72 Tasting Notes
Blind bought this cake a few months ago and was unimpressed with my first sampling even after a brief rest. This is my only black tea cake and I didn’t think it was worth getting a storage box for just one cake, not yet at least, so I threw it into my white tea cake box. I thought the aromas matched up really well.
Looks like the longer rest and storage improved it a bunch! I enjoyed it a lot more this time. Sweet honey, deep chocolate, and blueberries.
Happy one year gongfu-nniversary to me! It’s been about a year since I started brewing gongfu style. Looking forward to many more years of tea drinking.
I’ve been having this for the past three days. So many steepings! Like… around 40 or 50. The square opened up very gradually. Flavors were light for the first few steepings, but then remained creamy and floral-fruity without faltering. This is just perfect for when I want to sip a warm drink endlessly while getting some work done.
Finishing off my sample. This was my drink of choice for my brief fast after Christmas dinner. The energy here is special, very mindful and sensory. The 6th steeping continues to hit like a truck. My awareness is forced toward only the thing I’m currently focused on, and everything else just barely exists. I had this in the evening and went to lie down in bed soon after ending the session to listen to some music. I was half-dreaming while still awake for a while, which isn’t totally unusual for me but was definitely influenced by Gas. I left a song on repeat for like two hours, literally had a one-track mind.
I took advantage of the free shipping sale yesterday to order a cake.
Listening to SKETAMINE by Dean Blunt.
One of my favorite David’s Tea offerings. Glad to have stocked up on it again after a while.
We were visiting Chicago in 2014 not long after we started dating and saw a David’s Tea store for the first time and got a whole bunch of samples. We both loved this one the most.
Still saddened by the closure of their US locations. It was always such a fun place to go.
Old Ways Tea December box.
Mmmm. Tea drunk. Feeling weightless. When I close my eyes it feels like I’m drifting on a cloud. I could barely utter complete words.
Viscous, as was the Shui Xian in the same box that I forgot to write a note on, oops.
I think of funnel cake and Pennsylvania(?).
Packs a punch. Swirling, stinging, clarifying. Sweet at first, then bitter peppery astringency with a tiny bit of smoke.
Zipped and zoomed around the apartment sliding on my socks, to give you an impression of how I felt afterward. Felt like a child in all the best ways.
Considering getting two cakes at this price, one to age, one to drink soon. Could be special if it produces an energy like that reliably.
Soothing smoky peaty sweetness. Later woodsy, slightly fruity. Delicate bitterness that never overwhelms. Cozy as hell.
I should have added more of this to my Black Friday order. I still have like 90g left so I have time but meh. I always forget something.
Fruity and juicy. Fell asleep in between steepings, that would be the work of the COVID booster I got yesterday. I think there was good energy here but it got kind of muddled with my light fever. But the sitting nap was nice! Tranquil if a bit disorienting.
Pronounced huigan, sweet-bitter-astringent, later sour and saliva-inducing. It all lingers seemingly forever in my mouth.
Listening to Mt. Ambient Vs Spasm by Soichi Terada.
August w2t club, ~90g cake. Loving the back-and-forth between the white flavors and the dark smoke. Bitterness is welcomed in later steepings and melds the two together. My mind was fooled into thinking that I was having a smoky aged sheng during gaps in the session. Great focusing energy.
Curious how it’d be if the smoke were dialed back just a little bit.
Haven’t been on here that much lately which makes me a little sad. :( Been dealing with some mental health stuff but I’m on the mend. Drinking plenty tea just not logging it.
Mellow, lasting shou with calming, restorative energy. Starts off with the sweet, woodsy shou profile I’ve come to expect, then has a subtle zing to it, like peppery umami.