2855 Tasting Notes
I’m starting the day with samplings from the grab bag Tasty Brew added to our BBB Box, so that I can get this box in the mail! This one has a definite apple peel taste, with a bright grapiness around the sides of the tongue. It’s a little on the astringent side, & I’d probably better eat breakfast before I sample any more, LOL, as my stomach doesn’t take well to astringency when empty.
Last night I ate a bunch of Blue Diamond almond & rice crackers. That turns out to be a mistake, as I woke up with a headache & my guts have been hurting all day. I gave up grains (among other things) nearly 2 years ago, & every health issue I had has gone away since then, every ache & pain, etc. So every now I then I think, “I haven’t eaten THAT for awhile. How bad can it really be?”
It’s always a mistake. The worst one was the english muffin I had about 15 months ago. I suffered for that one. Never again.
Oh well…we live, we learn, right?
As soon as Stacy said she was working on this blend, I wanted it. The Irish Breakfast came out so good, I knew I’d love this one too. I drank a cup yesterday evening. I drank a cup today after the gig. I didn’t really think about the various tastes, I just needed to chill out & this tea became my chill out tea. The familiar rich sweetness of Taiwanese Assam, the grounding earthiness of Keemun, & a little brightness too. It’s a tasty brew & I’ll probably be more descriptive in some future post, but for now I’d say it is a very nicely balanced & blended tea, because none of the components stand out on their own, they fit together like a puzzle, creating a smooth,malty & sweet cup.
Last tea before I go home, load up my harp, & go play a one hour gig at a nursing home. I forgot to bring tea to Tony’s last night. Luckily I always have something here, though not much. I still like Tazo Chai. I used to drink it with french vanilla soy creamer & stevia. I also used to drink iced chai latte’s with extra pumps & soymilk at Starbucks. I actually had a pretty bad habit with those a few years back. Now I only have one when I’m at the airport, it’s part of my airport protocol to drink a chai while I’m waiting to board the plane.
Today I"m drinking my Chai with a little stevia to bring out the spices. No soy or almond milk, no creamer. I could put coconut milk kefir in it, but last time I tried that it just didn’t work for me.
Go Cards! 5 – 0
A perfect brew to have with a decadent breakfast of gingerbread almond flour pancakes with maple syrup, bacon, & eggs. The tea is a mix of irish breakfast, sweet potato, & vanilla green. Since I was already having a sweet brekkie, I left the tea unsweet & bold. Now we’re watching Cardinals baseball, hoping they will sweet the Pirates. I won’t get to watch the whole game, because I have to go home soon to get ready for a gig, but they have a good start so far, 2 – 0!
It’s hot in St. Louis. It hasn’t rained in weeks. I just got home from playing at a wedding, & I’m just chilling out, being grateful for air conditioning. I’d like to take a nap, but there are things to do.
So I’m sampling this Sheng. Again, the word “Restorative”, comes to mind. I’m on the 6th or 7th steep, & all I want to do is sit her & breath. Breath & sip. This is another Sheng that is fairly young, but not harsh in any way or form. It’s like the waters of a sweet spring, with a mild sourdough bread to it, a light fruitiness (peach?), a clean mineral taste, a delicate vegetal taste, and a creamy thick sensation.
So soothing, so ‘clean’, like fresh linens.
I changed up my steeping parameters for this one, just kind of following my intuition. I went with 3 Grams of tea in the Gaiwan. The first round of 4 steeps (1st one alone, next 3 combined in a pitcher) was 4/6/8/10. 2nd round 15/20/25/30. 3rd round 35/40/45/50
Now I’m in the later steepings. My tongue is tingling, & I feel like I’m drinking a very creamy mushroom broth. How can something be clean & creamy at the same time, you ask? Only in the world of tea, my friends.
A very nice Sheng!
This was included in the BBB Box by TastyBrew, who added a ‘grab bag’ feature! I’m not always a huge Darjeeling fan, but I have to admit, this is pretty tasty this morning! It has a bit of that earthy ‘gutsy’ kind of character that some darjeelings seem to have, maybe a little on the acidic side, kind of an oaky tannic taste. There’s also just a hint of a floral in the back of my throat & a pinch of salt on the center of my tongue. I’m not sure that I’ll keep it. It depends on whether Sil or BoxerMama want to sample it (let me know). As far as Darjeelings go, this one is ok. There are several others in the grab bag as well.
Now it’s time for me to play dress up, load up my harp, & go enjoy playing at a Catholic wedding (not full mass, & I’m grateful for that as I’m not really wanting to sit through a long service. No offense to the Catholics!)
Last week I went on the Yunnan Sourcing website. I’ve been haunting that site for awhile, reading about the various Puerhs they offer, but on this particular evening I was looking for something interesting to share with the ‘Babes’ (BBBB). Since we’re all lovers of the dark side, we’ve more or less committed our box to mostly unflavored black teas, along with some puerh, so I had been checking out their black tea offerings, & I knew which ones I wanted. I started filling out my shopping cart, of course I was only gonna get 2 teas, but then I saw this. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Jin Jun Mei, & what can I say? Rich malty goodness, a little sweet, a little peppery. Anyone who has read my post over the last 2 days knows that I went a little overboard in the ordering department, but all the teas I ordered sounded SO GOOD, and they ARE! I still have 2 sheng samples to try out, but I’ve been pleased with my order, AND it didn’t break the bank either!
So now I have enough tea to share with my Black Box Buddies for the next couple of months!
My new friend Scott sent me a sample of this with my order. I drank many many steepings all evening. Before I started I was pretty drowsy, but that changed nicely. The dry aroma was so soothing, the tea itself was so restorative. I used to prefer Shu over sheng, but now I love them both.
Thank you Scott!