2483 Tasting Notes
I hosted an all afternoon rehearsal. It was a trio: Harp, Bass/Cello, & Flute. We’re doing a wedding together tomorrow, & when I initially booked the gig & they asked for a trio, I figured they’d want a bunch of classical stuff, right? When I met with the Bride, her Mom, & her Aunt, I was somewhat surprised at their selections:
Autumn, 1st movement (Vivaldi 4 seasons)
Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)
Fields of Gold (Sting)
The Swan (From the Carnival of Animals, Saint Saens. Cello & Harp duet)
Come Away with me (Nora Jones)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach, seating of moms)
Air (Handel, entrance of Bridesmaids)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (entrance of Bride)
My Hope is built on Nothing less (accompany entire congregation to sing)
Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx, for Unity Candle)
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz, Recessional)
Ho Hey!! Final Song!!
So I offered Tea. The bass player drank a cup of Kai Matcha. I drank Premium Taiwanese Assam. The Flute player didn’t want any. The rehearsal was really fun, a nice mix of tunes (most of which I already play, but not usually with a trio).
My final tea of the day was a sample from Verdant that was part of the rewards private reserve collection of teas they sent out when you earned enough points. Nou Gui Xiang Dancong. The early steepings were very incense like. Then it became sweet, almost like peaches or apricot. Now it is kind of limey, or maybe kind of lime peel like.
This is my only sipdown of the day, leaving me with 338 teas left in my collection!
This is kind of a sipdown, but not really because I have another order of it arriving later today, thanks to Stacy’s Birthday order Bash!
We all love this, so what else can I say?
BTW, my son Leif drank Adagio’s Oriental Spice, which I stole a sip of, so I’m checking it off on the list of teas as having been drank (not a sipdown though). My goal is for all teas to be drank at least once a month, by either myself, a family member, or a guest! I never quite achieve it, but it is the goal! :D
One more cup of tea from Sil, & then I have to go practice! I’m hosting a rehearsal at 1:00, & need to brush up on a few things before the other musicians arrive.
I’m having trouble identifying flavors & aromas today, probably due to allergies. Oh wait, now I’m getting something, lol. The aroma of this is like a bowl of cream of wheat with a spoonful of some kind of fruity preserves. First I was thinking apricot, but now I’m thinking orange marmalade. The flavor…a little bit bitter, like the peel of that orange marmalade again, but otherwise fruity & even a little bit of a brown sugar on oatmeal taste. Very different, but worthy of sampling.
Another tea sent to me from Sil.
I’ve kind of wanted to try this one for awhile, but then I always request different samples instead, or just let Stacy surprise me, & that’s always fun. (Speaking of Stacy…I have a Butiki order that is suppose to arrive today! Yeah!)
So…I do love grapefruit, & I enjoy a good Dragonwell too. This definitely showcases both. Unsweetened it’s got the entire tangy tart mouth of a sweet white grapefruit, & I’m sure that if I added a little sweetening it would turn into an even sweeter pink grapefruit, or maybe even a ruby. Today I’m drinking it plain, & it is very refreshing! The Dragonwell is a gentle one, slightly salty, & not a lot of green flavor.
I probably don’t love this enough to buy it, but it’s an interesting & pleasant change of pace, so one never knows! :)
This tea came to me from Sil, who got it from Cavocorax. Thanks girls. I drank a cup of this while teaching, & although it was ok, it’s not really memorable. Although I enjoy green tea & black tea, I don’t generally want them mixed together. I feel like it throws off the steeping parameters. The exception to this is Bilbo Brew, but I think even that one would benefit from switching the vanilla green to a vanilla black or vanilla Oolong. Anyway, this isn’t terrible, & at some point I’d probably enjoy trying some of Murchie’s other teas.
I’m starting the morning with a tea from Sil.
This is a gentle Assam, with long twisted leaves like an Oolong. The flavor & aroma is fruity & sweet, with an undertone of toast maybe? If the more robust Assams were bold & studly guys, with one would be more like a strong but somewhat refined Chic. It’s not as bold of a brew, but the flavor is rich & I really like these Sun Moon Lake teas.
