1235 Tasting Notes
I woke up feeling great. You know that conquer the world feeling?
Yeah, that one. Since I’ve been ill the past few years, I don’t get that feeling very often. The first year or two, almost never, so waking up feeling that everything is magnificent and all things are possible is just wow for me. Really wow. Such immense gratitude for these moments.
One of the first things on my agenda today is to spread the joy and that means to initiate a surprise for someone. I love surprises, big or small. And because it is a surprise, that’s all I am going to say about that.
I have always loved the idea of this tea: hazelnut brittle, caramel. Truly, what is not to love?
That said, it is a tricky one. I find I need to be careful to not add too much leaf or the mineral element overwhelms.
This cup is all hazelnut brittle and mineral. Really enjoying my first steep today. I wonder what the next one will bring.
I hope everyone’s day and tea is glorious.
Spread the joy, people.
Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut, Mineral
Woke up with a massive killer migraine. In mulling over all potential causes, the final possibility was not having drunk enough tea. Ah, maybe that’s it.
I bought this tea at the tea festival here at the end of January. The first several times I had this, I really quite enjoyed it: classic genmaicha. Today, however, I dipped further into the bag, so my dry leaf was far more powder tea and far less roasted rice. Then, despite aiming for a very brief steep, my steeper clicky thing got stuck and didn’t drain properly or quickly enough, resulting in a far longer than optimal steep. So, today, the tea is too strong and a bit bitter. Not the tea’s fault.
My migraine seems to be slowly subsiding. I hope. If so, despite the bitterness, it’s a win.
I will refrain from rating.
Later in the day reflection…
I think I had used far too much leaf when I made this tea today, owing to the fact that it was mostly tea powder and few rice grains. That and the prolonged steeping time resulted in a poor-ish first cup. However, steeping two and three were lovely.
Yeah, so I have been continuing my green, white, and oolong days as I continue my acupuncture and Chinese herbs treatments. Surprisingly, the transition from black teas has not been all that difficult. I am not giving them up forever, of course, just for the time being to not contradict what is happening in my treatments.
The tough thing for me has been giving up milk, as well as black tea. I find myself craving lovely sweetened chais and good strong tea lattes. I predict I will be breaking down and having one or two some time soon. I do miss them so. I only hope that, when and if, I do break down, the milky cup in front of me will be worth it.
Back from my tangent to this fine tea. Very very lovely.
My first steeping was full of lovely heavy red wine— reminds me of Mondavi vineyards— and chocolate notes. These flavours dissipated in subsequent steepings, but the cups continued to be lovely. Many many steepings later, I am still enjoying the tea.I might have to make a Rishi order very soon. Just as soon as I can justify it.
Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine
Berries and vanilla and a bit of sweetness and a bit of something artificial. This tea is, thankfully, from before the time that DT began stevia-ing everything to death. I am drinking it hot. I like the whiff of juicy black and red berries that comes up from the steam in my tea glass. I like the tartness of the hibiscus with the mix of berry and vanilla. I save myself from the artificial flavours by underleafing somewhat: strong enough to steep up a bright red flavourful cup without much of the nonsense.
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Hibiscus, Vanilla
So, the other day, I started taking Chinese medicinal herbs. The vilest smelling and tasting things, but apparently, they work well, so I am in. You steep up the ground blend of roots and plants for ten minutes and drink the whole thing down.
This morning, I just couldn’t bear it. I needed a bribe to get through. This tea was the bribe. If I drank my herbs, I would treat myself to the generous sample of this tea, containing a whole cherry even, that Daylan R. Thomas kindly sent me some time ago.
Delicious. Thank you for helping me get through. I much enjoyed it.
Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla
The colour of the steeped tea is such a beautiful pale gold: the first sign that this is no ordinary green tea.
No. 93, Feng Ling Ming Ye makes sense of how highly prized good tea has been in Asian history. This tea is glorious: smooth, so smooth. The most delicate vegetal butter. I detect an ever so slight bit of coconut here. Perhaps that is the sesame hint mentioned though my taste buds are taking it coconut way.
Thank you, Sil, for sharing this with me. This tea is making this day infinitely better.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Vegetal
I think my favourite steep was number three. The oolong had mellowed out somewhat and yet a hint of the jasmine still remained.
I gave up on the leaf after steep four. Four was pleasant enough, but the flavour of the leaf and the additions were done and another one would have been flogging a dead horse.
The tea is really pretty. I’ve been steeping in a clear glass canister and watching the dark tea, jasmine blossoms, and goji berries float around. Beautiful.
It is also possible that steep one and two were good, but I was too rushed to pay much tea attention. It’s been a bit of an overwhelming week. I need to chill before I crash. Rest breaks, rest breaks. I miss being able to power through with my endless energy supply like I used to do.A reminder to appreciate your health and wellness when you have it.
Flavors: Jasmine, Wood
The first steep was a bit odd initially. I hadn’t read the writeup or reviews about the tea, so I didn’t really have any taste expectations. At first, it tasted like a green and mint blend. As it cooled, just the slightest bit of lemon came out followed by a pillow of marshmallow softness.
The second steep is lovely green with a bit of marshmallow surrounding the sip. I am still tasting a wee bit of mint. Odd.
Nice blending though, just perhaps not my thing.
Flavors: Green, Lemon, Marshmallow, Mint