2918 Tasting Notes
Why am I awake so early on a Saturday morning? …yawn…
Because Tony & his best friend Deer Hunter Dan are going to Cabela’s.
It’s bow hunting season, & Dan decided his 20 year old bow needs to be replaced. I was gonna loll around in bed alone, but I figured I might as well get up, work on my nanowrimo novel for a couple hours, treat myself to brekkie, & then I have a client coming at 2:00 to plan a wedding.
So I’m sitting here, bleary eyed, yawning, with bed-head, and the final cup of this tea, Sil’s contribution to the BBBB. It’s bold, with an almost coffee-like bass note. It is also fairly astringent, & this morning I can almost hear a trumpet playing revely in the frozen campground of my mind. I can also feel the caffeine rising in my bloodstream. Sipdown! I’d like to get down to 200 teas by the end of the weekend.
Not really much to say, but that’s not because I didn’t enjoy this!
I gave the tuocha, which is really a good size & looks almost like a brownie, a rinse, & then steeped it in a mug for 3 minutes. Then I steeped it in another mug for 4 minutes. I took both mugs with me, to sip in my bubble bath. It was exactly what I needed!
After the bath, I had a bite to eat, then steeped the tuocha again for 5 min, & then again for 6 min. I’d probably give it another steep, but I’m at Tony’s now.
Thanks for the sample, Garret. When I’m allowed to order tea again, if you still have these, I’ll probably pick up some of them!
I had to leave the house for a couple of hours, which ended up being more time consuming than I intended, & other than teaching a lesson, I didn’t accomplish anything: didn’t make it to the PO (for those to whom I promised I would, you know who you are), didn’t make it to the bank (luckily I get auto-deposit from both University jobs, so money made it there without me), didn’t stop by the store, etc.
This delicious tea accompanied me on the first leg of my journey. The student whose home I went to offered tea, with a limited cupboard (I’ve become such a snob, geez!), but I did manage to settle for Celestial Seasoning’s Tension Tamer. I use to love it, now it’s just so-so…
Now I’m home. I guess all of those errands will have to wait until monday, because I want a bubble bath, & I need to write about 1400 more words before I go to Tony’s.
My first sipdown of the month, leaving me at 217 teas in my collection.
This one was from Cavorcorax. The name of the tea brings to mind those pearl teas that so many of us love, but this is really more of a black bilochun “spring snail” style. I made a 16 oz pot of it, followed by a resteep. Excellent with breakfast, & now I feel a little more energy.
I really need to get moving! I’ve been slacking all morning, which Ms Theresa is grumbling about in my head. So much to do, & yet I have basically done nothing, save feeding myself, drinking tea, & goofing off on FB, Steepster, the NNWM site, & a few other places. Time to get a move on!
First tea of the day, first tea of the month.
I think my tastebuds are a little off this morning, as I know I’ve enjoyed this tea before, but not really getting much today. It doesn’t taste bad, just not as nuanced as before.
Blame it on the Revelry of Pirates last night, see my facebook for photos https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I ate some amazing (but too sweet) dark chocolate from a local chocolatier last night, as my treat, & within 15 minutes had terrible muscle cramps/kinks in my neck & shoulders on the left side. It’s the sugar, of course, does it to me every time, but like a mother who forgets just how intense childbirth is, I tend to downplay the consequences of poor choices in my mind, only to remember them when the suffering begins.
I’m better now, though somewhat groggy & unproductive.
More tea…breakfast…more tea…
I’ve been packing up the BBBBox for Sil & Tasty Brew, with a couple of black teas & a sweet little trick or treat surprise (never mind that they won’t get it for awhile, lol).
I’ve also packed up my latest collection of samples for You, Sil!
And because of that, I get to count the following Sipdowns:
Coconut Milky Oolong – The Tea Spot
Smokejumper Ginger – The Tea Spot
Qu Hao Silk – The Tea Spot
Russian Caravan – The Tea Spot
Blackberry Custard – Trail Lodge Teas
I was gonna send the last of the Trail Lodge Caramel Oolong, but one of the boys drank it!