2858 Tasting Notes
I’m still feeling out of sorts. Last night I once again slept like a vampire at dawn, so deeply that I was drooling. I didn’t want to wake up, & I don’t really want to be awake right now. I’d like to go lay down, like an old dog, & just not move, in total silence, just breathing. No stimulus, please.
What’s going on?
A – the government is poisoning us (because I’m not the only person feeling this way). Yes….I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist in my spare time…
B – it’s like that M Night Shymalan movie,(I’m a big Shymalan fan. His best movie, IMO, is Lady in the Water. I LOVE that movie) “The Happening”, where the plants are drugging us ….oh wait a minute, we call that allergies.
Who knows? As a precaution I’m drinking a strong cup of Elderberry (antiviral) followed by an even stronger cup of Nettles (antihistamine).
Next week while I’m visiting my folk in FL I can lay around all I want.
Today I can’t. I had a student this morning, I have to go upstairs to my office right now & pay bills, & I have a gig tonight, so I need a shower, & need to move my equipment, & I need to finish my laundry & figure out what I’m going to wear.
And I think I need to eat some Sushi!
I have no idea what the count on my tea collection is right now, & I’m not going to do the math today. Sil sent me 38, I got 4 from Verdant, & their bundle box is also en route, so who knows, & really, today who cares?
This lovely green tea is gentle & buttery, with a rich flavor of sunflower sprouts, which I love. Thanks again to Angel & TeaVivre for this sample. :)
The 2nd tea I’m sampling from my trade with Sil.
Did somebody say Jam & chocolate? :D
This one is kind of like #147 Plus. Initially, the dry leaf had a similar fruity aroma, but there is more to it, really hard for me to pinpoint exactly what, but on tasting the cup, it’s a little richer than the other one, and a little sweeter, & there is a little chocolate here, along with a hint of leaf-hopper-bite honey, which always translates to coriander to me, but just a hint, mind you.
Delicious & satisfying.
Sil & I did a cool thing, a really awesome thing. We each ordered teas, & then we split them. Double your pleasure, double your fun, right? Yeah!
Even cooler, we both got our boxes yesterday!
This is the first tea from the box.
Before I say anything else, you really should check out the Taiwan Tea Craft website. Their displays are SO beautiful!
Now the tea! Taiwanese Assams are nothing like Indian Assams. They aren’t crazy bold, they are a more fruity refined tea. This beautiful full leaf twisty tea reminds me in appearance of the premium Taiwanese assam from Butiki, but the fragrance is not the same, or at least not exactly the same. Butiki tends towards a chocolaty essence, with some fruitiness. This one is Fruity! Their website says it evokes stewed cherries & peach jam (or maybe it was apricot). That description alone made me want this tea. And it really smells like that!
I steeped it like I steep Premium Taiwanese Assam from Butiki:
1 TB + mug X 3 min
A tasty fruity cup! It’s nice, it’s sweet, has a super smooth mouthfeel. I just polished off the resteep (5min), & it’s not too exciting, but still drinkable. (next time I’ll try 4min I think & skip the re-steep)
Thank you Sil!
I worked out in the garden for a few hours, photos on my FB https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
Then I came in & drank another cup of Zhu Right, 1T steeped 5 min.
God, I love that tea!
Now I’m relaxing with a cup of this licorice tea, which is such a tasty spicy brew. I needed this.
I’m having an all day gongfu session, it seems. As one tea begins to wane in flavor, I’m just starting up another one. So now we have this.
This tea is from the January Reserve TOMC. In my efforts to really drink ALL the TEAS, I’m gradually working my way through the TOMC bundles. I have the ‘reserve’ teas in one box, the ‘classic’ club teas in another. I’ve cut the flaps off several Verdant boxes, & I use them for dividers. So this week I’ve been working my way through January in the Reserve Box & March in the Classic.
I am a fan of Master Han. As far as I’m concerned, he is one of the Jedi Knights of tea, with Master Bi being another. Their teas inspire me in a way that Thich Nhat Hanh inspires me.
This tea is very gentle. It is gently sweet. It is a comfort tea, like a soothing bowl of cream of wheat, with a drizzle of honey. There is also a drizzle of olive oil, a trait that all of his teas tend to share. And a nice new-age style buzz, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I’m still tired, & still feel out of sorts, but I’m breathing deeply & slowly, sipping deeply & slowly, & the next stop will be my garden, because although I’m feeling anti-social where people are concerned, I have a deep desire to commune with plants. Here I go.
I crammed my little blue lotus pot about half full of these leaves. That is my favorite way to drink this tea. The first several steepings were very short, the tea quickly packed with sweet bright flavor & sensations. Gradually I’ve steeped it longer & longer, as it moved from Grapes & Malt to sourdough bread & olive oil. I’m in the later steepings, & it has the pepperiness of a green olive oil, & reminds me of crispy potato chips fried in olive oil, sprinkled with salt & pepper.
I’m still trying to resolve my grumpy demeanor. I really woke up in a funk! I’ve eaten well, I’ve enjoyed some amazing teas. I even went to my chiropractor today. He has a crazy amount of Russian Sage growing in front of his office, was talking about needing to thin it out. I thinned it out for him, bringing home a trash bag full, as I’ve wanted to plant Russian Sage for quite some time now! Right now the plants are having a big drink in a bucket of water. Guess who is allergic to Russian Sage? The pollen got all over me while I was pulling plants, resulting in much sneezing, some wheezing, itchy eyes, etc. But the aroma of the sage is so amazing, so just for today I’ve decided it’s a small price to pay. It will look beautiful edging my driveway.
“Yayyyyyy!!” Shouted at the top of my lungs, “Zhu Right is BACK!”
And just in time! I’m such a grumpus today! I slept very deeply last night, the kind of deep sleep you have when you’re sick, & although I am not sick, I’m cranky & probably should take a nap.
Note to self: Drink a strong infusion of Elderberry this afternoon, just in case you’re fighting off a virus you don’t know about.
Anyway, my day is saved! I opened the front door to find 2 Boxes with my name on them! Not one, TWO!!. In the first box, this awesome tea. I immediately had to have a cup, 1 TB in mug, steep 3 minutes. It’s a wonderfully deep & strong cup of dark fancy designer 97% chocolate from somewhere exotic, with a little expresso, some sweet spices, and Re-Steep @ 5 min. I’m SO grateful that I get to drink this today!
Box #2: “YAY!!!” Every bit as exciting as the Zhu Right, it’s my trade from Sil, the most awesome tea friend Ever! I just posted a pic of the yummies she sent on my FB. Sarah, you Rock!
This tea is at it’s best if you overleaf a bit & steep for 4 minutes.
You get a nice blend of the earthy keemun, the sweet banana, & some nuttiness from the walnuts. I feel like I’m drinking a delicious banana-bread! Drew & I are enjoying a cup of this with breakfast, & his only comment is, “Banana-ey”. He is a young man of few words. He likes it.