3071 Tasting Notes
I’ve been drinking so much black tea lately! I’ve been on a serious black tea roll, which is fine since I have tons of black tea here, & I love it so much, but I feel like I am neglecting some of my other wonderful teas, so I brewed a cup of this, western style, & although it does remind me of Laoshan Black, it definitely does have a pineapple fruitiness, & in the resteeps there is a butterscotch taste. I originally got some of this through the TOMC, but am glad I also picked up a little more so that I can enjoy having it in my collection for awhile.
The Chai Tea experiment:
So yesterday I alluded to a homemade coconut milk creamer of sorts, which is included in an online recipe for Chai Thai tea.
I made the creamer yesterday, & tried it in a cup of hot tea. Today I decided to try the iced thai tea that it was really meant for, using this Bengal spice, which was brewed yesterday & chilled overnight.
It’s ok…I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’ll probably try it again, using actual Chai. I may try making the creamer again, with just with vanilla in it for flavoring.
For anyone who is interested in the recipe, here it is:
I’m feeling a little bit like I might be coming down with something, although it may just be another allergen in the air. To play it safe I’m drinking cups of Elderberry, which has proven to me over the years to be an excellent anti-viral. I’m also using this sinus spray called Boogey Buster, which is made with thyme oil & other things. It burns like hell, I hate it, but it really helps to keep the head open.
Last night I restrung one of my Harps, staying up until 3am to get the job done. This afternoon I knew I wanted some Sheng, & this was the only selection from the Sept Reserve TOMC I hadn’t tried. So I’ve been enjoying this all afternoon. I don’t really have much to say about it, other than it’s pleasant, lightly sweet, & I can taste the similarities between this & Master Han’s Wild picked Yunnan. While I was sipping it I was practicing Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” for a performance the first week of Dec. I was retuning my Harp over & over again, because new strings take forever to settle down. I was returning phone calls, & booked a gig for May. I was talking to a potential new student. I was doing other things too. Next time I’ll try to be still, so that I have more to share.
I came across this recipe for making iced Thai Chai. It calls for a homemade coconut milk creamer, which I had to make a half batch of, just to try it out. While I was making it, I started thinking how nice a hot latte would be, & so this tea became the first latte.
The coconut milk has a pleasant oranginess to it, which goes nicely with the Bergamot, & I added a little more sweetness to the cup. Not something I’ll be drinking regularly, but fun to try. I’ll let you all know how the iced chai comes out once everything cools down.
Now that the weather is cooling down, the boys are drinking more tea again, reminiscing about our past Adagio fandom orders, & all that. Drew has all of his classes on Mon, Wed, & Fri. Leif’s classes are on Tues & Thurs. Everyone has been fending for themselves for breakfasts lately (we have a rule in my house, which I call, “Find it, Kill it, Cook it, & Eat it”. Of course, nobody in this house is killing anything, but we have had that rule for a long time, & all of my kids know how to fix food because of it). Leif is on ‘Fall Break’ from his college, so the 3 of us had a nice breakfast together, which included a huge sweet potato that I dug up yesterday! Leif selected this tea & brewed a big pot, which we all enjoyed. It’s a light tasting cup, with a very bright, tart, & fruity flavor. I still haven’t tried it iced, but I bet it would be tasty that way.
This is one of those sad sipdowns, where I’ve been hoarding the last cups-worth for awhile. And now it’s gone. I drank this last cup with a touch of Maple syrup, just cuz it’s so damn good that way!
Today is 22 days since I’ve ordered tea from anywhere. I’m at 214, or at least that’s where I think I am, lol. I’d really like to order more of this from Stacy, along with some of the newer things she has, but I’m still really trying to be good!