293 Tasting Notes
Well I have to agree with my fellow Steepsterites about this one. I have to admit certain people influence my purchases. I only got a sample of this because I am not familiar with Darjeeling. I should buy more. The dried leaf smells heavenly. Of springtime. Sunshine. The brew is utterly intoxicating. I have 3 samples of FF Darrjeeling from Upton and this is the clear winner. This is truly a winner.
This is my first tea other than Lipton in many days. All through Memorial Day weekend I was feeling fluish. Sick. I had know idea how sick I could get. Finally on Wednesday I called my Mother and she took me to a doctor. When he took my blood pressure and it was 50 over 35 it was off to the emergency room. After explaining my pains, the nurse asked me if I was bit by a tick. I said yes. According to my symptoms they treated me for Ehrlichiosis. The IVs went in and it was 5 days of intense fever, coughing and body aches from hell. This is my first good tea since then. I am sipping it slowing. I will comment more in depth later when my sense of taste returns. In the meantime, this tea has made me feel so much better.
I love starting my day with a cup of this wonderful tea. I am always generous with steep times which borders between 6 and 8 minutes. The result as always is splendid. There are dark fruit notes with a touch of smoke. Rich, invigorating and flavorful. All in all this is a very nice tea. I am now deciding on a Darjeeling order from Upton. Lately my fellow Steepsterites have made me very thirsty for some….
This is what I chose to rejuvenate myself. I brewed this basket-style for 3 minutes. I wanted this to be strong and flavorful and it is. This is one of the better Dragon Wells that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. It is an opener of the eyes and the mind. The dried leaves look very fresh even though this is a harvest from 2011. When I drink this tea I feel I am sipping something very special.
This tea is developing a bite since last time I indulged. The flavor profile has remained the same. The calm, soothing feeling has intensified. This is a Sheng that I recommend for late evenings. I drank 2 steepings from my Yixing and started to feel sleepy. So it’s back to the tea cabinet for some late noon rejuvination. My third steeping will stay in the Yixing for a few hours and we will see where that goes….
Another beautiful Sheng. I tried yesterday to buy the whole cake and it was sold out. All of the Xizhihao were sold out on JAS eTea. He who hesitates is lost. My loss.
I let this steep for 5 minutes in the Yixing and I knew what to expect. A strong, dark very flavorful brew. No rinse. This went straight to my head. I could feel this tea immediately. I noticed a vast improvement since my last tasting. I have several young Shu such as this that I will sip from time to time to see how they are aging. This one is getting there. Another raising of the score….
Everything you could ask for of a black tea. See my previous notes and all of the others who have loved this wonderful selection. I still have a touch left of last years spring picking. I would love to do a side by side tasting. This is an awesome tea.