2895 Tasting Notes
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!
I played my monthly ‘Tea’ gig at the retirement home today. I enjoyed a cup of this while getting ready. It’s really tasty sweetened, but it’s also really tasty unsweetened, which is how I drank it today.
It also resteeps well, & I took the 2nd steeping with me in a sippy cup to enjoy during my gig.
This is a sipdown, as the rest of my sample is on it’s way to Canada. HowEVER, I have more coming on Thursday!
Yesterday I spent about 4 hours in my garden, weeding & mulching my asparagus beds (for a photo of the newly emerged asparagii, visit my FB).
This box of lemon zinger has been in my cupboard for a long long time, so it became a candidate for sun tea, which is quicker than cold brew.
It’s not my favorite, not by a long shot, & I don’t care for it hot, but it was refreshing enough iced.