2126 Tasting Notes
This was an unexpected sipdown (105). There were two servings of this left, but I had a somewhat catastrophic first session (long story) that ended up wasting the leaves, but I still wanted this tea so I had a gongfu session with the rest. This tea is so easy to overbrew and get bitter, but when you hit the sweet spot it is amazing. So buttery, nutty, lightly spiced almost? I think it reminds me almost of those cinnamon candy almonds. Amazing. The reserve version of this is probably slightly wasted on me as I am not a connoisseur of dragonwells but it is still very enjoyable.
Sipdown, 106. Cold brew… yes, I did it again (cold brewing a reserve tea, that is).
I knew I should have only given this an overnight-length steep (~8hrs) instead of the 24hr steeps that I give black teas. But it didn’t look very dark, so I left it. It was a tad bitter at first, but I diluted it with some more cold water and now it is pretty delicious. First off, it smells like apples. Really! It came out very fruity and honeyed. A bit of roasting added some depth. Very nice, and I would do it again!
Sipdown, 107. Sad sipdown! This has become one of my favorite white teas, and one I really enjoy drinking.
The first few steeps of this today were super sweet and marshmallowy, even though they were so pale I could hardly tell there would be any flavor. Ye of little faith! They were delicious. Later steeps yielded a bit of squash and and honey. I have a few more detailed notes on this one, so I will just end by saying that this is delicious, I am sad that it has finally been moved to the out of stock section, but am intrigued that it hasn’t been “archived.” Maybe there will be another picking next spring? I can hold out hope!
You know what is suboptimal for getting sipdowns done? Eating something bad last night and having a still-not-happy stomach this morning. Ugh. So even though this isn’t on my sipdown list, I broke it open because it has mint in it, and will hopefully help my stomach settle.
For a minty-herby tea, it’s not bad. No really my thing unless I happen to have a stomach ache, but decently tasty. At first I though the puerh in this would turn me off of it especially since when it was fresh brewed and very hot it smelled a lot like earthy shu, but that has calmed down quite a bit. Very herby, a bit medicinal. Basically what I was looking for this morning… at least I had it around.
I tried to use the new timer feature on the Steepster app and it froze with a minute to go… I realized this when I thought this must have been going for longer than 3 minutes, haha. Luckily I had been planning to have this with milk and sugar anyway.
Also Sipdown, 108. A bit sad to see this one go as it is delicious with milk and sugar. Maybe someday I’ll restock it.
I am trying out the app’s attach photo feature! Interested to see how it comes through. ETA: woah, it changes the photo for the tea! That’s not really optimal. I will change it back in a bit.
Like many, I am logging this on the Steepster app! Will have to remove the rating in a moment.
I might have picked out as much fennel as I could before making this pot of tea. Perhaps I needed to steep it longer… right now it doesn’t taste like much at all, unfortunately. I mean it smells good but the flavor is bland. Maybe I need some sugar haha. Oh well, can’t love them all. It’s still a decently good drink this Friday night.
Haha I was so preoccupied with the new app I forgot to log this as a sipdown. 109!
Sipdown, 110. I brewed this one up right before I went out to lunch, so I had about half of it hot and am drinking the rest of it now. I knew it would still be delicious when it had completely cooled! I am digging the roasty, yet still green and slightly floral flavors.
Sipdown, 111. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample!
This tea is one of those teas that really just makes me happy. I love a sweet, floral, buttery, unroasted tieguanyin and this fits all of those categories beautifully. Slightly citrusy, green and fresh, but with a lovely complexity. Straight up delicious!
Sipdown, 113. Although I have 13 teas to go to hit my goal, I am quickly running out of options as Black Friday approaches. Almost all the black teas are some form of Taiwanese black!
I enjoy this one best with a cool steep temp, relatively short time, and moderate amount of leaf. Today there is a bit more honey to this, no astringency, and a bit of fruit. However, it still lacks a certain depth of flavor that I would have hoped for. Still, I am glad I found some steeping parameters that would let me enjoy what I had of this tea.