1979 Tasting Notes

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Another green tea sipdown from this spring’s harvest. It feels nice to get through these in a reasonable amount of time!

Today I went back to my large gaiwan for this dragonwell and it certainly worked out well for me. Buttery, sweet, and fresh. A nice, re-hydrating cup of tea after a loooong day of teaching. Thanks Teavivre!

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86

Hmmmm. I just made some of this in my gaiwan, but it didn’t come out like I expected. I did switch to a smaller gaiwan than I have been using for the other greens mostly because it seemed like a little less leaf in this pack, and besides it was the Teavivre gaiwan that they sent me, so I figured I should try one out in the smaller volume.

The reason for the hmmm is that I actually prefer this one steeped western style. Maybe it was the small gaiwan, or some other factor, but mostly this cup was just kind of boring and lackluster. I got lovely flavors from the western steep, so something clearly went wrong here. Too bad! It wasn’t a bad cup of tea, it just wasn’t very interesting. Thanks again to Teavivre for the sample!

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

Waaaaaahhhh. This is a sipdown. Not sure if I’ve ever drank through 50g faster than I did this 50 g, which is kind of sad because I bought this a year ago. I am a slow tea drinker. That said, this will not remain out of my cupboard for too long, because it is definitely getting restocked in my September order. Besides sipdowns, I really need to work on getting some large tins freed up for 100g amounts. Unfortunately those two goals are not really compatible!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

Having this tea this afternoon, brewed in my gaiwan in short steeps and combined into one cup.

I have to say, this cup smelled really really melon-y. Almost cantaloupe, but moresoe honeydew. It’s nice and sweet as well as fresh and green. I am really digging the spring harvest of this Bi Luo Chun! It is so interesting how the harvests can make such a difference.

Flavors: Garden Peas, Honeydew, Melon

Helene

Thanks for the review. May I ask where you bought your Gaiway? Thanks

Dinosara

The one I use most frequently I got at Verdant tea, but they only restock on teawares about once a year when they go to China. This is the one I have: http://verdanttea.com/teas/jingdezhen-wide-bird-gaiwan/

I also have a small gaiwan from Teavivre that I use frequently, and their teawares are pretty much always in stock.

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86

I have been drinking a lot of green tea lately, mostly because I have small amounts of them and it’s easier to sipdown. I am getting a little bored with it, since straight green tea isn’t my favoritest of teas anyway, but they have at least all been pleasant.

Of green teas, Bi Luo Chuns are not my faves, but I have been pleasantly surprised by this one today. It is sweet, with definite sugar snap pea flavors, but also a hint of melon. Quite nice! Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for the sample!

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88

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.

Cameron B.

Yum, cheese and crackers is one of my favorite things ever. :D

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85

After 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!

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

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?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Nooooooo not, September!

Cameron B.

Yes please, bring on the Autumn!

Mandy

Yes for September! My 21st birthday (;

darby

Sounds funny, but I use crest cinnamon flavor toothpaste and it doesn’t interfere with tea!

Marzipan

What do you teach?

Dinosara

Yes September! I will only be doing one class a week then, and since between now and then I can pretty much write off my life to teaching anyway, it wouldn’t matter to me if I skipped it!

Marzipan: I teach human gross anatomy to medical students. Right now the first year students are in an intensive course (focusing on the limbs) until August 22.

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85

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).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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