1314 Tasting Notes
Digging through my tea drawers (plural – sad in a super happy sort of way) and what’s this!? How can I possibly still have some of this beauty? Oh WOW! It looks like I still have enough for two sessions of many cups of glorious grapey jasmine awesomeness! I love happy surprises – especially when I give them to myself all unexpected like. OK, really Teavivre made this moment happen. I know that but right now I’m not telling me. My day is complete. Party on Garth. Party on Wayne.
The reviews on this are kind of all over the place. I thought it was pretty good. I love peppermint in tea blends. I love white tea – though admittedly I normally enjoy them more without additives to better enjoy the subtle flavors. I am learning to appreciate rose when it is handled masterfully. This tea hits hard with initial blast of mint that turns rose quickly. I do taste white tea late in the sip and under the cooling minty aftertaste.
Terri warned me some of the teas she sent me, in our totally lopsided in my favor swap, were double bagged. I separated them from the box to protect the innocent. Every time I walk into the room at least one of those double bagged boogers whispers my name. I think it is this one. I love terri’s labels. She tells you how many cups worth are in the bag and how many steeps each will go.
Anyway, so this one – not that long ago it would have made me scream like a little girl and head for cover. Smoky LS and puerh in the same tea! Now I am inhaling this and thinking, Wow that’s awesome! In this first cup I am not able to separate the four different teas. The smoke is highly complex. The mixed base underneath is rich, thick, and almost creamy feeling. As it cools I am detecting the assam in the aftertaste.
If you are a LS fan this is really an excellent blend. Can’t wait to see how later cups develop.
I haven’t been rating teas lately but I am going to rate this since the only numbered review was negative
Just got home from town. I got a tiny microwave for the den. Now I need to start figuring out what needs to leave the room for more space… but not today. I still have blues slide guitar riffs rumbling through my head from yesterday’s concert at church. It was awesome. Ready to relax. I want tea but haven’t much ambition. This puerh is a simple nice enough for what it is tea. I used a Finum and a 5 oz cup. 20 second steeps. Just a basic good cup for a lazy afternoon.
Glad I read my own notes on this one. I have had it for a year and a half. It is still very potent. The first cup seems almost peppery. The flavor is very strong and candy like. Now having read my previous notes I know when I resteep this the later cups are far better. The lemon/lime flavors will tone way down and the oolong will shine forth. his becomes a very good tea once you get past the initial scream of flavor.
Accidentally under leafed this one as I intended to use my small cup with the Finum basket but poured water into my mug instead (doh!) Tried to compensate by steeping longer. The tea wasn’t at its best but like a trooper it gave its all. Not changing the rating because it is not the teas fault. Under leafed, it is a good gulping tea. Prepared correctly, gulping should be a crime.
This is my week for the weird and unique.
I used my press to brew this up with 5 oz of boiling water, steeping 45 seconds. The cake came apart easily and filled the water with camellia flowers. If you have had Teavivre’s dehydrated camellia flowers then you have some idea what this is made from. The processing changes the taste. The cloudy apricot brew tastes like a good horse smell combined with pinewood. I catch glimpses of apple or chamomile. It has a sharpness to it like a young sheng. Drying on the front of the tongue. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers.
The second cup at 1 minute is darker and more robust. The horse is more leathery and the pinewood is replaced by something more like a green oolong. The aftertaste is still sweet but more like biting into a plant.
Very hard to describe and very different. Halfway through the second cup I decided to add a small amount of sweetener. It did knock the young bite out of the cup but even sweet tooth me thought it was more of a distraction than a help. Overall I thought this was a fun cup.
Just when I think I have a handle on the boundaries of the tea world this happens. Completely unlike anything I have experienced. It defies description but I’ll try. Marshmallows sprinkled with stone dust. Yep. I worked in the stone fabrication industry 31 years. That is what this reminds me of. Yet not. I’ll try again. The taste is like the scent of a newly pulled tree root with fresh damp earth still attached. While that sounds like a puerh description this is completely different. I also catch very light cinnamon and apple with a herbal note – maybe basil. I liked how different this is. Thanks Terri. I took a trip and never left the farm with this one.