3007 Tasting Notes
A nice Shu, sent to me by Spencer, that is earthy & woody, with a little camphor in the later steepings. There were some chocolate notes somewhere in the middle. I gave a quick rinse, then steeped in my yixing: 15 sec/30/45/1min/2min/3min etc.
In these later steepings, it’s mellowed to a nice semolina sweetness, with a creamy texture. Still sipping…
This is a nice tea, compliments of the leaf hoppers, with its lovely honey sweetness & hint of coriander (at least that’s how I taste it). It does have a gentle pastry quality as well.
I’ve had my lunch break, which naturally took way longer than I intended, but I should be able to get in at least 30 minutes of writing now, then I have a wedding client coming at 2:30. Where has the day gone?
This one is a trade from Spencer. It’s a lightly refreshing gently fruity & sweet one, which was nice to sip on while I was practicing. My daughter, who recently moved back in with me (along with my grandson), woke up, & we ended up visiting for a little while, so my 45 minute practice session ended up starting about 15 minutes late, but I skipped the 15 minute break & played 90 minutes instead. So I’m basically back on track, more or less. My next 45 minute ‘work’ session will be working on my nanowrimo novel, but the truth is, I need a little food first, so that session will probably also last 90 minutes.
First tea of the day, this is a lovely gentle assam, sweet & fruity. There is a yeasty malty taste, reminding me of fresh baked honey wheat bread. There is also a ‘cheesy’ quality to it, kind of a rich thickness, a little tangy, almost like a cheese spread, or a nutritional yeast spread. Although this is not a bold tea, it is a complex tea, nonetheless, & a tasty one.
Today, in an effort to get some things done, I’m returning to my practice of 45/15. That’s 45 minutes of doing something useful, like practicing for the upcoming HoliDaze season, or working on my Nanowrimo novel, or deskwork, returning phone calls, etc. The 15 minutes is my hourly break to make tea, visit you guys, etc. I spent the first 45 journaling & doing yoga, etc. The 2nd 45 was fixing breakfast. Next up, 45 minutes on the harp! Here I go!
I’m taking a break from my novel. One of my main characters is brewing sheng in her yixing right now, & although I’d also like to be sipping cups of sheng, for now I’m going with green tea. I’ve always kind of enjoyed this one. The sencha is very clean, the cherry is not cough syrupy, there’s a light floral. I’m not as in love with it as I was when it first came on the market, but I enjoy an occasional cup.
I actually started the day at Tony’s, drinking a cup of Butiki’s Irish Breakfast, because that’s what I have there. Now I’m at home. The Harp Technician, Ed, is here. He comes to town every year, making adjustments on the big harps (kind of like going to the chiropractor), so that they sound their best. I recently restrung my harp as well, so it will be in top condition, just in time for all the HoliDaze gigs.
Nothing to say about this tea, as I’ve reviewed it many times, & I’m suppose to be working on my novel right now!