1983 Tasting Notes
So this is what I get when I sleep in an extra hour. Wake up and somebody’s been messing around with the sock drawer—the socks are still there, just jumbled up :) I’m not as browser-setting-savvy as the rest of you, but at least for uh, those of us who are no longer 18, this is a bit easier to read through bifocals.
Wish I could tell you more about this cheerful and pleasant pu-erh. It’s one you want when you’re hungry for tea, so rich and thick and sweet—-but just enough mineral in the background you remember that it’s pu-erh, not pastry. If any of you frequent Mama Jean’s in Springfield MO, it’s available in bulk there, according to the friend who supplied this to me.
Big ol’ long leaves just like the picture; I am going to have to think about this one a lot. Steeps to a rich, deep red orange and has the essence of citrus and sweet spice. But not perky cinnamon-orangey. Deep, dark spice. Nutmeg, maybe.
For sure, it’ll change any preconceived notions you have about Ceylon teas!
Caramel sweetness, fresh-brushed horses, barnyard aroma (that’s a good thing for you city slickers)…yep, exactly as advertised, though the barny stuff isn’t very prominent until it cools some. I’d add “weathered leather” as well. Say that five times fast!
Another thumbs up for Single Origin!
One of you fine folks was talking up a lemon-pepper tea the other evening, so I decided to whip up a homebrew. A spoonful of some 52 Teas Lemon Drop Cooler (rooibos) with a smattering of szechuan peppercorns cheerfully smashed with a hammer after a trying and tedious workday. Results were positive; the pepper didn’t heat up the tea, but did add a little perk and zing to the smooth rooibos. Bet you could do this, too, with your favorite Cheapster Steepster lemon tea.
I have been parsimonious long enough. I hoarded some Christmas funds and waited (f-o-r-e-v-e-r; I have needed some new tea for so long!) to place an order timed to arrive at the most seasonally depressing time of my year.
And yay! It’s here! New packets to paw through! First up was this really nice, mild Assam. Sweet and creamy, not a nip of bitterness. Not fruity, exactly; but some of you use raisiny to describe black teas and that might apply here.
I’d think about it some more, but…well, it’s gone. Turned out to be a guzzling tea instead of a sipping one.
Let me commend Single Origin Teas to you—very reasonably priced teas and speedy shipping—-worth a look, especially for black tea Steepsters.