2971 Tasting Notes
And what a tasty tea to wake up to!
I think maybe I’ve decided this year’s blend is just as good, & possibly better than last year’s. I enjoyed this with my first yogurt parfait in years. I got some Kefir granules recently, & I’m making milk kefir for the boys, & making Kefir from canned coconut milk for myself (because I can’t have milk). It’s awesome! If I let it culture longer it becomes yogurt. So I layered blueberries, that coconut yogurt, a spoon of fruit juice sweetened apricot jelly, & some crumbled walnuts. It was like having blueberry cheesecake for breakfast, not too sweet, but so creamy & good. And this cup of tea was perfect alongside it: robust, chocolaty, sweet, malty, yummy!
Why has it been so long since I drank this?
I guess it doesn’t really matter, cuz I’m drinking it now.
It is delicious.
I don’t feel like describing tea right now, but I’ve reviewed it before.
It’s one of those amazing Wuyi Oolongs with deep flavors of berries & chocolate, with a smooth roastiness, there’s even a hint of citrus.
After each sip there is a sensation in the sinuses that is kind of incense-like, that I can only describe as an ‘after aroma’.
I love it…sigh…
I’m enjoying a cup of this before I load up to go play for the monthly tea at the nursing home. I just had an awesome but easy lunch that included a Cherokee purple tomato & shallots from my garden. Now I’m having a cup of purple tea for dessert.
Update: oops! I forgot to upload this before I left! Now I’m back at home. I really do like this purple tea, & just for the record, it isn’t at all like the purple teas from Kenya. I still don’t have words to describe it, but in some ways it reminds me of some other teas, such as Golden Fleece. Hopefully the next time I drink it I can really focus in on what makes the taste so unique!
This is from the HHTTB. I’m not always a big floral fan, but I do like some, & I enjoy roses from time to time in my tea. This one is not bad, although I have had rosier ones. Shortly after drinking this my face started itching. Now before someone from Upton starts shouting, ‘It can’t be the tea!‘, it probably isn’t. I don’t think this is suppose to have any artificial flavors, which I do sometimes react to, but that kind of reaction for me is usually in the form of itchiness in my mouth & throat, or sometimes a burning sensation. So more likely my face itching is from airborn allergies, because St. Louis is allergy hell right now, since we had actually had some rain on sunday.
I woke up at 5:30. I’ve been awake ever since. I usually wake up at 7:30 during the week, which I consider early, so 5:30 sucks. I tried to go back to sleep, but Ms. Theresa wouldn’t shut up:
“You keep saying you want to get up earlier so you can get more things done. So let’s get a move on!”
She has a list too!
So I got up, did my Yoga & weights. Then I watered the garden, which takes forever. Then I had breakfast. Now I’m enjoying the 2nd steep of this tea. Yum! It is honey sweet, but there is also a chocolaty flavor, & a very creamy mouth. Perfect.
Little terri & I are staging a rebellion this morning, just thought you’d like to know. We spent the last 2 weeks (under Ms Theresa’s orders) drinking an endless number of sipdowns. Now admittedly, some of them were quite delicious, especially those coming from our awesome trade with NofarS. That project ended last friday, just in time for the Here’s Hoping TTB box to arrive, followed by the BBB box on Saturday.
According to Ms. Theresa, we have to sample ALL THE TEAS in the HHBox. We already sampled ALL THE TEAS in the BBB Box first (she thought we should do the HHBox first…control freak!). So Ms. Theresa is saying things like:
“You might never get a chance to sample these again! I thought you said we had to try ALL THE TEAS?”
“I might like one of these. I won’t know if we don’t sample it!”
“BLAH BLAH BLAH…”
Ms. Theresa yells a lot! If you don’t know her, she is the critical office lady in my head, the residing adult in there too, & even though she is sometimes mean, she has mad skills as an office lady, designing my website, my wordpress, all the forms I use, paying bills, balancing the budget. She’s just not much fun.
So me & little terri are rebelling. We don’t want to drink ALL THE TEAS, we just want to drink OUR teas, because they are awesome! That’s why we are drinking this cup of tea. Shhhhhhh…don’t tell Ms. Theresa!
This was my final tea of the day, from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
The first steeping was really creamy, that was the one thing that stood out to me. I didn’t take any notes, as I was teaching during this time, but the flavor was wood & sweetness, like maybe raisins. There was more to it than that, but that’s all I can think of for now. I love the box it comes in, which I noticed from the picture. This was a small sample, 5G, & although I tend to go a little heavier with my Shu puerhs, it was very nice, & a sipdown for the HHTTB!
Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB:
Arianna & I shared a small pot of this.
When I think of truffles, I tend to thing ‘chocolate’, like a chocolate bonbon filled with caramel or something.
This is the other kind of truffles. The kind you use pigs to find.
It’s buttery & savory, & Ari, the chef, said it did have a certain truffle like flavor to it. We both enjoyed it.
Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB. This one doesn’t have a page, & quite honestly I’m feeling a little drained this afternoon, so I’m just putting it here.
English Breakfast teabag from Den’s Tea.
I am a fan of breakfast blends at times, so I couldn’t resist giving this one a try, plus it was one of the only unflavored black teas in the box. It’s not bad, kind of like a tea you might get if you asked for tea at a restaurant. Rather generic, but acceptable.