321 Tasting Notes
I’m trying a new morning schedule. Starting today, I’m waking up an hour and a half before I have to leave for work rather than an hour, which was resulting in me being cramped for time, not getting enough breakfast, not being able to make tea, looking like poop when I left the house, and being late anyway.
I am happy to announce that I have been left with enough time to make and enjoy a nice, big cup of tea. The thing I like about this tea is it’s simple. I don’t have to feel guilty when I make it wrong and can’t taste any of the little nuances. Also, I am surprisingly close to a sipdown!
So I went to the gas station while I was on break to get some form of coffeenated beverage to take back to work for the closing shift, and I decided on the cold Starbucks mocha frappucinos that you get in the glass bottles, and there was a little bottle and a big bottle, and I was thinking “Get the small one, you don’t need that much coffee,” but then I was like “No get the big one, that way you can save part of it for later,” and then I drank the whole damn thing in the span of two and a half hours in the evening.
And I’m opening tomorrow. siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh
So tonight’s tea had to not be black. I can’t remember how this wound up in my collection. I think it was from the bachelorette party from two years ago. The one wedding I have ever been in or at, the bride’s bachelorette party was a tea party, and she provided enough different kinds of tea that each bridesmaid got to take home a tea of her choice, and somehow or another I wound up with this one. I think. Or I may have come home with it after the last time I visited them. I don’t know. One way or another, I was organizing my tea shelf, picked up the big honkin tin that I thought was empty and went, “Wait – there’s tea in here. Well then.”
I did not account for the oldness of the tea in the leafing. The leaves are pretty; small, rolled, green, very fine. I’m not getting a ton of flavor. It tastes… grassy. Fresh and grassy. With that slightly weird burnt-y edge, I probably overdid it a bit. I’m not a fan of grassy.
I’ll have to give this a more considerate go before I give it a final rating or a number.
I’ve been craving this tea all day. When I start craving a tea, it’s officially a top-tier choice. I almost made some this morning and decided to sip down another one instead. Now this hits the spot while I finish watching an old (50’s) film adaptation of Les Miserables. Which is not Russian. But yes. This tea goes well with old movies.
I really wish we had some clear or light-colored cups in the household. I can tell this tea has a really dark, opaque liquor; wish I could see it better.
The big honkin bag of this is my best impulse tea buy to date. I’ll be seeing more of you, Russian grocery store next door to my work.
So the store I work for has four different locations around the city, and we have a district-wide meeting at a store (not the one I normally work at) 45 minutes from my house, 2.5 hours before we’re supposed to open. And then I work open to close. So I’m up WAY earlier than normal and gearing up for an 11 hour work day. Fun!
After weighing a couple of different options, I decided to go with this for my “first breakfast” because I have more than enough of my sample left to make a heaping cup. Wish I had more time to enjoy it, but it’s nice to have some piping hot comfort tea before the “butt-crack of dawn.”
Gotta love waking up with a headache… bleh. :/ Anyone got any good natural headache remedies? Ibuprofen works about 95% of the time for me, but I’d like to find something that doesn’t involve a blood-thinning pill.
Anyhow, this is such a great tea for a draggy morning. Potent enough to be a little bit of a wake-up Cher-slap, fragrant and rosy enough to be a treat. I still think it tastes like a different era in time. Definitely perking me up, along with my mood.
In contrast to yesterday, I’m moving pretty slow again this morning. No particularly good reason. It probably has to do with knowing I have to go to work. Eh. At least today’s a shorter one. And I have tomorrow off!
I’ve reviewed this one a lot, so I don’t think I need to do it again. One thing I’m learning with these teas, though, you gotta have ‘em when they’re hot. More flavors come out when they’re cooling, but they’re just not the same once they hit room temperature and they’re not warm comfort anymore! Still very tasty though.
After working seven days in a row, I have a day off today, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m spending the morning researching Antonio Vivaldi and listening to some more of the Four Seasons… I feel like a bad musician for not being more familiar with Vivaldi or his most famous work. Baroque-era music is rarely my choice to listen to (I’m a stormy minor-key Romantic by heart), but now that I’m giving it an educated listen, it’s quite lovely.
I still really enjoy this tea. It came out very wheat-y today, and that’s growing on me. I’m on infusion 2, and I hope I can get at least another cup out of this (I’m doing it Western style). I’m glad I’ve found some Verdant teas I really like. I feel like I’ll be restocking this.
Sipping on this while working on program notes for a concert featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4. (May I just say that having to write program notes on Baroque music gives me a new love of it. No, not for any artistic reason. Because it’s logical, concise, and I can pick out what’s going on.) Mmmm. I don’t know why, but tonight this tea just hits the spot. Really it’s the aroma as much as anything, it’s always the aroma when it comes to tea.
Speaking of aromas, I dumped the used leaves from this into the trash bin a few weeks back, and the trash STILL smells like vanilla tea. I really hope the parents don’t mind.