Geek Steep S3E4 – Star Trek: The Next Generation
This is the tea that I picked to drink while watching the episodes Marika picked. I have, in the history of Geek Steep, done a pretty awful job pairing teas to Trek so I felt a lot of pressure to get this one right. However, I’m actually REALLY happy with this choice. After a lot of consideration it was kind of the perfect thing.
I was thinking about the dark, inky heaviness of space when I picked this out since this is such a thick, saturated shou but also it’s one of those teas that really commands mindfulness while you’re drinking it and that’s how I’ve felt about most of the Trek episodes I’ve watched with Marika – especially this set of episodes. So having a tea so heavy and contemplative just kind of clicked perfectly with the overall tone of the series.
After this session I’ll only have a single session of this much beloved pu’erh. With a syrupy and inky black liquor; the full bodied brothy, earthy and camphorous notes of this ripe pu’erh are matched only in intensity by the coating, dark sweetness of molasses and brandied fruits that ever so slightly keep this tea from feeling as though it’s plunging completely into the unending darkness that it draws its name from. I think I’ll probably always regret not buying a cake of this tea when I had the chance; it’s just so striking in its unctuous flavours and thick as oil liquor. I’ve tried to savor this tea sample best I can, but I think this contemplative Saturday morning tea session is as deserving a pairing and moment as any!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Coz5ADaOZ5C/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaErYHrU5Hk