2859 Tasting Notes
I’d like to apologize for being such a whiner last night. My head was throbbing & my allergies were so bad that we had to turn on the air conditioning, which I’d rather not do this soon in the season. I also started drinking Nettles, which I should have been drinking for a few weeks at least. After 24 hours, I feel so much better!
1 cup dried Nettles (yes, that is a lot, but it’s not a pricey herb)
Put the nettles in a quart jar, fill with boiling water, put the lid on & leave it sitting over night. Strain it in the morning & enjoy a cup. Refrigerate & drink throughout the day, either a cup at a time, or sipping occasionally. Make another quart before you go to bed.
Drink a quart everyday! Once your symptoms are alleviated, you can probably drink it less often, & it will keep in the frig for about 36 hours or so. It’s high in Querticin, & other good stuff!
You can also probably pick it up at the health food store.
This is not a particularly strong earl, & that’s ok by me. Because it is most likely a ceylon, & the bergamot scent wasn’t too strong, I added extra leaf. Then I added stevia & french vanilla coconut creamer. It was a pleasant cup, which I enjoyed. For awhile I didn’t care much for Earl Greys, & some of them are awful, IMO, but I’ve been trying several, & finding that some are very pleasant. This will not be a favorite, but not bad.
In the latest version of my ‘Tea Inventory’, which I updated & printed out last night, I made a note in the margins of how many of each type I have (like 34 black teas!). I’m attempting to drink a cup of everything in my entire stash at least once a month, LOL. I tend to play favorites (who doesn’t?), mostly drinking lots & lots of black tea. No more! I’m hereby officially pledging to award equal drinking rights to ALL of my teas. There is one exception: if I serve a tea to a guest, that counts!
To celebrate I went to the farmer’s market, where there was a chick who has her own local tea company, fairly new. I bought 4 1/2 oz samples:
Celtic Cottage Tea – which is an Irish breakfast type – Assam!
Lemon Meringue – rooibos
Peach Melba – more rooibos
Gingerbread – rooibos
Why so much rooibos, after claiming I don’t like it that much?
Basically, I’m trying to get myself to quit staying up til 2am playing my harp, so no caffeine (except puer, which doesn’t keep me up) after…ah…6:00…or so…
My son Leif brewed a pot of this to take with him to classes today. I resteeped it, then left the tea in the water & stuck it in the fridge to coldbrew a little longer. After a few hours, & put it in a sippy cup with a straw & went back out into the garden for more weeding.
It’s a decent chai, especially with a little stevia added.
Lovely Laoshan Black!
Earlier today I steeped this:
1 T x 3 Min. While I was drinking that one, I resteeped @ 4min & 5min. Those 2 steepings were combined into my sippy cup, & out to the garden we went. I sat there, clipping weeds in the Gazebo area, sipping tea, just as happy as I could be!
The gazebo is a wrought iron affair with 6 trellis sides, having entrances in between them. It’s directly on the ground, & I grew a bunch of stuff under it last year. There are still Turnips, whose seeds must have sprouted a month or so ago. I found a radish & some baby lettuces today as well, just getting started.
This tea was a wonderful companion, although lately I haven’t been enjoying the ‘bean’ taste on the later steepings as much.
Although I’m not a huge fan of white teas, I love this one. Stacy is the Mistress of the Art of Flavorings, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve gone through several orders of this tea now. So my 2nd student wanted something white but fruity, & this one hits the spot to perfection. We shared a pot of it, lightly sweetened with Sweetleaf (stevia). Another mild but lovely tea.
I hate allergies! My head’s been throbbing all day, my eyes are watering, ears itching, sneezing…ghaaa!
This evening I’ve been sitting around, making adjustments to the list of my tea collection on my computer. There were several sipdowns, so those items were removed, & I added all the teas I purchased recently. I now have a total of 260 teas! This includes samples, bags, tins, everything.
While I’ve been doing this, I’ve been sipping on cups of Nettles tea, as it is rumored to be helpful for allergies. I used to take massive doses of Shaklee Alfalfa tablets for allergies, & it really helped, but these days I just can’t swallow that many tablets (20 tablets, 4 times a day, that’s what it took to keep my allergies away). So I’m drinking Nettles, & I’m using BioAllers Homeopathic Sinus & Allergy spray.
Nettles tea is a natural anti-inflammatory & anti-histamine, & isn’t unpleasant. It just tastes green, with a bit of a minty sensation to it. For years I’ve drank a mix of Nettles, Oatstraw, & a pinch of Horsetail (herb), which is a good tonic for women, high in bone building minerals (according to Susun Weed, herbalist).
Stacy sent me a sample of this with my last order. I drank it on Saturday, while sitting around in my PJs & it was delicious.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take notes, & I’ve drank so many cups of tea since then, that I can’t really say anything specific, except that if Stacy adds it to her catalog, I will most likely add it to my cupboard!
Thanks so much Stacy, you are awesome!