892 Tasting Notes
Split pea soup. Holy. Brothy. Moley. So brothy. The mouthfeel is so filling. And asparagus tips. This would make a great base for soup. The dry leaf is covered in silvery hairs. So pretty. Soft. Looks like mainly buds and first leaves. With the second steep the pea soup has toned down a bit. You also find summer grasses nd a bit of astringency but only slightly.
Tea for Jenny.
This cup is dedicated to you Jenny. You were my babysitter. I hope I didn’t give you a hard time. We never interacted much beyond that and seeing you down the street. But you were a kind and gentle soul. May you rest well.
Evidence of trichomes on the inside of the package. With an interesting wine aroma. Like a Burgundy. With a very slight sweetness from a Visanto. Golden tips and curly tightly twisted leaves. The wet aroma is very nice. A mix of what was already mentioned but then it switches to heavily wooded notes. This is definitely a woodsy brew. Wood chest. Wood compost. Playground wood? Also creamy with a bit of astringency. Would go well with milk.
If you like a woodsy brew you’ll love this tea. It is warming and earthy in all the woodsy lover aspects. The aroma reminds me of a cabin deep in the woods with dark wood paneling. Moss surrounding and a small fire outside ready to make stew. The flavor is so woodsy. Decaying wet wood in a pine forest. Slight resin and old pine chest.
What an interesting tea. I’ve already learned that there are two types of Lapsang. Smoked and Unsmoked. This appears to be unsmoked. The aroma of the wet leaf shows hints of fruit here and there but mostly wood notes. Dark panels in an expensive house. Based on other people’s reviews I may have let this one sit too long. It was hiding. The twist chocolate-looking leaf is still gorgeous though. And the amber/rose gold color of the water is quite a site. But I am not finding all the fruit notes everyone else seems to be finding. Slight dark cherry and dark cherry wood. Maybe a hint of pomegranate but also resin and interestingly no astringency. Even though I’ve been steeping it for at least five minutes now. There’s also a bit of a milk texture and flavor to it.
Had a bit left from the class cupping. Realized I haven’t been leaving reviews here. This is a good black tea. Would work well for milk or sugar. On its own it is mouth-filling. No astringency at the personal steeping level but you can find some by steeping it longer and hotter. It is slightly smoky, a bit brothy, and reminds me of decaying wood. Oh! and a bit of cream of wheat.
I bought this not realizing that it’s a tea made for a Nespresso machine. Oh well. I hate plastic waste but I’m excited to try this. Especially because I’m a bit hungover and something did not sit right with me that I ate yesterday. So here we are with a nice detox cup of tisane. The top part peels off easy and there is plenty in there to make a nice, strong infusion. It tastes quite good. Very herbaceous as one would expect. Chamomile and the Greek Mountain (Sideritis plant) are the strongest flavors.
Stopped in the Tea’s Me Cafe when we were down in Indy for GenCon. Decided to do a tea place where I didn’t have to pay for parking. I know some (like my brother) love the city and city life but constantly paying for parking is annoying. Anyway. A great cafe. Especially a safe spot for the black community. I’m partial myself (okay a quarter but the history speaks for itself.) I looked in their sample bin and picked out a few teas including this one. It has a sumptuous aroma. Rich berries and slightly woody aroma. The wet aroma has a unique almost smoky aroma along with wet, composting forest wood. The flavor comes out to be quite a bit woodier than it does fruity. In the dry and wet leaf, I searched for the blueberries and cranberries but only found one blueberry and no cranberry. The base leaf has a briskness as you would expect from a Ceylon. But to be honest I would prefer to pair this with Red Berries as it doesn’t do well on its own.
(This one also pairs well with Red Berries which is also a new favorite of my daughters)
My original plan was to have an oolong but then I opened this up curious if I could use it for dinner tonight. But that is not like any Lapsang I’ve smelled before. In fact, it’s almost like they forgot to smoke it….. Actually the more I look at the picture of the tea leaves they have versus what is in the bag I am pretty sure I am drinking a Yunnan Gold.
Rou Gui Spring 2021
Oh, for heavens sakes. Why have I not yet reviewed this tea? I’ve definitely been drinking it and it is definitely amazing. Right from the moment you open the package you know you are in for a treat. Heck, even just reading the name of the tea excites me. It is a succulent scent. It will remind you of ripe fruits, muscatel, minerals, and a dry earthy sensation that reminds you of driftwood in the desert. The flavor will have you twisting in a soiree of nuances. Wet rocks, granite, slight floral notes, and meandering hints of fall leaves. The wet aroma is a circus. Buttered popcorn with slightly smoky notes.