3008 Tasting Notes
Upon arriving in FL I was immediately slammed with allergies, almost instant overall irritation & swelling, along with sinus & bronchial crap. This happens every time I come to visit my folks. My healing plan has been rest, stay in air conditioning, Nettles & Elderberry teas, & a daily pint of Kombucha, sipped throughout the day, because my guts hurt too. I’m finally getting my appetite back, & starting to feel better.
I like this kombucha. So far this has been the only flavor I’ve liked, & I love ginger, so that should be no surprise. I also got a bottle of GT’s Third Eye Chai, which I’ll probably report on tomorrow.
Now that I’m starting to feel better & getting my appetite back, some tea is in order. Dad was especially interested in learning more about Chaqi, so I made some of this Sheng to share with him.
This is a nice mellow Sheng. It has a very soothing quality to it. Dad & I shared 6 steepings, combined 3 at a time in a 1 C glass measuring cup. He says he enjoyed it. I asked if he wanted to follow up with some shu, & he said, “Maybe tomorrow” & then disappeared into his office (presumably to see if it makes any difference in his Reiki/crystal work/or whatever he’s doing back there).
I’m still steeping.
This tea is from my trade with NofarS. Thanks!
I’m drinking this today as a tribute to the Queen of England signing the gay marriage thing. I actually thought it would be an earl grey type blend, but happily, it is not! It’s actually a blend of Assam & Yunnan, nothing particularly special, but satisfying. What’s nice about it is that both varieties stand out in their own way.
God Save the Queen!
I haven’t really drank very much tea today. I feel like crap. Mom took me to the health food store (the throbbing of my head increased in the short time we were out, damn allergies) to get some nettles & elderberry. I immediately started brewing strong concoctions of both. My final cup of the day is yet another cup of Bengal Spice (celestial seasonings). Now I’m going to bed.
Tomorrow will be a better day. :)
I don’t travel well. It’s just a fact. It’s not that I don’t like traveling, it’s more that my body is ridiculous. Any movement in any direction results in new allergies, issues with drinking water, etc.
I arrived yesterday & within no time was sneezing, eyes watering,lungs burning, all the classic symptoms. I forgot how crappy bottled water makes me feel. No matter how much I drink, it doesn’t slake my thirst. Luckily my parents got a new water filtration system, & so far, so good. There are 2 cats who know I’m allergic & will do anything to torment me. The air in this house is hot & stale & I feel claustrophobic. Also, due to the time change, overall irritation, & a very late night planning & executing an awesome tea order (YEAH), I stayed up lake, tossed & turned, etc. Enough bitching, thank you for letting me rant!
Otherwise, it is awesome to be here with my folks. Dad & I spent a couple of hours talking about esoteric things (Reiki, crystals, spirit guides…stuff like that). Mom & I are gonna do something today, I’m not sure what yet.
I’ve been sitting here slurping this Assam, from my awesome trade with NofarS, & even though I over-tea-ed it a bit, it is deliciously rich, bold, malty & sweet. All the things I want this morning. Well…all the things I want in a tea, anyway!