2347 Tasting Notes
I received the next round of samples from TeaVivre. Thank you Angel for this generous parcel of teas! Admittedly, I’m not as into green tea as I used to be, & most of the samples are of that genre, but I do enjoy a good cup of green here & there, so I’m looking forward to sampling all of these. I’m enjoying this while watching Cardinals baseball.
This is a very mild cup. The peach flavor is lightly sweet & very subtle, a natural peach essence, not some phony flavoring agent. The green tea is a very gentle one, not grassy or particularly vegetal, but more of a creamy cooked cereal flavor, almost more like a white tea, actually. I’m not really picking up much of a jasmine flavor. Kind of reminds me of when I used to cook steel cut oats in the crockpot over night & serve them topped with peaches that had been sauteed in a buttery skillet. There’s a little astringency, but not enough to take away from the pleasantness of this cup. I already know which of my students I will enjoy sharing this with.
Yay! Sil you are awesome!
I just got home from Tony’s. Gotta get ready for a wedding reception this evening, & there was a surprise present from Sil, Yay!
This is not my first cup of the day.
Before I drank this I had some of the 2nd flush Assam from Zen Tea that Cavocorax sent to me, but I didn’t log it because I didn’t see a page for it. Is it the Assam Mangalam Cavo?
I also had a cup of Ahmad’s English Breakfast, because Tony has some there & I figure I should drink a cup once in awhile until it’s gone.
I also drank a cup of Bilbo Brew while I was watching the St. Louis Cardinals kick the San Fran Giants’ butts! YEAH!
Then I came home to find Sil’s parcel & immediately made a cup of the Brahmin, which I wanted to try. It’s quite bold! Very full & flavorful, a little sharp around the edges, somewhat astringent, but good. I feel that it also packs a pretty good punch, as my energy field is quite lit up now. Time to load up & go play some music for the masses!
Yay! My swap with Cavocorax arrived today! Woo Hoo!
I spent most of the morning trying to reorganize my tea stash, since it’s the last day of the month. I spent most of the afternoon gardening, & if you’d like to see the latest photos, stop by my Facebook.
This is one of the teas I was longing to sample, LOL, & I thank Cavo for being awesome & sharing it with me, along with some other tasty looking treats! I like straight varieties of tea because each one has it’s own character, but I also enjoy a blend that combines the character of several teas, & this one really hits the spot, as far as I’m concerned.
This is also the first tea I’ve tried (I think) from the Devotea, & I’m looking forward to perusing their website (although right now I have no business perusing ANY teasites!). Luckily, Cavo was crazy-generous, so I’ll get to sample this a few more times.
Someone mentioned this tea yesterday & I said that I kind of liked it, in spite of my tendency towards an aversion to bergamot. There are a few acceptable earl grey’s & this is usually one of them, but today… :p
In all fairness, I overleafed it a bit, so I’ll drink it again in a week or so, just to be nice. Sweetened with stevia & diluted with coconut milk creamer, it was better.
What I know I like about this one is the deeper Assam base, & the bergamot is natural, not some phony phlavor.
Sil, is this the “smokey black tea from China?”
Last time I logged it under ‘Random Steepings’, LOL.
Oh well, no matter, it’s a sipdown!
I didn’t find it really to be THAT smokey, but it was tasty, with an interesting menthol taste & tip of tongue sensation during the last couple of sips!
Just finally came in from my garden about half an hour ago. Now I’m having a salad of homegrown asian mesclun, scallions, & radishes. I love gardening!
So earlier today I stopped by Cheryl’s Herbs to get more Nettles, to help keep my allergies at bay. Cheryl (the owner & amazing herbalist) had a chance to visit, & I told her that although the nettles are helping, I think I need more help. She recommended that I start drinking Lapacho (Pau d’arco), which I have. I don’t care much for it, it’s in a powdered extract form & bitter, but I told her I’d start using it. Her prescription: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp as a tea, 2 X per day, for the next 3 months or so, then switch back to Astragulus root in the fall (which I usually drink in the fall). Both are great immune enhancing teas.
Lapacha is a dark powder. I grimaced as I brought it down from the shelf. Then my eyes settled on the almost empty Gingerbread Rooibos from Trail Lodge tea, a fairly spicy chai like blend. I brewed the Rooibos blend, adding 1/4 tsp of Lapacha to it, along with some stevia, & it was awesome! That was the last of the gingerbread blend, but I have other Chai’s I can mix that “bitter pill” into, or, in the words of Mary Poppins, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!”
I’ve been hoarding the last bit of this sweet bold & malty goodness for awhile, it’s just so good.
The decision has been made (my apologies to the Steepster 12-step group, I know I’m letting you ALL down, I promise I’ll get back on the wagon soon…just one more…). I’m placing an order today for more of this (for me AND Sil, heh), so I made a 16 oz pot of it to share with a student who likes bold black teas. There we sat, discussing the intricacies of harp playing, technique, etc, sipping our cups & he said, “This is really GREAT stuff!”
I aim to please!
Yes, I know, I drank this yesterday. But’s so delicious!
Plus, Drew picked it to have with breakfast, and we must indulge our children from time to time, right? (even when they are 24 years old).
I really am loving the boldness, the cinnamon, the hint of vanilla. I’m sure I’ll taper back on it soon, but for at least a few days I’m also indulging myself.
Tomorrow is pancake breakfast day here, & I already know the 5 of us (That would be me, my 2 sons, plus little terri & Ms Theresa) will all agree unanimously that this is the perfect tea to go with an indulgent breakfast like that!