1871 Tasting Notes
There’s nothing else I can say about this tea that hasn’t already been said, by myself & by others. It was just what I needed this morning!
I’ve had a couple of busy days, drinking lots of tea on the go, & it was nice this morning to just enjoy this. I steeped the leaves 3 times: 3 minutes, 4 minutes, & 5 minutes. I sipped while I fixed my breakfast, I sipped with my breakfast, I sipped after breakfast during my 1st student of the day. My morning is complete!
This is not the first time I’ve drank this, or even the 2nd, but apparently it is the first time I’m logging it here. It is very nice, with flavors of semolina & perhaps a dark dried fruit, like raisins or prunes. It’s very smooth, a nice depth to it, & doesn’t have any of the compost pile flavors that some Puers feature. It’s a little late at night for me to be drinking tea, but I’ve had a busy couple of days & I feel that I deserve some Shu, plus it doesn’t ever seem to keep me up, so I’m enjoying my last cup (steep # 8, I think).
I woke up with a headache, & so spring begins. I love spring, but my allergies tend to make it a rough time for me. I know other people that are also already having allergies, so at least I’m not alone. Anyway, the only thing on my mind was getting some caffeine in my sys, in hopes that the headache would pass. I drank, in succession, not all at once:
Keemun (London Tea Room)
Kenyan (also LTR)
Bolder Breakfast (Tea Spot)
Three Gardens Breakfast Blend (Rep of Tea, in bags)
I still have a headache, & inspite of my caffeine buzz, I’m not feeling particularly awake or alert. Gonna go practice for an hour, then I have to leave for a orch rehearsal.
Onward through the fog….
I’ve always loved licorice root. It is definitely one of my most favorite herbs. 30 years ago I used licorice root sticks to quit smoking, & I’ve turned others onto them for the same reason. Basically, I’d buy the sticks, which are about the size of a long thin cigarette, & chew on the end of one, holding it like I would hold a cigarette. The flavor is naturally sweet & pleasant, at least to me. What’s amazing about licorice is you taste it after you swallow it, & the flavor lingers for quite awhile. I have drank licorice as a tea for a very long time, both plain & in combinations. I originally became interested in it in my 20’s when I read that it is a natural antidepressant, helps balance your blood sugar & helps for chronic fatigue syndrome, problems I suffered from for a long time. (Not anymore, I’m cured from that, fibro-whatever, arthritis, & everything else).
So I used to get a licorice tea from an herb shop in Kansas City, “House of Hezekiah”. I’ve also enjoyed this blend from Yogi teas for years. It’s sweetly spicey & gently warming. I haven’t drank a lot of licorice lately, & I think I need to add some back into my life. I’ve even been thinking of adding it to my garden this year, along with Elderberry, burdock, & a few others.
The gig went great! I sold a bunch of CDs, ran into a few people I hadn’t seen for years, & as always, had fun doing my favorite thing. Before I left the house I filled my Starbucks 16oz Thermal thingy with the last of this Assam, & it stays so hot in there that it got me through the gig.
In my sippy cup to drink during the first set!
Basically an earl grey a la Orange, plus stevia
I’m sitting in my car, polishing of the last of this mornings first cup before I unload my electric harp & sound sys. This morning I’m playing at an event called the Healthy Planet Expo. There will be vendors for everything from wheat grass juicers to grass fed beef. There will be experts on solar panels, holistic health, org gardening, etc. I think I’m the only person who actually gets paid to be here. Luckily, they like my mix of jazz, blues, originals, classic rock, & the occasional classical piece. (Did someone ask for Canon in D?)
I do a similar event in the same location, & that was is a psychic fair.
Anyway, I accidentally overstepped this a bit, so it’s a little more peppery than usual & slightly bitter, but the maltiness is still there, & I just took the last sip.
Time to unload & play roadie.
Sipdown from the Azzi-box! Thanks again Azzrian!
I worked on the tasty cup while practicing the aforementioned orch piece. Got a busy day tomorrow, so that’s all the caffeine I get today!
Now for some food!
Another tea from the Azzrian Box, this one is tasty.
I’ve been drinking this while I study the score to a piece I’ll be playing for the Orchestra @ the university I teach at (UMSL).
One of the kids from the U won a concerto competition on cello, so we’ll be performing this piece (which requires 2 harps, my student there is playing the 2nd part) on the 18th, with rehearsals on the 11th & 18th. It’s a beautiful haunting piece, Schelomo by Ernest Bloch, based on Jewish melodies. Very dramatic, with lots of tempo changes, so I’ve been listening to the piece & following the score, to find the harp part, which is not easy to find in some places! But I’m starting to get the gist of the piece & how I fit in. I just got the music a few days ago, so it will take priority for the next week of so!
After a series of milk-toast teas (not counting ‘fo shou’, of course, because it’s anything but dull), I’m craving bold assam. This is the only one in the house, so I’m going for it.
I need to find a few really awesome assams to add to my collection. Bold, malty, you know what I’m looking for!