3294 Tasting Notes
I pulled out the Dec TOMC from 2012 today, drinking multiple cups of the 3 teas from that month. This was the first one. It’s an interesting looking tea, in shades of white, gray, black, etc. I didn’t take notes, as I was sipping cups & teaching, but overall, it’s most prominent feature for me is a milky creamy texture. The flavor builds nicely, taking on a woody kind of quality as well.
This is the newest crop of Pure Bud, & I’d like to thank Garret for sending me a generous sample of it! I’m short on words to describe teas today, but this tea isn’t short of flavor, with a rich mouthfeel & the flavor of an excellent whole grain toast. It’s both sweet & savory, & the dry leaf is really pretty, I might add.
Yes, I’m drinking this again today. Tony recently got an order of Rock sugar from Teavana’s internet sight (he won’t go into the store anymore), & included 4 oz of this for me. So you could say it is my resident tea at his house for awhile. It’s not a bad tea to start the morning with, as it doesn’t irritate my tummy. The chocolate quality is more in the fragrance & mouthfeel than in the taste, with a lingering thickness. I used to really love this tea. Now it’s just ok, & overpriced, but drinkable.
This is a sad sipdown, because this was the first Sheng puer I ever tried. Of course, I have plenty of others, & I feel like I still don’t know that much about Puer tea in general, other than the fact that they are intriguing, & I enjoy drinking them.
I’ve really enjoyed this one! It starts off as aromatic woods, develops a nutty & spicy profile, keeps giving & giving & giving, becoming sweet like the water of a sacred spring, & provides a powerful skull shining effect as well. I think my original postings regarding this tea were probably more informative, as well as more entertaining.
I’m sad to see it gone from my collection.
Since I polished off the teas from last January’s TOMC, I figured I might as well back track to November of 2012, right? There were 3 selections in that box, with the first one being this 2012 autumn laoshan green. It may be over a year old, but it is still every bit as delicious as it was when it first arrived. Initially it has that classic Laoshan green brean kind of taste, but in the later steepings it takes on a buttery winter squash taste, & a sweet & creamy oatmeal quality as well. It’s like a savory bowl of oatmeal with soymilk or maybe almond milk drizzled over the top.
I don’t know why I don’t drink these green teas more often. The ones from Laoshan village are so amazing!
Additional comments: The November 2012 box also included a package of Minnesota Northern Lakes Wild Rice, and adding a pinch to this tea makes the most wonderful Genmaicha. Just sayin’