1914 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, 136. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample.
I really enjoyed this one today. It was floral and sweet, with thick, rich osmanthus flavor. I also like that it’s not all osmanthus and I can taste the vegetal notes of the base, but the osmanthus is definitely the main even. One of the better osmanthus oolongs I’ve had.
Sipdown, 137. Another delicious offering from Teavivre. This tea is nicely floral and fruity, with a nice amount of authenic peach flavor. It doesn’t stick out as hugely flavored, but it also is distinctly peachy. When I was smelling the dry leaf earlier it was really reminding me of being at the farmer’s market and smelling all the lovely fresh fruits. Sad that peach season is over!
Sipdown, 138. I am sad to see this one go, but I also have had it for quite a long time. I won’t rush out to buy more but I will definitely restock once my cupboard settles down even further.
I love the coconut-almond-vanilla blend of this, which creamy and sweet and delicious. I also love this one cold-steeped, and it always turns out wonderfully. Definitely a yummy tea!
Sipdown, 139. I really need to make some (figurative) room in my cupboard because I am about to have a bomb of oolongs from Teavivre dropped on me soon. I figured I should try to get through this last batch of teas that they sent me, so that’s the goal for the next few days.
I’ve tried this one with my western black tea methods (2tsp, 12oz water, 3 minutes) at the recommended steep temp, and a pseudo-gongfu method, which is the whole sample pouch for a shorter period of time. I find this one yields similar results for me in each method. Even though it’s a Fujian tea, it has some earthy-potatoey Yunnan-like notes to it. There’s a hint of grains like I might expect from a Fujian, but also a very slight cocoa-powder note. All in all I definitely enjoy this tea, and it seems to be a great example of a golden monkey. Now if I loved golden monkeys, I’m sure this tea would be at the top of my list.
This tasting note is more a pouting note. I bumped into my Lupicia handy cooler today while it was drying and it smashed on the ground and shattered. :( :( :( I literally use it every day to make iced tea for lunch. I had to go and buy a replacement right away. Still so sad.
This was the last thing I cold steeped in it, but unfortunately it wasn’t successful. Sometimes flavored whites come out bitter and overdone even just overnight. I guess I’ll try it for a shorter time… Eventually.
You know, I have gotten to the point with my dissertation that I can actually take the time to write tasting notes again. Turns out that once it’s written and sent off for comments, there’s a lot of waiting around to do.
While I’ve been writing and not posting notes, I have been slowly working on pushing through some older teas and going back to old favorites that I haven’t had in a long time mostly because I get focused on samples and sipdowns. This fits the old favorites category, although it’s not really that old of a tea. A nice morning Earl to start the day.
Sipdown, 140. Saying bye to my supermarket tea from China, still better than a lot of jasmine greens that you find in the States!
This one has been in the same paper bag that I bought it in over a year ago, but it aged fine. Jasminey, satisfying. Piles of loose tea in the Carrefour supermarket is probably the ting I miss most about China. :)
Sipdown, 141. So I had this actually first a while ago when I wasn’t really posting notes (dissertation still isn’t done, but the worst has past). Violet is one of those florals I haven’t been able to get behind, but I got this as a free sample with my Instant Thé order, so I figured I would try it.
The first sip I thought I didn’t want any more, but then it kind of grew on me and I mildly enjoyed the rest of the cup. TONS of violet, not much raspberry. I decided to cold steep the rest of it with a sachet of Paradise Green from Lupicia that came in my newsletter, since I wasn’t too into it. Mistake. That blend is totally bleh, mostly bitterness and overwhelming violet. A violet lover would certainly appreciate this more, I think.