1700 Tasting Notes
This is really good. The base is very sweet and fruity and it reminds me of the mouthfeel I got from Tardis. There’s a bit of astringency at the end of each sip, but it’s pleasant. The bergamot is just a touch strong, but it seemed to mellow out as it cooled a bit.
Yes. I think Steven Smith teas are something to keep an eye out for! Hard to say whether I like this more than Tardis, or Mount Gray as they have similiar profiles, yet are still unique. Stock up on all three?
I’m resteeping my second cup of this now. I have so much tea that I’d like to drink and enjoy, but I also don’t want to waste the stuff that I have.
So, I’m going to resteep this at least once!
It tasted much like I expected: warm yunnan notes balanced against a bit of earthiness. And, for some reason, I get a touch of smoke at the end of the sip. I really enjoy Yunnans so it was nice to try this as I’m trying to get used to unflavoured puerh. I’m not sure I would buy more of this as I prefer Yunnans but it’s nice to mix things up, and I wouldn’t say no to a cuppa.
Thanks JustJames for giving me such a generous sample! I’ve got several cups (+resteeps!) of this to look forward to!
And there’s my sipdown for today. (159)
I meant to make this last longer but it was just so darned tasty and I said why not have it again. :) I get a sipdown, and a great cuppa! WIN.
ETA: I really really enjoyed A&D’s Mount Gray yesterday, but this one is equally impressive. I practically have blueberry mouthfeel in each sip! And I know it’s not blueberries in this blend, but I don’t care!
We had company over so there wasn’t anywhere to really hang out once the baby was up, so I took her out for a walk and ended up at the mall. I meant to grab a go-cup of something with caffeine but grabbed this instead. I shared it with the baby and she really seemed to enjoy it, so after wandering around for another hour, I went back and bought 50g of this and agave.
Should this count for breaking my tea buying hiatus? I say…. no. :P Haha. I figure it was for the baby, and the guests we’ll have over tonight and I think 50g will only work for 2 large pitchers anyway. But the point is I didn’t buy it for me. So I’ve been good! Bwahahaha.
ETA: When I was in DavidsTea I was trying to convince the salesperson to join Steepster as it is so amazing and awesome. She said she’d check it out, but if I was thinking I would have told her who I am there too. IF she does join, how will I find her? :P Whoops
Sipdown! (155) – I decided to keep displaying my numbers when I do a sipdown so I can stay focused on bring that back down to a reasonable number!
I’m usually always in the mood for a black tea, but this was perfect for the afternoon. It smells like peaches and it tastes like cream. I think I’d be interested in getting this in the future but only if I manage to find it in some crazy sale like Sil did. :)
So I’m drinking this now although I’m really not in the mood for it. It’s just freezing in the office and I decided to wear a dress for some silly reason. And the tea keeps me warm, but after 40oz of A&D’s Mount Grey and Verdant’s Yabao, I figure I better have something herbal/rooibos.
It’s ok. Less special the more I have it.
Well! Who knew? This is an Earl Grey (Gray?) that I really enjoy! The bergamot is strong but doesn’t cross the line and make me think of perfume. The base is strong, and I’m getting some kind of fruity notes as well! Fun!
Now, I just need to remind myself that THERE WILL BE OTHER SALES. I don’t want to order this tin before I’ve tried the other teas from A&D. What if Caravan is my fav? Or Double Knit?
But yes. I think that I would like some of this in the future!
Thank you TerriHarpLady
Now I have to listen to Picard ordering tea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2IJdfxWtPM
ETA: Apparently this is also a sipdown (156). I finished my last cup and immediately wanted MOAR so I brewed up the last of my sample. Added to my shopping list.
Ok, so I really wanted this tea to work – it’s very pretty to look at, and it smells good. I cold-steeped it overnight and am enjoying it now.
The flavours are very mild, but I’m definitely getting pepper in it. It’s also slightly floral and creamy. I can just about taste the marshmallow notes. Mmmm. This is definitely a very nice tea when it is iced. I’m glad I can actually taste it this time!
I don’t really see how you can call this a puerh as it definitely reminds me of white tea and only white tea – it’s all flowers and lightness, not dark dank earth. I’m not really complaining though because that was what I expected from the description!
ETA:* After my success icing this tea overnight, I thought I’d better try it hot too! And it’s still great. And very peppery! I’m not getting the floral notes as much, but it’s still a bit creamy. And a little tough to describe. I wonder if I used up too much of the leaves cold-steeping it last night?