3005 Tasting Notes
When you don’t see your friends for a long time, you grow in different directions, as we all know, & although I’ve always been into tea, the extent of my tea collection/obsession kind of blew my friend away a little bit. She started talking about making Kombucha & bringing over a mother for me, & was very interested in trying different teas to make Kombucha from. We had a nice long discussion about how teas are processed. The recipe she uses for her Kombucha uses a bagged oolong. Next thing you know, I was doing a show & tell on all my Oolongs, & then we shared several steepings of this one. I love the roasty incense & fruit qualities of Wuyi Oolongs, & this is one of my favorites.
I ran into a friend at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago. I’ve known her for 27 years, our kids knew each other growing up, but we rarely find time to hang out, so she came over for breakfast today. Almond flour pancakes, berries, homemade sausage patties, & Tiger Assam!! Bold & beautiful! :)
It was nice to have a little time to relax with a friend, even if I had to get up a little earlier than usual to do so (she was here at 9am!)
I drank a little of this during the late afternoon, while teaching. I was trying to get myself to drink something other than black, & although I’ve enjoyed this tea before, admittedly, it left me feeling unsatisfied. I’ve been feeling a little ambivalent about a lot of things lately. Much too much going on, not enough time to collect myself. And so my ‘fancy’ teas are sitting on the shelf, looking dejected, while I go straight for the comfort teas: rich bold blacks!
There is nothing wrong with this tea. On another day I would have reveled in it’s fairy-like qualities. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted, & I hadn’t had this one for awhile. I should have gone with a Shu instead.
I’ve already reviewed this one several times. It’s a lovely yunnan type, twisted into snail coils, sweet & rich. I polished it off this morning, making a 16 oz dragon pot, steeped at 4 minutes, & then resteeped at 6.
I’ve been inundated with music to practice, life in general, & although I’m sure I must be insane, I will begin my nanowrimo project tomorrow at midnight, or maybe friday. We’ll see.
Jeez, I’m so behind on my posts that I won’t even try to catch up!
This is my 2nd tea of the day, the first one was a pot of Tiger Assam, which was absolutely wonderful with breakfast.
This one is a sample from Garret. It’s a green tea that was roasted in a clay jar, & it’s the flavor is very different to me. It reminds me of something, but I can’t quite place it… roasted green bell peppers & I’m kind of getting some roasted chestnuts in there too. Of course, my tastebuds might be a little out of whack! LOL!
All in all, I’ve gone through several pleasant steepings while teaching, & I’d call this a savory brew. Thanks Garret!
Tony & I are leaving town for the weekend! WooHoo!
We’re headed off to the Original Springs Hotel, which is less than an hour from home. It’s an old Victorian hotel & mineral water spa, with an indoor pool, a pool table, a pretty nice restaurant, & you can get a mineral bath & massage. This was the first place we ever went away together, about 13 or so years ago. We don’t go every year, but it’s so nice to just get away for a few days.
We’re bringing my electric kettle, real cups & strainers, a selection of teas, our pool cues, swimsuits, snacks (cuz we’ll be watching Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, followed by Edward Norton on SNL), my Yoga mat, PJs, & a few clothes. R & R, Baby!
He’s picking me up at one, and of course, I have a ton of stuff to do before he gets here, LOL. First up, drink a pot of this tasty blend & send an email announcement to the St. Louis Harp Society (yeah, I’m still president). Onward through the fog….
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!