2327 Tasting Notes
Welcome to day 14 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to maintain the self-discipline to keep this party going for 2 full weeks, LOL, & I’m not sure if it can go much further, but it’s been fun.
With only 14 teas to go to reach my goal of 100 sipdowns, I’m going all out today!
This is sipdown No. 86, from my tip sister Sil.
In the first steeping of 3 minutes, it was mostly just a decent shu puerh, very little tangerine taste. This second cup, steeped 5 minutes, has a little more of the tangerine that the tea was aged in, but it is subtle. I added a pinch of stevia ( not monsanto’s version, but the real kind, from Cheryl’s herbs), & the tangerine flavor blossomed a bit more, giving the whole cup a juicy quality, on top of the earthy/woody shu puerh. Not bad!
This one is not a sipdown, but is a welcome pot of tea to enjoy with my lunch of soup. I’m still not sure if I prefer the Malty Irish Breakfast, or the other Irish Breakfast from Butiki, but I it doesn’t matter, since I have them both. Right now I love this one the most because I’m drinking it, but perhaps tomorrow I’ll change my mind. I have to load up for a gig in a few moments, so I’ll quietly list my sipdowns of the day thus far here:
82 – Silver Jasmine Green Tea – Teavivre – a lovely jasmine, plucked from the Here’s Hoping TTB, although I realized after making it that I just wasn’t really in the mood for florals today.
83 – Eight Treasures Yabao (Summer)- Verdant – This tea initially mesmerized me with it’s fairy-like appearance, light florals, & Yabao, something I’d never heard of at the time. Now it’s gone, & to be honest, I probably won’t ever re-visit it, as the novelty has worn off.
84 – Taiwan Monkey Picked Oolong – Teavivre – As always, thanks to Angel for the lovely sample, which was shared with one of my students this morning.
85 – Da Hong Pao – Teavivre – I really enjoy the roasty oolongs so much more than the green ones, & will happily linger over them for hours.
I believe that puts me at 344 teas!
Welcome to day 13 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yesterday I had a bit of a setback & only managed 1 sipdown, & to be honest, I’m not sure how many I’ll get in today & tomorrow, as I have Valentine gigs both evenings, but I’ll try to get in a few. I’m 19 sipdowns away from my goal of 100, & I’d really like to reach that goal, but I don’t want to rush through the teas to get there. Savor the moment, right? :)
I’m also still recuperating from a chemical sensitivity reaction. The headache has dwindled to a manageable level, but my hips are out of place & all of my joints hurt. It won’t be fun to move my harp today, although playing it shouldn’t be a problem.
So (sorry to be a whiner), I’ve enjoyed this tea, with it’s bold & rich maltiness. It is sipdown #81, & one of the only black teas left that were in a small enough quantity to polish off! The only other ones I have left are Keemun 1 & Keemun 2 samples from Teavivre, but I kind of want to save them for a comparison with all the other Keemuns in my collection. So this may be my only pot of black tea today. For that reason, I’m taking the time to really savor it, & it is good!
It’s day 12 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza, but so far this is the only sipdown I’ve gotten in. I woke with a terrible photo-sensitivity headache, & my guts are telling me that I ingested something that I have an issue with, & my issues are legion. So I mostly need potent & comforting teas, & I started with this one, which definitely hits on the potency level. This is sipdown #80, from…who else? Sil, of course!
I forgot what number of sipdown I’m on…78 or 87 or something like that.
It was a busy afternoon: students, then my monthly high tea gig at the retirement home, then a grocery run on the way home, another student, Taichi class, & now I’m at Tony’s watching the olympics & enjoying this tea.
This tea is one of the better tasting Rooibos teas I’ve tried: A nice creamy milk chocolate coupled with a juicy orange. It’s really quite good! Thanks to my tea sister, Sil. :)
Sipdown # 78!
This one comes from KS, & is a greener oolong, with a vegetal taste & aroma, & what I consider a ‘dry’ quality to it, which doesn’t mean it dried my mouth out, but I don’t really know how to describe it, LOL. Interestingly, the first couple of sips were kind of boring, but as it cools it takes on a buttery quality, & the flavor of sourdough bread with butter & a pinch of salt. I shared several steepings with one of my college students, who was here for her lesson, & she enjoyed it very much as well. Thanks KS!