3525 Tasting Notes
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, October 17th: National Mulligan Day Tea #2
additional notes: Another fitting tea for Mulligan day. I wanted to like this, so wanted to try the rest of it today. I’m mostly tasting hibiscus, even if it IS LIGHT hibiscus. Blueberry on the lingering aftertaste. No lime. I really tried to be delicate on the steeping and not let the hibiscus run things. Ah well, I’m glad when I don’t want to stock up on everything from B&B. I guess it deserves better than a 59 rating though.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
2021 sipdowns: 135
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, October 17th: National Mulligan Day Tea #1
additional notes: This was a fitting tea to try again today. I KNOW it deserves a better rating from me… my original note called it confusing. The dry leaf has an intoxicating creamy sweetness to it, but the flavor is entirely different. It’s fruity, maybe maraschino cherry! With a drying mouthfeel. Second steep, I could swear is blueberry and artificial vanilla. Sweet and various fruits. Maybe since this is a mix of cultivars, that makes it a confusing tea for me. The name of this is lovely though. I will keep editing this note and adding what I find, as I will be steeping this tomorrow – I just wanted to get this posted for Mulligan day.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a big mug // 34 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 35 minutes after boiling // 1 min
2021 sipdowns: 134
additional notes: I will miss this! It was a special one. And a special tea shop I was never able to order from – only able to try a handful of teas through the kindness of others. Three solid steeps to send it off. It always seemed a bit more like maple than chocolate – or maybe it was a balance between both. I liked everything here – the base mixed with hojicha, the vanilla beans, however they did the chocolate/maple. I wish Steap Shoppe would sell teas again.
2021 sipdowns: 133
From SkySamurai a while ago, thanks very much! I keep trying this, but the flavor always seems a bit muted for my ideal Yunnan, so I haven’t written a note. I tried to overleaf this time. It was still very light on the first steep, but I went for a long steep that second steep and it was much deeper and delicious with a sweet smoky note. Sweet potato & squash. The second steep: THAT’S the Yunnan profile I’m looking for. It was a satisfying tea today. Maybe the trick with this tea is to steep it only once, but very long. I will try that next time.
additional notes: Evol Ving Ness’ admiration of this tea made me dig it out of the stash. And it just so happens it was a sipdown over my goal of 130 for the year! HOW IS IT THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER? I finished a sample size of this and have one sample size remaining. Yesterday it was a sipdown of an unnamed Butiki purple oolong sample that I couldn’t write a note for without a name on it and it happened to be JUST the flavor profile I was craving yesterday… and I didn’t even remember having the purple oolong until I stumbled on it in a Teavivre pouch…
2021 sipdowns: 131
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, October 10th: World Mental Health Day Tea#1
additional notes: I haven’t had this treasure in A. WHILE. And it’s one of my favorite Earls and also the particular “harvest” that is almost gone. The perfect cream flavor is nonexistent at this point. But it’s definitely a tea I consider great for Mental Health Day. I probably needed this today. This is the tea I most miss from Zen! If anyone is interested, they still sell teaware: zentealife.com
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, October 9th: National Chess Day Tea#3
additional notes: Then I wanted to have a white tea with “white” in the title. And it’s a sipdown! I can’t really expand on my last note. It’s a good white! Still tastes like white paper (in a good way) which is a weird note from me.
2021 sipdowns: 129