3005 Tasting Notes
I’m taking this tea with me to drink while playing a gig from noon – 4 today. It’s the perfect tea to compliment our snowy slushy weather. I ran 2 steeps & poured them into my 16 oz thermal cup, where they’ll stay hot & delicious for a few hours. I can sip, play, sip, etc until I run out.
They’ve been promising us snow on & off in St. Louis for awhile. It usually blows north of us, sometimes south. We get rain, we get sleet, freezing rain, slush, occasionally we’ll get some Thunder Snow (I love that). Anyway, it’s finally snowing, but it’s 33 F, so even though they’re saying 4 – 8 inches, by the time it hits the ground it’s slush. Anyway, I loaded up my electric harp & sound system last night, & I’m getting ready to head out to play a gig.
I haven’t drank Jin Jun Mei for awhile, but today seemed like the perfect day for it! I made some Cinnamony sweet potato hashbrowns, a couple poached eggs, a couple slices of bacon. JJM was the perfect savory compliment, malty, peppery goodness. I drank the first steep while cooking, 2nd steep while eating, & I’m taking the 3rd steep with me in my sippy cup, to savor while driving.
Tony & I went to breakfast at our usual haunt. They have the Numi box of teas that they bring to the table, which is ok for bagged tea, but there wasn’t much of a selection today (or last weekend). I ended up foraging through the selections in my purse.
Tony got the 2 Mighty Leaf Earl Grey bags, since EG is his thing. He said that it was good. I drank:
The mighty leaf English Breakfast – 1 bag…it was ok…
The Numi Magnolia Puer – earthy puer with a hint of floral…better
Harrod’s Earl Grey – not much bergamot flavor, ok.
Glad to be back at Tony’s, where I’m drinking the 3rd re-steep of this morning’s cup of Anxi Fo Shou & getting ready to join the Sample Sipdown Saturday!
This is my official saturday morning tea now. I’m at Tony’s & it’s just so easy & convenient to bring with me. No measuring, no weighing, just open the packet, dump it in the basket, add hot water.
1 full packet + a mug of hot water X 3 minutes = yum!
Full, rich, sweet, savory malty chocolatey…
2nd steep at 4 minutes: a little thinner, not as sweet, with a rocky flavor blending in. Satisfying!
I was reaching for the Laoshan Black, but then I thought to myself, “Quit copying Sil”. So I looked around to see what I hadn’t drank for awhile, & this Ceylon was it.
I’m not a huge ceylon fan, I admit it. It tastes like tea. Just plain old tea. Like the kind we all drank when we were kids, like lipton, or something. I want to dye eggs or white fabric in it. It doesn’t have all the malty, chocolatey nuances I tend to reach for. It’s a light & refined tea, & I’m into bold & deep. Ceylon is royalty, I’m a pirate.
BUT regardless of that, this is a high quality tea with a bit of a citrus-ness & maybe a little allspice. I overleafed a bit, & I think I’ll do so from now as, as that added a little thickness to the brew.
I used to have a terrible sweet tooth. I also used to have to eat something every hour or 2, or my blood sugar would get low & I’d be dizzy, ditzy, & worthless. That has all changed, due to a major overhaul in the way I eat & the way I view food, & a recognition of a significant list of foods that I thought were good for me, but were actually ruining my health. It’s been about a year & a half since I made that transition, & I’ve lost alot of weight & I feel great!
But once in awhile I want something a little sweet. Today is that day. I’m having a ‘hail mary’ meyer lemon tart. It’s sweetened with agave & coconut sugar, & although sweets are not my friend, & they usually make me feel like crap, it’s a small treat & I ate well today. It’s dreamy & creamy, & not very big. It requires a robust unsweetened cup of tea. What I really wanted was a strong assam, but I have none. In retrospect, the Kenyan would have been especially nice with this, I think. But this will do: Malty, grainy, even a little sweet. Yup, this will do…
While I was at the college today I needed to refill my 16 oz tea thingy, & looking through my purse, I had 1 of each of several things. I’ve been carrying around ‘chocolate hazelnut decaf’ (stash), which was a free sample they were handing out at the last Bridal show I played at (I should have took more than 1, right?). I had Numi’s ‘Breakfast Blend’, Harrod’s ‘Earl Grey’, Mighty Leaf ‘Earl Grey’, & Numi Magnolia Puer. The first 2 won out. I felt like they were probably compatible, so into the cup they went with a little stevia. Not bad! The chocolate hazelnut is probably pretty tasty on it’s own, & it’s flavors held up nicely. Now I’m home…hmmm….what to drink next?