905 Tasting Notes
So other than in The Skinny, I have never had a pu’erh where the pu’erh is the main component, and am anxious to try it. I have a sample from Verdant of the 07 Xingxang I believe, and I also ordered the big 250 g brick of Old Comrades back during Cyber Monday. But I have been nervous to try them yet. And I’ve had a sample of this sitting here waiting patiently until I was ready. And tonight, I am going for it!
The dry smell is soo heady and spicy! Yum! It’s fiery and beckoning, I don’t know how to describe it other than spice. I did a rinse with boiling water, and then steeped for 1 min. In my infuser, I put a big hunk of the pu’erh, and tried to get about a tsp of the other ingredients as well.
I will admit, once removing the steeper and smelling the leaves, I got a lot of spices, but a scent I at first couldn’t place…then I found it! It was like a cedar planked salmon, mmm, then I thought what fishy? No way, it was like a yummy roasting dinner in the oven type of fish, and that may have partially been due to my super short rinse (not an expert at that yet at all haha). However, no fishiness AT ALL in the smell of the cup, just in the infuser. Mmm, the tea itself has a light spice, and I can smell that ginger…yes, I love ginger.
This tastes so good. It’s very difficult for me to distinguish what the pu’erh on its own tastes like as I haven’t had any straight pu’erh, but this tea is realllly good. It’s spicy, and warming, and yummy. It feels like I am drinking a savory meal almost. I do get a slight tingling on my tongue which is very intriguing, as I read about it but did not expect to notice it as much. There’s cinnamon too, and a bit of sweet to go with the warm spice of the peppercorns.
Overall, I am very excited to have tried this, and I like it! Yay! Hopefully I can get the nerve to try my straight pu’erh soon now that it’s not as scary. I just looked on Verdant’s site, and this is sold out, so I can only hope it comes back so I can get either another sample or maybe an oz to play with. Meanwhile, I will enjoy re-steeping this all evening.
ETA: On my third cup of this and it is still absolutely delicious. The caffeine isn’t messing with my stomach at all, I actually think the ginger and pu’erh combo are perfect for it! This is so tasty, I want more, but I must sleep at some point tonight haha.
Backlog from this morning, blahh, this tea is not improving as I drink more of it. I shortened the steeping time to about 3.5 mins as this is near the bottom of the bag and always ends up bitter from bits of something. But today it was still bitter, ick…. I drank half of it and poured the rest. :( this tea used to be so much better! Hoping to eventually sip this down. I won’t change the rating, because I’m pretty sure it’s just the bottom of the bag syndrome that’s ruining it.
It was my grandma’s 80th bday today, so we had a nice brunch with extended family at a hotel. Nice to chat with all the cousins and see all their little kids :) anyways, they had a small team selection of mostly tazo, and i was between this and an orange herbal, but this was needed as I over ate and stomach was super full and needed calming down lol. This is a standard mint, nothing special, couldn’t taste anything except mint, mostly peppermint. I enjoy mint tho, so it was decent :) should have taken a bag of that orange one to try later, oh well haha.
Sipdown – 2 in one day! This one is late haha, but better late than never? I used about 1.5 tsps for this cup to finish it off. It smells HEAVENLY! Lots of puffy rice in this one, with the Laoshan green just present enough to round it off. I will enjoy this lovely cup, and it might possibly be added to the re-order list as well once I finish a few more teas. Oh, and see previous notes for details on taste :)
Backlog – had a cup of this last night, and a few others this week. I must admit, as sweet as I thought this tea was the first time I had it, I am starting to really enjoy it and crave it. I might just be in a sweet phase though haha, anyways, see previous notes, and upping rating a little as I’ve been having this quite a bit this week.
I still don’t drink black teas too much yet for fear of the caffeine messing with my stomach, but I’ve been craving some dark malty goodness lately and this morning I had to have a cup of this. This is a sipdown – I have soo many more verdant black teas to try in my possession so I won’t be reordering this immediately, but it is definitely a possibility in the future :D
I decided to try this western style this morning because I’m not fully awake enough to fiddle with short steeps lol. I used the remaining half of my sample with boiling water for 3 mins. Mmm for some reason, the steeped smell is taking me back to my childhood, to my grandparents when the alfalfa plant would be going in the morning, it’s not unpleasant just a vague memory popping up. Must be the toasty maltiness of it, Mmmmm. And the slightly charcoal note, a bit of a burning smell, but not a bad burning. Haha, a bit difficult to explain.
This tea. Ugh it makes me wonder again why I don’t drink more black teas! It’s SO GOOD. Dark Chocolate, with a hint of maybe hay? Ah, just looked at the description, definitely the barley. And malt, and toast, and yummmmm. Perfect balance of sweetness.
Overall, I slightly prefer the shorter steeping method, a little bit more variety and pop, but that could also be because it was my first time having this lovely tea. I will have as many steeps as I can get out of the leaves and very much consider getting an oz of this at some point. I did just order some Laoshan village chai, and im pretty excited to see how this tea plays in it.
ETA: Second cup at 3 mins is soo yummy too, a bit softer, more chocolate, not quite as much malt, still delicious. Mmmm happy I get to drink this for most of the day :D
I’m alive again! Yesterday was very rough, whatever I had (flu or food poisoning) had me down all day in bed, achy and unable to move, plus upset stomach the night before. Blargh. Also couldn’t eat until the evening. But that’s over at least, and I am slowly regaining my appetite and getting back to having teas. This is soothing and not too harsh today, perfect for recovering from stomach sickness.