1989 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Teavivre for this sample. I actually tried this tea last night in a gongfu session but did not write about it because I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. See, it was really quite bland and uninteresting. Kind of vegetal, but otherwise I couldn’t get much flavor out of it. Perhaps I should have used a smaller brewing vessel, but I dunno.
So, I decided to do a western steep of this. Mash all the flavors together and see what comes out, haha. Unfortunately for me this is still sort of uninteresting. It SMELLS divine. Floral, buttery, creamy. But the flavor falls flat. It is so light, barely there. Slightly floral, a bit vegetal; very similar to the gongfu steeps last night. Perhaps I’m just not one for Ali Shans (I’ve never been wild for them in the past). Other people rave about the flavors in this one so I think it must just be me. I have one more sample pouch of this; perhaps I will try it in a gaiwan session with it.
Mmm, now this is a yunnan tea I can get behind. Sweet and a bit nutty, with hay and squash notes. Malty and sweet potato-y. This is one of those teas that I enjoyed so much that I drank it down without thinking about it too much, and it was suddenly gone before I was ready. Thanks for sending this one along, Sil!
Sipdown, 125. Thanks again to Yezi Tea for this sample.
I brewed this one a bit longer this time to try to bring out the richness in it, but I think I would have been better off with a higher leaf-to-water ratio. It was still quite tasty, but perhaps not as sweet and nuanced as my previous cup. The added boldness also came with a slight rough-around-the-edges quality. I still really enjoyed my cup, though!
Another tea from Sil! Thanks! I never picked up this one from DF because although I love rhubarb, I am not huge on strawberry-flavored things (I do love fresh strawberries).
This one was less successful for me than many other Dammann teas that I’ve tried. Not sure why; there was almost something weird about the base blend, which usually is invariant across their teas. It had almost a hint of astringency to it, which it never has. Maybe the tartness of the rhubarb was messing with my mind? That said the flavoring is definitely well done in my opinion, with nice authentic strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Glad I never picked up a full pack of this one, but I wasn’t really in danger of doing that anyway. It does help me toward what seems to be my quest to try all of DF’s teas, though, haha.
Sipdown, 126. I drank the last of my sample pouch of this today. I do still have two individual small samples of this, but those are the spread-the-world “gift” pouches that I am supposed to pass on to others, so I will save them for future swaps, and I am counting this as a sipdown.
I had it with a bit of maple syrup, which was divine. I still think I probably shouldn’t drink assams (Kenyan teas being the C. sinensis assamica varietal of the tea bush) on a nearly empty stomach (with just some cereal) because my stomach wasn’t too happy with me after a pot of this. Still, it was quite tasty. Thanks again to JusTea for this sample… I just saw that they have some neat Christmas gifts on their site now, if you missed the crowdsourcing campaign they had earlier!
My tea consumption is going to be kind of limited for the next three weeks as I try to get down to my Black Friday goal. Fortunately, there is a lot of great tea in that limited list of about 36 teas. This is one of them. Usual caveats apply: traditional TGYs aren’t my favorite, and I greatly prefer the super-green gande versions.
That said, I have been appreciating these traditional TGYs more and more. This one was quite tasty. Roasty but not too roasty, lightly sweet, slightly fruity. It got more and more vegetal as the steeps progressed, so I didn’t take it out a ton of steeps. But I did enjoy this one this afternoon.
This is the last of my Kusmi blends from the sampler that I have to get rid of. I am not big on the Kusmi base but I discovered I liked it better cold brewed. However, this one has spices in it, and it was not tasty cold brewed. Oh well.
So I’m having it with milk and sugar right now. It’s ok. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. It’s kind of like a citrusy chai. Three more servings of this one to sip down.
Sipdown, 127. Lala’s notes on this reminded me that this has been languishing in my freezer ever since that first fateful time. I finally got around to trying it again.
I think it’s funny that there are very polar review on here. I LOVE bergamot, and usually cannot get enough of it, but at least at the robust flavoring level, this is nasty. I could hardly bring myself to take a sip. It still smells, and tastes, like cleaning solution. Bleh. No thanks.
Sipdown, 128. My last assam from Sil! So I discovered with a lot of these that I am not the biggest fan of assams. However! When the hot water hit this one I thought it smelled quite good! I still added milk and sugar because I am a weakling when it comes to assams.
I am enjoying this one more than the other assams I have had recently. It’s smooth, it’s rich, and it doesn’t have that roughness I have found in other assams. Glad I got to try this one out!
I bought a couple of ounces of this a while ago on sale just to try it out. Never got around to it until now.
It has hibiscus, so it’s not surprising that it brews up tart and probably is meant to be served with sugar. At first I got the sense of a pretty normal hibiscus-y fruit tea, meaning that the hibiscus drowns out most of the other potential fruit flavors. However, as I keep drinking this one, the intense almond/amaretto flavor built and built, almost lending a light sweetness or at least a diminishment of the tartness. I enjoy it. I also think it would be an awesome agua di jamaica base.