2971 Tasting Notes
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.
Here’s a Sipdown from the HHTTB. I figured there wasn’t much left in the package, so I might as well give it a try. It’s ok. I’m not really getting much from the Shu, it’s mostly just flowery. I do like some florals, roses & jasmine included. I love lavender, but NOT in tea or food, just bubble bath or the essential oil aroma. Luckily, the lavender isn’t particularly prominent in this blend. Anyway, it’s a pretty blend, but not something I’d ever purchase.
Here’s a sipdown from NofarS.
Since most of the HHTTB teas I brought with me this weekend are flavored, I thought it would be nice to bring something along to use as a pallet cleaner in between them, kind of like the way they serve sorbet in between courses at fancy restaurants. I keep a Gaiwan at Tony’s, so after a rinse I combined a couple of steeps (10 sec, 15, 20, & 25) into one mug to sip on while we watch Lonesome Dove. I’m not used to sheng in the tuocha form, & although I’ve had sheng that were more amazing, this one is pretty nice! And convenient, since I don’t have a scale here. Thanks Nofar!