Tandem Tea Tasting: A Series of Seven Cups
I can hardly believe it but its been more than a year since the last time that I blogged about a Tandem Tea Tasting. For those of you that are new to the blog, a bunch of fellow tea blogger friends and I hold tastings via Google+ Hangouts since we are scattered across the country in some cases across the globe. There’s always lots of laughs as well as plenty of nerding out and comparing notes. These are truly some of my favorite people in the whole world!
It was a packed house this time around with +Robert Godden (and Lady Devotea), +Jo J, +Rachana Rachel Carter, +Geoffrey Norman, +Nicole Schwartz, +Jen Piccotti, +Linda Gaylard, +Darlene Meyers-Perry and +sara shacket all in attendance.We had ambitious roster of teas to power through this time around. They were generously supplied for us by +Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas and shipped out to everyone by +Jo J, along with her darling tea snails. Please excuse the terrible cell phone pictures as I was feeling lazy about setting up my light tent.
Although our primary goal was to taste and compare yellow teas I think that this is the one that I was most excited about. What can I say, I’m a sucker for Yunnan black tea. I think it is safe to say that this tea was a resounding favorite. +Geoffrey Norman thought it tasted like a grizzly bear that had been struck by lightening and made into an electric blanket? +Robert Godden eloquently likened it to the electric feeling in the air before a lightening storm. Maybe ozone? As add as it sounds it totally made sense for this tea. It was malty and chocolaty with a delicious smoked yam quality that I really enjoyed.