2335 Tasting Notes
Welcome to little terri’s sipdown extravaganza!!!
We’ve decided to make the month of February our official full steam sipdown month! (Of course, we might change our mind at any time, but just for today, we’re going for it!) I haven’t done my official monthly tea count for the new month yet, & I may not even bother, because I’m pretty sure with all the various trades, orders, hoarding, etc, that I’m somewhere up around 400 teas, in varying quantities, & that’s insane.
SO, first up, teas sent to my from the lovely TeaBrat (you can change your name, but I still know who you are…whahahahaha!)
I went with Tony to the grocery store the other day, which I don’t really enjoy much because THAT store is full of foods I can’t eat. BUT I do like spending time with Tony, & as we were strolling down the coffee aisle (although neither of us drinks coffee) I did notice out of the corner of my eye that they carry Peet’s coffee. I haven’t been back to check, but I am wondering if they also carry Peet’s teas?
So this is a bold one! It is bassy, a little brassy & bright, & has a nice smokey character as well. This would be especially good with a pancake breakfast, I think, or something a little sweet like scones.
Thank for the sample Teabrat! Sipdown #1!
Tony took me out for my Birthday dinner tonight. We went to the same fancy restaurant as last year, the kind of place where if you order a steak, you get a fillet that is roughly 2 inches in each direction, with a velvety sauce, & the side of veggies are really more like a garnish. It’s not a great amount of food, just enough so that I’m hungrier when I get home than I was when we got to the restaurant, but every bite is the best tasting, most succulent, tender meal you’ve ever had.
Earlier this evening, while I was waiting for Tony to come pick me up to go to dinner, I enjoyed this tea, steeping 1 TB + 8oz X 3min/resteep 5min.
This tea is so satisfying, really just perfect.
This was the 2nd of my 2 ‘driving around’ teas.
I don’t know if it’s me, or if it’s the latest harvest of LB, or if this blend just keeps getting better, but this is awesome! Again, I feel that I have perfected the steeping parameters:
1 heaping TB + 12oz X 5min/resteep 7min
Add a pinch of sweet (or not) & Yum Yum!!
The more I drink this, the more I love it. When I’m out driving around, I like something a little sweet, & this was one of 2 teas that were required for my errands today. I also feel that I have perfected the steeping parameters, as least for my tastes:
1 heaping TB + 12 oz X 5 min/resteep 7min
This results in a wonderful cup! Even better if you add a pinch of sweet.
How do you accomplish several sipdowns in one night without drinking a thing? Pack up some tea for family/friends, including those smaller samples that you already tried, so they can try them to!! Nothing old or stale, mind you, just smaller quantities. I haven’t done the math yet, but I have boxes in the works for My sis, Sil, & a few others. It will be fun to see what my collection numbers at by the time I’m done. And I think I’m going to start next week with a Sipdown Extravaganza!
This tea is almost gone. I believe I’m going to include the final cup in one of the above mentioned boxes, so that I can claim a sipdown on it as well. It’s bold, it’s bright, it’s pretty good with a robust breakfast (which is what I usually eat). Any other time it is way too Ceylon for me, & it really leaves a puckery shrill high not on the tip & center of the tongue, long after the cup is drained.
I stayed up late filing a box of samples for my sister, MsWhatsit. There are a few other people I promised tea to (if you’re one of them, you might want to send me a reminder, LOL).
My goal is to get to the post office today, either in the morning or the afternoon, but it’s looking more like afternoon, since I have to be somewhere in an hour. Thus is my life, floating from one activity to another, teacup in hand.
This would be a sipdown, except I already have a refill in the attic (the attic being my bedroom). I love this tea: sweet, malty, slightly floral, a little pepper. The aroma of the dry leaf is hay that’s been trampled a little & warmed by the sun, perhaps along the path at the rennaisance faire. It’s a delicious middle of the staff tea, no heavy bass notes, no shrill instruments, a string quartet of cello, viola, & 2 violins. Smooth & flowing, & easy on the tummy before breakfast.
This really is a nice Shu, pleasantly bold. It seems like a lot of the shus I try taste about the same…semolina, a little caramel, maybe a little earthiness. This one has all those as well, but there is more. It’s nicely bold, with an oak-like flavor, some woody aromatics, & even some chocolate. A nice cup to end the day with.
It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, which I used to drink a lot of! I still like it, although not as much as I used to, but there is a certain nostalgia that comes with having a cup of this today. Nothing in particular, just many cups of tea drank over the years.
This is a mix of black teas, shu puer, & chocolate. It’s the chocolate liquore kind of taste, & is especially nice with a pinch of sweetness added.