670 Tasting Notes
I was going to make chai this morning, as the cooler weather is making me want cozy teas, but I saw a picture of the new sugar plum tea and saw the star anise and decided I’d rather have a cup of this old favorite. Unfortunately, I think age is getting to this tea. Not as fresh as it used to be. It’s still okay, but doesn’t amaze me anymore. Or maybe it’s because I like less flavored stuff now. Oh well, it gave me that star anise I was craving. :/
Yes, I had not one, but two puerh sessions today! I think I am quickly becoming a puerh addict. I can’t wait for my Mandala order! Hope it comes tomorrow, but probably won’t be here until Monday or Tuesday. Until then I still have some great puerh to drink. I decided to enjoy this one while handing out candy for Halloween and watching Death comes to Pemberley. Appropriate, huh? ;) We didn’t get as many kids this year…not sure why, but it could be because it rained most of the day. Oh well, candy for me! Death comes to Pemberley was awesome, although, as a serious 1995 BBC P&P fan, it was hard to get used to different actors playing my beloved characters. I think they did a good job though. Lydia and Mrs. Bennett are annoying as ever, and the actor who plays Darcy reminds me of Hugh Jackman, which isn’t a bad thing!
We’re back from Nevada and I’m drinking Shu! Yay! So happy! We had a nice trip out there, but I have to say, not a huge fan of Vegas. It’s just not really my scene. It was cool to see the architecture of the casinos though. The Luxor was neat! We were out there for a race track driving class my husband attended for his birthday, and I got so many rides with the instructors! So fun! Anyway, glad to be home. The kitties made a mess by knocking over a container full of their food, so we had some cleanup when we got home, but they’re fine. I couldn’t wait to get home to drink some good tea, and was planning a Mandala order, when I saw his sale! Perfect! Now I’ve got a bunch of Shu on order! I can’t believe how much I like this stuff now. I guess you really can learn to appreciate it and even more than that, it can become something you reach for over and over again. :)
Mmm, banana bread tea! Now that this is sold out, where will I be able to find a good substitute? I remembered DavidsTea had one awhile back and I kept thinking it was called banana bread, but when I looked it up, I found the herbal one, banana nut bread, which is not what I was thinking of. I did some searching through my notes and found snow bunny, which is the one I was thinking of as it has the black tea base. Turns out, I remember it more fondly than my tasting notes! Ha! Not that I would be able to get it anyway. It was discontinued or seasonal or something. Soooo, what to do now? Anyone know a good banana bread tea?
This morning I wanted Shou, and I didn’t want to have to figure out the right amount of leaf, so this one won out. ;) I love the convenience of these little discs. I really want to pick up some mini tuocha…planning an order for after our trip (don’t tell my hubby!) I think I might like Shou more than Sheng just because it’s so dark and comforting, which is what I want first thing in the morning. I like Sheng later in the day, but the caffeine seems to hit me harder!
It’s finally beginning to feel like fall and it’s already the end of October! It rained last night and early this morning and it was cool enough to wear boots yesterday!
So, this Shou is so unique…nutty and roasty like a roasted oolong, yet earthy and lasts for a crapload of steeps. Perfect to enjoy on a slow Saturday morning before I have to get ready for our trip. I just had to get in a puerh session before we leave because I’m sure I won’t be enjoying any good tea while were gone!
I really really love this tea. I think it was the first unflavored black tea that I really enjoyed and now I absolutely adore unflavored black teas. I have to thank Butiki for that. It is so full of malty molasses raisin-y goodness. My 16 oz mug was gone in a flash this morning! At least I have 2 oz of it to enjoy before it’s gone forever.
Had an excellent cup of this tea. I think it was kinda fruity this morning with a definite smoke note. I probably need to have a cup of something else to calm my nerves though, as I have jury duty this afternoon and I’m freaking out that they’ll assign me to a case that will go into next week, when we have a trip scheduled. Ugh. I hate the uncertainty. I would actually be interested in serving, but just not next week. Hopefully, everything works out.