3075 Tasting Notes
The bills are paid!
I fixed myself some lunch & a cup of this tea, which is bold & manly, & then I checked my mail & I have a package from Canada! YAY!!!
I didn’t expect it to come so soon. While I’ve been enjoying this cup of damn fine tea, I’ve been playing with all the samples Sil sent to me. I’m SO excited! Thanks for trading with me, Sil!
Now I’m keeping my fingers crossed & holding my breath until the box I sent arrives…
I’m paying bills. It’s a job that I hate, but I am grateful to be a self-employed musician, & to actually make enough money to pay my bills.
I found this in the cookie jar where I keep the white & green samples. It’s been there for awhile, & although it’s probably not a tea I would purchase, it is a pleasant & soothing cup of paleness that is like a mild, vaguely sweet, & nourishing ‘pea broth’.
I’m thinking I need to take a break & eat some lunch soon.
Good morning Steepster, this is Ms Theresa. Terri the Harp Player (juvenile rebel) & her sidekick little terri (4 year old with a penchant for ordering expensive teas with our credit card) are both grounded for the day, pending the completion of ALOT of office work!!
I am in charge & we’ll be drinking grown up teas all day, while I get things under control. Sometimes that’s just the way it has to be!
I’m sorry to say that this is a sipdown! I have thoroughly enjoyed this blend, which is such a wonderful combination of Laoshan Black, Wild Picked Yunnan Jin Jun Mei, Big Red Robe, Willow Grove Shu, & Aged Silver Needle White. It nicely pulls together the best qualities of each of the aforementioned teas, resulting in a cup that is bold enough to start my morning, and laced with all the flavors that I love: chocolate, malt, caramel, cinnamon…ahhh, I only regret that it is gone. Hopefully David will create a similar blend soon.
Call me a wierdo, but I actually like roasted chicory root. I always have.
I’m probably the only person on steepster that likes chicory.
I hadn’t drank it in awhile though, because I like black tea better.
So a few weeks ago I was drinking a cup of Adagios Rooibos Vanilla Chai, & the whole time I’m drinking it, I’m thinking, “This would be better if I added a little chicory to it…”, but I didn’t have any laying around. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m just not a huge rooibos fan, it always seems like it needs something more.
So last week when I was checking out the Frontier bulk tea display at the health food store, I noticed that they had roasted chicory (and rosebuds, & hibiscus flowers & other fun stuff). So I nabbed some, & in my quest to minimize my caffeine in the evening, I just enjoyed a cup.
If I wanted it to taste like coffee or black tea, I’d be sorely disappointed, but I don’t, so I’m not. It’s bold enough to feel like I’m really drinking something, & I like it!
I haven’t been drinking as my puer lately. I’ve been busy, & playing around with the Gaiwan takes attention & time. For the same reason, I’ve been neglecting my greens & oolongs, because I like them best steeped that way.
So today while I was teaching, I really wanted some of this! I peeled off a T of it, steeped 3 minutes, & it was delicious!!! Bold, smooth, with that vanilla sensation (not the flavor), & sweet too.
Second steeping: 4 min, 3rd @ 5min. Still awesome, just what I needed.
I served this to one of my students today, & he loved it!
Without a doubt, this is the BEST earl grey I’ve tried so far, & although my relationship with the earl has been a little rocky, I’m starting to enjoy my time with him, when he doesn’t taste phony.
One of the thinks I like about this one is the boldness added by the inclusion of Assam!
I’ve had this awhile, I think I bought it last summer at our first every family reunion because I ran out of tea. It is acceptable as a bagged breakfast blend if I use 2 bags to a cup. So I used all 3 bags that were left in my insulated starbucks thingy, & out into the garden we went. Teas stay hot forever in that thing, so I worked out there for a couple of hours, sipping & wedding, sipping & shaping beds, sipping & enjoying the cacophony of bird sounds that I love so well.