514 Tasting Notes
My friend Colin was often in China for work. I just recently found this out. I told him I was looking for tea. He sent this to me as it is one of his favorites. Of course, now that I know about his whole often in China thing, and that he loves tea and would send me tea (and wouldn’t let me pay him for it!!!) then he gets a new job and I no longer have a source to pick me up tea. Ah well.
This tea actually has a date on the side of the vacuum sealed bag of 2014.12.3 so it’s quite fresh. And it looks and tastes like it’s that fresh.
It’s very green tasting, like a cross between spinach and green beans, not quite either, but definitely some of both. It’s almost slippery it’s so buttery. I’m loving it.
This is both energizing and comforting in the the same mug. I am working from home today and pretty busy, so I didn’t really have time to pull out the small tea set he sent me to make this tea in, but it’s definitely on my to do list. (Yeah, Colin wouldn’t let me pay for that, either. Or any of the other teas he sent.)
This is a very nice oolong. Thank you so much, Stacy, for sending me this sample. (I read afterward that this is normally not available as a sample, so QUADRUPLE THANKS!!)
I did mine western style, but I imagine this would have been even more amazing gongfu style.
It started with very rich roasty notes, like deep dark chocolate. mmmm. The sip somehow left that darkness behind, ending almost a touch sweet, almost sweet, kind of like when you’re making caramel and the phone rings so you get pulled away at just the wrong moment, and it gets too dark, but somehow you managed to save it before it was black but it’s still almost there, too dark for what you wanted to use it for, but still good for something.
It lingers. It envelops. It made me yearn for another sip. And another, until I was almost gulping it down. I really enjoyed this.
the resteep didn’t taste quite as dark chocolaty, instead being more roasty toasty, but the not quite sweet was still there.
I liked this tea a lot, but perhaps not quite as much as I built it up to be.
I tried it unsweetened at first, and it was decent, but I wasn’t really getting the pistachio like i’d hoped to. Then I added a little sweetness to it, and it was transformed. Not quite ice cream, but quite nice and creamy, and I finally could taste the pistachio.
I don’t know if I’d order this one, but I’m really glad that Stacy sent me a sample of it to try. I definitely wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered to me.
ETA – I’ve resteeped this and added just the barest touch of sweetener. I like it better that way, and the resteep is still nice.
Definitely remember to add just a touch of sugar to this tea. It makes an outstanding tea that much better.
This tea is great for waking up. I love the juiciness of the blackberry (this is why you need the sugar. It really wakes up the blackberry) and the perfect balance of the lime. So yummy!!!
I made up some of this in my carry mug and took it with me to Relay For Life yesterday. I’m really glad I did. It was a perfect tea for warming back up. I also love that in the carry mug I can smell the tea and taste it. (Of course, please don’t try to drink tea from the travel mug while the driver is accelerating. I wound up wearing a little bit of tea. (Not too much, but still.))
This tea makes the morning so much better. I am not a morning person, so if I say that, it really does help. I should try adding a little touch of sugar to this one. I’ll probably do that when I’m getting toward the end of the mug. (I’m only partway in so far. I just enjoy it so much I want to tell you about it now.)
Heading out in a little bit to our Relay For Life. I’ve managed to raise over $1000 in only two weeks this year. I started much later than I normally do, so I’m pleased with how well I’ve done. Unfortunately, it’s a chilly day here, with a good chance of rain. This is now how I want to spend the day outside. (This is part of why I’m taking it easy and enjoying my tea this morning. I’ll also probably take a few mugs of tea with me in travel mugs and my carry mug because I can.) (And if you wanted to donate the American Cancer Society, let me know and I’ll PM you my link.)
Okay, I added a touch of sugar to this tea when the mug was half full. Why didn’t I do this earlier?!?! Mostly, because I don’t generally sweeten anything. This tea is somehow even better with just a few crystals of sugar. Just a few, mind you, and it becomes amazing. I really need to remember to trust Stacy when she tells me to add just a touch of sugar.
I only ordered a little bit of this tea. I think I’m going to need more in a week. I guess I should try these samples Stacy has sent so that I know what I want to order.
This is nice. I had just enough for one mug of it, and tonight was the night. I hate drinking boiling hot teas, so I let this one sit some to cool, and wow, it is perfect. It’s nice and chocolaty. it’s not something I would want all the time, but on occasion, this would be a nice treat.
I decided to add some milk to see if that would make it more like a hot chocolate, since it’s really chocolate, but I’ve decided that it was better without. Ah well.