2335 Tasting Notes
It’s been a nice day! I made an awesome breakfast, we ran a few errands, then we went to the pool hall. We played 9 ball, I won 3, Tony won 6. I’ve been shooting pool since I was young & I’m a pretty good player, but Tony is amazing. He shoots more than I do. I will continue to strive to be a worthy opponent.
Now we’re home, watching Cardinals baseball & working on fixing dinner.
I’ve been putting off sampling this tea, sent to me by SIL because I though it would be a potent Lapsang Souchong type, & although I have grown to enjoy some smokiness, I thought it would be really smokey, & I’m more of a light smoke person. The funny thing is, it isn’t really smokey! It’s a nice bold blend of teas…Keemun, Darjeeling, & maybe some Oolong. A nice full flavor & mouth, if you know what I mean.
Enjoying this cup after a freestyle mix of Taichi/Quigong.
Such a lovely contrast to the Keemun.
So completely different.
Bright, sweet, vanilla & honey & cream. Tingling tongue, nice Chaqi.
They have 2 things in common, no, make that three:
- They both have a hint of mushroom in their bassnotes
- They are both Tea
- They are both from China
(To be sung to the tune of ‘A Thousand years’ by Katie Perri, because I played that song at a wedding Friday evening, along with Halo, Fireflies, Dog Days are Over, Don’t Stop Believing, & a few others. I can’t get it out of my head, & admittedly, these lyrIcs are not a perfect match, but it’s early, so forgive me.)
First cup of the day.
I don’t really have much to say that hasn’t already been said before…
This is a pleasant earthy cup
And now that I’ve drank it up I know I’ll reach for something more.
Earthy, fruity, a little peat moss
Slightly floral, hint of play dough
Oh we love these things
Yes we love these things
Wafting incense, subtle nuance,
Much less smokey than other Keemuns
We all love our teas
How we love our teas….
I’m still working on Sil’s Super Stash of Sipping Splendor
This one has a label that says, “Smokey Black Tea from China”. There’s no company listed, so it ends up here in the Random Steepings heading.
I remember the first time I tried a smokey tea…it totally freaked me out! Now that smokey flavor has grown on me.
This tea has a nice Keemun-type profile, a moderate amount of smoke, a caramelized brown sugar sweetness, and a smooth & creamy vanilla-like mouth feel. A pleasure to drink. Thanks Sil!
Sipdown from Sil’s Sample Box
This is nice, bold, malty, & naturally sweet. There’s a little bitterness, but I’m finding that appealing today. I’m near the end of the cup, & I just noticed an almost beer-like aftertaste, as if there were hops in there. I haven’t had a beer (or any alcohol) for about 30 years, but don’t worry, the flavor isn’t gonna cause me to go out on a bender or anything. :D
Leif & I also shared a pot of this Almond Oolong, which we sweetened with stevia. It’s rather like an almond cookie, although the flavor is a little too ‘almond extract’, but still tasty. It also really tasted almost like it had cinnamon in it, which is probably just my imagination. The formosan oolong base on both this & the Vanilla oolong is nice. Nothing fancy, but pleasant tasting.
Leif & I both preferred the vanilla oolong, however we agreed that this week we should do a sipdown on both, combining them into one teapot to share.
Leif & I did some work in the garden, pruning out the old canes in the blackberry patch, removing weeds, & repairing the trellises. A storm came up, so we weren’t able to finish the project, but we got quite a bit done, & it already looks so much better. The blackberries are starting to flower, & they always look so beautiful. I’ll make sure & post a pic to FB later in the week.
So…it was raining, with thunder & lightening. We came in & enjoyed a couple of pots of tea together. This was the first, & it was actually pretty nice, IMO. I’m one of those people that prefers vanilla ice cream over any other flavor (coconut milk ice cream, that is). So this has a creaminess to the taste & was rather enjoyable. If I was Christopher Walken I’d say, “Needs more Vanilla”.
Otherwise, it was nice.
Another Sipdown, this time it was Leif’s. This is a pretty tasty blend of Irish breakfast, spiced apple chai, & some Hazelnut. Leif & I both enjoyed this one, but we didn’t choose to re-order. By far the best Hobbit blend was the Bilbo Brew (Irish breakfast, sweet potato, cinnamon…I think I’m leaving something out, but it is quite tasty, especially with breakfast).