before. As I tried to come up with descriptors, broth came to mind. I could really see using this a soup base and adding some spring onions and chives and soft wonton wrappers and sweet crunchy vegetables. Yes, it would make a wonderful spring soup base!
There is a strong grain flavor, too. I think it is oats that I taste most here. I am not getting cucumber right now. We’ll see if that comes up in later steeps!
Steep two: this is heartier, and I taste the maltiness more. The tea seems dark (in character, weightiness) and oaty as I sip. Now in the aroma, if I Inhale really deeply, there is a fruitiness. That must be the cucumber. They always seem so fresh and crisp and that is mixed with the salty oat flavor.
Steep three: The color remains strong, this tastes salty! Lovely oats and broth, warm white bud or silver needle flavor, mixed with sheng.
Thank you, K S, for a really neat tea experience and for the opportunity to taste such an unusual tea! When I stop sloshing, I may go for another steep!
I saved the leaves late last night for resteeping today, because you just shouldn’t waste good leaves. Youngest made these two steeps for me as I took pooch across the street for a playdate and to have a nice break from cleaning out all the school cabinets and getting our books ready for the new homeschooling year.
The second steep is still rich and tasty. Who would have believed that a delicate white tea could have such presence? I found it to be a little nuttier than the first steep. The third steep is especially nutty – definitely walnuts, now. This is pairing nicely with our Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.
On a side note, my friend Marsha just joined steepster and I gave her a big box of tea to start reviewing! I am luring her to the loose (leaf) side. If you have a moment, find her and follow her! Her username is The Marshain!
I found another sample packet of this from Teavivre and chucked the whole thing in to steep since my daughter visited tonight and wanted to have tea together. This was refreshing and lovely. The most memorable part of this tea to me was how it seemed to dance over my tongue, like it was washing over but not really touching. It was an interesting and very enjoyable sensation, and there was such a freshness to the cup. Sweet, sweet grass or hay, fresh snowmelt, the barest hint of nut…
In the past I have noted a slight drying sensation or astringency as the tea cooled, but I didn’t pick that up at all tonight. (Maybe we drank it too quickly for it to cool to that point.) Just refreshing, clean, pure white tea.
This was the final tea served at tea party yesterday, and while I love it, I was too busy downing that huge pot of Formosa Oolong and didn’t get around to drinking this! My guest had one cup of it, then went back to drinking Anna’s by Tin Roof Tea because she was really in love with it.
I had planned to make some of my new samples today when I remembered the leftover pot of tea. I didn’t want to be wasteful so I reheated this and have been sipping away at it all morning.
When I heated it and the aroma began to float from the cup, I thought, now THAT is tea. This is a good quality cup of what you expect tea to be. This Keemun isn’t chocolate-y, I don’t pick up lots of cocoa, and it really isn’t smoky. It does have a Winey tang to it that is very pleasant, but it is not astringent or drying. I take it without milk and sugar.
I made an extra large pot of this today because I remembered that my guest loved it last time. Today, however, she loved the Anna’s tea so much that I drank mostly this so she could have more of her favorite! I have really been craving oolongs lately, so I didn’t mind!
It was no sacrifice. This is a lovely Formosa oolong and as usual, GRT does it right. My tin is almost empty, but I will keep it because the labels are so cool!
This was the first tea of tea party today and it was my guest’s favorite tea of the bunch! We served it with home made pound cake made from freshly ground soft white wheat and topped with sugared strawberries.
The aroma of this tea is lovely, and the neatest thing about it is how the yogurt aspect of it comes across. When you sniff the tea, there is a nice black tea base well-balanced with the raspberry flavor, and then the yogurt adds this creamy tang, even in the scent. It is smooth and good! Definitely a keeper.
This is one of the first Harney and Sons loose leaf teas I ever bought. My youngest daughter was really hooked on IB from A Southern Season so I wanted to try this. Foolish little tea baby that I was, I thought it was too strong, and we were drinking it with milk and sugar! Oh, how we grow and change! It turns out the SS one was weak.
I ground a batch of wheat today and made a pound cake (still in oven) and then we started experimenting with a single serving deep dish instant chocolate chip cookie recipe I had found. I wanted a tea that would stand up to the ncredible sweetness of this and offset it.
This is fantastic with it! The pure Assam is somewhat fruity and nicely malty. I am drinking mine without milk or sugar. The sweetness of the cookie would be far too much for me with a sweetened tea. This cuppa has good heft but isn’t brutal, just bracing. It is a very nice choice to pair with sweets in addition to being a very good breakfast milk and sugar cuppa.
I got a surprise in the mail yesterday! K S so generously sent me this tea and several others to try! Thank you!
Since this is one that is supposed to resteep well, I decided to gong fu steep it today. As soon as I smelled that first steep, I knew I had to call youngest in to try it with me. This is exactly the kind of tea she loves! I still find it astounding that my youngest child loves smokey tea and strong cheese!
I believe this is only my second Bohea ever; the first one, if I recall correctly, was a sample sent by TeaEqualsBliss on my very first ever steepster swap! I wanted to try Bohea because of its history, but I love its taste now that I am over my fear of smokey tea. It took about six months of sniffing Lapsangs at the tea shop before I had the courage to try one!
This tea has a thinner body or texture than Baker Street, a similar level of smoke, and it is oh so sweet! This is delicious! I would say this is just a hint less smokey than the Teavivre Lapsang. We had two good, strong steeps, and now a third that is much lighter but still tasty and still has a sweet smoke. But something strange is happening to the texture…good strange! I think of Baker Street as being CHEWY because of how much body it has, and this one was not chewy. Now however, the third steep, while lighter in flavor, seems to be coating my lips and mouth with a buttery smooth taste that I can only liken to a later steep of Mengku Palace Ripened Godlen Buds Puerh, which I have compared to old beams polished with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Would someone please express that better for me? LOL! I really like it, but my description does not sound appealing even though it IS!
So…thank you, K S, for this morning’s tea adventure and for this delicious tea!
I am saving the last of my lightly sweetened pitcher for a friend who might come over tomorrow, so with supper tonight I am having the very sweet one. Though I call it very sweet, it has half the sugar my mother used to put in her iced tea. Hubby agreed to take a sip, and he doesn’t drink much iced tea anymore because he loves sugar, but this one got him. He didn’t give it back to me at first, sipped a bit more, then said, “Wow, this is soooo smooth.”
And even though I have largely given up sugar in my tea, this is so good it is making me weak in the knees. I don’t know why, but the teas reach a state of absolute perfection in the fridge a couple of days after you hot brew them. Definitely ordering more, and trying more of the flavors.
Edited to add: Just offered hubby some more of the tea. He points out the most gigantic drinking glass we own, now empty, but apparently moments ago filled with this tea. I guess I better order some more quickly!