The last tea of the long weekend.
I have consumed much more caffeine over the course of the past three days than I typically do, so pysched was I to taste and write notes on a number of new teas, and sip down a few as well. I almost didn’t have that much today because it’s been affecting my sleep. Or rather, it’s been affecting my muscles’ ability to relax. I’ve awakened feeling quite clenched up the past couple of mornings.
But I decided to power through because I don’t often get this kind of time to devote to writing of any kind, including note writing, these days. In fact, I actually fell a bit short. I had hoped to try another matcha and some pu-erh. I briefly considered resurrecting project chai sipdown this weekend just because I found an American Tea Room masala chai sample.
But instead, I stuck to whites and oolongs, with a black tea in the mix.
I have a new project, not that it’s of interest to anyone but me. I want to make tasting everything in my Steepster cupboard at least once and writing a note on it a priority. I feel like I have all these things I don’t even remember I have, and this is one way to remind myself. But I’m so close to 100 sipdowns for the year, I don’t want to fall off the pace on those either.
As I was going through my cupboard, I discovered I had never tried this. And since I drink green/yellow tea during the week when I have less note-writing time, I also try to make it a priority to do my initial tastings of these on a weekend.
I steeped this like a green tea for my initial try. I also had some crackers to cleanse my palate after the Todd & Holland Citrus Sanctuary.
In the tin, it smells a bit grassy for a Chinese tea with a sort of a dark oolong-like sharp note.
I know I’ve been describing a lot of liquors as pale yellow and clear lately. But if the shoe fits…
I am having a very hard time describing the taste and smell of this tea. I cheated and looked at the previous notes. It’s funny, I never would have thought of cigars — but now that I see it mentioned, I can understand that. Though I have to say, it’s not the first thing I thought when I smelled or tasted this tea. Pine nuts? Not really that either. Nutty at all? Not my first impression.
What I get from this is more like pine needles, though very faint. I used to chew pine needles as a kid, and this reminds me a little of that.
As the tea cools, I get more of the nuttiness. For me, it’s a sort of cashew-like smell and taste.
Different, and interesting. It gets props for that.