2971 Tasting Notes
I’ve realized a few things. The main one is that I need to quit trying to review new teas when I’m spending the weekend at Tony’s, except maybe in the dead of winter when there is snow on the ground. I think there are 2 reasons, & both of them effect my sense of smell & taste. The first is simply that my allergies are worse at his house. He uses a window unit for air conditioning in the bedroom, so I always wake up congested & with a funky taste in my mouth, because airborne crap comes right in. It’s an old brick house, & would be a major ordeal to route the central air to the attic. I can handle being outside in that stuff for a few hours at a time, as long as I can go into my air conditioned house to decompress, but sleeping with it all night sucks.
Reason number 2, his water filter is also the really cheap kind. To clarify, When I buy something, i do a little research first, & I tend to buy the best quality of that thing that I can afford. This applies to water filters, cars, etc.
Don’t tell Tony I’m complaining, it will hurt his feelings. He really is the most wonderful man in the world, but if we ever actually move in together, these are a few points I’ll be adamant about.
Having said all of that, this tea was sent by our dear TeaFairy, & I should not be drinking it, because I know it’s much better than what I’m getting. I’d like to apologize for all the lame reviews I’ve written over the last several weekends for teas from various friends. I doubt that I did them justice.
This tea comes from The TeaFairy.
I decided awhile back that I would dedicate my weekends to sampling teas from various tea trades, so this weekend I brought samples from Boychik & TeaFairy with me to Tony’s house. We’ve been sitting around in our PJs, just goofing off, sipping teas, & being couch potatoes.
This is a sweet Keemun, with a slightly tart fruitiness, taste of brown sugar, & just a little smoke.
After breakfast tea, another generous sample from Boychik.
This is a lightly smokey tea, & by that I mean not really smokey at all, maybe just a hint. Add an overlay of tart & tangy, from the blood orange, & there you have it. :)
Sipdown: Tony took a whiff of this & decided he wanted to try a cup for himself, so I brewed up the rest of it for him. He likes his tea with some of that crystal sugar in it, & I’m happy to report, he said it is “Delicious!”
The Day She Planted the Sweet Potatoes
Parts Three, Four, Five, Six, & Seven
To make a long story short, after several trips to Lowe’s I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to give each sweet potato it’s very own raised circular bed, although 12 of them did get their own private circular beds. Also, it was starting to look like rain. Also, I realized that if I picked the Napa cabbage (which I needed to pick anyway, & start a batch of spring Kimchi), I could plant 4 plants there. And I was gonna be harvesting Garlic soon, so I could plant 4 plants in each of 2 of the garlic beds (a little companion planting, right?).
Here’s what happened next. I opened the little box, which had 6 cute little bundles of sweet potato slips. There were suppose to be 4 of each type. In reality, there were 10 – 12 of each!! OMG! I don’t have anywhere else to plant them, so I clustered a few together in each prepared place. Just as I started planting them it started raining like crazy, of course!
When it stopped raining, I went outside & planted the rest of them. I was finally done at 9pm, & I think maybe that was the filthiest I’ve ever been, LOL.
My reward for this very long day was a hot shower, followed by this cup of tea.
That’s all I got.