2182 Tasting Notes
Same as last year, this tea (#101) is still out of order on my cupboard, even though it too was purchased in Beijing in March of 2012. I guess I added it much later for some reason. I wish we could put “date purchased” on teas in the cupboard so that things like this wouldn’t be a problem, but then again there is a lot I wish about the cupboard page.
Anyway, I have several small vacuum sealed pouches of this tea, so one could say it is aging very well. It still tastes very fresh; sweet and floral and buttery and delicious. This was a tough purchase because the vendor spoke absolutely not a lick of English, but it was worth it. Yum.
I don’t usually have a green tea in the morning, but I make an exception for this tea (#102), which was purchased at the same time as the Tan Yang.
I’ve always liked how this tea isn’t just jasmine, but it has a lot of nuanced flavors from the green tea itself. Buttery, sweet, and others I can’t quite pinpoint. I know I should drink this one up even faster than the black teas, but it’s still hard to do, especially when the tea has as much flavor as it still does.
This tea, this tea (#103; technically Gardens of Anxi appears in my cupboard before this one, but I recently drank down my old stock of that, so I will drink some of the reblend when I get to it and Golden Earl). Bought March of 2012.
This is a true hoarding tea. I have looked for a replacement for this tea (I bought it on Maliandao in Beijing), but nothing is quite the same. I have for sure found other tasty Tan Yangs in my search, but nothing that really captures this one. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Even in it’s old age it is deliciously sweet and honeyed, although I know its former glory has faded a bit. Perhaps I should drink it up before it ages any more, and then its sadder because I didn’t drink what I had while it was still delicious.
Next on the tour, we have this Argentinian tea (#104). It was purchased in September of 2011. It looks like a cheap, nasty CTC, but it always brews smooth and sweet with no touch of astringency, so I always enjoy my cup of it. I am pleased to find that this cup was still very delicious, although perhaps slightly less currant-y than before. Still, not bad for an old tea that doesn’t look like good leaf in the first place.
Next oldest tea (#105), and this one it’s really hard to believe it’s as old as it is. Still full of flavor and totally delicious. Love the combo of marzipan-y almond and cranberry.
I’ve just noticed an interesting trend (after two teas, lol), in that all my oldest teas are my highest rated. I’ve gotten rid of (i.e., sipped down) all the ones I don’t care for that are older, it’s just my favorites that I can’t bring myself to sip down…
I’m not going to lie: I’ve been avoiding Steepster. I’m just not having the fun with it that I used to. There’s a lot of nonfunctionality, and a lot of people complaining about nonfunctionality. That and I’m just not as tea-obsessed as I once was. I hardly looked at it over the holidays. Sorry if I missed anything major. I did come back to find that the cupboard sort feature is working again, so that’s awesome.
I did come back because I promised myself that I would do a taste-through of my cupboard from oldest tea to youngest. It helps me assess whether some old teas still have enough flavor to keep around, and also reminds me of everything in my cupboard, some of which I rarely get around to drinking. I am going to log notes on them to keep track. I did this at the beginning of last year, and it was fun (it also took me a really long time). The oldest tea in my cupboard this year is the same as it was last year, though looking back at my notes there are definitely a lot of old ones I sipped down last year.
So here it is, the oldest tea in my cupboard (#106). It’s probably… 3 years old? It’s hard to say. It still smells amazing while it’s brewing. It tastes pretty good. Not as good as it did when it was young, but pretty good. I have a decent amount of this at home still, and I will have to remember to brew it strong with milk and sugar, I think, to really get some flavor out of it. The almond-chocolate-caramel of this was always delicious, although I obviously don’t reach for it as frequently as I should if it was going to be a restock/cupboard staple.
ETA: Now that I think about it, this tea has got to be closer to 4 years old, or at least 3 and a half. I’ve got some ooooold teas.
Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 24
Merry Christmas everyone! I saved this tea for today!
More cherry, of course. They love their cherry! Anyway, I drank this one with breakfast and it was pretty tasty despite the cherry. I am once again sad that the calendar is over!
Also I drank this out of a new handmade tea mug that I got for Christmas!
Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 23
It seems the French like cherries around Christmas, or at least there are a lot of teas with cherry in the calendar. Given that I don’t really care for cherry, that makes it a little tough for me sometimes, but apparently Dammann can get me to enjoy even cherry.
I drank this one and liked it this year. Yes, there was cherry, but it wasn’t too fakey and it paired nicely with the marzipan and light spices. Apparently last year I found it similarly drinkable despite the cherry.
I’m probably going to save the christmas tea (today’s tea) for tomorrow on Christmas!
Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 21
I totally thought I had never tried this one before, but apparently I have. You could have fooled me. Reading my old tasting notes, I think my sample before was not in the best condition, as it was contaminated on the first steeping and flavorless on the second.
Well, this is certainly not flavorless. I may not be super into flavored green teas at the moment, but I do like the blend of bergamot and peach here. And a hint of rose? Yes please. I bet this would be super delicious iced, which is how I do prefer my flavored greens. Glad to have gotten to try this one again and really appreciate it.