3078 Tasting Notes
Here’s another hoard-worthy tea. Damn, this stuff is SO GOOD!
If I were to pick one tea that was the most awesome breakfast blend ever, this might be it. But then again…why choose, right? :D
Anyway, in all of it’s various incarnations, this blend always combines the best of all of Verdant’s teas: a few awesome blacks, a rich Big Red Robe type oolong, a white tea, & a shou puerh. All of these teas can stand alone in their awesomeness, of course. But together? Yeah baby!
My breakfast tea of the day, a rich cup of malt, a little chocolate, & the tanginess of plums.
Speaking of breakfast, I made myself a gluten free banana muffin that I’m feeling pretty pleased about. Here’s the recipe, for all my gluten free steepster buddies:
1/3 cup almond flour
1 T coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
heavy sprinkle of cinnamon ( I also wanted nutmeg, but Tony is out)
2 T coconut oil
1T Maple syrup
(I was gonna add some vanilla, but I forgot)
1/2 a banana, diced up small
Oil a large mug or a pint size glass measuring cup with coconut oil.
Press the batter, which will be pretty thick, into the mug, trying to press out air bubbles.
(disclaimer….these muffins are the only thing I use my microwave for)
Microwave for 1.5 minutes. If the center still is soggy, add more time at 30 second intervals.
Sometimes the center stays soft, btw…
Once you take it out, let it sit for a minute, & then invert it onto a plate.
For the original recipe, omit the cinnamon, Maple syrup, & banana.
Add 1 – 3 T water if the batter seems too dry.
This muffin makes a great cornbread substitute. It can also be sliced into 3 rounds & toasts beautifully.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet it would great sliced & egg battered to make a great french toast too.
And finally, I think I’m gonna try spreading it into a ramekin & baking it in the actual real oven some time. I could slice it into 2 rounds, toast it, & spread it with avocado & tomato, for a sandwich.
I drank this yesterday, & I’m drinking it again today.
Sometimes when I first start to sip the cup of LB, it tastes kind of like beans & is watery to me, & I’m thinking, “wtf? Why did I make such a big deal over this tea? Why do I have such a crazy hoarded stash of it under my bed? What was I thinking?”
But then, as I get a few more sips in, the flavors start to build up on my tongue in layers, kind of like when you’re basting a chicken in the oven & it gradually developes a lacquered skin, or laying down stain on a nice piece of wood. Each sip makes it richer, adding more highlights of awesomeness.
I swear when they’re growing this tea they must be mulching the plants with cacao compost, that’s got to be it.
So glad I’m a tea hoarder.
This is my 4th tea of the day. I started in bed reading Doctor Sleep, Stephen Kings long awaited sequel to The Shining, with Laoshan Black, steeped at 3 & then 5min. Then it was Butiki’s Dinjoye Estate Assam while cooking breakfast, & Kenyan Obsidian with breakfast.
Now I’m relaxing, watching the Cardinals/Cubs baseball game, contemplating getting back to work on the sock I’m knitting, & sipping this tea.
I steeped 1 T for 3min. I also added a pinch of stevia from Cheryl’s Herbs. Most stevia’s have a bitter anise aftertaste. This one does not!
This tea is vanilla ice cream. It also reminds me of a really fine Vanilla pipe tobacco (no, I don’t smoke). Tony says it smells like vanilla pastry to him.
Afternote: I tried a 5 min resteep, but it didn’t really offer much. I gave it a few more minutes, pretty much the same.
I’m not going to go into a long review, since steepster is on the fritz anyway, but I wanted to acknowledge this beautiful tea, which has a rich flavor of melon, asparagus, pumpkin seed, & the color yellow. I originally tried it as part of the green tea sampler sent to me by the wonderful Angel, & although I rarely purchase green teas, I did buy some of this one.
I woke up this morning & headed straight out to my poor neglected garden. No tea, no nothing, just me out there looking at the devastation, the crazy overgrowth, the need for trellising & weeding…sigh…how did it come to this? I watered & watered, picked tomatoes, peppers, kale, & zucchini, watered more, pulled some weeds, dug up a bed a carrots (I’ll probably post my annual sexy carrot contest winner later), watered some more…
My garden is a wretch, but there is always hope…hope for more time for gardening :)
By 9am it was already sweltering hot, so I came in & made a pot of this one, mainly because it was in the front of the ‘breakfast blends’ box. It’s still great with breakfast, & I’m starting the morning with a sip down!
Tony & I are in full couch potato mode, watching the “Rise of an Empire”, which is a sequel to the 300. I’m having trouble following the storyline, to be honest. I guess it’s not really a sequel, but a storyline that takes place concurrently with what went on in the 300. So I have to be honest, I get kind of bored with movies that rely too heavily on CGI effects. Just sayin’
I’m also really tired of auto spellcheck constantly changing yixing to mixing, etc…
So, as the movie ends, I’m going to disable my spell checker. Look forward to misspelled words, but at least they will be the actual words I wanted to use, instead of some of the crazy substitutes that I’ve been getting lately.
Meanwhile, yet another sip down from the TeaFairy Collection. This really was an awesome trade!