2185 Tasting Notes
Another gongfu session with Equusfell today, this time with my new bamboo draining tea tray. My tea pets can get some love now, yay!
I felt pretty much the same abou tthis as the first time I had it. Roasty to the point of almost bitter charcoal, vegetal, a bit nutty. The first steep had some elements of sweetness to it, but it faded pretty quickly. Got a bit boring in the later steeps.
I drank this one a couple of times in the last week, including once today, so I figured I should log it. I’ve kind of been meh on hot green teas of any kind lately, but this one is different. The base is nice, the rose is nice, they work well together. I should remember to drink this one more often.
I was having my typical indecision of what to drink this morning. Do I try to drink up some old teas? Try to clear out some low-volume teas that are near-ish to sipdowns (although I don’t really have hardly any that are truly near to sipdowns)? But I didn’t really feel like doing either of those. Finally I said screw it, I am drinking a tea I love that I haven’t gotten to drink regularly since I was doing the chronological sip-through of my cupboard. This tea should be logged way more times than it is, mostly because I drink it and don’t really have much else to say about it. I love it, it’s awesome, I want to drink it all the time. I’m already almost halfway through the 100g I bought of it last fall, and that never happens in my tea cupboard. This morning it was delicious as always.
So I clearly messed up my gongfu of this one the last time I had it, because my western steep of this yesterday was spectacular. It smelled and tasted like the epitome of a luscious spring TGY. The florals, the butteriness, the candy sweetness, it was all there. The kind of tea I just want to stick my nose in and not come out of. Really amazing. I love the richness of TGYs steeped western style, when you get all the flavors in one lovely cup. Some teas get muddied up that way (thinking of puerhs and even some white teas), but not TGYs, in my opinion.
I’m not sure what happened with my first cup of this. Maybe my adjusted steeping parameters made all the difference. But this cup was significantly more tasty than my first one. Lots of sweetness, butteriness, and creaminess; it did remind me a fair amount of kettle corn. This was a delight to drink, and definitely impressive. I would place this one and ATR’s Milk Oolong in the same category, but I’d have to drink them back to back to really do a good comparison. Acutally I drank ATR’s yesterday so I almost did just that, but I’m afraid I didn’t pay good enough attention to either tea to suss out the specifics. But I’m glad to have gotten a great cup out of this one this time.
Finally finished this one up today. I had bought some of this to try it out because a Jin Xuan processed as a black tea intrigued me. But it turns out I’m not the hugest fan of Taiwanese black teas, and this was definitely a somewhat typical Taiwanese black. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the sweetness and grains that it has, but there were some other notes that didn’t sit quite right with me. Glad to have tried it, though.
Finally drinking up the rest of this tea. I got it in China years ago, and it really needed to be drunk. It aged well but green teas can only be hoarded so long. I don’t think I have any jasmine green teas left in my cupboard (just a little Yunnan White Jasmine), which is weird, but I rarely crave them anyway. I may not buy another until I end up in China again!
I decided that this, brewed hot, wasn’t really my favorite (something about the base) so I cold steeped the rest of my ounce. It was quite delicious that way. For the very end I had slightly less than needed for a cold brew, so I supplemented with some bonus caramel tea and a touch of Earl Grey. It was very tasty! Makes me think I should do caramel EG cold steeps just to see how come out.
Had the last of this sample this morning. As always, I had a little more than I would usually use, so I dropped by steep time a bit. It was pretty tasty, although I find the flavor combo a touch overwhelming. Perhaps it is the lavender, even though it (thankfully) isn’t a very strong flavor. Still, a pleasant tea.