1121 Tasting Notes
After days upon days of barely any rain (most farmers considering declaring emergencies due to drought) we are in for some rain!! Already had probably 5-10 mm last night, and a special weather advisory for rainfall amounts is in place today! Bring on the rain!! We need the water levels up!
Since it’s rainy today, my immediate thought for my tea in my travel mug was oolong (as puerh is just not the same in a travel mug, although it is my number 1 rainy day choice). This tea is ridiculously good for being in the travel mug!! It’s sweet and minerally and burnt sugar and cream…everything I want right now. The caffeine is doing weird things as usual (oolongs are the worst for my caffeine intolerance lol) but it’s worth it for this flavor. Some fruitiness in there too. I can’t believe how complex this brewed up considering it was a 2 min steep in my Brewt right into my travel mug! So good. Perfect for the day. Happy it’s raining, just hope we don’t flood now with the influx. See previous notes on this delicious tea!
Oh and in other news – my office is freaking Antarctica…so cold in here, yesterday I wore long sleeves and it was +25 outside…today, I am bundled up in 2 sweaters, a scarf, my autumn boots and socks. And I brought my coat, which I think I will need to put on in another hour or so. Everyone else also is freezing. Gotta love the HVAC system!
___ thank goodness for tea.
Ah, rain!!! I so wish I was at home today enjoying a tea session in my yixing or gaiwan with the cat, reading a good book, enjoying the overcast day wrapped in a blanket, but alas, I am at work. Hooray Monday!! (sigh) so I have this tea to keep me going through the morning. I wanted a caffeine pick me up but I thought I’d take a break since I had a shu session until quite late last night, so out comes my trusty decaf! With a bit of sugar today to tone down the lavender a bit, this is quite enjoyable. It’s helping me though the morning as it is supposed to at least. See previous notes on this tea :)
First of all, a huge thank you to Crimson Lotus Tea for the opportunity to try this tea as a free sample! I am so sorry that I am so late reviewing this tea, but I am finally getting to it now!! Very excited as I’m craving a shu today, even though it’s ridiculously hot outside again.
I am also doing this with my gaiwan, which I haven’t used in AGES!! So nice to have a gongfu session again! I used the large piece from the sample pack and still have a bit left, as my gaiwan only holds about 4 or 5 oz.
The dry smell is deep and rich, a bit fermented, some wet wood and earthy notes. I did two short rinses of about 5s each and then first steep was about 5s as well. The cake piece started breaking up on the second rinse, so the first steep is quite dark!
The steeped smell has a caramel note to me, along with damp wood in the rain. Rich and yummy smelling. Also heady, it could be the heat, but my head spun a bit from just smelling it :P
As for the taste, mmmmmm shou, it’s been far too long. The flavor is thick and rich and grounding. Not too much fermentation to me, just smooth, with some dark wood notes. The aftertaste is sweet, a brown sugar melding into burnt caramel flavor. It’s cozy and warming haha, not that I need that today, but it’s just the flavor I was craving, even on this hot day.
The second steep is even darker than the first, and also smells thick and luscious. Tastes very good as well, maybe a bit mellowed but still very deep and delicious.
Overall, this is a great shou, not too strong and not weak, just right for me! I will continue steeping this throughout the afternoon, I wanted to try a sheng but this one might go for too long for me to try that today :P thanks again to Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample! This is a great tea, and I definitely will consider it for purchase in the future, it’s just so mellow, rich, and delicious. Oh, and so far, a more calming chi than energizing. I like that :D
Backlog – I sipped this down last night when it was soo hot in my house lol, about 29.5 C according to the T-stat. Gahh it was much too hot for hot tea, but I had this anyways, mostly to help with my heartburn that randomly showed up last night. And it did help a bit :) and it was a tasty sipdown too! I will consider getting a bit more of this at some point, as it’s a nice not-too-floral tasting herbal, and it was a good choice for guests that come over and want a relaxing herbal that also looks nice. See previous notes on this tea!
I picked up a couple new teas on Canada Day and haven’t logged them on here yet, although I have had them both a few times haha. So I will log this one today, although I found it to be very hibiscus-y for me today unfortunately, I steeped it a bit too long I think. Sticking with about a 2-3 min steep worked best for me, and I do recall the first cup as tasting much more Shirley Temple like (well, grenadine like anyway, not sure if I’ve had a Shirley Temple lol). Today’s cup could have also failed due to the fact I only got 25g of this, so maybe a poor mixture of ingredients as it is a heavier blend with the large orange chunks. Ah well, maybe I’ll get some more once I run out and try it again, I do like cherry teas and herbals, so it is a win in theory, just have to perfect brewing it. Happy to have tried it! No rating for now as I feel like today’s cup would not do it justice lol.
I haven’t had this tea in ages. It is hitting the spot today, although I think the caffeine might smack me in the face shortly and I will have to slow up drinking it lol. Today I have also noticed a stronger flavor with a bit more malt and some raw cacao. Yummy!So we went from like +32 C this weekend with no relief in site to 2 days of rain and temps around +20 C. A welcome change, although the humidity is pretty weird after such a dry weekend. I’ve been coughing and feeling kinda ick from the weather, but I do love the rain, and so does my garden and lawn lol. Weird weather. At least I can drink hot tea again, and caffeinated ones at that! See previous notes on this tea :)
So most of the province is under a heat advisory…with temps soaring up to above 30 C…and I am going to one of the FIFA games tomorrow HAHA. That might not end up going well. I’m kind of hoping the person I’m going with decides we should not go and then we can just go somewhere with AC out of the sun haha. Ugh.
I made a minty hot tea this morning, but I think this weekend I will bust out my iced tea pitcher for the first time this year and make a few (dozen) batches of non-caffeinated teas. I feel like I shall melt haha. Oh, and this tea is minty and good as usual. See previous notes!
Drinking a fine cup of this tea while at work this morning! Trying to have hot tea a few times this week as we are expecting a massive heat wave this weekend, +33 C!!!! Gahhh! I will melt! And I will be outside probably fishing this weekend….bring on the sunscreen and water!
Anyways, this tea is delicious this morning. So bright and tasty. I was craving this last night at like 10 at night lol so I made sure to wait until today. Now back to work! See previous notes on this tea :)
It’s been a long time Steepster..I have been pretty busy with life, had a work conference in Toronto last week, lots of events, not much time to have tea, except for a bunch of bagged peppermint last week lol. But I thought I’d log this tea this morning because it’s FRIDAY and I can finally (hopefully) go home and nap and catch up on sleep before my brother’s birthday celebration tonight. This tea is minty and fresh citrus, as usual. Tasty and happy to not have caffeine today, my digestion has been on a rollercoaster from too much eating out the past week and a half…need to eat veggies and avoid tannins for a bit! See previous notes on this tea :)
Brewed this with the wrong temp this morning lol, I am so tired I didn’t feel like looking it up online lol. But still a decent tea, although again muted by the travel mug and the steep temp being lower than it should be. Still some mild cream/honey notes, hopefully this tea also isn’t too old that it’s losing it’s flavor.
Funny, I just read my note and it said my sleep schedule was screwed up 10 months ago and I was going to fix it on the weekend..I feel like that again today, 10 months later lol. I am proud to say I have made a habit of going running at least twice a week, 5 km each time I go minimum! This has been ongoing since about the start of April, I am very pleased I have finally kept up with it. But anyways, that could be contributing to my sleepy state this week, just an accumulation of no sleep. Gahhh. Today I am off at 1:30 from work though, so I will go home and sleep hopefully if I am tired enough :P
See previous notes on this tea!