2340 Tasting Notes
Welcome to Day 4 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!!
I got extremely busy with students yesterday, pretty much non stop all afternoon, & then out doing my musician thang in the evening. So I have a whole bunch of sipdowns from yesterday to log, but I’m going to start with this cup, this lovely Jin Jun Mei from Sil (and Dexter). I love Jin Jun Mei teas, and this one is very nice. The aroma when the hot water hit the leaf was honey, without a doubt. The flavor was honey spread over a perfectly toasted piece of dark honey wheat bread, sprinkled with some pollen (& by perfectly toasted, I don’t mean some wimpy pale toast, I’m talking about a nicely darkly toasted piece of toast, almost, but not quite, to the point of burning…oh, how I miss toast…sigh…).
Sil is MY tea sister, quit trying to steal her from me by luring her with amazing teas!
Love, little terri
p.s. And thanks for sharing this tea with Sil, cuz she shared it with me ;)
Thanks for this yummy sample! I have a collection of Jin Jun Mei’s. I’m going to send you samples of ALL of them, cuz you’re MY tea sister!
note from Ms Theresa, “little terri is in bratty mode today, because she stayed up until 4am. Please bear with us until we get her under control. Thanks”
Sipdown #3(11) = 380
I really want to like this tea, because it tastes delicious!
Sadly, I only took a few sips, because unexpectedly my tongue started it’s reaction, & I don’t know if it’s a chemical thing, or an allergy, but I could feel my tongue & lower lip puffing up a little, & the start of an unhappy sensation all the way down to my gut.
I really hate being overly sensitive sometimes.
But I’ve learned that no matter how tasty a tea is, I will regret drinking it if I don’t listen to these cues, so down the drain it went…sigh…
I’d still like to thank Lala for the sample. :)
Sipdown #2 of the day (#11 overall) Teacount = 381
This is actually a pleasant cup of tea, kind of sweet, smooth, & grapenutty. There’s also a hint of a roasty coffee-like flavor, which is interesting. I went with two steepings, 3min/5min. Both were delicious.
Regarding GABA, the best ways to up your levels are:
Yoga – which I haven’t done yet today…
Eating fermented foods – which I have! I’m pleased to share that my most recent batch of root kimchi is the best batch ever! I started the crock a week ago, with a mix of carrot, burdock, sunchoke, radish, turnip, horseradish, ginger, garlic, onion, shallot, scallion, & probably a few other things I can’t think of right now. I like to cut each root into it’s own unique shape, sticks, squares, triangle, etc. My talent @ making carrot flowers, which used to grace all my soups when my kids were young, has sadly diminished, so the flowers look kind of lopsided, but they will still taste good, & add interest. Anyway, I had some of the kimchi with my breakfast, & it really is a tasty one, so I’ll jar it up later, & add it to the laboratory (i.e. the fridge in my basement where all such culturing projects are stored when they reach the appropriate level of ripeness. They will keep almost indefinitely, but we do eat them regularly. It’s current residents include cukes, green beans, the last of the pink kraut).
Welcome to Day 3 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
I did an count last night, & if I haven’t missed anything, my starting total for today is 383 teas, LOL.
I like to start the day with a tasty cup o’ black, as that is the variety of tea that I love the most. This Purebud is a sample that Garret included in my most recent order. I’ve never met Garret, but without a doubt, he is one of my (many) favorite tea people, stocks some amazing teas (including this one), & also includes a smiling face that radiates through his awesomely friendly customer service.
This tea is wonderful. It’s perfect for this moment. I drank the first cup while fixing breakfast, steeped at 3 min (yes, my steeping parameters can be a bit barbaric. I meant to go with shorter more refined steepings, but I just woke up). I’m having my second (5 min) steep with breakfast. We steepsterites like to throw the word ‘malty’ around, and this tea IS malty. It’s also smooth, robust, thick, & sweet/savory. The first cup was very like a piece of whole grain toast, the 2nd cup has a hint of floral. Both cups are very satisfying, very rich, very delicious. Looks like I’ll need to order more!
But for now, this is sipdown #1 for the day, #10 for the Extravaganza, & my total count just dropped to 382 (unless I find some tea that I haven’t logged yet).
Savor the moment!
And now we’re watching the Superbowl, because…well, because I’m at Tony’s house & that’s what we do. It’s not Baseball, but I usually enjoy the commercials. :)
I’ve been working my way through the Oolongs in the Steepster Select boxes from Dec & Jan. It’s been really nice drinking them, one after another, & enjoying their differences.
The first thing that really stood out to me with this one today is the light charcoal taste from the roasting. This is nice, creamy in a coconut milk sort of way, sweet, with a fruity aftertaste. It’s also my 4th sipdown of the day I think, 9th of the weekend!
We’ve been drinking tea & watching ‘Captain Phillips’.
I’ve been sharing steepings of this, & the previous oolong with Tony. The 4 Seasons was much more floral, this one is sweet, creamy, & starchy in comparison. Tony likes this one better, he described it as, “More flavorful”. I’ve enjoyed them both. :)
This is an interesting black tea. Today the first thing I noticed about it was a minty freshness, that made my mouth feel a little like toothpaste. It is also a tart & tangy cup. I had planned to go with a gongfu preparation, but I’m just not in the mood to mess with that today. Tony & I have been watching Hitchcock. We spent all of breakfast time talking about how much we both love Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I’m not sure how we got on that topic, but we both agreed that he is an amazing actor. Then a few minutes ago Tony got on FB & discovered that he died this morning. At first I thought it was one of those scams, but sadly, it is true. The bright & wonderful future we had imagined for that actor, gone. What a bummer (;_;)
This tea is tangy, spicy, & good, & my first review stands.
Sipdown #2 for the day, # 7 for my Extravaganza.