3071 Tasting Notes
This has been a crazy week, with early morning gigs every day, followed by 3 – 4 hours of practicing like crazy to get the Ceremony of Carols down. Saturday I practiced for 4 hours, took a break for a few hours, then practiced another 3 before collapsing in my bed. Yesterday I practiced 2 more hours in the morning. The first performance, with the McKendree University Choir, was yesterday. Although I’ve worked my fingers to the bone, it paid off the the concert went very well. I’ll play this same concert with a different choir on the 21st, & I will continue working to perfect my parts between now & then.
BUT today I’m mostly on vacation! I started my tea drinking with these pearls, because I hadn’t had them for awhile, & I don’t really have much to say about them, other than I enjoyed them.
6 pearls + mug X 3/resteep 5
I picked up a tin of this the other day on sale at WF. The cool weather has caused me to crave some dessert-like teas. Really, I’m craving desserts, but that will cause nothing but problems for me, so a few flavored teas will have to do. This is not bad. With ROT I always use 2 bags (if you read their directions, one bag is for a 6oz cup). I think it would be even better if I added a little maple, but for this morning, no.
I’ve been drinking a steep & resteep of this while I allow myself to catch up a little with my Steepster reading. I’ve been working & practicing so much, I haven’t had time to read or post a lot. I miss everyone! Sending out a lot of love in all directions!
And now, I must leap into action for yet another busy day!!!
I drank this all afternoon while I was practicing. I set up a little table next to my harp, with my new bamboo tea tray (from Mandala) & electric kettle, thus combining 2 of my 3 favorite things (Music & Tea. The third thing is food). I put 7g of leaf in my little 4oz blue lotus porcelain tea pot. The first steep was 15 sec, adding 15 sec to each subsequent steep. This went on for about 4 hours. Those leaves just kept giving, reminding me of bee pollen & cream.
You can see my setup at https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
Oh look, black dragon pearl is finally back at Teavana!!
Of course, I have to add it back into my collection, as theirs was the first black pearl I ever had, and loved. After yesterday’s gig, I gave myself permission to go to Teavana & get some.
I really liked Teavana when they first opened. Now they are just too intense on the salesmanship. Someone immediately attached herself to me, leading me around the store, pouring samples, pointing things out, spouting her knowledge, & depositing me at the counter with the overly smiley lady, where I asked for 4 oz of dragon pearls.
She intentionally over scooped, & then nonchalantly asked, “is 6 oz ok?”
She fixed it. I also got a couple oz of the peach one I like, & she did the exact same thing.
On the way out of the store some chick was giving a demo about their current special: but a cast iron teapot & you get a bunch of free tea. She tried to pull me in, “I already have 2”, I said, making for the door…I escaped!
My final tea of the day was this one, from the Verdant Reserve TOMC from last December! I joined the Reserve club a year ago, & still have some of most of the offerings. I decided I’d drink each of the December ones this month, so this is a sipdown. I sat around sipping it in the late afternoon, while I was studying some music I’m working on (& rewriting the parts to simplify them a bit. I don’t have much time to learn this, & nobody in the choir or the audience will no the difference…shhhh).
So, the wet leaf had a salty & savory aroma. The early steepings were creamy & even had a cream-like taste. Very lovely & mild. Otherwise, it tasted like a Sheng! LOL.
Just a quick note to log the other teas I drank. I posted them with the app, but received a notice that they didn’t post. I don’t remember the exactly what the note said, but here’s what I drank today (cuz I’m tired, & just too lazy to pull up separate pages on each one):
At the first gig from 7:30 – 9am I had Black Gold (which successfully posted) & Black Beauty (yum). Both from Mandala. I also drank a cup of Elderberry before I left the house, because I was feeling a little bit like I might be getting sick, & since I’m pretty behind on sleep, I figured it might be a good idea. I need to stop by Cheryl’s herbs & get some more.
In between gigs I stopped by the house for 15 minutes to refill my travel mugs & take a few bites of something (I can’t even remember what I ate!)
At the 2nd gig, from 11:15 – 1:15, I drank Irish Breakfast (Butiki) & Teavivre’s Superfine fragrant Keemun.
When I got home I had Hattialli Golden Lion.
I wish I would be giving more details on all of these teas, but lets just say I thoroughly enjoyed them all.