2511 Tasting Notes
Leif & I are cleaning house today. The kitchen is done, as is my studio. Now we’re taking a break, & sampling a bunch of teas from the TTB-A, so that I can send it off. We have 6 gaiwans lined up, using 1/2 tsp or so per Gaiwan This is our first sample.
This one is fairly astringent & has a hint of apple, which would probably be more prominent if we added sweetener, but both of our 2 oz cups are already empty.
This was actually my first cup of the day, steeped for 1 minute. I have additional re-steepings that I will get to later.
It’s not the bold in your face kind of tea that I’ve been leaning towards lately. This is more of an introspective type of brew, with a grapey flavor, a lively tongue tingle, & some serious chaqi.
Leif & I have been enjoying breakfast together (Drew is at a summer college class). We’ve also been perusing the Adagio Site, planning our next order. So far it looks like we may go with the following:
Bilbo Brew – re-order
Tardis – Re-order
One of the Team Fortress Two’s fandom blends for Leif
Avada Kadavra (I just have to have it because of the name…lol)
More Cowbell (gotta have it!)
I have to remember to send a $5 off coupon to a friend. Anybody else want one? :D
Regarding Kili – it’s a blend of Ceylon Sonata, Vanilla, Oriental Spice, & Ginger. It’s not bad, nicely gingery. Leif likes it with creamer. Decent with breakfast, especially a sweet breakfast like pancakes, but we both prefer Bilbo Brew, in part because of the Assam base, but also just because it is tastier!
I’m finally getting my tastebuds back.
I may never eat grapefruit again…
I made a nice big pot of this to enjoy in the bubble bath. It was very pleasant. Early on I tasted sweet juicy apple. I don’t know if there’s actually apple in there, lol, but that’s what I tasted, along with a gentle black tea & caramel.
This is a sipdown from the Super sampler Sil sent me. Thanks again!
I haven’t eaten grapefruit for awhile. Did you know that eating grapefruit, or drinking it’s juice, or drinking water with slices of grapefruit will make your tea taste more bitter? I learned this lesson yesterday & this morning. Tony is really into fruit water right now, & fruit water is very tasty, indeed. It’s especially nice after working out & very refreshing. Unfortunately, if it has grapefruit slices in it, it kind of ruins the taste of tea, especially flavored teas. I had a glass this morning (luckily I had my first cup of tea of the day first), & immediately realized that the center of my tongue retained the bitter taste.
I made a cup of this tea, which is NEVER bitter, & sadly, today it is. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the cup while fixing breakfast, & am sipping the re-steep while watching the recap of last nights Induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks to the grapefruit, it’s not nearly as awesome as usual, but I know what it REALLY tastes like. I was hoping eating breakfast would cleans my palate, so to speak, but no…
I hope this passes soon, as I was planning on doing a major sipdown today!