1003 Tasting Notes
So I get to the den this morning, I’m thinking, "I really need a Yunnan or Fugian black. But there is a problem. I have a nasty I can’t think headache and my bag of black teas aren’t finding me. I did stumble upon this and it is one of my favorite Teavivre teas. The leaf is beautiful and interesting too look at. Once brewed it looks so fresh and spring like green. The wet leaf aroma is soup beans. I must be craving ham and beans with cornbread. The liquor is a lovely yellow. The taste is grain (Cheerios) and fruit. The aftertaste is lingering and sweet. This is a very gentle cup. My head is already pounding less. This will probably be my only opportunity for sipping so glad it was a good one.
I was not on Steepster yesterday. After trying to catch up this morning, it appears yesterday was, “Look a squirrel” day around here. Yeah, you know who you are. Yesterday was low humidity, temps in the mid 70’s with a gentle breeze. Drove an hour and a half to the outlet mall. Yeahm used half a tank of gas so we could save $5 on shoes. It was a nice relaxing day that started with sipping a green tea frap on the way. It has been a while since I last had this. Either I forgot to tell them to use half the syrup or they didn’t pay attention. It was pretty sweet but tasty.
This isn’t on the web site but the pouch was unopened. Possibly very old. The dry scent is kind of licorice. The steeped aroma is lightly floral – like a spring meadow. The sip has a bite of mildly astringent green tea – maybe I overheated or over steeped (190F – 3 minutes) – the primary note is ginger followed by a less pronounced and floral like honey. Late in the sip the licorice comes out again. This is well balanced, different, and interesting. I just don’t know if it appeals to me.
Went to bed at 11 last night. Woke up at 4. Not feeling so rested. Ahmad to the rescue. caffeine caffeine CAFFEINE oh, yeah, and there is some chun mee and light bergamot thrown in as well.
My son brought this over today to share an afternoon cup. Ok, honestly I can’t taste the white tea in this but I’m not sure I care. This is wonderfully fruity. I left the pyramid sachet in the cup to see what would happen. It only got a little bitter but nothing harsh. I did use cooler water to steep. I wouldn’t crave this often but I wouldn’t turn it down either. Not to shabby.
Sorry Lala, no green tea frap today. :( My tasting notes have really dropped off and I am only taking one college class. Second week was a lot easier. I still had to sit in a public WiFi hot spot today to watch videos. Instead of the frap I had iced earl grey with one packet of Splenda. Saved enough calories to justify an everything bagel. Bagel was meh but the eg was a worthy companion to study time.
One of those what were you thinking mornings for me. There was more leaf here than I intended to use. This isn’t bitter but it is quite stout. Over leafing removes this from any resemblance to Assam – or Ceylon. It has cinnamon notes and something that makes me think dried tundra grass. Not that its grassy. Maybe it is just knowing this is a South African tea. Halfway through the mug I iced it. Much necessary. Wow. Don’t over leaf.
Leaving the rating from when I knew what I was doing.
I wanted iced tea to go with whatever leftover I just heated up. Some kind of spicy ground beef with cheese covered with sweet corn bread. But I digress. This iced is good but I like it better hot I think. The bergamot almost disappears and the smoke is not as layered. Good and satisfying but won’t ice it next time.
This is the first day in over a week I am not frantically running everywhere. I have been very lazy. Finally got around to breakfast and morning tea – at noon – A bowl of rice and a warm mug of this. I think I personally prefer the more boisterous premium version but this is exquisitely smooth. The liquor is so clear and sparkly yellow. The nose is buttery veggies. The late sip and after taste have just a light bite and the flavor really lingers long after the sip is gone. A really tranquil tea for my much needed lazy day.