2347 Tasting Notes
I served this tea to one of my students this morning, drinking a small cup for myself as well. Measuring it out, the yellow flowers are unruly, doing everything they can to fill the teaspoon, so I have to take them out of the bag first, then measure out the tea, then break off a clump of flowers & add it to the steeping basket. This tea has suck a clean & fresh aroma, & although it isn’t a favorite, my student loved it! She is a love of light teas such as this, so I gave her the rest of the bag. She was delighted! I claim a sipdown! Now I only have 282 teas in my cupboard! :)
I am a grumpus today.
I had insomnia until 3am, mostly due to allergies. I forgot to drink my Nettles for a few days, & my allergies came back yesterday with wild abandon. Gotta get back to brewing my ‘medicine’, cuz I hate feeling irritated from head to toe, & that is exactly what allergies do to me. It’s a whole body experience, not just sinuses.
So this was my first cup this morning. I steeped, & resteeped, & crawled into a hot tub of bubbles with both cups of tea. I realized once I started sipping that I wasn’t really in the mood for something this strong, but I drank it anyway. This is a bold brew, this is what Irish Breakfast is suppose to be (although I find most of them to be lacking). There is a very bright fruitiness to it, & it’s malty. I probably over t’d it a little, because it seemed especially brash this morning, but that also might be due to my over-sensitive allergy riddled cells screaming, “too much stimulation!!” about basically everything.
Sil, you are now my best friend!
This tea is SO AWESOME!
I opened the package, & the smell is AWESOME!!!
It smells like butterscotch chips. It smells like cake, & a creamy frosting. It smells wonderful!
I steeped it, & I love it. My son Drew walked into the room & said, “What is that awesome smell?” I allowed him to sample 1 tsp of my cup of tea, & he said, “We MUST get more of this.”
So this afternoon I reached into my Verdant TOMC box. I have the box arranged with dividers, so I can work my way through each month. After I sample them, I move them to the back of the box. I’m back to January again, & that means Yu Lu Yan Cha, Anxi Fo Shou, & Chai Spice. Last time I tried the Chai Spice with the Yu Lu. This time I’m having it with the Anxi. It’s a very tasty & complex blend, & the Fo Shou is so awesome on its own, so deeply satisfying. The resulting cup was rich & spicy & substantial, almost like a chocolate chai!
In spite of the weather, my cherry tree is blooming & today was the day for my annual invocation! I bought myself an order of sushi, came home & steeped a cup of spring cherry green, & enjoyed my little snack out in the yard under the cherry tree, admiring her blossoms. After my snack, I laid hands on her trunk, calling upon the Earth, the sun, the wind, & the rains to support her. Then I called out to all creatures within earshot, welcoming them to nest in her branches, to savor the cherries when they are ripe, & then reminded them that I also love cherries, so please leave the lower branches for me. :)
I’ve enjoyed this tea for a number of years, & it is especially nice during this season, when the cherries are blooming. I’ll have more than one picnic under that tree, & this is the tea of choice for those occasions.
Its a drizzly dreary cool & damp day in St. Louis. It’s also my day off from harp students, & both of my son’s days off from college, so I had these great plans to garden, with the 2 of them as my yard monkeys, but alas, it rained all night & most of the morning, so it was not to be.
Instead we had breakfast together, & I spent the morning in my PJs, answering emails & phone calls, booking gigs, etc.
There were errands to run, & I wanted something sweet & spicy, & this tea fits the bill!
I really love a lot of different teas! There’s an old song from when I was young, “Love the One Your With”, LOL. That’s my relationship with tea. That’s not to say that I absolutely love every tea I drink. There are teas that I don’t care for. This is NOT one of them! I enjoy enjoy Keemun, & I can easily understand why the British were so in love with it. Gently smokey, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness, & although I usually drink mine straight, occasionally I’ll spike it with stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer. Today I’m drinking it plain. It’s just what I needed.
One of the things I love about tea trades here on Steepster is getting to sample a ton of new teas from companies I’ve never ordered from. Another thing I love is getting to share awesome teas with people who’ve never tried them. The very best part of tea trades is getting to know the person you’re trading with a little bit!!
I got this tea sample from Sil, & I’m really grateful for our recent trade! So many teas to sample! Yeah! Thanks Sil!
Thank you Sil for this sample!
I love the name of this tea! I have a considerable amount of Irish blood from my Mom’s side & Cherokee from my Dads, so the results is a long family history of alcoholism on both sides, LOL. Of course, this tea is alcohol free, with the flavor if Irish Whiskey, but honestly, I didn’t taste it. It’s a fairly bold blend, somewhat astringent, with a bright & fruity high end. A good start to my day!
And here is the third selection from the April TOMC. The appearance of this one is long gently twisted leaves, the color of dark ash, with tan, mahogany, & greenish tinges here & there.
The aroma is of roasted caramelized stone fruit, again I’m thinking peaches or apricots. This is a sweet, creamy, fruity tea, with more of a darker kind of roasting that I tend to prefer in Oolongs. In the later steepings there was a bit of the incense quality similar to the Dancong.
This is the 2nd tea in this month’s TOMC.
The appearance is long graceful strands in a deep chocolate brown, with shades of mahogany & sage here & there.
The dry aroma is rich, sweet, & fruity, with almost a wine like scent.
I preheated the gaiwan & then warmed the leaf in it, & the aroma was of a rich apricot & incense.
Once I steeped the leaves, they smelled like an even richer apricot liquor with an incense overlay that lingers in the back of the sinuses, reminding me of Big Red Robe.
Although I previously haven’t been a huge fan of Dancongs, I am loving the lingering honey & fruit perfume of this tea (and I hate perfume!).
This was a very tasty brew, with fruity & floral elements.