983 Tasting Notes
Two days ago we had highs in the low 80’s. This morning it is 31. Spring come back. Oh well, the sun is shining and my head ache is gone.
I noticed I have not recorded a lot of tea drinking in the last week. I’ve had a lot of fast food tea and some Starbucks frappechino, but in general I’ve just been too busy.
My intent this morning was to have this make-shift gong fu style. That only works if you are awake and you only put a little water over the leaf. I poured my usual 12oz. Oops. So looks like mug style for me. No additives which is rare for me, and I don’t miss ’em, which is even more rare. This is a really nice Bai MuDan.
A front passed through over night. By the looks of it on radar it probably hit most of you in the US from the plains to the east coast. The temperatures dropped back to early March levels along with a lot of rain. My head is about to explode today. Aaaack!
I needed something comforting with enough heft behind it to overcome the pounding. Excellent choice. Grain and malt, honey and cocoa, throw in some molasses for good measure, and you have this tea. This is an amazing black tea that is staple worthy.
This herbal certainly smells peachy. I am not usually a hibiscus hater, but this would be greatly improved by removing it. Maybe if I mix it with some basic black tea I could learn to like it. Or maybe not.
Those of you who worry about expiration dates and such, do yourself a favor and move along. The leaf for this cup was first steeped 3 days ago. I left the lid off the press and this has been sitting quietly waiting until now. Time and air has definitely tamed the hefty malty and cocoa notes. My first thought was liquid milk chocolate. Not as amazing as when fresh but still very drinkable.
This is the tea I last had in a plastic travel mug. I went looking for a ceramic one yesterday but our local Starbucks was out of them. The price is so good ($10) that I can wait until they get them back in.
I had this for my morning cup. I did not have time to sit at home and sip. So I brewed a cup, poured it in a travel mug, grabbed my guitar and went out the door. This smells so cocoa and malt when it is brewing. I was so looking forward to it as I normally really enjoy this one. I was majorly disappointed to see how bad a travel mug sucks the life out of a cup of joy. I mean its not as bad as having it in a paper or styrofoam cup but sure isn’t the same as my ceramic mug. I did not realize what an important part of the flavor came from the sipping vessel used. I know a lot of you use travel mugs. Do you not notice the same thing? Maybe I am oversensitive, or maybe the convenience is just more important?
I know most of you want a tea with ‘Grrrr!’ first thing in the morning. Not me. I like to ease into the day. I have been craving this one for a few days and I finally get to set down with it.
The scent of the wet leaf this morning reminds me of lazy summer afternoons breaking beans with mom and dad under the shade tree. I hated breaking beans back then, but somehow recapturing that moment in time brings me great pleasure as I sip today. I am also getting light cucumber notes. Not as intense as silver needle but still a beautiful white.
Something else I am noticing that I never paid attention to before – you know how shu often has that wonderful horse tack flavor? In this I can sense inklings or the beginnings of how such a flavor develops. It is buried under the hay, the grass, and the broken beans.
White tea may be subtle but it is deep.
I love coconut. The dry leaf scent is coconut. The brew smells of pineapple. I hate pineapple. Going to be interesting seeing how this turns out. For as intense as the aroma is, the sip is much more refined and extremely tasty. Why did I doubt? I am pretty sure this is not what Nina’s was shooting for but this makes me think cotton candy at the fair. I love cotton candy at the fair, so that is high praise I think. I guess we all sense refined differently.
This is an Earl Grey with a white tea base. Looks like this is 11 months old. Ah oh. It comes in a waxy coated paper sack. Hmmm. I open the bag and Mmmmm. Brewed it up and it still tastes very good. Better than I remember. It starts out peppery followed by orange rind mixed with bergamot. White tea being so subtle to start with, I find I have to be patient with the cup and wait for it. Late in the sip it shows up and its worth the wait. This is about $2.30/oz ($8/bag). Empire Tea Services blends their own teas and they are quite good.
Cup of the morning while grocery shopping. Had it skinny with no whipped cream. I really like this better than what I rated it but leaving it.
My wife had a hazelnut frappe. I tasted it. The hazelnut was really tasty. This was followed by a swell of roasted coffee. I liked it until the coffee aftertaste kicked in. It lingers and won’t go away. Reminded me of why I don’t drink coffee. If I had something to snack on to counter the aftertaste I could probably learn to like this one – fortunately as long as they have the green tea frappe, I don’t have to.
Two nights of not sleeping because of the humidity in the house. Got the A/C fixed yesterday, so I was so looking forward to a good nights rest. Taking no chances I had a cup of this at 11:00 PM. I was awake for a couple minutes in the night by the thunder. Next thing I knew the room was bright and the clock said 8:30 AM. Hooray for A/C and Valerian.