3091 Tasting Notes
For the last couple of days I’ve been starting my morning with Tibetan Butter tea, only using coconut oil instead of butter. I like it! Actually, I have a few ideas for other substitutions that I want to try: Coconut butter is one obvious one, along with cashew butter, which I think would be decadent. It also occurred to me earlier today that duck fat makes an excellent butter substitute, & I think I have some in my freezer, so maybe I’ll try that one next week.
It makes for a satisfying & substantial cup in the morning, with a foamy head reminiscent of hot chocolate, & I’m thinking I’d like to steep some tisane cacao with the tea, & I bet THAT would be amazing. More to come!
Personal rant, not meant to offend anyone: I really wish that the owners of tea companies would put their teas in the database. I get tired of having to enter the info on every new tea I sample, and sometimes lately I don’t bother to write a review, because I’m busy, I’m tired, & I don’t really feel like doing it. I’d rather just enjoy the tea.
And I did enjoy this one, another sample from the tea club. When I opened the envelope, the aroma drew me in, heady & rich, almost like a perfume (but not grotesque, like perfumes are to me). Multiple steepings carried me through the morning & had a cool soothing effect, like the feeling of clay, even though the tea was actually hot, of course. Kind of sweet, reminiscent of Mandala’s Black Beauty (but different), never bitter. It’s lovely..
This is for the mini-cake of the same name, which was included in the January edition of the tea club.
7G + 4oz or so yixing (rinse) X 15/30/45/60 sec, etc…
Wood…that’s the first note here, deep woodwinds come to mind, & some low strings. This has a pleasing darkness to it, like a rich well aged compost, that you can’t help running your fingers through & smelling before you mix it into your garden. I’ve had a rough day, & it is immediately grounding & satisfying, welcoming me home. There’s a darkness & slight bitterness to it like a cup of coffee, or a square of unsweetened high quality dark chocolate.
This tea doesn’t have any unpleasant qualities, however there is a slight metallic taste, at least to my tastebuds. It’s in the background, with a silvery quality to it, as if a bright sounding flute tried to join the soothing ensemble that I have created in my mind, & I’m not sure how I feel about it’s presence.
Imagine yourself in the cool dark by a lake, surrounded by trees, feeling soothed & at peace. Then you notice a neon light, flashing through the trees. It’s not quite what you had in mind, but you do your best to ignore it. Anyway, that faded after a couple of steeps, and now my ensemble of mellow sounds is playing more softly, and includes a loaf of nutty whole grain bread, a hint of clay, & well oiled & aged leather.
And I’m getting a pleasant buzz, so my day is much improved. :)
Normally I avoid teas like this, as I know they are laced with artificial BS, but my son Leif (age 22, big fan of Teavana since they first opened their doors in St. Louis), was making himself a cup, & the aroma was so alluring that I just had to try it. He made me a cup too, & although I know I probably won’t ever drink it again (& if I do, it won’t be the same), today is was an awesomely decadent indulgence. Just for today…
I’m enjoying a rare quiet afternoon, several students have cancelled today, for various reasons (mostly probably because they didn’t practice over the break, & don’t feel like going out in the cold). So I’m cuddled up at my desk with this tea, & I’m loving it. It’s rich & thick, with a deep quality to it, a depth whose essence makes me think of the deep color of mahogany, or the sound quality of a bassoon. It’s not really something I can put into words, but it is much much more than taste, or even texture. It’s a beautiful thing :)
Yesterday I stopped by the London Tea Room. I was in the neighborhood, & still have some credit left on my gift card from there, plus Tony was almost out of his beloved Jubilee. While I was there I picked up a bit of this tea, which is a Scottish breakfast type, bold & malty, with a fair bit of smokiness to it as well.