1459 Tasting Notes
This is such a treat for me that I’ve been holding back on indulging… not wanting to let it become less special. Maybe I need to set up a rotation schedule, so that I give all my matchas equal love.
Also, I really like that there are no resteeps with matcha. No guilt! I mean, it’s one of those things that I really enjoy about tea, but sometimes it’s nice not to, ya know?
Sipdown!! I could really use more of those. This one does not age well. I got hardly any flavour considering that I used nearly double what I normally do.
Also, I know I logged this one in my cupboard because it was during a steepster outage and I had to come back for that, and I nearly spilled my tea when the page finally refreshed. I remember that because Dad commented that I didn’t want yogurt on my keyboard (he thought that was so funny!).
Anyhow, how is it that it isn’t inventoried? hmmm?!
Dad asked me to make him a cup of tea. I chose this! as I had a feeling he’d like it. Turns out he did but that’s all I could get out of him in terms of description. I usually get: it was “not my thing” “ok”, “good” or “pretty good”.
Anyhow, here’s how our conversation went.
Dad: We’re having sweet potato fries with dinner. Hope that’s ok! I know you like them… (As he is about to take his first sip)
Me: You know that tea is…
Dad: Flavoured like sweet potatoes?
Me: Yeah. How did you know…
Dad: Lucky guess
I’ve been shaking my head about it all day! In between resteeps that is.
Fannings? More like ctc! phew, that is what I was hoping for.
My cup was nice and dark. Inky black. And full of depth! Wouldn’t wanna go swimming in that… (what dark creatures lie beneath?!)
It tasted very earthy, mossy, and a little like soil… err, in a good way. Trust me, it was pleasant even if it doesn’t sound as if it was! Next time, I’ll do a fast rinse. I didn’t this time because I was worried about losing the tiny little particles but there was a teeny tiny bit of fishiness so I’ll see if there is a big difference in quality between my rinse vs non-rinse experiences.
Second steep was more like a light coffee. Oh how I miss coffee. Could this be a suitable alternative? I think so.
Third steep edged more into the bready/vanilla zone. I didn’t have time for more but I can see where it was going anyhow.
I’m a little puzzled, this was a great tea but I’m not getting much of what anybody else is noticing.
It’s a bit claylike, with that drying sensation I get with wines sometimes. Reminds me of grapes in some ways! but certainly not of an oolong.
There is also a hard hitting bitter note towards the end of the sip, and a mild honey sweetness. All of this is overshadowed by the essence of something smokey, though I don’t actually taste any smoke, its more of a texture thing.
The second infusion really picks up on the honey aspect and balances out the clay. Light Pu-erh meets Dragonwell. Yum :)
Many thanks to Raritea for this sample, I quite enjoyed my cup!