1117 Tasting Notes
The red Spanish safflower against the black lapsang souchong and Ceylon base accompanied by a rich smoky aroma makes for an almost ominous looking leaf. Perfect for October. This also has bergamot but honestly it is so light it isn’t particularly noticeable. It is satisfying my LS craving from yesterday.
I have a bunch of Taiwan samples from Teavivre waiting that need reviews and in fact I have started tasting them (incredible so far) but I got sidetracked. My intention today was to experiment with new ways of preparing various comfort teas. Like my plan to get started early that didn’t happen either. As I started for the den I was contemplating a frozen chai. Then lapsong souchong popped in my head like a dog spotting a squirrel. As I dug into the pile I hit Golden Monkey and my knees quivered. This is better than a squirrel.
I believe this is still the only 100 I have given and I still mean it. The only way this could possibly be improved upon is if it were an Earl Grey (kidding – sort of – don’t shoot me), but I can’t imagine doing that to this leaf. I am snacking on a bowl of dry mini wheats and it has intensified the malty grainy even wine like characteristics of this most glorious of teas.
With one little scoop I can easily get 36 ounces of tea that improves with each cup. I may not make it to the oolongs or comfort teas today. I think the monkey on my back is completely in love with the monkey in my mug.
This one is of Fuding, Fujian province origin. Concept teas is a China based company specializing in white tea. This is one of the best looking white peony leaf I have yet encountered. The buds are silver down covered like the best silver needle and surrounded by leaves of green, gray, and olive. The aroma of the dry leaf greets you the moment you open the bag like dew soaked hay. The taste is hay with malty undertones. Mellow, slightly sweet, with a long lingering aftertaste. There is excellent (IMHO) depth to the cup and it only improves as the cup cools. I am really impressed with this one.
I was reading the company description of this one and they mention maple. At first I’m thinking, maple? I don’t taste maple. Then I realized I associate maple with sickening sweet syrup. But if I strip away the overly sweet aspect then yeah I get the maple idea now. This is slightly sweet, mildly drying, woodsy, fruity, and maple! A nice everyday Nepal second flush.
Spring 2013 Fuding leaf. Looking at the picture you can see this is exquisite to gaze upon. The dry aroma greets you the moment the bag is open. It is sweet hay. Once steeped the leaf turns shiny pea green with a scent that is vegetal and earthy. The liquor is honey yellow. The sip is sweet, hay and light earthiness. Late in the sip it develops light melon notes. The sweet aftertaste lingers long after the tea is gone. As the cup cooled it took on more of citrus profile that I found appealing. I prepared this in a gaiwan and a press. I preferred the press method. The dance of the leaf enchants me and honestly I thought the flavor was more developed in the press.
This is my first Moroccan mint tea. As such I can’t speak on whether it is a good example of the type. After steeping the bag was really swollen. I want to cut this open next time and a look at what’s inside. Definitely not fannings. The first note I caught was spearmint. It was not overwhelming but I am not a spearmint fan so I tended to dwell on it causing it to mask the peppermint and lemongrass, at least for me. The base gunpowder was tasted next followed by tarragon. That was a cool twist. I thought this was an interesting tea with depth even if spearmint is not my thing. I am looking forward to trying this again.
I love it when you wake up and don’t have to debate with your sleepy head on what tea you will start with today. I could smell this before I even got up (metaphorically – cause the tea elves in my home don’t make it to suit me). Filtered my water and prepared a bagel while steeping, now its sippin’ time.
I love the smoothness and the fruity/floral aspects of the bergamot. This really hits all the right buttons for me.
I found out in a comment of my first review that this is named to honor a 93 year old grandmother – so here’s to you Kathryne!
All I could think of last evening was how good this tasted. I woke up at 4:00 thinking, I need more. So Here I sit at 4:45 re-steeping the leaves. Yeah, it is that good. It looks like sunshine and tastes like heaven in a cup. I looked this morning, it is $6.50/2oz. If you are a buttery spinach kind of green tea lover this stuff is excellent for the price.
No I don’t work for Single Origin Teas. I just think this one deserves to get noticed.
I finally located my old Pur water pitcher. It cleans up the county water fairly well but it does not change the PH of our ultra hard water. Not sure what I can do about that.
Wet leaf is steamed broccoli. The sip is fresh, green, and buttery with a nice bite at the end. The aftertaste is really helped with the aid of filtered water. Yum, that’s what I’m talking about. Excellent everyday green. Nudging the rating.