2855 Tasting Notes
Can you spell ASSAM?
I think I am in super taster mode for ‘bitter’ today. Most of you probably know this, but there are basically 5 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, & Umami (the savory taste). In Ayurveda & some other Asian cultures there are 6 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, & Astringent. Anyway, this is a bold & somewhat bitter cup, & the last tea I drank was also a bitter cup. Either I’m really picking up the bitter taste today, or I’m over-leafing, or I’m just drinking bitter teas, LOL.
Sometimes when I am tasting the bitter taste, I take a moment to ask myself, “Am I feeling bitter/resentful towards anyone or anything?” (including myself) If I am, I take a few moments to wish that person happiness, prosperity, good health, etc. If there is something I need to do or say, the best thing is to just do it or say it, & then let go & move on. In this way, tea contributes to my mental state, but giving me a moment to reflect, by reminding me that I have choices today.
I’m on a mission.
A mission to drink tea!
Last night I came home from Tony’s & did my monthly tea inventory, updating my collection list & printing it out. Last month I started with 343 teas in my collection, & through a series of sipdowns, got it down to 260. Then the Here’s Hoping TTB arrived. Then the BBBB arrived. For photos, stop by my blog, “Terri’s Airy Fairie World”, [email protected]. I promise I won’t try to sell you anything, get you to enter a contest, or whatever.
Anyway, I also went a little nuts & ordered some stuff. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I know it will, so I went ahead & put it on the list. I’m officially starting the month with 307 teas in my collection. Also my tea collection printout went from 19 pages to 16 pages.
Progress, not perfection!
Of course, this list doesn’t include the entire HHTTB, just the teas I’m planning on keeping. It also doesn’t include the crazy box of teas that I know Sil will bombard me with sometime soon, LOL.
I’m mostly dedicating this week to sampling teas from the HHTTB so I can get it back in the mail, & the BBBB, & also finishing my Sipdown Extravagana on NofarS’ teas, so I can send Sil a crazy box myself.
This tea is the 2nd offering from TastyBrew in the BBBB. It is a mix of straight & curly leaves, in shades of black, gray, & tan, with a bright aroma, kind of high pitched (sorry, I tend to experience sensations in musical terms). I steeped 2 tsp at 3 minutes, with a re-steep at 5. The first steep was a little bitter & peppery initially, & then sweet. The 2nd steep was similar, a little thinner & less bitter & peppery, but still very drinkable. It’s not a bad tea, but not destined to be a favorite. Of course, my tastebuds change from day to day, so probably next time I might notice some different features!
BoxerMama’s 2nd offering to the BBBB.
Due to my milk allergy, I’ve never had Tiramisu. That’s probably a good thing, because I’d be making it all the time & weighing in at 300 lbs in no time. Luckily, there are teas that taste like decadent desserts, & although I shun most of them because of artificial flavors, there are a few exceptions. So this tea has a decent puerh base, free of funky odors & tastes. The prominent taste is coffee, with an unsweetened cocoa powder backdrop. It’s actually a little bitter, & pretty satisfying to me right now. If I added sweetener that would probably bring out more creamy cakey flavors & it would be more dessert-like…or not. I might try adding a little maple on the resteep, just to see how it turns out…& maybe some of that left over coconut whipped cream…hmmmmm….hopefully it won’t ruin it!
This tea was included in the BBB Box by Tasty Brew.
It’s an interesting tasting tea, with a chocolatey taste, plus something else that is vaguely familiar that I just can’t pinpoint. A nice cup!
I’m not familiar with Ali Express, & although they aren’t just a tea co, I added them to the vendors list, so that I could add this tea.
Dammit! Apparently Steepster ate my note on this…aughghghgh!
I’ll try again…
This is one of Sil’s offering to the BBB box. I sampled it while creating a decadent breakfast of gluten free crepes stuffed with mixed berries, coconut whipped cream, & a drizzle of maple syrup. I also made breakfast sausage patties from locally raised ground pork. Now we’re sitting here, fat & happy, watching the baseball game in our PJs.
I love history, & I love that the Antarctica expedition had their own tea blend with them. I don’t know if this is a true re-creation of that blend, but I love the name, & the resulting tea is bold, smooth, & well balanced. I have a big enough sample to try it several times, so perhaps I’ll give a more detailed description next time.
I brought my bag of teas from the BBB Box (the 3B Box…the Triple B Box?) to Tony’s. I figured we’ll be eating a decadent brekkie, sitting around in PJs all day, watching Baseball from noon on (Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds), & hopefully I’ll post a blog entry (I’m a terrible blogger, it takes me forever to create a post).
So, this tea is from BoxerMama! I couldn’t resist starting with it because the name “Scottish Breakfast” is, at least in my mind, synonymous with the word “bold”. And it is! It’s a well rounded cup, with a nice dark chocolate liquor low end, a malty middle, & the high end as fairly bright, my least favorite feature, but it doesn’t ruin the overall cup. I steeped a rounded tsp for 3 min. It’s a little on the astringent side, but definitely lives up to it’s name! Thanks BoxerMama!
This has been an exciting weekend for me! Of course, the things I’m excited about might seem odd to the rest of the world, but you, my dear Steepsterites, will understand perfectly, LOL.
First, the HHTTB arrived Friday. I’ve already sample several things & will plan on getting it back in the mail by the end of this week.
Secondly, the BBBB arrived on Saturday! It’s basically a 4 person TTB, focused mainly on full leaf black teas, but with some flexibility. It took about a month to complete the first round, & we’re on our 2nd round now.
And finally, I realized that today is my 1 year anniversary of joining Steepster!!! So I’m celebrating the day by drinking awesome teas! I thought about doing a favorite tea countdown, but the truth is, there really is no #1, there are several, LOL. Also, I’m at Tony’s, so the majority of my tea collection is 5 minutes away at my house.
Luckily I have this wonderful Assam with me, & it IS on my list of #1 favorite teas, so it is my first cup of the day. A lovely cup! A delicious cup!
If I get my act together, I’ll try to post pics of the tea boxes on my blog later today.
If you’re a newby & have no idea what those initials stand for:
HHTTB = Here’s Hoping TTB
TTB = Traveling Tea Box
BBBB = go ahead, guess… ;)
I’m backtracking here. I drank a couple of cups of this during the afternoon while I was practicing & getting ready to go play a wedding. It was delicious, as always, with it’s rich roasty chocolatiness. The bride had 3 special requests for the ceremony:
“Your Song” by Elton John for the entrance of the grandparents, bridesmaids, & groom.
“Something” by the Beatles for the entrance of the Bride.
“Accidentally in Love” by the Counting Crows for the recessional.
I find it hard to believe that I only drank 2 teas today, complete with resteeps of course. But they were 2 delicious, satisfying teas, so no complaints.
Also, when I went home to get ready for the wedding, I discovered that the BBB Box arrived yesterday!! Yay!
First tea of the morning. I really love this tea, but I realized this morning after brewing in the mug that I love it so much more when I choose Gongfu over Western. So many of the buttery sugary subtleties that make this tea such an awesome experience are muddled in the cup.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy my tea this morning, of course, I’m just saying it would have been better if I had used my Gaiwan.