988 Tasting Notes
It’s cold and rainy here, and the list of my usual teas has been becoming boring lately for some reason…maybe the change in season? So I decided to try a new to me tea tonight! And I also wanted shu for the weather..but not the usual suspects lol. Something rich, something warm, rich, comforting! Also had another ridiculously busy day at work with more overtime hours (think I have maxed out my allowed banked hours for the year now) and my head has been hurting on and off today from the cold, rainy weather outside. So this one has to be tried!
A disclaimer – I had some garlicky pasta for dinner lol, so hopefully it doesn’t impair my tasting! Also am replacing the Brita filter and just cleaned the kettle, so this is made with tap water and hopefully not too vinegary water lol. I rinsed the kettle and reboiled it and threw that bunch of water out, so we should be good!
The dry smell is a bit musty, a bit earthy..not overly strong smelling, but definitely a shu pu-erh, in a good way! I did a 25s rinse (steeping Western style), and the leaves smelled a bit fishy still, so did a second 15s rinse and the wet leaves open up to this strong, woody scent! Heady! Mmm a wet forest, perfect for what I want tonight :D so the actual steep was for 30s, the liquor is fairly dark, and there is a smooth woody scent to the cup.
As for the flavor, yes, that darn garlic from my dinner is interfering a fair amount lol, but I can discern a light earthy flavor, not too strong, certainly not overpowering or fishy to me! There is a hint of that olive oil flavor I know from that awesome black tea that Master Han made, what was it…oh, Master Han’s Yunnan Black! Yes, that is definitely in there..but the earthy woodiness tones it down and mutes it. It is a bit musty, but in a good, damp wood way. And I detect a hint of sweetness somewhere in there, kind of in the middle of the sip to the end of it, maybe the fennel making an appearance. I also get a slight linen aftertaste for some reason, I like it, but maybe it’s the mustiness lingering.
Overall, this is tasty and warming. This is such a pure tea, it feels fresh and cozy simultaneously. It is exactly what I needed tonight – grounding, relaxing, comforting, just what I needed. Now I’m even more excited for my incoming Verdant order, which consists mostly of the new pu’erhs they just released! Now that I have experimented with more pu’erh, I am excited to get back to the ones from Verdant, previously the shu’s were a bit much for me with their bold flavors, but now I can appreciate them :)
Anyways, a tasty tea! Not sure how to rate it since the garlic is interfering, so rating subject to change :)
ETA – I resteeped this tea!! Landmark moment lol, I hardly ever resteep anything anymore. I am quite enjoying the calming sensation from this tea, and how it warms me fully, even my emotions. I would consider ordering this again just for the good vibes I get from it! :)
Flavors: Wet Wood
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! I had an excellent weekend with the family, up at the cabin for turkey dinner last night and fishing today :) perfect weekend! I hope other Steepsterites that celebrated this weekend also had a lovely time with great people and great food!
I had a few other teas, notably the lovely Special Dark for my stomach after overeating last night lol, but I will write a review for it at a later time lol. In the meantime, I am having the 2014 version of this tea tonight as I unwind and prepare for the ridiculously busy work week ahead lol.
This years Pumpkin Chai is much similar to last years, maybe a bit more cinnamon and a bit stronger caramel flavor to me. Overall, it’s delicious as usual, but I still might like Pumpkin Patch a bit better for its stronger spice profile. This one still is comforting and cozy though, so I will probably restock a tiny bit to tide me over until next year. See previous notes on this tea :)
Second cup of the day! My head is feeling much better, so time to do some cleaning then off to my parents for the Thanksgiving weekend! This was my caffeine free cup of choice, as I like alternating caffeine with non so I don’t get too jittery lol. It’s sweet and very appley today, and again fits the autumnal feel of the day -sunny, bright outside, bright colors, the birds are all over the bird feeders, the cat is happy…life is good. Almost lunch time, after some more cleaning! See previous notes on this tea, oh I might have to restock this soon, it has a familiar and cozy feel to it that I really like!