By the way, the packaging on these teas is absolutely beautiful! If you want to see the pic of the box Sil sent me, here it is:
The tea I’m drinking now is in the wrapper with purple on it.
Thanks to Cavocorax for this generous sample of tea!
Initially I was surprised, because I was expecting marble sized pearls, like the red & black dragon pearls from other companies that I’ve tried.
As it turns out, this is more like Adagio’s Yunnan Noir or Mandala’s Morning Sun. The pearls are each individual leaves, twirled into a small pearl shape. (Cavo, when you finally get my package, you’ll understand my momentary confusion).
Anyway, this is a very tasty tea! Malty with a light cocoa sweetness. I’m glad to say that there is enough in the bag for probably 2 more cups at least! Thanks Cavo, you rock!
Hmmmmm….am I the only member of the Verdant Reserve TOMC?
Somebody else write a review, please!
This is one of the selections for July, which I’m just now getting around to trying. I concluded awhile back that although I enjoy all oolongs, even the floral ones, my favorites are without a doubt the roasted Wuyi varieties. There is just something very sensual about them. I love them so much that I recently got a Yixing just for them.
However, this Wuyi is not roasted, so I’m steeping it in my blue lotus porcelain pot, which is a teeny tiny bit bigger than my yixing, but still tiny & adorable. More & more I find myself wanting to drink certain kinds of teas from specific vessels. It just seems to enhance the whole experience (or maybe it’s just my obsessive compulsive nature?).
So…the dry leaf is twisted & lovely & long, like the roasted wuyis that I swoon over, but the coloring is lighter, without the deep reds & blacks that roasted leaves have. The aroma is a gently sweet & floral incense.
The tea brews to a lovely honey colored cup. It’s sweet, with layers of flavors: honey, some kind of greens (I want to say edible chrysanthemums, but I’ve never actually eaten them), & there is a floral taste & aroma that rise into the sinuses like a fine incense. That’s one of the things I love about Wuyi’s…that incense-like sensation. At first it freaked me out a little, but now I love it.
I’ve been sipping cup after cup of this, while cutting & filing my nails in preparation to practice for a few hours. I have no idea how many cups I’ve drank…maybe 6? The taste is still sweet, not as floral, & my tongue is tingling as if I were drinking a lightly peach flavored sparkling mineral water, making me think of a really fresh & pure artesian spring, bubbling up through the rocky earth, somewhere in the Wuyi Mountains. Now I want to go there, to sit & drink from this spring & just breath. I think I’m tea-drunk, LOL.
I stumbled upon steepster almost a year ago. It was Labor Day weekend. Tony & I were talking about going to the London Tea Room (founded by a couple of chics from London that were nostalgic for a proper cup of english tea). I did a search on one of their teas, to see if they still had it on their menu, but the search led me to a review of that tea, written by our lovely Azzrian! I had never heard of steepster, & although I was drinking large quantities of tea every day & have for years, they were from a fairly small number of vendors. I had no idea there were online tea communities, & I was instantly in love love love!
Within a week I had placed my first order from Verdant, & it was more love love love. My tea collection, which seemed pretty large at 30 or so teas, has blossomed forth each month, as I continue to discover new (to me) companies, make friends with like minded tea freaks, participate in trades, joint purchases, TOMC, teaboxes, etc.
I received this sample in my first Verdant order, or maybe one of the first orders. I can’t believe I haven’t drank it yet! I had a couple of porcelain jars with lids that most of my samples end up in, & this one was in there (with 4 samples of Verdant’s flowering green jasmine…if anybody wants one, please let me know! I’ve already drank several).
Anyway, finally I’m drinking it! Even though it’s a year old, it was well preserved in its foil pouch & it is as tasty as ever. As far as Green teas are concerned, I don’t think anybody can compete with the amazing fresh flavor of these Laoshan greens.
We’re talking freshly steamed edamame…fresh creamy soymilk (I used to make my own), buttery green beans, fresh picked from the garden & steamed. The fresh green taste is so good, & in the 4th steeping my mouth took on a mintiness, a tingling sensation. I’ve now had my green tea for the day, & it’s also a sipdown! 340!