2498 Tasting Notes
Most of my day was spent working in my office, & I’m please to say my tall file cabinet is done! It feels so good to have finished that project. My recycling bin is overflowing!
Initially while I was working I was drinking gongfu sessions of:
Mengku Pure Old Tree Golden Buds Black (2012) from JK Tea Shop. CharlotteZero shared some with me, & although I don’t really have much to say, it’s because I was busy. But it did bring me joy while I worked, & I love the caramel color of the leaves, which are dense & sturdy, & the tea was delicious. I’m sharing it here because I couldn’t find it on JK’s page, & it is a sipdown.
Next up was this Shu, sent to me from Spencer. I usually give shu’s one rinse, & then taste them. If I don’t care for the first pour, I’ll dump it (that counts as a 2nd rinse).
After the first rinse I can only describe what was in my cup as cream of mushroom soup. It had a strong mushroom taste, & also a buttery taste. I took a few sips, & that had to go.
Next cup: A slightly less pronounce cream of mushroom soup with buttered hominy. Yes, it had a very strong hominy taste. I like hominy, although I no longer eat it, but I don’t really want my tea to taste like that.
Next? This is a rich cup, still with the buttery hominy (think grits), but also a deep taste of leather, woods (cedar?), a growing boldness, mushroom, umami almost like a meaty broth.
I feel the beginning of a camphor type sensation as well.
I’ve now gone through 3 out of 4 drawers! I have all of my tax returns in one file folder together, from 2000 to 2012! I’m talking about the 1040, plus schedules A & C. The rest of the various pages, receipts, 1099s, etc are stored in shelves elsewhere.
So drawer #1 contains all of my personal stuff: tax returns, everybody’s birth cert, etc, plus my monthly Tea Collection print outs, with all my comments, markings, etc., LOL. Do I really need to keep those? NO! But for some dumb reason I have a year’s worth of them, plus a few tea journals. I’m whack! Someday my kids/grandkids will have fun looking through my junk…or maybe just pitch it all? :)
While I’ve been working on that drawer, I drank a pot of this tasty tea, & I have to admit, I’m feeling it. I’m not the sleepy grump I was earlier. Physically I’m still tired, but I’m feeling motivated, energized, & inspired to get this job done.
Ironically, & purely by coincidence (although there are no coincidences), I drank this one the last time I woke up ridiculously early. Anyway, this one is, without a doubt, my favorite black tea from Garret! It is absolutely delicious, & deliciously complex, with a rich sweet dark chocolate quality that so many of us love.
I’ve been awake since 4am (-_-)
I laid there for awhile, & then said “#~@% it” & got up.
I cleaned up the kitchen, made homemade turkey maple sausage patties & almond flour pancake, & I drank a cup of this while working, & another cup while eating.
Usually I wake up around 7 or so & spend an hour or more alone in my bedroom, writing, stretching, & (in Tony’s words) being cosmic.
Now I feel like I could go back to sleep, but I’m gonna try to get some things done. I pretty much have the day to do as I please, & what would please me more than anything right now is to actually get my office clean & organized, for real this time. Yesterday I started going through my file cabinets, & 1 of 8 drawers is basically empty. The only thing in there worth keeping was the file that contains copies of everyone’s birthday certificates, passports, etc. Only 7 drawers to go, & I need teas like this one to fuel my efforts. :)
I spent the late afternoon & early evening drinking a tea from Sil. It’s one of the teas Verdant sent out as a ‘reserve’ tea in their rewards program.
Xuejiao Longcai 2010 Sheng
4G + 4oz yixing (rinse) 10sec/20/30/etc on & on…
This started our pretty mellow, with a mild citrus & chalk taste. The wet leaf on the other hand had a very vibrant herbaceous sinus tingling aroma, perhaps eucalyptus & tangerine.
Throughout the steeps, the tea energy built quickly, I could feel it moving through my lymph glands. The tea became a beautiful amber color, lightly sweet with a slight bitterness. Over time it developed a cashew milk taste, mineral chalky taste, and lime, but here I’m talking about limestone, not limes (the fruit).
I would say overall that although there were some citrus elements to this tea, I would consider it to be a alkaline brew. It had a ‘matte’ quality, in the way that paint can have a matte finish. I know that probably doesn’t make sense to normal people, but that’s my experience. And it’s a sipdown (324)
I suddenly found myself in the mood for a chai.
I’d like to publicly thank the Devotea for setting me straight on chai making.
I poured some vanilla almond milk into a pot, turned in on low, added probably way more tea than would be recommended (basically, the rest of the contents of the envelope), & just let it sit there for awhile, checking to stir occasionally. You can disregard any lame reviews I’ve written about this chai in the past, because what I’m drinking now is f*@}!&g awesome!
And it’s a sipdown…uh…326, I think.
I’d like to thank Tea Explorer for sending me a generous sample of this one!!
6G + 4oz yixing (rinse) X 15sec/30sec…etc….
I started sipping on this hours ago, & am still enjoying it. This is one of those rich & deep Shu’s that remind me of Boston Brown bread. I’ve never ordered to from Berylleb, yet…