1907 Tasting Notes
I’m gonna be working from home today…oh wait, I almost always work from home, although sitting around in your pjs drinking tea is not exactly work, LOL. But I’m jumping back on my 45/15 plan, because I’ve got some very serious practicing to do! Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” is not for slackers, so I can’t be one. I will live, eat, & breath this music for the next month, with performances on the 8th & 21st.
But first, TEA! Gotta be fueled with food & caffeine. I decided to give this one the gongfu treatment this morning: 5G of tea in my 4 oz blue lotus tiny porcelain teapot (I love this little tea pot). 15 sec/30/45/60/etc…you get the idea. the 45/60 steeps were very potent!!
But all in all, success! Delicious fruity sweet success. Cup after cup of it. I think I made it through about 10 steeps, & although the last few were losing strength, they were still tasty & worthy of being enjoyed.
I really love this one too! This tea is one of the very best blends ever concocted by Verdant, & I hope that they keep making it. It really pulls together the strengths of 2 of my most favorite teas: Laoshan Black & Shui Jin Gui Wuyi. Add a little toasted rice & cacao nibs, & you have a cup of roasty chocolatey sweet awesomeness!! I combined a few steeps of this into my thermal cup to drink at the college, & it lasted until lunch time (when I took myself out for BBQ, with a glass of iced tea).
I just love this tea so much!
I’ve described it plenty of times, it is like an awesome dark chocolate at first, then sweet potato, orange zest, cinnamon. Even a little black pepper. I poured a couple steeps of it in my ‘to go’ mug, & took it with me to drink en route to the college. A lovely companion. :)
I got home a little while ago for the concert, which was awesome! The choirs at UMSL are amazing, I love the choir director (who is also the head of the music department), & I really enjoying playing with them. On the way home, I bought myself a ridiculous amount of Sushi, which I’ve been pigging out on while reading steepster reviews & drinking the very last cup of this green tea, which for a bagged green is ok. I don’t plan on purchasing more, because I have tons of amazing greens around here, but I figured I might as well polish this off, & so there it is: sipdown!
I’d like to start the day by saying, “Thank you Sil”
Thank you for being the best tea sister ever, & for sharing this teavivre order with me. Even with the crazy postal mix ups, its SO worth it. This cup of tea is lovely, a perfect start to what will be a busy busy day with me cloistered away in the practice room at UMSL, followed by a rehearsal with the choir, followed by more cloistering, a lesson with my student there, dinner at a BBQ joint nearby, a little more practice, & then the concert tonight. I’m bringing my laptop, just in case I have time to take a break from playing music & work on my novel a little. That’s my day. This tea is wonderful. Like a comforting baked sweet potato, straight from the oven. So rich, malty, & soothing.
I got a sample of this from a local teashop. I’m trying to drink more non-caffeine teas in the evening, & so here we are.
This resembles the herbal teas from my hippy days, & initially I was a little put off by the aroma of spearmint. But actually, it’s pretty good as an after dinner tisane. One good thing I can say about the Traveling Tea Company is that their teas are Organic & Fair Trade. And they are less than 5 minutes from my house.
A tasty treat from Sil!
This is another Teavivre sample from Sil. I love samples from Teavivre, they are always so generous, & the quality is excellent. This one is no exception. The tea is in nuggets, & once steeped it is an iridescent green. Although I don’t love ‘green’ oolongs as much as I love the more roasty ones, I do enjoy them from time to time. This one has a buttery floral aroma, with a light floral taste. The flavor is also both sweet & savory, with a thick sensation. A pleasant afternoon cup.
I’m having this one again today, in part because I brought plenty of it with me, & also because…well, because it’s really really good! I do have some other teas with me to sample, but I’ll get to those in a little while :)
Back when I was still eating grains, I used to make an awesome breakfast cereal in the crockpot overnight. It was steel cut oats, a mix of water & knudsen’s peach/apple juice (or apple juice), slices up dried apricots, & cardamom pods. In the morning I’d saute some frozen peaches in a skillet, with a little more cardamom, to add to the bowls. It was one of the favorite breakfasts in my house, topped with a little vanilla soymilk (or french vanilla soy creamer), & maybe even some toasted pecans or walnuts.
So the Cardamom in this is really reminding me of that. I really miss breakfasts like that, but I don’t miss my guts hurting. On the other hand, a bowl of warm peaches sprinkled with cardamom & a few toasted nuts is still a nice occasional treat. I like Cardamom. I don’t use it often.
This tea was decent, especially when I added a little stevia to bring out the spice. Thanks to my tea sister Sil for the generous sample!