1163 Tasting Notes
Between Nina’s and Ashmanra I am learning to be in touch with my more sensitive side. A few years ago I would have smelled the cup and said ain’t no way! Now, well, this is really nice. Rose, apples, and black tea. Not in my wildest dreams, but it works and it is good.
To feel a bit more manly while sipping I am trying to teach myself the bass part to Ain’t No Grave by Russ Taff (off Under Their Influence). It leans towards Zeppelin in places. We are thinking about doing a version of this in church. The ladies agreed to do this if we did a Gaither song with them but they want to tone in down a few notches. We have a drummer that plays professionally in a rock band. We have two metal head guitarists, and me (a punker and the least trained of the bunch). I think the odds of it toning down are pretty slim. Except, I am just not hearing it. Best I can tell it revolves around three chords. I am just not hearing the changes. One of the guys who will be playing guitar is normally our bass player. I guess I’ll have to have him give me a crash course so I don’t cause a train wreck at 100 decibels.
I was hoping for the Rice Chex and honey that gmathis got from this one. Alas I did not. I got mineral with a nice bite. The aftertaste is really sweet and lingers. For fun halfway through the cup I added sweetener and it became way overly too sweet. It did bring out more vegetal substance with fruity floral notes. While there is not a lot of depth, for the price, this would make a solid everyday green tea. I bet it is nice chilled.
Confession one: I noted this once before but after having the Jin Jun Mei which is very good but not overly strong flavored, I can still smell it on me hours later. Ode Fujian cologne? Mmmmm.
Confession two: If someone hands me a candy cane I always say thanks and then stick it in my coat pocket to be found weeks, months, or more later. Sad but true. If you hand me a cup of candy cane lane it will be gone it a few minutes. Of course it probably doesn’t hurt that sticking it in my pocket would make a horrible mess. :)
TastyBrews random steepings note inspired me to dig out this one. It is said to be of the lapsang souchong family. Today I have a little more experience than a year ago when I first got this. To me this is very similar to Fujian Congou. It is not a heavily smoky tea, in fact the smoke is more background and hard to detect. This is cocoa, malt, and grain. This is the last of the pouch but it will steep the rest of the day. Great start on the day. Thanks Tastybrew for the inspiration.
I am still working on a full review but basically at first I thought this is a light solid everyday Chinese green. That said, I was playing guitar and let half the cup set. Once it reached room temperature the flavors really came alive. It took on an almost oolong floral quality. I know it wasn’t tainted from earlier teas as I washed my cup and press before I started. I really want to try this iced. I think it will be great. $8/3oz is pretty cheap for any tea that can taste this good.
I agree with the other reviews – this is good.
What I really want to mention is this is the best example of why I love to use a clear glass vessel when I steep. The leaf is so interesting. It looks like a pile of knotted thread until you spread it out. Then it looks like fine green wood shavings. In the bottom of the press with a mug of 175F water the leaf comes alive and puts on an amazing display. It wiggles, like the blades of grass I watched as a kid when a bug crawled through. Then it intensified until the bottom was shaking and twisting like butterflies trying to free themselves from their cocoons. What a show – and then I get to drink it too! Thank you Teavivre.