2973 Tasting Notes
My kitchen is swept & mopped, & I just spent the last hour cleaning my dining room, so now the table is no longer covered with the overflow of my tea drinking life. It feels good to have a straightened up a little. At least it’s a start, right?
I made a couple of steeps of this, mainly because it is one of the sept TOMC selections, & the only one I hadn’t drank yet. It is a high quality tea, but once I sat down with it, I realized it’s just not what I’m in the mood for. I’m a little tea-ed out after the weekend. Just not really sure what I want to drink next.
It’s the last day of the month! I keep trying to make the last day of the month my day to clean house, complete any loose ends, etc. Today I’d really like to accomplish some things, & I have no students until 2:30, so hopefully I’ll get a move on here shortly. But first breakfast & more tea!
For all my love of full leaf individual teas, I also love a good blend. That’s exactly what this is too! It’s bright, it’s rich, it’s earthy, it’s bassy. It’s also sweet, clean, fruity/winelike. What more can I say? Nothing. So I’ll finish this cup. And my breakfast.
Not to gloat, at least not too much, but I think I may have won the Sipoff, ending the day at 216 total teas left in my cupboard.
Of course, there’s always a downside to each & every conquest, & in my case, I did not sleep worth a damn last night. I wonder why?
Sil, dear Sil, I hope you slept better than I did, & I hope you’re feeling better today too. For today, I’m not planning any sipdowns.
I’m just drinking tea. Starting with this one.
This one is the forest floor. Helping to bring me back down to earth after a night of tossing & turning (and peeing, yeah, I’ll admit it).
This is my final sipdown of the day & weekend!!
‘Menta Poleo’, from La Indiana. Sil got this during her vacation in Cuba.
What can I say? It’s mint tea, with 10% Pennyroyal I think. Which makes it a little more minty & refreshing, with a little slightly bitter bite at the bottom.
I’m done drinking tea for the night, I am waterlogged. I’m also out of sipdown material! All the other small quantities I have are either black teas or puerh samples, so this is it!
Thanks Sil! This was a lot of fun. I’m not sure who the official Queen of the Sipdowns is, we can figure that out tomorrow, but this has been an awesome & crazy tea drinking weekend, & I made it through 46 teas! So my cupboard total is 216.
One of my last sipdowns of the day, I’ve had this for at least a couple of years, as part of the Fresh & Fruity variety pack collection. I think my favorite was actually the blackberry, vanilla, & nettle flavor (or something like that, it’s been that long). So this is the last teabag from that collection. It’s tart, kind of like a weak jello. If I added sweetener it would probably be more jello-like. The aftertaste is orangey. This would probably make good ice tea, actually.
The 2nd of the Chang Yun tuochas was a purple bud, which I steeped in my Gaiwan, doing a series of pours in between the other teas I’ve been drinking. Sort of a palate cleanser, LOL.
I enjoyed this one more than the sticky rice one. The flavor was a little richer, in my opinion. Otherwise, neither one was particularly remarkable.
This afternoon I’ve been sipping on 2 tuochas in between various other teas. I got them both from the HHTTB. The first one is the Chang yun sticky rice tuocha. It is a Sheng that amazingly smells & tastes like sticky rice. The aroma brings back fond memories of a dessert they serve at the vietnamese restaurant that I used to frequent. It was a mound of sticky rice, topped with a mango half, & drizzled with coconut milk. Delicious, & not too sweet. This sheng, of course, tastes nothing like that, but it does have the sticky rice flavor, which is kind of amazing. Other than that, it is a sheng, a little on the bitter end.