2967 Tasting Notes
I’m just finally getting rolling. I stayed up til 3 am (AGAIN?), reading through the Harp part for Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Of course, that was after the Cardinals won the 2nd game of the World Series (for the uninformed, Boston won game 1), then Tony & I had to stay up to watch Jimmy Fallon, cuz we love Edward Norton. Then I came home & played my harp. I told myself I was just gonna take a peek at the music, & even though some part of me knew that was BS, once I opened it, it was on the music stand, & I was playing it.
I don’t know how I’ve played the Harp for 35 years & never played Ceremony of Carols (shaking head in disbelief), but I’ll be playing it this year, possibly for 2 different groups!
So I’m celebrating with this tea!! This is definitely at the top of the list of my most favorite black teas, most favorite Verdant teas, most favorite teas period, jostling for position with a few others. Like a scalper who buys concert &/Or Baseball tickets & then sells them at a ridiculous price, I really stocked up on this one (although I’m not planning on selling any of it, LOL). There are many many other black teas that I enjoy drinking, and a fairly long list of black teas that I absolutely Love, but something about this one stands out, for me, & it’s wonderful!
Drinking a pot of this, while doing the prep work for dinner, although it’s another ‘low & slow’ type meal, & because I was busy doing other things, it won’t be ready until probably 9pm, lol.
Last night’s dinner was also way behind schedule, so the boys ate egg salad. I went to Tony’s to watch the first World Series game (if you’re from Boston, go ahead & gloat), & Tony fed me dinner. When the dinner at home was finally ready, I had the boys let it cool & then stick it in fridge. For breakfast today we reheated the slow-oven BBQ pork steaks, & had crispy potatoes (not good for me, but so damn good),& a pile of chard from my garden. I know that’s not what Normies eat for Brekkie, but it was amazing!
This tea is ok. I got it from my tea sister Sil awhile back. While it’s hot is a little bright & nicely lightly floral, but as it cooled down, the floral turned to an almost soapy perfume taste. :p
I’ve been working my way through the BBBBox, & this one is from the 2nd round, contributed by TastyBrew. I enjoyed a 16oz pot of this with my breakfast, & while teaching my first student of the day.
What can I say about it? I don’t know, LOL. I wrote a pretty good review of it last time. It’s a tasty black tea, like so many others, with a little bit of a peppery edge, & a little bright.
Hmmmm…not really sure what to say about this cup of tea.
It’s lively! My taste buds feel like they are wiggling around, almost like I’m having a carbonated beverage.
It has a wild fruitiness to it, an almost unruly taste.
It also reminds me of beer, kind of a slightly bitter hoppiness to it.
That was the 3min steep.
While I’m waiting for the 5 min resteep, I’m measuring out tea for the Bodacious Babes Black Box :D
I’ve been drinking so much black tea lately! I’ve been on a serious black tea roll, which is fine since I have tons of black tea here, & I love it so much, but I feel like I am neglecting some of my other wonderful teas, so I brewed a cup of this, western style, & although it does remind me of Laoshan Black, it definitely does have a pineapple fruitiness, & in the resteeps there is a butterscotch taste. I originally got some of this through the TOMC, but am glad I also picked up a little more so that I can enjoy having it in my collection for awhile.
The Chai Tea experiment:
So yesterday I alluded to a homemade coconut milk creamer of sorts, which is included in an online recipe for Chai Thai tea.
I made the creamer yesterday, & tried it in a cup of hot tea. Today I decided to try the iced thai tea that it was really meant for, using this Bengal spice, which was brewed yesterday & chilled overnight.
It’s ok…I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’ll probably try it again, using actual Chai. I may try making the creamer again, with just with vanilla in it for flavoring.
For anyone who is interested in the recipe, here it is:
I’m feeling a little bit like I might be coming down with something, although it may just be another allergen in the air. To play it safe I’m drinking cups of Elderberry, which has proven to me over the years to be an excellent anti-viral. I’m also using this sinus spray called Boogey Buster, which is made with thyme oil & other things. It burns like hell, I hate it, but it really helps to keep the head open.