3002 Tasting Notes
Happy Birthday Sil!! I hope you have an awesome day! :D
Maplewood, the part of St. Louis that I live in, is the first suburb west of the city, a historic district right on route 66. We have a couple of Art Walks per year, & last night was Let Them Eat Art, a play on Bastille Day. It is considered one of THE things to do in St. Louis in July. Artists everywhere, painting, sculpting, making jewelry, or whatever they do to be creative. Musicians (including myself), bellydancers, Ladies dressed up as Marie Antoinette with crazy bouffant hairdos (one year there was a chic with a bird-nest woven into her hair with a canary in it, I swear its true!), a dog costume contest, burlesque show, hoola hoopers, face painters, you name it, we got it. The whole event is vaguely french themed, kinda, sorta, & the whole city gets involved. It’s a family event, all the restaurants have specials, and it is sub-titled “the night of a thousand cupcakes”, with free cupcakes for all! Let them eat Cake!
I played my Electric Harp & sang at Kakao, an amazing chocolate place. That’s where I always play for these events, LOL, & Brian, the owner, always sends me home with a bag full of amazing dairy free dark chocolate & other confections. Last night there were morello cherry jells, dark chocolate with pepper & salt, cowboy pecan brittle with chipotle pepper, some other things, & my most favorite, the dark chocolate marshmallow pie. I ate a bite of each thing (ok…I half the marshmallow pie…so frik’n awesome), then handed the rest of it off to the boys. I just can’t really eat that much sweets, & I’m a little hungover from the sugar this morning. http://www.kakaochocolate.com/
The gig was fun, I love what I do for a living.
This tea is tasty. It’s not my favorite of Stacy’s teas, but I enjoy it from time to time, & now it’s gone.
I wanted to have something tasty to enjoy at the gig tonight, so I brewed up an interesting iced chai that included the following, all sipdowns:
Adagio’s pumpkin spice, or something like that
Adagio’s Thai chai
Teavana’s cha yen Thai
Seems like there was another one, but now I can’t remember
The resulting tea is tasty, but nowhere near as strong as I had hoped. It’ll do though.
I’m relaxing at a restaurant about half a block from where I’m playing tonight, treating myself to dinner. My Electric Harp is all set up, so I can sit here in my tie die dress & chill.
I drank a cup of this tea while I was getting ready to go, steeped 5 min. It was very satisfying, but I still feel like I’m sleep walking.
First Sipdown from the latest Sil Box.
It’s not a true sipdown, because I think I have some of this from the Reserve TOMC, but I’m counting it anyway.
This is a really tasty Sheng, which I’ve been drinking whilst paying my bills. I’d like to linger over it for a another hour or so, but I have a gig to get ready for. See previous review for a better description.
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.