428 Tasting Notes
Beautiful dry leaves. So pretty. The leaves are huge when they unfurl. This is nicely vegetal but not in a spinachy way, just in an oolongy way. It is mild and buttery, though not as much so as the oolongs that have made me love them for their texture. I did look this up before steeping and tried to pay attention. I did 4 steeps, 15 seconds, 30 seconds & 40 seconds. Then the last one I just left the leaves in the cup until I was finished drinking. At the last it was a little sweeter than it started out.
I understand why people say they just get amazing flavors that develop out of these small steepings – it seems like if you only steep for 15 seconds at a time then it’s only common sense that you aren’t getting all the flavors possible out of the tea at once. Maybe that makes it easier to isolate the flavors. Dunno. It isn’t my favorite way to steep. No patience for it I guess. Maybe that means I’m not fully experiencing the tea but honestly, as long as I come up with something I like to drink it doesn’t matter to me. :)
It was a good tea and I’m glad Sil shared some with me!
Ah yisssss!!!! This is what I have been chasing ever since more than a year ago when I had my introduction to Yunnans by chance in a random coffee shop. Dense and chewy, mildly sweet, leathery, thick and wonderful. I do get what my tastebuds identify as “smoke” but it lingers politely in the background, coming out more in the second steep but still as an aftertaste more than anything else. The first steep is best but the second is okay if you are trying to stretch your supply.
I’m starting to think what I taste as smoke is something else since so many others don’t notice smoke in teas that I do notice it in. Still makes my brain say “smoke” but maybe it isn’t what other people would think is “smoke” – and that probably makes very little sense. :)
Unique. Not Scotchy, but unique. It’s certainly spent time over a fire. It’s smokier than I like. To me, this is like inhaling charcoal. As it cooled, it got even harsher. Glad I tried it, but wow, this one isn’t my thing at all. I can’t taste anything beyond the smoke. Of course, I may not have steeped this properly, either. Always room for that possibility. :)
Thanks to Sil I can finally try a Sun Moon Lake Assam. I have been dying to try one for ages and could never find anywhere with shipping and tea prices and enough other things to justify an order.
This is mighty tasty. Smooth, thick, fruity and slightly yeasty. If the other samples Sil was kind enough to share with me are as good, I can definitely see an order in my future!
Oh and I steeped this for-absolutely-ever and it wasn’t even a tiny bit bitter or harsh. I mean, we are talking like 10 minutes while I made the husband pancakes for dinner and completely forgot about my cup!
Well, this is better made with my water at home, slightly higher water temp as well. Maybe I need to try a lower temp than what I had a work instead of higher… I still don’t get cheesecake. I added a tiny spot of cream (talking less than a teaspoon for 6 ounces) and while it is cheesecakier, it’s still neither Irish cream nor cheesecake. I do get a hint of coconut? It’s nice enough, but nothing I’ll get again once this is gone. I think maybe my palate just isn’t tuned for extremely subtle flavors.
Ah, now this is the payoff for doing all the standing in the kitchen the last two mornings – a ginormous cup of this heavenly tea, cats fighting for a spot on the lap after being ignored all morning and finally getting to watch Nightmare Before Christmas this year. :)
This is still one of my desert island teas, despite changing tastes over the last year or so. So amazingly smooth and different. Yeasty, bready, raisiny, sweet without being sweet.
My first Nepali Tea Traders courtesy of TeaBrat! Yay! I have been wanting to sample some of the NTT stuff for awhile now and this one does not disappoint. Smooth and reminiscent of a darjeeling without most of the dryness. Subtle and mellow – this is a perfect wrap up to this morning’s cookie & candy marathon. Finally sitting down with a nice cup is wonderful. :)
Yesterday morning was cinnamon cookies & chocolate covered peanut butter cookies, truffles, Mexican wedding cookies and fudge with hickory nuts and this morning was pumpkin caramels with pepitas, molasses cookies and sugared bread twists as well as a cherry coconut cheesecake dessert for tonight! Hey, if the oven is on, may as well use it, right? :) Only thing left before tomorrow morning is to frost the cranberry shortbread cookies and thaw the other cookies that have been waiting in the freezer till I got everything else done. Then get them all put on trays and ready to take to work with me & with the husband tomorrow.
Oh, as this tea cools I’m finding maybe a bit of light smokiness hiding in there? And if I swish it around in my mouth, the dryness becomes more pronounced. Thanks, TeaBrat!
Hm. It smelled good dry. But I honestly got nothing but tea taste. No cream, no cheesecake, nada. I tried adding a bit of sugar but that just made it sweet tea. I need to try this at home. I had this at work with filtered water and sometimes I find I like teas better and notice more flavors with my tap water at home, as weird as that sounds. So no rating for now.
And I now have to make a cheesecake this weekend.