2855 Tasting Notes
I don’t have to do anything.
That’s not entirely true…there is a list of things I should do, but years ago someone said to me, “Don’t should on yourself”. LOL
I have one thing that I know I’ll do this afternoon: season 2 yixing pots & drink from them. Yes…I am confessing, Sil. In a moment of crazy compulsiveness I placed a Mandala order last Friday, that including 2 more yixing pots. I had been contemplating them for awhile, I love my other tiny teapots so much, & when I went to shopmandala.com to order the blooming black, I was like an alcoholic in a blackout. The next thing you know I was staring at my receipt, wondering WTF happened??? Oh well! Thus is life. I’m really not allowed to order any more tea or paraphenalia for awhile.
Before I get started on seasoning pots, I’m enjoying this tea! I like to pack my little blue lotus porcelain pot (same size as a yixing, but suitable for whatever I feel like steeping at the moment) about half full & do lots of short steeps with this tea. I’ve got a pretty good tea-buzz on right now!
I used to have a Harp program in the St. Louis Magnet Schools Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Middle School (Carr Lane) & High School (Central). The VPA schools were the crowning glory of St. Louis Public Schools, with amazingly talented students in all forms of art: dance, music, visual, drama, etc. We also had the highest test scores in the district, & our school motto was, “Smart through the Arts”.
The district went into disarray, & as cuts were made & the schools went downhill, along with the pressure to make everything you teach somehow fit into ‘preparation for standardized testing’, & a new principal at the middle school who did everything he could to dismantle the arts from the curriculum, I quit a few years ago. I had given it 12 years (part time), I have students studying at colleges here & there, & I feel grateful that they keep in touch.
Today I met with the new principal at the middle school, who wants to start my program up again. This was our 2nd visit, & he is a graduate from the VPA program & even studied Harp (under a previous teacher). He really wants to have Harp available again, AND he’s a really nice guy! So, we talked about my ideas for how the program could be even better than it was, and he’s looking for funding. I leave it to the universe to decide, knowing that either way, all of my needs, desires, & dreams are abundantly fulfilled.
What does all this have to do with this tea? LOL
I steeped this before I left the house for 3 min & resteeped for 5 min, combined both in my porcelain lined stainless steel cup with a little stevia, & this was my driving tea today. Chocolate rice crispy treats!
So of course as soon as Garret mentioned these last week, I had to place an order, right? I’m not really a big fan of blooming teas, but this is a blooming black tea, so that’s my excuse!
These are malty little flowers with a sweet backdrop! I’ve tried them 2 ways this morning:
First, while I was fixing my breakfast (leftover homemade soup), I put one in my little glass gaiwan, which I don’t use much because it gets way too hot! But it was perfect for this because the flower bloomed nicely! I did 4 steepings: 1min, 2min, 3min, 4.
They were all tasty, but I think #3 was my favorite. I can foresee just blooming a single flower in a 4oz cup for 3 or 4 minutes, when I want something quick & easy, just a small cup of tea.
Then I put 3 of them in my regular cup & steeped 4 minutes. That one was my true favorite, with the full richness of what these little cones have to offer! The final cup is a resteep of all 4 cones @ 5 min, & that’s pretty decent too!
I think this is sipdown #7 today, although I’m not quite sure, LOL.
I’ve had these tuochas for awhile, & that first 1 minute steep is a little on the watery side for me. I gave the 2nd steep 1.5 min, 2 for the third, 3 for the 4th, & 4 for the 5th steep.
Leather, Oak, sweet earth, & semolina are the tastes I received.
Thank you Stacy for sending me a sample of this tea.
I’m not always a big Ceylon fan, but I wanted to try it anyway, because it’s in Stacy’s Irish Breakfast Blend, along with Khongea Golden Tippy Assam, & Hattialli Golden Lion Assam. I love that blend, so I figured I should try this tea by itself. Actually it’s pretty nice!
It’s not a bold, wake me up, breakfast tea. It’s a very clean & sweet cup, very light on the tongue, leaving the mouth with a juicy sensation. The flavor is crisp & bright, & slightly fruity. I can see why it compliments the other 2 teas in the Irish Breakfast Blend!
Sipdown #4 (I think I’m on 4).
This is a sad sipdown, as this really is a tasty tea!
This is one of the first Wuyi’s I fell in love with, & although it may not be as fancy & complex as some of the other Wuyi’s I’ve drank since then, it is delicious & wonderful. The main thing that comes to mind with this one is the banana pudding my mom used to make, with the vanilla wafers. Yeah, I bet your mom made it too!