2480 Tasting Notes
Funny story: I wear black for my gigs, & my favorite black blouse is too big now, so I have to wear one of those strappy undershirts with the lace inset to avoid showing a very low cut cleavage. So this morning I had all my black on, but didn’t put the blouse on right away, because I ate a little breakfast before I left. While my breakfast was cooking, I loaded the harp, wearing this classy velour jacket (frog buttons) over the undershirt. To make a long story short, I got to the gig, unloaded, tuned up, went to the restroom, & looking in the mirror, I realized I forgot to put my shirt on! Luckily I was still wearing the velour thing, which ended up being my shirt for the funeral. It looks fine, but is kind of heavy & it’s VERY warm, especially after I’ve been moving my arms a lot. Live & learn?
Meanwhile, for my last tea of the day, & a sipdown, although I don’t actually get to count it because I somehow never put it on my list, I’m having this tasty Rooibos Chai!
It is always my goal to drink a cup of every tea in my collection every month. It used to happen, LOL, but I have not succeeded in a long time now, probably at least a year. It won’t happen this month either, because I have too many teas!
So far this month I’ve drank 73 out of 313 (current total, although I started the month at 330). The month is 2/3 over, & I haven’t even drank cups of 1/3 of my teas. To be fair, there are several teas that I’ve drank more than once also. I’ve also been on a serious black tea binge for a long time, even though I enjoy all kinds of teas.
This is one that I do love, but haven’t drank for awhile. The watermelon taste is so awesome, & this is one of those teas that I have to sweeten. It’s like drinking watermelon juice!
Finally, a sipdown!
This one is from a box Sil sent to me quite some time back. I actually drank a whole pot of it, just so I could get a sipdown out of it, cuz Sil liked to send me ridiculous sized tea samples sometimes. I sweetened the last cup, and as I predicted in a previous post, it was transformed from a white grapefruit to a pink grapefruit.
Upon my return home for the funeral, I was feeling very teaprived, & this one seemed the only suitable choice, to continue the theme of the day, & the week, actually, now that I think about it.
Note to self: Next year spend all of St. Patrick’s Day drinking & comparing Irish Breakfast blend, you silly lass!
This morning I had to leave the house by 7:30 to go set up for a funeral. To be more specific, an Irish Catholic funeral. I know the sister of the guy who passed away, she owns a winery that I was suppose to play at this past sunday night for an annual St. Pat’s dinner & concert that I do every year. She cancelled the event because her niece was getting married in St. Louis on saturday. Sadly, her brother, who was well known & loved in the Irish community in St. Louis, passed away at the wedding reception, a very tragic & sad tale.
I used to play in a traditional Irish band, so I provided an hour of music for the visitation, & sang the Parting Glass right before the Mass started, as they were closing the casket. He had set aside funds for a full on celebration, with a Wake, etc.
In honor of this event, I made a cup of this Irish Breakfast before I left the house this morning, but I barely got to drink any of it, as it stayed hot for too long. After I was done playing, I slipped out to the car & polished it off, even though it was cold by then. Still delicious.
I might be the official steepster slacker, at least for now. I’m so behind on posts, & on readings posts, so this post will be an attempt to catch up, Hahaha.
I haven’t posted anything for a day or two, so here’s a summary of the teas I’ve been drinking:
Double Knit Blend – A & D
Tiger Assam – A & D
Pumpkin Milkshake – Butiki
Two Tigers – Devotea
Champagne & Rose cream – Butiki
OK…I think that covers yesterday, & possibly the day before…I can’t remember for sure. There may have been a few others, but these are the ones whose packages were piled on the corner of my desk to remind me to comment on them. Now they are put away.
As for the Black Lotus, I have been tea-deprived today, which I will comment on in my next post, but let’s just say I really really needed something, & this one did the trick. It’s funny, because sometimes this tea seems so bright to me, & even today, looking at the leaf, a part of me was moaning, “That’s a lot of darjeeling!”.
LOL, I can’t always drink this one in the morning, but it was perfect with lunch. I needed a real pick me up, & this did the trick!
My 2nd cup of this tea, this time I prepared it in the same way I’ve been preparing Chai (thank you, Robert Godden), simmered gently in a mix of canned coconut milk & vanilla almond milk. So decadent, so delicious. While I was simmering I was mixing up this recipe for Coconut Chia Pudding:
(I dare you to look at the pics…OMG)
Mine will be served (mostly to myself) with an optional drizzle of maple syrup, & a strong cup of some black tea, tomorrow morning for breakfast.
I went ahead and roasted the squash tonight, along with toasting the coconut flakes. To be honest, I love squash roasted this way, & it was everything I could do to keep from just nomming down the whole pan tonight. I did exercise restraint, but allowed myself a few delicious bites, then I put it away & drank my tea.
This delicious & decadent cup of tea.