Good morning Steepster!! It’s the long weekend here in Canada and our Thanksgiving, so I am looking forward to an amazing turkey dinner on Monday and not working for a glorious 3 days! With the insane hours and stress of this past week, this could not come at a better time. Busy times!
So now I can get back to logging notes. I also binged and placed a large Verdant order last night for some of those new pu’erhs! But enough about me, this tea! I needed this this morning, it is quite a strong tea usually for me so I don’t have it as often as I should, as caffeine sometimes messes with me. But I have a headache this morning so I wanted a strong caffeinated tea, but not as much honey flavor today. This is just the right amount of sweet in it, mostly just malty and sweet potatoey, very appropriate for the Thanksgiving weekend! Hope everyone enjoys their Saturday! See previous notes on this tea :)
Work is kicking my butt this week lol, so much to do! I’m tired and hoping it all gets done, blahhhh…needed this comforting gem of a tea tonight. It’s also such a mood booster with all the citrus flavor, only one comparable for a mood boost for me is the Earl of Anxi with it’s citrus and bright oolong flavors. Ahh but this one is hitting the spot. Lungs are acting up again tonight, so the caffeine in this is helping a bit (as will the allergy pill I took as well haha). Thank goodness for amazing teas on long days. See previous notes on this amazing one.
ETA – Lol, I love when previous tea notes reflect similarities to the current note..just read my first note on this and I had it after working overtime at work a while back in June haha, and I worked overtime today and it’s crazy…must associate this tea with busy times or something. A tried and proven remedy to stress maybe? :D
Ugh ugh ugh..I have been in warp speed mode at work for the past few days, starting last Wednesday..had an excellent weekend and now back at work. But had my painting class tonight and it went better so that’s a plus, helps me take my mind off all the things I am trying to figure out at work lol (at least not people problems, just ones relevant to projects haha).
This tea was calling my name tonight. Yes it is late, and yes it’s a black tea, but I needed a cozy cup of goodness with some warm spicing tonight. It’s starting to rain outside, so it feels like a nice autumn evening for this one. Oh, the bf also went back to work for 14 days up north, so that always makes my day a little less bright too. Hence the need for good, comforting tea. This is the perfect choice right now. See previous notes!
I went to my local tea store yesterday to pick up a bunch of teas for my boyfriend, he loves their Tall Mountain Oolong and he tried a second flush darjeeling and quite enjoyed it, so yesterday he stocked up on Tall Mountain and is trying a first flush darj and also picked up some heavenly smelling jasmine pearls. I have yet to try the latter two. I have been curious about breakfast blends, but I usually am terrible with strongly caffeinated teas and milk lol, but I decided to pick up this one to try an EB but without the caffeine! Also picked up some Lord Grey, an amazing cream of EG blend which I will review later.
The dry smell of this is actually a bit fruity lol, whether from contamination or it just is like that, I’m not sure, as it’s my first English Breakfast Blend. I steeped it for roughly 3 minutes, and the liquor is dark and smells like a lovely black tea.
As for the flavor without milk and sugar added, this is a nice and hearty tasting black tea for being decaf! It has some floral characteristics along with some fruit to me, and it tastes full and warming. I will now add a bit of milk and some sugar for the full English Breakfast experience.
Mmm, with the milk and sugar this smooths right out into a lovely full tasting black tea. It’s just so cozy and rich. I am quite enjoying this – a much different flavor than my usual array of Chinese black teas, with all their sweet potato and honey notes. This also has a sweet note, but it’s a more creamy sweet note, and I really like it.
Overall, this is quite delicious. Now that I know English Breakfast (at least in decaf form) isn’t too scary, I might eventually bite the bullet and try a full English breakfast tea. Or a Scottish Breakfast, they said that one is a bit lighter, haha this is out of my usual comfort zone so I will need to read up on these types of tea! Unfortunately my local store sells teas by a minimum of 50g, so it is tough to commit to a blend unless I really love it, as I have found out in the past (I have teas kicking around over a year old due to the large quantity you buy). But so far, I really like this and will enjoy it more as the weather gets cooler :)