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Is good. Laoshan and Lishan: yes, whatever you have made out of those leaves, give it to me. Laoshan greens, delicious like dinner. Laoshan black, delicious like dessert. Chocolate, roast, malt, caramel, brown bread.
I’m getting back to my bike commute this morning, after the winter rains finally shut it down with foot-deep puddles in February. Such a little disruption, but it threw me off for months.
Another morning dip into the Tea Runners cache. I’m hoping to hit a Lincang sheng later, so thought this could be a fun lead-in to the region.
Roast and sweet florals on the warming leaves, malt and light floral from the liquor. Some tannin. Flowers and bubblegum from the wet leaves. I enjoy this tea more as it cools — the flowers get a little stronger. This is no Lishan black — while omnipresent, the floral component is relatively understated.
Flavors: Bubblegum, Floral, Malt, Roasty, Tannin
This was a lazy Sunday morning session. I think it’s fitting that the sunlight streaming through the window was so intense that morning as I sipped on this oolong, as it’s tasting notes really channeled the nostalgia of summer break. The sweet and slightly sour smell of freshly morning grass, dandelion greens, and biting into a succulent peach. Smooth and syrupy liquor that almost seems out of place for such a green oolong, but the peach ties it all in together. We’re still a ways out from eating peaches on emerald green grass while the sun beams down on us, but it’s nice to be able to capture that feeling for just a moment!
Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cp-lfVOOcmV/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObJzDfBY-I
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge – a white tea
I had very little of this and I don’t remember how I felt about it the last time I drank it, but I must have done something wrong. I see astringent and bitter listed here by others, and that was just what I got. I also see jasmine and floral and candy mentioned. I did not get those.
I like white tea, and usually enjoy it a lot. I don’t know what went wrong with this one, but I am glad to see the back of it. Maybe someday I should try it again. It was quite old. That could be part of the problem.
Tea Runners offered a super cheap first box, so I figured why not? I ordered a single herbal box and then canceled. This was the first tea I tried, and wow, this was quite tart from all the hibiscus. It’s really not my sort of tea, but it’s drinkable. The spices are pretty strong, and it works with the mulled cider sort of vision, but it’s way too sour.