1876 Tasting Notes
I’m in an avoidance pattern this morning. There are a few unpleasant things that I need to do, that I’m admittedly avoiding. I need to just get it over with, & then let go & move on.
This is a sipdown, of sorts, but not one I can count. It’s the last cup out of the package, but I have another package waiting in the wings to replace it.
I love this tea! So rich, so deep, so perfectly awesome.
I pulled this out hours ago, drinking steepings of it in between practicing for various gigs. I’d forgotten how lovely this tea is!
No real tasting notes to speak of, creamy banana & vanilla, chocolate, & really just a wonderful tea to enjoy on a Fall day. I have just enough to drink this one more time, & I plan to savor it!
I’ve been sipping on this one for awhile. I finally had time to go with short steepings, & it’s been very nice. The initial flavors were of butter & honey, gradually building in maltiness, & an earthy kind of shroominess. I steeped it in my little 4oz Blue & white lotus porcelain mini teapot (yes, Garret, I am still IN LOVE with this teapot!).
Two leaves escaped the pot & swam around in my cup, finding each other & forming into the shape of a seagull :)
According to http://www.readingtealeaves.info/symbols.html, Seagulls indicate a sign of storms, or if flying (this one was), News from Abroad.
Maybe my package from Yunnan Sourcing will finally arrive! Maybe my lost box from Sil will come :)
In the next pouring they rearranged themselves into the shape of part of one of the Reiki symbols (for those in the know, it was ‘sha’ from the long distance symbol).
Of course, the Reiki symbols aren’t listed on that tea reading website, but I’ll interpret that as meaning there are people who would benefit from having Reiki sent to them.
Of course, this wasn’t a proper tea leaf reading, as I read the leaves while the tea was still in the cup, but I’ve always been a rebel without a clue, so why not?
How is it almost noon? I’d really like to know!
I woke up at 9 (after going to bed at 2), spent awhile in my room doing my morning things (my free style blend of yoga, journaling, taichi, meditation, & breathing). I made breakfast & tea (actually in the opposite order), & here I am, quarter to noon. Already?
I decided to follow Sil’s lead from yesterday, & start with Laoshan Black: 1 Tbls in my mug, steeped 3 minutes.
Oh yeah… (inhale) The aroma alone is enough to sooth the savage beast raging inside me.
“uh…Ms Theresa, please go take a bubble bath, & leave us alone.”
Ms. Theresa, my personal office manager/secretary/Mom, is out of control, yelling in my head about all the things that need to be done: Phone calls, emails, music to practice, a novel to write…on & on…
Resteeps at 4 & 6 minutes. I’m finishing this tea first.
What to say? Sometimes I hate being the person who has to add a tea, AND being the first person to review it.
I wanted a cup of raw puerh because I’m feeling kind of fuzzy headed, & drinking sheng tends to clear my head…well sort of…it also makes me a little out there, if you know what I mean. I feel extremely ‘present’ right now.
This Sheng is VERY dark, almost black, with mahogany streaks running through it. I started sipping it a few hours ago. I can’t really describe the tastes today…other than to say it was initially earthy & smokey, gradually getting sweeter. After a few rounds there was an ‘open’ taste. I can’t really tell you what that means to me…kind of a hollow, circular taste, very smooth. Right now there’s a tangy sensation about halfway up my tongue. It doesn’t taste like pineapple, but it feels kind of like pineapple. A few steeps later my tastebuds all feel like they are wiggling around. I’ve got a good skull shining going on now, Good energy, time to go play my harp for awhile. I’ll continue to sip into the evening.
I served this one to my student, D.
It’s a decent afternoon tea, but I wish I’d made something strong & smokey.
I found myself craving something decadently green today, & this really hit the spot! :)
This is one of the teas from my first order with Yunnan Sourcing. I’ve enjoyed it! Speaking of YS, I placed an order with them over a month ago, & it still hasn’t arrived. It was from their China headquarters. Hopefully soon…
Second pot of black tea this morning, & although I have loved this tea originally & still like it, for some reason it hasn’t been as exciting to me the last couple of times I had it. I’m not sure why. I could be that allergies are dulling my senses, or it could be that I’ve become somewhat jaded. Or maybe it’s just that I’m so busy lately I don’t always have time to really appreciate my tea as much. Or maybe all of the above.
I’m working through my teas from Sil. We split an order from Taiwan Tea Crafts awhile back, & even though I placed another order by myself when they had their sale in Oct, I still have some of the original teas, including this one.
I’m feeling kind of like a grumpus, very cynical & crabby. I enjoyed a pot of this while I was fixing breakfast. It’s an interesting, fruity & earthy tea.