3091 Tasting Notes
I’ve been packing up the BBBBox for Sil & Tasty Brew, with a couple of black teas & a sweet little trick or treat surprise (never mind that they won’t get it for awhile, lol).
I’ve also packed up my latest collection of samples for You, Sil!
And because of that, I get to count the following Sipdowns:
Coconut Milky Oolong – The Tea Spot
Smokejumper Ginger – The Tea Spot
Qu Hao Silk – The Tea Spot
Russian Caravan – The Tea Spot
Blackberry Custard – Trail Lodge Teas
I was gonna send the last of the Trail Lodge Caramel Oolong, but one of the boys drank it!
It’s the last day of the month, AND Halloween, & in between practicing sessions & food, I’m trying to manage a few sipdowns.
This one is from the very first box my tea sister Sil sent to me! And an awesome box it was, full of wonderful little packages! This is a black tea with citrus, cinnamon, vanilla, & other spices. It’s a little heavy on the cloves for me, but otherwise it really reminds me of ‘Constant Comment’. It’s been years since I’ve had a cup of that!
I only had one student today, at 11:00, & she really likes green tea.
I make a point of serving her a different one every week, which is fun. Previously she had only ever had bagged greens, so it’s always interesting to see how she likes the various greens I share. This was her first Genmaicha, & she loved it!
When you don’t see your friends for a long time, you grow in different directions, as we all know, & although I’ve always been into tea, the extent of my tea collection/obsession kind of blew my friend away a little bit. She started talking about making Kombucha & bringing over a mother for me, & was very interested in trying different teas to make Kombucha from. We had a nice long discussion about how teas are processed. The recipe she uses for her Kombucha uses a bagged oolong. Next thing you know, I was doing a show & tell on all my Oolongs, & then we shared several steepings of this one. I love the roasty incense & fruit qualities of Wuyi Oolongs, & this is one of my favorites.
I ran into a friend at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago. I’ve known her for 27 years, our kids knew each other growing up, but we rarely find time to hang out, so she came over for breakfast today. Almond flour pancakes, berries, homemade sausage patties, & Tiger Assam!! Bold & beautiful! :)
It was nice to have a little time to relax with a friend, even if I had to get up a little earlier than usual to do so (she was here at 9am!)
I drank a little of this during the late afternoon, while teaching. I was trying to get myself to drink something other than black, & although I’ve enjoyed this tea before, admittedly, it left me feeling unsatisfied. I’ve been feeling a little ambivalent about a lot of things lately. Much too much going on, not enough time to collect myself. And so my ‘fancy’ teas are sitting on the shelf, looking dejected, while I go straight for the comfort teas: rich bold blacks!
There is nothing wrong with this tea. On another day I would have reveled in it’s fairy-like qualities. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted, & I hadn’t had this one for awhile. I should have gone with a Shu instead.