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Here’s a sipdown from NofarS.
Since most of the HHTTB teas I brought with me this weekend are flavored, I thought it would be nice to bring something along to use as a pallet cleaner in between them, kind of like the way they serve sorbet in between courses at fancy restaurants. I keep a Gaiwan at Tony’s, so after a rinse I combined a couple of steeps (10 sec, 15, 20, & 25) into one mug to sip on while we watch Lonesome Dove. I’m not used to sheng in the tuocha form, & although I’ve had sheng that were more amazing, this one is pretty nice! And convenient, since I don’t have a scale here. Thanks Nofar!
Had this at work today. Three quick steeps, and threw out the brew, and then made three cups. I took the third (so technically, the 5th steeping after the first wash). The tea tastes like dried apricots, and is very conveniently packed (which is why this is my “at work” pu’er). It needs sugar or honey to really, really shine in my opinion, even though it is sweet. There’s something about the aftertaste that is still rough and raw, and a sweetener of some kind will take the edge off.
Drinking a cup while working on my thesis. There’s a definite taste of dried fruit to this tea, and it’s a lighter tea, which makes it perfect for the afternoon.
Purim was celebrated in schools and kindergartens across the country today, so it was a lot of fun to walk around town and see all the costumes. My cat is glued to the window, watching laughing kids rush to parties or play outside.
Backlogging from yesterday. I stumbled upon this relatively new player in the (tiny) Israeli tea market a few weeks ago, and this is the first tea that I’ve tasted from them.
The tea comes in an attractive thick cardboard box, and an attractive price, but very little information about its origin or age. iTea is merely an importer of the tea, which they say come from “Wuzhou Tea Factory, China” (never heard of them, and they don’t appear to exist online, but if I knew Chinese I could decipher what’s written on the packages perhaps and find out more about them), so I wasn’t expecting much at all – especially at this price.
Boy was I surprised!
First of all, the tea is very well packed – each tiny toucha is sealed in a nice foil-like bag, and then in a cotton paper wrapper. The leaves on each toucha are large, and whole, and telling by colour – rather on the young side of Sheng Puerh. They open up to large, beautiful whole leaves, and produce a very sweet, very refreshing tea, with slight hints of roasted green beans. A wonderful experience for the price – most definitely will buy more.
A tea to relax with at the end of a busy tea, whilst basking in the setting sun’s rays.