2154 Tasting Notes
Turns out I had one more gaiwan full of this tea, so happily I had a sipdown today!
This is an old harvest of this tea; maybe 2 years ago? So it’s good to finally finish it up. Even though it is old it still had great flavor. Nice and buttery, slightly floral, somewhat nutty. This one is super smooth and never had any rough edges at any temperature. Just nice and smooth, tasty dragonwell to have with some cheese and crackers after a long day of work.
teaching talking nonstop for 7hrs straight I have a sore throat and almost no voice. I hope I’m not getting sick. But I decided to have a nice cup of tea to sooth my throat after work anyway, and maybe give me enough energy not to pass out immediately.
I brewed this one gongfu style in a gaiwan but combined all the steeps into one cup. Too tired to futz with tasting individual steeps, but I wanted to varying my brewing and see how it changed the tea. I like it better this way; it is butterier, with almost lightly fruity notes, and as long as I drank it very warm or stone cold, it was much smoother and less harshly vegetal. For some reason the lukewarm was not pleasant, but once it got actually cold it was tasty again. Definitely a pleasant dragonwell.
Thanks again to Teavivre for the sample of this tea!
Morning pre-work (pre-toothbrushing! :D) tea. This worked a bit better because I used my single walled DavidsTea Perfect Mug, so the tea cooled faster and I could pick it up earlier with the handle. Still had to gulp it a bit at the end, but so it goes. It is worth it for the energy boost I get pre-class.
It’s kind of awesome having the “burden” of sipping down some of your favorite teas. If I sipdown this tea, it comes off my cupboard number, but it’s not too sad because once I get down to 100 I am restocking it immediately. This morning’s cup was particularly delicious. If I have to have this horrible schedule at least I will have my fave teas every morning.
I quick note on this before I pass out from exhaustion. I was thinking about the fact that I have pretty much no time for tea drinking with my current schedule, and how I want to do some sipdowns. I figured that I probably have enough time between getting up and starting teaching to drink a cup of tea (I don’t leave a ton of time in the morning; not a morning person). So I made a cup of this in my ceramic “travel” mug (it has a silicone lid). I ran into two issues with this plan:
1. There is a hairline crack in the mug which was hissing during the making of the tea, although it doesn’t seem to have allowed much if any liquid in between the double walls. Ugh I need a new travel mug, but can never find the perfect one (99% ceramic or glass on the inside).
2. I forgot that midway between waking up and getting to work I brush my teeth (after breakfast). I ended up drinking the tea rather quickly pre-toothbrushing, and I guess I will keep trying that for now, but otherwise I don’t know if I have enough time.
Ugh, two more weeks of this heinous schedule. Is it September yet?
Last time I had this I noted a somewhat harsh vegetal note at my usual brewing parameters and thought I should try modifying them… unfortunately I didn’t read that note before I brewed this one so this is the same as last time.
All in all a tasty dragonwell. Buttery and nutty, but it does show some roughness around the edges when brewed a bit strong. All in all I am happy to have some of this this afternoon while I try to digest the massive lunch I had (oof).
A day for penultimate cups. Pretty much everything has one cup left after the one I am drinking, including this one. I still have to try this one back to back with my Tan Yang that I brought back from Beijing, so I guess I will be doing that next time I have it! This is nice; sweet, malty, honeyed, grainy. This time I used a bit more tea in my cup and I was afraid it might come out too strong, but it was quite delicious. Certainly a high quality tan yang.
Awww sipdown. This was really tasty, and I ended up drinking it cold brew mostly because I knew I would drink it regularly and use this fairly old tea up before it fades too much. Lovely black currant, and while sometimes violet can be overwhelming for me, this one is nice and well-balanced. A delicious fruity and floral iced tea.
120 118 (eta: just discovered two teas which shouldn’t be in there!), which might be slightly cheating as I’m not counting teas that I have listed for sale. I’ve been hovering around 120 for a long time and I can never seem to hit 100… it’s like trying to lose those last 10 pounds! :P I want to make a smallish Dammann order soon, and I started thinking maybe I should wait until I hit 100 teas in my cupboard. This will be extra tough because I have almost no time to drink tea from now until August 22, so there’s that. But I guess maybe it can be a September purchase? We’ll see!
Mega exhausted after work today, so I decided to have a tea once at home, even though I would more normally be likely to have an alcoholic drink. I also needed a bit of raspberry leaf for reasons, and my favorite way to do raspberry leaf is to throw a bag into a cup of rose black tea. I still have this tea at home after picking it up at HomeGoods, so I used it. I had no fear of the raspberry leaf clouding the flavor of this tea, as it is perhaps one of the most intensely scented rose teas I’ve ever come across. That dry leaf is powerful.
I forgot that I have had this one before and enjoyed it. Well, I enjoyed it again. A very rosey, very nice tea, and it makes me really happy.
Tis’ the end of this tea. I would be sadder about it going away (since it is discontinued) if I didn’t have another one I liked a lot more. Even if the replacement tea is limited and highly inaccessible. So it goes! This made a tasty cold brew at the end, even though there is usually more spice than I would like in an iced tea (a bit of cinnamon).
When I first had this tea, I was contemplating quitting the blends club. I did, but have since rejoined (fickle, fickle, haha). It is blends like this that make me want to stay in (even though July’s box wasn’t my fave). Chocolatey, with bright berry flavor… just really tasty.
I am looking forward to next month’s box, which apparently will be vanilla themed.
Flavors: Berries, Chocolate