1118 Tasting Notes
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.
Waking up so early is starting to take its toll on me. I drank green tea all morning because I was awake. Chugged a Mtn Dew with lunch but it has since faded. I need go-go juice. Reached in the drawer for a Yunnan, came out with this one. Finished off the sample. I leafed a little heavier than my normal. The result is a little more rose than I noted the first time. As soon as the cup cooled the rose faded some allowing the glorious Dian Hong to rise up and give me the boost I needed to make it through the afternoon. A very nice rose black tea.
I have been awake since 3:00 AM. My grandmother used to tell me she couldn’t sleep. I told her to quit taking naps which she swore she wasn’t napping. I now understand. You would think I would want a big bold in your face mug-o-black tea, but I am already awake. So, I chose this one to start my day and I’m really glad I did. After one cup (it should go three) I really like this. When I inhaled the aroma of the wet leaf I immediately thought citrus. That is something new. The taste is different from the scent, at least for me. It is clean with no bitterness. Very creamy, almost buttery. The taste is vegetal but not grassy, though Verdant calls it sweetgrass. It is very fresh tasting. The aftertaste is sweet. There is a feeling of dryness but that doesn’t describe it well. I see others called it savory. That works. However you choose to describe this it is mouthwateringly good. Thanks Terri for another excellent tea.
I finally changed the name of this to match the packaging.
Oh Green Tea with Earl Grey why do I love you so? Others don’t see it but I just can’t quit you. You are my addiction. Someday I am going to run away. But not today.
Just a light bergamot with a strong slightly bitter green base. Less than $10 a pound. A Cheapster Steepster delight.
I cannot use Verdant’s steeping method. I tried but I just can’t drink tea when it is that hot. So I had maybe a 30 second steep before realizing I had to pour into a drinking vessel. Even with botched methodology and a pretty short steep, this turned out very nice. This is an excellent version of the type. Clean, crisp, fresh and green. The aftertaste is sweet. I am on my first cup but expect to enjoy several more.