2498 Tasting Notes
A lovely quiet afternoon. Tony’s in the tub (yes, REAL men take bubble baths), I’m watching a movie called ‘Ruby Sparks’, & we’re both drinking mugs of this Chai, made with almond milk.
I followed Robert Godden’s suggestions, warming the milk slowly in the pan with extra leaf. I left it on for quite some time, just letting the flavors leach from the leaves. When I divided it into 2 cups I added some sugar to Tony’s & stevia to mine. It is delicious. I’ll probably have to get some more of this chai, as this is a sipdown.
Thanks for the suggestions Robert!
This one came to me from Sil who got it from Dexter.
I accidentally ruined the first cup. I was also making Tony a cup of the Earl, & he likes a spoon of sugar, but I accidentally put his sugar in my cup of tea! Yuck! I tried to drink it anyway, but I have this weird problem, which is when I put sugar in my tea, I can’t taste the sweetness of it. It only ruins the flavor of the tea.
My 2nd cup was much better, sans sugar. This is bold, a little astringent & slightly bitter, and not very malty, so it’s probably never going to be a favorite, but it was still quite drinkable, & the most robust cup I’ve had today, so at least there is that. :)
And it’s a sipdown!
Another tea for the Qimen Quandery
I was out & about today, & stopped by the London Tea Room, which recently moved to the Tower Grove neighborhood (for those familiar with St. Louis, which is probably almost nobody). It is now much closer to my house (in the Maplewood neighborhood), & I’m in that area fairly often, usually on Fridays. So I stopped by there, with plans of having lunch & tea, because that’s what I usually do when I go there. Sadly, they no longer have a full kitchen, so they only serve quiche & a few other already prepped things. They still have lots of scones & such, but with all of my allergies etc, there was nothing for me to eat. I still drank a pot of tea, & then picked up a couple of oz each of the following:
Keemun – which I’ve been drinking. It’s what I think of, when I think of a Keemun: a little pine smoke, a little brown sugar, a nice middle body, no highs, but not overly bold or bassy.
Kenyan Kaproret Estate – to share with the BBBB & NofarS
Jubilee – for Tony – it’s basically an earl grey plus orange, he loves it.
Parisian Breakfast – Black tea, orange, vanilla, & chocolate, as I recall…
Including the Taiwanese Oolong I received as a gift, this bumps my total back up to 331.
Thus ends my Qimen Quandery for now. There are now 5 in my collection, & although I enjoyed all of them, I’d say my 2 favorites are Verdant’s Qimen Anhui, & Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Fragrant.
This tea arrived yesterday in the Steepster Select box, conveniently in time to be part of my Qimen Quandery for today :)
I followed the steeping suggestions of 4 min. I’d say there was roughly 1.5 tsp in the packet.
The cup is rich, sweet, & earthy, with a light smokiness. It’s also somewhat bitter & kind of tart, like the peels of red grapes. As it cooled, the taste of Cacao nibs became more noticeable. That was the first steeping. I suspect it would be really wonderful with a little maple syrup added, but I already drank the whole cup, so obviously the bitter edge didn’t bother me too much. The re-steep is nice enough as well.
When I steep the 2nd serving, I’ll probably play around with the steep time a bit, maybe going for 3 minutes instead of 4.
I have a new student who’s Mom is from Taiwan. When she found out I was a tea drinker & saw my collection of teas & tea paraphenalia, she said, “I will send you some tea.”
Yesterday her husband & child arrived, bringing a bag. In that bag there was a lovely stainless steel tea caddy (although the inside of it smells as if perfume has been stored in it), a pretty glass steeping lid, & a 200 gram (maybe 250) foil bag of Taiwanese Oolong, that has already been opened, but is still mostly full. I think it’s a medium roasted dong ding type, or maybe a gui fei, although honestly, I’m no expert! The only writing on the colorful package that I can read says ‘from Taiwan Tea’. This was my first tea of the day, & it was a pleasant series of cups, with the earlier steeps having essence of honey & peach, & a toasty flavor. There is a hint of bug-bite flavor, & a bit of a citrus edge.