1387 Tasting Notes
This was supposed to be a treat for trying the lapsang, but it was a punishment. I don’t know if it’s gotten funky or if I screwed it up, but it was bitter and harsh and the flavor did nothing for me. Into the tea sale pile it goes!!
Not adjusting the rating, as it could have been user error.
So I go through 100 g of this every three months or so, but I’ve never actually had a cup, I just cook with it a lot. But when we got the Adagio Scott Pilgrim sampler, one of the tins was Lucas Lee, which had lapsang in it, and I loved it. Lucas and I were bros. So I thought I might enjoy straight lapsang.
It’s…okay. I can see how it is delicious in blends and I love cooking with it, but I don’t see me drinking another straight cup any time soon. Especially since the smoky flavor is making me miss cigarettes and that’s a big no no for me.
I am not a pu-erh drinker, let me say that right out. I have one or two I like, but overall I don’t reach for it. So read this review with a grain of salt, because I really don’t know what I’m doing.
The directions on the sample said to brew for 3-10 minutes in 17 ounces of water. So I got out my 16 ounce nordic mug and brewed it for 2 minutes, but first I let it brew for 30 seconds and threw that out as a rinse.
The smell of the brewed tea is very earthy. Reminds me of when I’ve just opened up Pao’s cage and the smell of the wet soil hits me. Not a bad thing, just different. I smell hay too.
Now, don’t shoot me. I added two teaspoons of sugar because that is how I take every tea I drink. Without the sugar, I am guaranteed not to like it, so I’d rather add sugar for a tasting note so I’m not just sipping it, thinking “this needs sugar, I don’t like it”.
I don’t really know how to describe what I’m tasting. It’s earthy and nutty and sweet. I…I’m enjoying, but I’ve not become a convert by any means. It’s alright, but not something I could ever see myself reaching for. I’m not rating it because it’s not fair for me to negatively rate something I knew I wouldn’t enjoy.
Thank you, TeaVivre, for letting me try this tea, you are extremely generous!
I was playing with our tortoise, who is named after this type of tea, and talking on the phone to my mom about my brother, who lives near The Whistling Kettle, so it seemed like fate. Pao also discovered that the face of my phone is shiny and kept burrowing under my chin to play with her reflection and tap her beak against the speaker…mom loved that XD.
Anyway, I deeply love this blend. When we named Pao, neither of us had actually tried the tea, but we’ve since become big fans. It’s roasty, toasty goodness. We have three different brands, maybe we should try them all next to each other. The dry leaf on this is gorgeous, twisty and long and unbroken. I couldn’t bring myself to use a tea spoon out of fear of breaking the leaves, so I just picked a few out of the bag.
This has been coldbrewing in the fridge for the few days. It’s the leaves leftover from the day of great burning when I got too cocky with my hot and sour soup and made a dish that made me see through time! It was so freakin’ hot.
Anyhoo, this wasn’t hurt at all by the extended steep. It’s fruity, burny goodness.
uuuugh. We leave for the States in exactly a month and it hit me in a rush around three this morning. I woke up in the middle of the night completely dried out, it felt like my mouth was full of cotton, so I got up for water. Then I got to thinking about Pao, our tortoise. If I’m feeling this dried out, how must she be feeling? I remember my in-law’s house being very dry, and she’ll be staying with them while we’re gone. But they’re going to be gone the second week we’re gone, but my mother in law is supposed to be lining up someone to watch them while we are all away. Has she done that yet? Everytime I ask, she laughs it off like I’m silly for worrying. Gah. And we still need to make care sheets for the girls, they need to know that Earlie needs to be kept away from Bella and Pekoe, they can’t just throw them all in the same room. And you can’t leave glasses of liquid on tables when Pekoe is around, she will go out of her way to knock them over.
…see? My brain, when it gets to running all anxiety-like, it don’t stop. But then around 6 I had a huge sneezing fit and now I’m all stuffy and need to unstuff so I can get shit done. Thank goodness for this tea. We need to restock ASAP, we only have enough for 2, maybe three cups at the most and that is unacceptable.
So we recently went through our tea stash and set aside all the teas we didn’t like or we were just “meh” about. It has been kinda nice to go to our tea-filled expedit and know that whatever I grab, I’ll enjoy. I don’t have to force myself to sip down something I don’t like, I can enjoy the teas I love.
This is one of them. I love the strawberry and the grapefruit. It’s caffeine free, which is great tonight, because I am exhausted and I need to be able to sleep tonight.
All in all, this is a hit for me.
I still hate how much I love this blend. But oh, I do. It got the depth and strength of a breakfast tea, but then it has a sweet fruitiness that just works so well.
It’s keeping me company on this snowy night. My poor, poor wife is caught out in the snow. She left work three hours ago and she’s halfway home. It’s usually a two hour commute. Gonna have the kettle ready when she finally gets here!
Brewed this up in the hopes that it will kill my cravings for both hot cocoa and ice cream. Dairy is the enemy, and while this does contain dairy, it is considerably less than a cup of cocoa or a bowl of ice cream.
And surprisingly, it does. YAY. It’s creamy and chocolatey and does remind me of an ice cream cake.