2859 Tasting Notes
Sometimes when I need to get some things done, I’ll pick one thing, set an alarm for an hour, & just work until the alarm goes off. I get a 15 minute break, & start again. That’s what I’ve been doing today. I started with the kitchen & then moved on to my sun room. My sunroom houses a variety of plants, & over the winter it becomes especially crowded when I bring in my 3 dwarf citrus trees: A Kumquat, a Meyer Lemon, & a Key Lime. I ate the lemons & limes in the fall, & I’ve been enjoying a kumquat once or twice a week for a few months now. I moved all 3 plants to their summer location the other day, & now I’m cleaning up their mess. The floor in that room, which is really just an enclosed porch with lots of windows, is littered with leaves & flower petals. Break time came, & so I have enjoyed the sipdown of this tea.
According to Teavana, this is the same tea they use for their Black Dragon Pearls, which they are no longer carrying. The reason they are no longer carrying it is because they can’t find it at ‘a high enough quality anymore’. That’s what they told me. I loved those pearls. They say this is the tea they are made from, but quite honestly, it’s not the same, IMO. However, it’s not a bad cup, but like all things Teavana, there are much better teas out there in the world, especially for the price.
Timer just went off as I was taking my last sip, so back to work for me!
This morning I fixed & enjoyed breakfast with my son Drew (24). We had sweet potatoes & a frittata, & he picked out Bolder Breakfast for a large pot of tea to share. His tea tastes are beginning to change from sweet to savory. This is one of his current favorites, a somewhat malty deep & earthy cup with a dark chocolate essence. Previously he liked it sweet, now he likes it as is. Gotta smile :)
As a parent, I’m really enjoying the metamorphosis of all 4 of my children. When you’re 18 you think you’re an adult, but in most cases throughout your 20’s (and 30’s sometimes) you’re really just crossing that bridge from childhood to adulthood. Sure, you have all the legal rights to drink, vote, take out loans, etc, but for the most part, those are just rights to screw up so that you can learn from your experiences. (I know this from my own experience).
Both of my sons are in college. They were raised in a fairly progressive liberal household by an organic gardening (now formerly) vegan old hippy recovering addict semi-buddhist yogi musician mom.
So when your kid comes home from college & says, “I guess we’re slow food locavores, eh?”, you just have to smile. “Pretty much, except for tea”. I’ve never believed in cramming dogma down my kids throats. I’m a free-thinker, & I want them to be free thinkers too. And they are. It’s extremely gratifying watching them develop adult minds, as the wheels in their minds begin to turn & they figure out what they believe, who they are, who they want to be.
This pot of tea with my son made my day!
A good tea to start my week with!
I’m feeling highly unmotivated, like a few others on here today, I’ve noticed. I drank a few steepings of this while fixing breakfast, & I love every sip. That’s all I’m going to say, because I’ve written quite a bit about this tea, & we all know by now how wonderful it is. :)
Sipdown! I’m playing a little game of ‘name that tea’ today.
This is one of 3 mystery tea samples from my trade with Sil. The majority of the writing on the red envelope is in Chinese, however in fine print on the back I found Beijing Wuyutai Tea Company. In even finer print there is a website listed, with an english translated version at en.wuyutai.com. The history of the company is available on the site, along with their selection of teas.
I took one whiff of this package & knew it to be a Shu. It has the characteristic earthy musty haylike flavors & aromas, & was a nice cup for a rainy day.
First Sipdown of the day!
Tony & I just finished breakfast, & now we’re hanging around in our PJs waiting for the Cardinals game to start. There’s a 1 hour rain delay, so we have the sound turned off & Tony is serenading me on guitar. He is not a professional musician (meaning he doesn’t play gigs), & he will try to tell you that he is not very good, but that would be total BS, because he is an awesome drummer, with an amazing drum set. He used to play with people when he was young, but he doesn’t really like performing much, & really hates hauling his equipment around, so he just turns on music & plays for fun & enjoyment at home. Of course, that’s the most important reason to play anyway! He’s also a very good guitarist, and I enjoy listening to him. He’s also a fair blues pianist (thanks to yours truly, who taught him everything he knows).
This Assam is bold & beautiful, from the box Sil sent me. This was a very generous sample. This is the 4th time I’ve reviewed it, & I’m sad to see it go. Thanks again Sil!