363 Tasting Notes
I was all out of straight Pu-erh so this was a part of my Cyber Monday purchase. Sooooooo good! This is all that I love about a good Pu( I may be snickering like a 6 year old as I write that). Dark. Rich. Earthy. It may be a placebo effect, but I feel better when I have a daily cup. I seem to feel more relaxed and balanced drinking Pu-erh regularly. This is definitely a favorite.
I’m almost done with an entire box. I went to the Asian market where I bought the Aged Yunnan Pu-Erh but this is what they had. It wasn’t terribly priced and sometimes you just need a decent bagged Pu for work….I know that could be taken many ways ;) I not opposed to chrysanthemum in tea, but not my favorite either. I think tastes like dandelions. This is decent. I don’t find it to be as dark and rich as the Yunnan from Foojoy. Most importantly it isn’t fishy. You can always spot cheap Pu-Erh if it’s fishy rather earthy. It’s good though and great in a pinch at work.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. So I was looking into the vast expanse of my cabinet looking for Shou Pu-Erh. The only ones I could find where greens. Then I found a bag that was not labeled and gave it a sniff and thought it was the bolder breakfast. Sure enough that’s what it was. Score! I forgot how much I love this tea. The Pu/Black mix is spot on and the chocolate essence is just right. My only regret is that I have maybe a teaspoon left. I think I will have to get more!
Just another manic Monday. I wish it were Sunday…Yep back to work. I’m bringing something to work with me everyday because I need to thin the cupboard. Let’s face it if I’m going to campaign for new tea for gifts…or for post Christmas sales ;) I have to drink what I have first. I have to be honest say there’s not much difference between this and the Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013. That’s not a bad thing either I have yet to meet a pu-erh I didn’t like. I like it. A little grassy, a little bit like raw almonds. A pretty good brew.
So the first time I ever tried green pu-erh I said never again. I thought it was bitter and tasted like a latex glove. Then I realized it was operator error because I brewed it too long. I’m huge fan of pu-erh. It is my favorite type of tea to drink. So with that said I have a new perspective on the greens. I was pretty excited about trying this one. I’ve experienced buttery on a green, but the first brew was buttery. It’s pretty much a straight up green. There’s not really any hidden nuances that come out due to it being a pu-erh. It’s pretty good but as far as pu-erh goes there’s not much that can touch black pu-erh. It’s good though.
Well it’s an interesting day here in Cleveland. All the news networks are covering the story of the Ebola passenger. My facebook news feed is swarmed with it….my thinking is until symptoms start don’t worry about it and give in to the panic. However I’m pumping in a little more green tea and maybe I’ll load up on table spoons of garlic to boost the immune system. Please understand that I am not downplaying the severity of the virus but at the same time I don’t think the panic is worth it. I figure load up on the good stuff (foods with antibiotic properties) and everything will be alright. One of my favorite quotes: Worry is like a rocking chair…gives you something to do but doesn’t get you very far. Oh yeah the tea. Just a really good green tea. I’ve really started to take a liking to greens thanks to Teavivre. I really just have to keep drinking tea daily. I feel better than when I just have coffee drinking tea.
So much to my glee if found that we have the Bigelow sampler in the break room at work. I saw this tea and said I know I like that black so the green should be pretty good too. I only drank about half of it….but not because it was bad. I got the crazy idea to make quinoa with it for lunch. So I let it sit in the quinoa for about half and hour, but the tails we not starting to poke out. So I put it in the microwave to finish cooking. Like steel cut oats I have found that quinoa is not best cooked in the microwave. The tea itself is pretty good. It’s one I could easily drink on a daily basis. It not bad for a quinoa base either. The only thing I found is that I tasted the “green tea funk”. That flavor that is reminds me of plastic, mylar, or latex. In my experience that comes from steeping it too long. However, this just leads to the need to try more quinoa in tea. Let the experiment begin!