34 Tasting Notes
Trying new brewing method for greens. Using intentional temperature and amounts. Brewing in round glass pitcher, naturally strains better than other pitchers I have.
2 grams aiming for 130 degrees F starting brew temp.
This tea was good for 3 or so steeps. Tasted fresh, but gyokuro is not my favorite – I don’t tend to “get it”.
High temp water gave a few more steeps in the end. Tea was broken and light as to spill a bit into cup. Method better for heavier/intact tea leaves.
Tea pot – using my neglected, first intentionally purchased clay teapot, maybe 180 ml?
First ripe puerh is a few months. I had forgotten the unique flavors and progression of shou, and am glad I’ve broken the ice with this old friend. Shou was the tea that got me so “into” tea years ago.
I’d also gotten so used to using the Hawaii pot (very tight fitting lid) that I’d forgotten what spilling water/tea was all about. I’ve missed watching water spread and creep along my unfinished tea table. The patterns that water takes on wood grain are enchanting.
This is effectively my first tasting of this tea from a small sample I received months ago. It has been kept at about 70% RH with my other shous.
I rinsed the first pot. Second and third were pleasant and subtly dramatic – I haven’t experienced these flavors in a while.
4th steeping has darkened and seems to be improving still. I’m thinking its oaky and there is this sweetness that I can’t peg.
My last tasting of a sample received in Fall 2020.
12/18/2020 mid morning bowl tea.
Listening to Jazz and working in tandem.
I’m very new to charcoal roasted oolong – very complex flavor. Rich.
I’m reminded of coffee. I’m reminded that darker roasted oolong should remain a staple in my collection. Chance just has it that this type of teas seems to dance well with graceful-lumbering jazz. What is a word that describes lumbering, but graceful?
Mmmm, this feeling of chocolate is pleasant.
I wish there was a way to categorize my cupboard in Steepster so I could group similar teas together – create “shelves”
An expression I love is the French ‘jolie laide’-which roughly translates to “beautiful-ugly.” It’s a term that embraces the unconventionally beautiful for whom we need a second look to fully recognize the charm of their oddities. So that could encompass ‘lumbering, but graceful.’
Thank you for the offering! I think I’m after something slightly different. I want to describe the slow, bumbling of lumbering, but eloquence/grace as well. Maybe leisurely… The “ugly” aspect of jolie laide is the part I’m hesitant on. Either way, thanks again for the thought – and expansion of my vocabulary!