1050 Tasting Notes
I broke my (over 2 month I think?) tea buying hiatus today for a very special tea that I have yearned to try and could not resist any longer. I snagged the last cake of the 2012 Huron pu’erh from WP :D it’s an early birthday present to me. I have promised to not drink it until my birthday next month, and it is the only tea I decided to break my tea resolution for (resolution = to be under 100 teas before I am allowed to buy any more). This is mostly because it was the LAST CAKE, and I know it says there are more coming, but the first ones have such epic reviews, I wanted it. I required it. So I can’t wait until Feb to be able to try it!!
In other news, I am currently drinking this tea, my staple herbal. It is ginger pow as usual, and I added honey to the first cup. So tasty, helps me focus, no caffeine (overdid that again yesterday haha) and helps ward off the bugs going around the office. Oh and it helps with my lungs. This tea will forever be in my cupboard I hope! See previous notes :)
Ahh I’m having a delicious Sunday session with this tea. I decided I was craving a fruiter sheng after my vegetal matcha this morning and this one is great! I did a quick rinse and have been doing short about 6 second steepings with 200 degree water. Ahh the wet leaves smell heavenly, lots of honey and some floral notes.
The flavor is smooth, mellow, a bit woody, a fresh green wood at that. A bit of a green smoky smell from the liquor. And then some sweetness in the flavor, and yes, in the aftertaste, a definite apricot flavor!!! I was so excited to find it :D it’s exactly what I want today!
Overall, this is a sweeter, mellower sheng than I usually drink. But I am really enjoying it!! I’ll continue drinking this on this warm winter day while watching football with the bf.
I haven’t had matcha in AGES, actually not since I partook in a tea ceremony last spring, and I bought this one on our trip and haven’t yet tried it. Until this morning :) my whisking skills are a bit less than great since it’s been so long, but I managed to make a fairly decent bowl of this in the morning. A bit bitter at first, but that is mostly my tastebuds not having had matcha for a long time, let alone unflavored. This is actually my first unflavored I have made at home too!
Anyways, it was quite savory with a rich mouthfeel, and nice grass/spinach flavor. Next time I will use a little less matcha to avoid the small bit that collected at the end of the bowl. It also made me feel excellent and happy this morning. I need to drink this more often again!
I basically had no weekend, worked both days and still have tons to do :( ugh and I have the usual 5 day work week ahead. Le sigh. I had a few cups of tea while at work, but didn’t log. So tonight I am logging my current cup of this puerh, my before bed cup. Warm, woodsy, comforting..I love puerh. And my cat just jumped up to lay on me, so I am even warmer and happier now :) can’t wait until this week ends! See previous notes on this tea :)
I haven’t written a note on this yet? Haha oops! I have had this tea for quite some time, in fact, my package is labelled ‘Wild Winter White Buds’, the previous name of this tea! Ah well, luckily it is somewhat of a puerh tea, so it has been um, aging? :D
I didn’t take detailed notes on this one, but I had a nice little gongfu session with it, did 2 rinses then short steeps. I combined later steepings into my mug, and actually got inspired to paint! I did my first ocean painting of the pictures I took on our trip and I am very pleased with how it turned out! Haha, but this note is supposed to be about tea, so I will talk about the tea.
This is a very tasty Yabao, with the delicious brown sugar notes I adore in it. It was woodsy and fresh yet still sweet. I think this one is even sweeter than Verdant’s version. It was perfect for a frigidly cold day and perfect to inspire me to paint. It also may have been the cup I was drinking the tea out of that inspired me. Regardless, this was a very tasty tea, and I plan to do more gongfu sessions to use up a bit more of my bag of this. Very good tea!
Picture from the session:
Oh dear…I just read my other notes on this, and no…I have still not sipped this down haha. Having a cup this morning and it still tastes fresh, but yes a bit more stale :( booo! I love this blend and can’t get any more of it :( hey Brenden, maybe a reblend of this for me in the future? Haha, such a wonderful blend, but I am earnestly going to sip this down, it’s losing its flavor after 2 years unfortunately. See previous notes!
First sipdown of 2015! I very much enjoyed the samples sent of this tuocha by Angel at Teavivre, thank you kindly! This is my second favorite of the sheng samples, but it still doesn’t quite top the Ancient Tree sheng I finished previously. However, I do like the flavor and convenience that these tuochas offer, so when I get around to placing that Teavivre order (it is growing and becoming more concrete, definitely this year, probably this winter!) I will probably add some of these in. This is a nice inoffensive sheng, light flavor with some sweetness and a little bit of cha qi going on tonight. Again helping with my allergies, which seem to be acting up again. Ugh haha. Anyways, I will continue with my gongfu session of this final tuocha (oh yeah, I did two rinses, one 20s and one 15s, and have been doing short steeps with 200 degree water) and enjoy the of my sample! See previous notes on this tea :)
I shoveled for at least an hour in -25 celsius temps this afternoon lol uncovered my driveway and moved my vehicle back there to plug it in haha. Man oh man I came in frozen, so I am sipping away on this treasure of a tea to warm up. And warming it is, as well as a treasure! I had been hoarding this, but I need to drink this, as well as other teas, instead of hoarding them. That is one of my tea resolutions this year – don’t hoard, drink up, and restock if required! A few others:
-No ordering tea until cupboard is under 100 teas (so currently not until I finish/get rid of 42 teas)
-Keep cupboard level at 100 maximum
-make list of favorites to keep in cupboard and try to eventually just have favorites in cupboard
-CUT DOWN ON IMPULSE BUYING. Haha this is a big one, I am notorious for buying a large bunch of tea because it looks good. I need to further research and contemplate if I need the tea before I order a ton (possible exceptions being a highly reviewed pu’erh cake, such as the one from WP that I nearly ordered this past week :P).
-Have a more organized tea cupboard. This will be a work in progress.
Anyways, this tea looks like it will be one that will be restocked :P it’s still ridiculously delicious. But I will drink up what I have first before placing an order! See previous notes on this tea :)
I am stuffed up to the nines from something, either cat litter or dog hair up at the lake..whatever it is, I don’t feel good. So out comes a favorite i brought with me, full of spicy peppercorns and ginger to help my sinuses. And the puerh helps with everything haha. Also added some honey so hopefully i feel better soon. See previous notes on this tea.