137 Tasting Notes
Just read Brenden’s note about getting to go home to Michigan and it inspired me to make a big ole cup of this. I thought it was gonna be a sipdown, but it looks like I have one more big cup left to enjoy. I love this tea MUCH!
So Brenden, in your honor, here’s some Johnny Horton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrfvjrr1Yk
This is Butiki’s version of an English Breakfast tea. EB is generally not the sweet spot for me but this tea is. It has far more complexity than your usual EB. It is more medium-bodied and something I believe I prefer in the afternoon rather than as a morning tea. There is a bit of malt from the assam, a bit of sparkle mid-tongue from the darj and a nice, grounded bottom from the keemun to balance it all out. Overall, this tea is about balance to me. As it cools, there is a delicate, pretty floral waft up into my nose and really pleasant sweetness. My overall impression is that this tea is sweet and lovely with a bit of bottom and a bit of sparkle. Like LaVern Baker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-s_TTKlIGE
This is happy tea.
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I’m not generally a lapsang souchong fan. At all. Says so right there on my profile. But this one. The usual Joseph Wesley excellence.
First sip was a revelation. A lapsang exists that I like!! This does not taste like I just licked an ashtray. It is full and complex with my favorite malty note at the front. There is cocoa midsip with a deep fruit, plums? toward the back. All the way back is the roasty barley bit that I love, all with an underlying but subtle tobacco bite that makes this really interesting.
More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/lapsang-souchong-joseph-wesley-black-tea/
And here is its song:
This appears to be my 50th note. So for this wee milestone, I chose the Golden Monkey tea of my dreams.
The chocolate malt aroma tendrils are a preview of coming attractions. There is a deep sweetness, almost roasty like brown sugar or really dark caramel (like Fran’s caramel) and a nuanced and perfectly balanced mellow maltiness that sends me straight to purring satisfaction.
It’s like a deep tissue massage with Otis Redding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIlWjhci01U) playing in the background while I melt into a puddle of blissful contentment.
This is perfect tea. More on my blog:
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Malt
I steeped two teaspoons of these cute little curlicues in about 15 ounces of boiling water for four minutes. And then…..Hello great big fat HONEYMOUTH! So sweet and thick tasting. There is a roasty grain bit. There is chocolate and there is malt. All pleasure-buttons for me. There is a little floral waft at the end it’s a sweet floral, like sweet peas. And honey, it is silkysmooth. Like Al Green. How is it possible I only ordered one ounce of this?
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Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Roasted Barley
Oh Yes ma’am! I’m gonna go ahead and put the song first because I’ve listened to it three times in my headphones while drinking this tea and the combination is sending me to the happy place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPP8w0wMRgQ&feature=kp
Silky smooth and sumptuous, there is chocolate way up front. Then gooey melty caramely deliciousness. With a very slight malt toward the back and deep roasty fruit at the end. I also get an almost winey updraft into my nose as I swallow.
This is full of win and I will have some as long Brenden supplies this new habit. Near perfect. As usual, more on my blog:
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate